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RV Daily Report’s exclusive podcasts include interviews with business owners, managers, entrepreneurs and leaders in the RV and camping industry who tell their stories in their own words. Listen at work on your PC or download a copy for your next workout, drive home, or day with the in-laws (kidding). Each episode is packed full of interesting discussion, ideas and thought provoking conversation on the current state and future of the RV business. New podcasts are posted regularly; bookmark this page or subscribe to the email for updates.

Podcast 146 features RVDR Editor Ronnie Garrett

(July 27, 2017) -- This week’s guest is Ronnie Garrett, the new editor of RV Daily Report who took over the publication July 1. She describes a little about herself and her background not only in journalism, but in RVing as well. Garrett outlines her vision for RV Daily Report and describes areas she thinks can be improved, such as adding more videos and publishing more unique stories and production of several “special edition” magazine-like publications that will be delivered online. Read More »

Podcast 145 features Camp Anytime executives

(July 21, 2017) -- The guests this week are from Camp Anytime, a new company with roots to the hotel industry that is entering the outdoor hospitality industry to provide management assistance to campgrounds and RV parks. Camp Anytime supports campgrounds in five key areas. They include operations, revenue optimization, accounting, human resources and sales and marketing. The service offered go far beyond just setting up a website to accept online reservations, it includes identifying areas where growth can occur, expenses that can be reduced and services or amenities that can be added. Read More »

Podcast 144 features author, speaker Simon Bailey

(July 13, 2017) -- This week’s podcast guest is Simon Bailey, a former sales director for the Disney Institute and the author of seven books, including Shift to Brilliance. He has identified some interesting trends when it comes to customer service that will interest RV dealers and campground owners alike. Read More »

Podcast 143 features Ford RV Refrigeration Center

(July 6, 2017) -- Roger and Onna Lee Ford are the founders of Ford RV Refrigeration Repair Network, a company in Benton, Kentucky, that has been providing a valuable service to RV owners for many years that is underreported and often underappreciated. Working together, the Fords have created a nationwide network of RV refrigerator repair technicians and centers that operate under the radar of RV dealerships – and their business is booming. On the show, the Fords provide a little history behind the training center and explain the services they provide to RV owners as well as talk about a business opportunity available in absorption refrigerator repair. Read More »

Podcast 142: Melissa Dafnis with Your RV Dream

(June 26, 2017) -- This week’s guest is Melissa Dafnis, founder of Your RV Dream. She has turned her passion for RV travel into a business to help people learn about the lifestyle as well as to help them find the right RVs and equipment to better enjoy their RV experiences. Several weeks ago she hosted the RV Dream Summit in which she featured interviews with 20 prominent RVing experts who described how to achieve the RV life they’ve always dreamed about. Dafnis talks about the audio interviews she completed, but also describes her consulting services that she offers to RV owners and those exploring the RV lifestyle. She has made the entire interview set available free for a limited time to listeners to this podcast. Read More »

Podcast 141: WD-40’s Tim Lesmeister

(June 16, 2017) -- Today’s guest is Tim Lesmeister, the vice president of marketing at WD-40 Company. The firm recently introduced two RV-specific products, a three-in-one Slideout Silicone Lube and a three-in-one Window and Track Dry Lube.Sticky windows and slideouts are among the most common problems RVers face on the road, and many people may be tempted to just use standard WD-40 to resolve the problems. Lesmeister describes the new products and what they are specifically designed to alleviate. He also touches on RV maintenance strategies and why it is so important to stay on top of problems and preventative maintenance. Read More »

Podcast 140: Mobile Sleep Components

(June 9, 2017) -- Today’s guest is Jonathan Prichard, the founder of Mobile Sleep Components, a company that makes mattresses specifically for RVs. Prichard encourages RV dealers to offer mattresses to their customers and he explains reasons why they make great aftermarket items. He also offers advice to dealers on what to look for when choosing a mattress supplier. Prichard even offers tips on ways to market and promote mattress sales while providing advice on how to close more mattress deals. Read More »

