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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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

Stromberg Carlson’s Bob Brammer on podcast 018

(Aug. 1, 2014) -- Broadcasting from spectacular Traverse City, Mich., this episode features an interview with Bob Brammer, president of Stromberg Carlson. The company produces a multitude of RV lifestyle products designed to make RVing easier and more fun. Brammer talks about his company history, the products he markets, technology used to create the products, and an expansion project currently underway. He also talks about the RV market in general and how he sees nothing but sunshine in the forecast. Read More »

Larry Milks, Kim Travaglino guests on Podcast episode 017

(July 25, 2014) -- Larry Milks, whose family grew Fantastic Vents from conception to its sale in 2010 is back with a new company and new product. Fabulous Operating Products launched the SAM-1 Range Hood Upgrade Kit that can replace traditional venting systems -- even roof-mounted vents. Then, Kimberly Travaglino, founder of Fulltime Families, talks about how her organization helps younger RVers live their dream of traveling together and roadschooling their children. Read More »

Winnebago brand managers appear on podcast episode 016

(July 18, 2014) -- The episode starts with Ryan Roske, the Class A diesel pusher product manager, followed by John Millis, the Class A gas product manager. Then Russ Garfin, the Class B and Class C product manager talks about that market followed by Johnny Hernandez, president of Winnebago Towables. Each of the guests talk about the health of their various market segments and describe new product being introduced this year by Winnebago Industries. Read More »

Jayco’s Derald, Wilbur and Bertha Bontrager on podcast episode 015

(July 3, 2014) -- Guests include Derald Bontrager, the president and CEO of Jayco, who talks about changes to the corporate structure which pushes decision making authority down to the division level. Then, Wilbur Bontrager, the chairman of the board, talks about the company's new brand strategy, "Generations of Family Fun" and what it means for dealers and consumers. Finally, Bertha Bontrager Rhodes, one of the founders of Jayco, talks about the early days of the company and the values upon which Jayco's foundation was built. Read More »

ARC’s Derrick Crandall and Coach-Net’s Dan Lopez and Heidi Vincent on podcast 014

(June 19, 2014) -- The first guest is Derrick Crandall, the president of the American Recreation Coalition, which is spearheading the National Great Outdoors Month in June. Crandall describes what the initiative is about, but also talks about why it is important that the RV industry pay attention to things like infrastructure improvements at national parks and forests, as well as funding for highway improvements. The second interview features Dan Lopez, the vice president of sales and business development for Coach-Net, plus Heidi Vincent, the company's chief marketing officer. Coach-Net is leading an initiative to promote a Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights, which encourages families to expose their children to specific outdoor activities. Read More »

RVillage founder Curtis Coleman on podcast episode 013

(June 13, 2014) -- Curtis Coleman came up with the idea for RVillage during a late-night visit to an RV park when he wondered why people staying there weren't really interacting as they could. RVillage, which launched three months ago today, promises to be a game changer in the RV industry. This week's episode opens with a description of Foretravel, an RV manufacturing plant RV Industry News Host Greg Gerber had a chance to visit this week. Gerber also talks about his visit with Mike Martinkus, an RV salesperson and marketing guru for Motorhomes of Texas, about the best ways for RV dealers to use their websites and social media to reach potential customers. Read More »