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Podcast 131: Brian Schaeffer with TACO

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(March 24, 2017) -- Schaeffer explores the concept of yield management and how it can help campground owners better manage supply and demand to make more consistent revenue year round. He suggests that campgrounds look at each site and it amenities -- be it shade, large space, patio, probability of noise, etc. – and then set pricing for that site accordingly. He addresses new legislation prohibiting discrimination based on a criminal record, and explains why campgrounds are being scrutinized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Read More »

Who is your most important customer? – Part 2

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(March 20, 2017) -- Losing a customer hurts and getting them back is very tough psychologically and financially. Once a customer "cheats on you" and likes it -- and gets treated like royalty from the competition -- good luck getting them back! Read More »

Podcast 130: Evanne Schmarder, Digital Marketing Benchmark Study

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(March 17, 2017) -- This week’s guest is Evanne Schmarder, a serial entrepreneur working in the RV industry as the founder of Roadabode Productions. Her latest project involved a survey of companies in the outdoor hospitality industry to produce the 2017 Digital Marketing Benchmark Study. This is the second in a series of reports that takes an in-depth look at how RV business are planning their online marketing programs by utilizing digital marketing and social media channels – and measuring their results. The study even examined the role video plays in marketing the outdoor experience. Read More »

Podcast 119: Curtis Coleman, RVillage founder

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(Nov. 23, 2016) -- Coleman offers an update on the membership of RVillage, which as of today numbers 53,173 people. He also explains the different membership levels currently being offered. RVillage just opened a new display at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, and he explains how that came about. But, he also outlines new programs to expand the RVillage marketplace, which will be of interest to RV dealers, suppliers, manufacturers and campgrounds, too. Read More »

Podcast 118: Rob Willard with MaintainMyRV.com

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(Nov. 17, 2016) -- Maintain My RV allows owners – or an RV dealer – to enter all the vehicle information once. Then it sends reminder alerts when it is time to complete some type of maintenance. It automatically knows the recommended maintenance items and schedule for all major RV manufacturers and component suppliers. It works whether people own a motorhome or a towable. RV dealers can use it to help maintain RV rental fleets. Read More »

KOA honors its top, milestone campgrounds

KOA President and CEO Pat Hittmeier, center, in yellow, presents KOA's Campground of the Year for 2017 award to Greg McClure, left, and the staff of the West Glacier, Montana KOA Holiday campground. KOA's top annual award was presented Wednesday, November 16 at the KOA International Convention in Chattanooga, Tenn.

(Nov. 16, 2016) -- KOA presented its Campground of the Year Award to the West Glacier KOA Holiday in Montana, which is owned by Greg and Theresa McClure. The Rising Star Award to Ken and Iris Shupe, owners of Bay Center/Willapa KOA Journey in Washington. Others were recognized for milestone anniversaries, including KOA's first-ever 50-Year Partner Award given to the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg KOA Holiday in Tennessee, which is owned by the Kelch family. Read More »

Podcast 117: JG Lubricant Services

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(Nov. 2, 2016) -- Today’s guest is Tom Johnson, the president and co-founder of JG Lubricant Services. He talks about how his company can really help RV dealers and mobile technicians better serve their customers by using fluid analysis to show the actual condition of an engine or transmission. What makes this interview special is that he’s going to explain the results of a fluid analysis that had been completed on RV Daily Report Editor Greg Gerber’s motorhome in late August. He uses those results to describe what the reports can indicate about the condition of a motorhome, or any vehicle for that matter. Read More »

Podcast 116: My RV School and RV Safe T

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(Oct. 27, 2016) -- Jeff Gaston is the founder of My RV School. His network of instructors provides behind-the-wheel training, assistance in hooking up either tow cars or to tow vehicles. He’s planning to develop a mobile training classroom to take to rallies, campgrounds and even RV dealerships. Recently, he started offering RV weighing services, too. Allen Gingrich, the founder of RV Safe T, which is headquartered in York, Pa. For 10 years he’s been providing instruction to help people get commercial drivers licenses and he recently started offering RV training throughout New England. He’ll personally travel anywhere to provide education using the students’ own RVs in their own communities. He’ll even escort people to their driver’s exams in states that require specialized licenses. Read More »

Podcast 115: Don Humes and America’s Mailbox

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(Oct. 25, 2016) -- One of the biggest problems full-time RVers have on the road is getting their mail. Today’s episode features an interview with Don Humes, the founder of America’s Mailbox. He explains how his system works and the types of services that the company offers to RV owners. He also provides several very good reasons as to why RVers would consider selecting South Dakota as their “domicile” state, or state of legal residence. Read More »

Podcast 114: American RVer’s Jim, Peggy Grich

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(Oct. 21, 2016) -- Today’s guests are among the best known RV owners in the United States. Jim and Peggy Grich are the founders of American RVer, a monthly video show that is produced for online viewing. The Grichs describe American RVer, their goals for the show, and some of their favorite episodes and interviews with interesting RVers. They also pitch several products that they think all RVers should buy to protect their RVs. Read More »

Podcast 113: Junior Ranger Adventures

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(Oct. 17, 2016) -- Stanten Smith may only be 10 years old, but he’s already accomplished something many experienced RVers have yet to do. He has visited almost 200 national parks and monuments, and chronicled his journey on his own blog site. His goal is to visit all 413 of them all before he turns 18. Junior Ranger Adventures quietly launched earlier this year and is ready to show children and teens what fun they can have visiting America’s national parks and participating in the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger program. Read More »

Podcast 112: RVDA’s Phil Ingrassia

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(Oct. 13, 2016) -- This week’s guest is Phil Ingrassia, the president of the RV Dealers Association. He talks about this year’s convention and some changes that have been made to make it even more relevant to RV dealers and their staff. He also offers insight as to the direction the RV industry is headed and talks about some major accomplishments the association has made in several key legislative issues. Read More »

Podcast 111: Steve Plemmons with Bill Plemmons RV

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(Oct. 7, 2016) -- This week’s guest is Steve Plemmons, the owner of Bill Plemmons RV, a dealership in North Carolina celebrating its 65th year in business. The company was started by Steve’s father, Bill, and now Steve is in the process of handing off control of the dealership to his children, Sterling and Shawna. Read More »