Podcast 139 features Disclaimers Online

(June 1, 2017) -- This week’s guest is Perry Hines, the CEO of Disclaimers Online. It’s a new company that is entering the RV industry to help dealers offer better disclosures to consumers. Disclaimers Online puts federally-required disclosure information on the web, so when dealers run an advertisement that requires written disclaimers, dealers show the Disclaimers Online logo and consumers can go there to read the fine print of the offer. The service is being used by vehicle dealers now and will soon be available to finance companies. Read More »

Podcast 138 features Rollin’ On TV founder

(May 25, 2017) -- Jose Moniz, the founder and producer of Rollin’ On TV, started the show several years ago and has worked diligently to get the 30-minute episodes broadcast on cable networks around the country. He describes the mission of Rollin’ On TV and why he believes the show’s popularity is increasing year after year. He is seeing tremendous interest in RVing from the Hispanic community, as well as support from big industry players. Read More »

Podcast 137: WiFi Ranger SkyPro

(May 18, 2017) -- This week’s podcast focuses on one of the more troubling aspects of the RV lifestyle which pertains to difficulty connecting to the Internet while on the road. This week’s guest -- Evan Sorenson, a brand developer for WiFi Ranger -- provides information on a new product that can help RVers enjoy better connections – whether using wireless or cellular data. WiFi Ranger’s new SkyPro device works to boost wireless connections, while tapping into multiple cellular carriers to deliver a more consistent experience. Read More »

Podcast 134: Tom Wirth with Huntington Bank

(April 20, 2017) -- This week’s guest is a Tom Wirth, a senior vice president at Huntington Bank, who oversees a growing organization that’s serving more than 1,400 marine and RV dealerships across 26 states in the Midwest and southeast. He describes the scope of service the bank can provide to RV dealers, and explains how its recent merger with FirstMerit Bank will impact the industry. He offers compelling perspective on the RV and marine finance industry and where the industries themselves are heading, as well as the challenges, innovations and trends experienced in the dealer service arena. Read More »

Podcast 136 features Wayne Brubaker, RV Ad Pros

(May 11, 2017) -- Today’s guest is Wayne Brubaker, the founder of RV Ad Pros. He is embracing video as a way for dealers to tell stories that consumers love to watch. He recently attended the Digital Dealer Conference and provides some interesting feedback about new trends in digital advertising and social media, as well as how consumers are engaging businesses online rather than face-to-face. Read More »

Podcast 135: Spencer Cavins from Wheelbase

(May 4, 2017) -- This week’s guest is Spencer Cavins, the director of dealer solutions for Wheelbase, a company based in San Francisco that provides software RV rental dealers need to run their businesses. He explains why most RV rental management software has not been web-enabled and why it often lacks key features and other components, like mobile applications, that make it more difficult for rental dealers to manage their fleets. He describes how the idea for Wheelbase came about and how it can be used to embrace the rapidly emerging private rental business. He spends some time talking about the sharing economy and how millennials are big into sharing RVs rather than owning them. Read More »

Podcast 133: Mark Ellert, Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts

(April 14, 2017) -- This week’s guest is Mark Ellert, the president and co-founder of Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts. However, the company is expanding into the outdoor hospitality industry and is in the process of building several destination RV parks in Florida in the next few years. One resort in Tarpon Springs, Fla., will open in 2018 and another in Lake Okeechobee, Fla., in 2019. Ellert explains why Guy Harvey opted to get into the outdoor hospitality industry and what his staff is planning to do to really up the game and attract more families and children to their RV parks. One resort in Tarpon Springs, Fla., will open in 2018 and another in Lake Okeechobee, Fla., in 2019. Read More »

Podcast 132: Scott Willingham with MindWire

(April 7, 2017) -- This week’s guest is Scott Willingham, vice president and partner at MindWire. Many companies have likely hired what a manager suspected was going to be an incredible fit for the organization based on words appearing in a resume and how the person conducted himself or herself in an interview, only to find out that it was all fluff and marketing. The behavioral science and workforce analytics provided by MindWire cuts through all the spit and polish to give a snapshot into the way a person is hardwired to think and behave. Read More »