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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.

Ben Hirsch plus Ed Thor on Podcast 33

(Nov. 26, 2014) -- Ben Hirsch, who oversees the day-to-day operations of nine dealerships between Florida and New Hampshire, has been active in developing fast-track training opportunities to help develop younger leaders into well-rounded dealership managers. He talks about how the RVDA's Young Executives Program was formed and how it is being received by the participants. Next up, Ed Thor, manager of RV services, and John Annichiarico, vice president of national sales for Vehicle Administrative Services (VAS) talk about their branded emergency roadside assistance programs being offered to dealers, manufacturers and associations.

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Coach-Net’s Dan Lopez plus Ally Financial’s Bill Thompson and Courtney Hennessey on Episode 32

(Nov. 20, 2014) -- The first is with Dan Lopez, president of Coach-Net. The company is actively developing a nationwide dealer service network to support Coach-Net customers who need repair work quickly. The second interview is with Bill Thompson, director of recreational lending for Ally Finance. He is joined by Courtney Hennessey, a training consultant, who is helping the company create a professional development center for RV dealers.

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Dawn and Mark Polk, from RV Education 101, on Podcast 031

(Nov. 13, 2014) -- The video was so well received, the Polk's launched RV Education 101 and eventually developed more than a dozen training videos for travel trailers, motorhomes and all the components on them. They have also developed a video series on how to restore an old travel trailer, and how they are creating instructional videos in partnership with some of the biggest supplier names in the RV industry.

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Neff Brothers RV featured on Podcast 30

(Oct. 30, 2014) -- Episode 30 starts off with a brief description of the Workamper Rendezvous and the first-ever conference of the National RV Inspectors Association in Heber Springs, Ark. This week's guests are Bill and Ralph Neff, owners of Neff Brothers RV in Lorain, Ohio. The company, which specializes in RV rentals, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The Neff Brothers describe how they decided to get into the RV rental business and what they do to promote and manage their operation.

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Keystone’s Jim Mac, Protect All’s Ken Neuman on Podcast 029

(Oct. 14, 2014) -- The first guest this week is Jim Mac, the marketing director for Keystone RV. Recorded at the Elkhart Open House in September, Mac talks about the history of the company and the open house as well as the work the company does to maintain solid dealer relationships. Mac also talks about the research that goes into developing new products as he describes some innovative floorplans being introduced this year. Next up is Ken Neuman, the vice president of sales and marketing for Protect All. While at the Pennsylvania RV Show in early September, Newman asked to come on the show to talk about the company's line of easy-to-use RV cleaning products that create a solid profit center for RV dealers because of the versatility of the products.

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Lippert’s Andy Murray, dealer Fran Roberts on Podcast 028

(Oct. 7, 2014) -- This week's podcast starts with an interview with Andy Murray, the vice president of RV sales for Lippert Components. One of the fastest growing companies in the industry, Lippert is often on the buying end of an acquisition. The company builds multiple components for RV manufacturers. Murray describes the how the acquisitions will help grow the company and solidify its position in the RV industry. Next up is RV dealer Fran Roberts, owner of Longview RV in Windsor Locks, Conn. Roberts is a veteran of the RV industry who recently sold his Florida location to Camping World. Roberts describes the changes he has seen in the industry over his career.

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Livin’ Lite’s Scott Tuttle, Nexus’ Claude Donati on episode 027

(Oct. 2, 2014) -- Scott Tuttle started Livin' Lite RV in a garage several years ago. Today, it's affiliated with Thor Industries and attaining national attention for its products, which are built without wood. Claude Donati developed a vision to create a direct-to-consumer RV manufacturing firm. Nexus RV is gaining prominence in the luxury RV market, despite having no dealer base to show and sell the motorhomes.

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Grand Design CEO Don Clark appears on Podcast 026

(Sept. 26, 2014) -- Clark describes the basic business philosophy that forms the foundation for the 2-year-old RV manufacturing firm. Grand Design is making a huge wave in the RV industry because the company is set up to be very dealer-centered in its business approach. Clark also describes the new products the company has released this year, and he talks about plans for controlling future growth.

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Thor’s Bob Martin, RVSEF’s Walter Cannon on Podcast 025

(Sept. 24, 2014) -- Bob Martin, president and CEO of Thor Industries, talks about the Elkhart Open House and how it evolved into a powerhouse industry event. He also describes where the company is headed, the advantages of the firm's autonomous structure that drives decision making to the product level, and where he sees the RV market in five to 10 years. Next, Walter Cannon, executive director of the RV Safety Education Foundation talks about his group's safety initiatives to educate RV owners about proper weight capacity as well as fire, towing and carbon monoxide safety issues.

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ARVC’s Marcia Galvin and Seacoast RV’s Linda Mailhot on Podcast 024

(Sept. 29, 2014) -- This episode of RV Industry News features interviews with two women working in the RV industry. The first segment features Marcia Galvin, with Normandy Farms Campground in Foxborough, Mass., who is also the chairman of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. The second segment features Linda Mailhot, the co-owner of Seacoast RV in Saco, Maine, which is one of the largest park model dealerships in the nation specializing in mobile RV repair service.

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Skyline’s Don Emahiser, RV Medic’s Chris Dougherty on Podcast 023

(Sept. 15, 2014) -- Skyline has gone through a rebirth this year, and RV Division President Don Emahiser describes how that impacts the company in terms of new product innovation and the markets it plans to reach. The second guest is Chris Dougherty, the former owner of RV Medics, who talks about the challenges faced by mobile technicians and how it can impact consumers from a lack of insurance coverage to the need for independents to become certified technicians.

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Heather Leach, Gary Bunzer appear on Podcast 022

(Sept. 11, 2014) -- This week's episode is broadcast from America's Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa., and the first guest is Heather Leach, the marketing director for PRVCA, who talks about the show as well as the technician training programs the association offers. Next up is Gary Bunzer, the RV Doctor, who describes what the RV Industry Association and RV Dealers Association are doing to help attract more people to careers in RV service.

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RV Inspection Association topic of Podcast 021

(Aug. 21, 2014) -- Demand for inspection services is on the rise, and RV technicians are in such short supply as it is that they don't have time to devote to inspections. However, extended warranty companies, lenders and RV buyers are demanding more quality inspections. Listen to Anderson and Cooper outline to their plan to develop that network of professional inspectors.

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Thetford President Kevin Phillips is guest on podcast 020

(Aug. 14, 2014) -- This week's guest is Kevin Phillips, the president of Thetford North America. He talks about the role his international company plays in the success of the RV industry here in America as well as around the world. He also talks about his company's commitment to quality and safety in describing some pretty ingenious processes the firm has implemented.

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Xantrex’ Mitul Chandrani on podcast episode 019

(Aug. 7, 2014) -- Chandrani calls the product the new generation of Freedom products and said it will be a great money making opportunity for RV dealers as consumers become more aware of the importance of power management in RVs. He also describes a new testing lab that Xantrex opened to put its products through rigorous testing by simulating weather and road conditions.

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