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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 123: Jeannine Patane with RV Compass

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(Jan. 19, 2017) -- This week’s guest is another “girl camper” of sorts. Jeannine Patané is the founder of RV Compass, a company that helps orchestrate RV rallies across the country. She is also in the process of authoring a book about upscale living in a recreation vehicle. She lives and works from a 13-foot Scamp towable, and much of her niche has been planning events for people who own smaller fiberglass campers, but she’s looking to expand that. Read More »

Podcast 122 features Infinity Woven Products

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(Jan. 12, 2017) -- Warren McCrickard is the vice president of sales for Infinity Woven Products. Headquartered in Dalton, Ga., Infinity has introduced a flooring product that can be found in some of the RVs coming out this model year. he company calls it a luxury woven vinyl and it’s a canvas-type product that can be applied to flooring or used in awning construction as well. It is made to withstand pretty heavy use and it includes ultraviolet fading protection. It’s also warranted for 10 years. Infinity Woven Products has a big presence in the yacht and marine market, and the firm is trying to expand its presence in the RV industry, too. Read More »

Podcast 121: Protective’s Bill Koster

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(Jan. 9, 2017) -- This week’s guest is Bill Koster, the vice president of specialty products at Protective. Protective celebrates its 25th anniversary this year of its endorsement by the RV Dealers Association of the Xtra Ride extended warranty. He describes the Xtra Ride program and explains why RV dealers need to be offering extended warranties to customers. Koster also explains part of the process that goes into having a product or service endorsed by the RV Dealers Association – and it’s not just simply signing a check to get the endorsement. Read More »

Podcast 120: Janine Pettit, founder of Girl Camper

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(Dec. 9, 2016) -- Janine Pettit is the founder of Girl Camper, an organization that seeks to provide resources for women who want to buy and use RVs, and to live a mobile lifestyle in full confidence. Janine is very careful to note there is a huge difference between glamping – glamorous camping – and girl camping. Some girl campers like to camp in luxury, but many others prefer a scaled back, more simple lifestyle where they can experience the outdoors and travel. 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 »

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 »

Podcast 110: Todd Vice and Walex

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(Sept. 30, 2016) -- In the RV industry, Walex offers industrial strength cleaner and degreaser, holding tank treatments to break down waste, hand sanitizer, odor control products for black and gray water tanks, and an odor control spray that freshens air, carpets and fabrics. Vice describes some of the new products the company has developed in recent years and the specific problems they are designed to address. Read More »

Podcast 109: Cedar Mountain RVI and Wi-Fi

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(Sept. 23, 2016) -- Wayne Hulit, the president of Cedar Mountain RVI, a company in Virginia that provides RV inspections and reps RV Armor and Truma water heaters as well. But, Cedar Mountain is also heavily involved in bringing a new Wi-Fi solution to the outdoor hospitality industry. He describes his partnership with Sigmawifi, a New Hampshire firm that is working with campground and RV park owners to improve signal strength at their facilities. Hulit touches on equipment that campground owners and RV owners alike can use to improve the Wi-Fi experience. He also touches on why RV dealerships should be paying more attention to improving Wi-Fi in RVs they sell. Read More »