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Podcast 155 features TAXA Outdoors CEO Garrett Finney

(Oct. 12, 2017) -- This week’s guest is Garrett Finney, the founder and CEO of TAXA Outdoors, a company based in Houston. He was at the Elkhart open house where the firm was introducing a brand new line of compact, lightweight trailers. These RVs are designed specifically to operate as base camps for outdoor adventures. They lack some of the amenities most people expect to see in an RV, but they make up for that in versatility and the ability to haul gear into very remote places. Read More »

Podcast 154 features RVDA President Phil Ingrassia

(Oct. 5, 2017) -- Today’s guest is Phil Ingrassia, the president of the RV Dealers Association in Fairfax, Va. The 2017 RV Dealers Convention and Expo takes place Oct. 6 to 10 at Bally’s in Las Vegas. He describes RVDA’s Vendor Training Plus program as well as a new initiative with NTP-Stag, and the Partners in Progress meetings scheduled among dealers and manufacturers. He touches on the new slate of speakers for this year, which includes a lot of women and first-time presenters. He also talks about the expo and the number of vendors that will be exhibiting products and services in that sold-out venue. Read More »

Podcast 153 features Meyer Distributing execs

(Sept. 28, 2017) -- This week’s guests are Jeff Braun, the chief financial officer at Meyer Distributing, and Bruce Terwiske, the director of purchasing. The gentlemen explain why Meyer enjoys a competitive advantage in that the firm controls its own fleet of delivery vehicles. As a family-owned business, the staff really understands smaller, independent businesses. Braun and Terwiske also describe the services Meyer offers to RV dealers, suppliers and RV manufacturers. Read More »

Podcast 152: Bob Martin, CEO of Thor Industries

(Sept. 22, 2017) -- Episode 152 begins with a brief synopsis of the Elkhart Dealer Open House, which took place this week. This week’s guest is Bob Martin, the CEO for Thor Industries. He describes how giving the individual companies the authority make decisions on their own works to help move Thor Industries forward faster than it could do if the firm had centralized decision making. He talks a bit about the Jayco acquisition and what it means for the company as well as how the hurricanes and increasing demand for product make it challenging for manufacturers and suppliers to keep up the pace. Read More »

Podcast 150 features Bryan Henke with Freightliner

(Sept. 7, 2017) -- Episode 150 starts with a brief synopsis of this year’s Caravan Salon and an overview of the European caravan market. This week’s guest is Bryan Henke, the manager of product marketing for Freightliner Custom Chassis. The company recently rolled out its 5-star customer experience, and Henke comes onto the show to talk about it. He also describes some of the more interesting innovations that have found their way onto Freightliner RV chassis in recent years, such as V Ride, Ultra Steer, Roadwatch, Optiview and the company’s incredible 60-degree wheel cut. Read More »

Podcast 149 features The RV Show USA

(Aug. 24, 2017) -- This week’s guest is Alan Warren, the founder of The RV Show USA. He wants everyone to have fun in their RVs and to share their stories of adventure with others. The RV Show USA is a radio show that is broadcast over the internet, but is also available to radio stations across North America. His guests on The RV Show USA often include some of the RV lifestyle’s biggest YouTube stars and bloggers, but he also features individual RV owners that have wonderful stories to tell. Read More »

Podcast 148 features Workamper News

(Aug. 17, 2017) -- Workamper News now represents more than 7,000 employers and sends daily newsletters to 28,000 people living the RV lifestyle by working short-term gigs for those employers. Working in conjunction with the National RV Training Academy, Workamper News has developed a new workstudy program that allows workampers to bank hours and apply the value accrued to tech training. Steve Anderson explains how that program works and how it will benefit workampers as well as the campgrounds and RV dealers that employ them. He also describes the upcoming Workamper Rendezvous event planned for Oct. 16 to 20 in Heber Springs, Ark. Read More »

Podcast 131: Brian Schaeffer with TACO

(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

(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

(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 »