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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.

KOA Rising Star Joe Long is guest on podcast episode 012

Joe and Diane Long, owners of the Lena KOA in Lena, Ill.

(June 6, 2014) -- Joe Long, the owner of the KOA campground in Lena, Ill., is the guest on this week's podcast episode. Long is a KOA Rising Star Award winner, and his campground demonstrates that award-winning effort. He talks about how he came into the campground industry, why he chose KOA as his partner and what he is doing at his 102-site campground to make it one of the best in the KOA system. Read More »

F&I Expert Jan Kelly on podcast episode 011

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(May 29, 2014) -- This week's guest is finance and insurance expert Jan Kelly, the principal at Kelly Enterprises in Vancouver, Wash. She talks about risks dealers face in not paying attention to the plethora of federal regulations being enforced by the "alphabet army" of agencies. She also explains how dealers can be more profitable by allowing F&I managers to have time to focus on doing their jobs, rather than requiring them to divide their attention among other duties. Read More »

Dave Schutz, Dometic VP, is a guest on podcast episode 10

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(May 22, 2014) -- On this weeks' episode of RV Industry News, Dave Schutz, the vice president of RV OEM sales and marketing for Dometic Corporation, explains how the company is structured to supply RV manufacturers and dealers -- and keep them supplied regardless of what happens in the world. Read More »

Vets Roll, Cruise Inn RV Parks and Brian Shaeffer in episode 009

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(May 15, 2014) -- This week's episode of RV Industry News starts off talking about Vets Roll, an organization co-founded by RV dealer Mark Finnegan, to help hundreds of veterans travel to Washington to enjoy the memorials erected in their honor. Next up is Cruise Inn President Scott Anderson, who talks about his firm's effort to brand independent RV parks and campgrounds under the Cruise Inn banner. Then, Brian Schaeffer talks about the Texas Association of Campground Owners, Texas Advertising, TXAD Internet and AGS -- all companies he owns or directs. He describes how campgrounds and RV parks as well as RV dealers can benefit from the services his firms provide. Read More »

RV service expert Gary Motley on podcast episode 008

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(May 8, 2014) -- In this episode Motley describes what it takes to operate a profitable RV service operation. It requires planning work flow, training staff, retaining quality workers, ensuring all paperwork is properly accounted for, charging enough money and, most importantly, providing quality customer service that makes them want to return. Read More »

Winnebago’s Randy Potts, Scott Degnan plus Lazydays’ Chris Trapeni on Episode 007

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(April 23, 2014) -- With RV Daily Report officially "on the road," Gerber starts with a visit to the Winnebago Dealer Days event in Las Vegas where he had a chance to talk with President Randy Potts about the direction of the company. He also recaps a conversation with Scott Degnan, the company's vice president of brand development about Winnebago's new branding initiative. The first stop in the RV was at the Lazydays KOA where Gerber had a chance to interview Chris Trapeni, the general manager of Lazydays Tucson. Read More »

Grasshaven founder Dawn Bitz on Episode 006

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(April 10, 2014) -- Bitz encourages RV dealers and campgrounds to carry a limited selection of high-quality housewares and kitchen items because today's customer demands them. The days of eating on paper plates with plastic utensils are over, she explains. People embrace the RV lifestyle because they can travel. They don't expect to give up the common luxuries and amenities to do it. Read More »

Episode 005 – Interview with Bob Zagami

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(April 3, 2014) -- Zagami shares his views on whether RV shows are still a viable option not only for RV dealers, but for the industry as well. He explains what makes some industry events so popular while others struggle to maintain attendance. He also talks about how his association is making a big investment in training technicians, and why it is critical that the industry address a serious technician shortage. Read More »

Podcast episode 004 – An interview with Bert Alanko

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(March 27, 2014) -- In the podcast interview, Alanko, the president of MBA Insurance, talks about the success of the 2014 RV Rental School and why so many dealers are interested in jumping into the rental market. He describes dealers who make between $500,000 and $1 million in states where they have only a six-month rental season. He describes the advantages for dealers to rent RVs, as well as some of the common pitfalls that dealers can avoid to improve their profitability. Read More »

Lee Thaxton, RV Roof Armor on Podcast 003

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(March 20, 2014) -- This week's episode opens with a brief look at the explosion of mobile devices being used to access the Internet. RV Daily Report has published eight stories within the last 10 days about companies in the RV industry launching upgraded versions of their websites. The guest this week is Lee Thaxton, the owner of RV Roof Armor, a company that specializes in restoring RV roofs without having to rip off the old one and build a new roof. RV Roof Armor applies a liquid membrane to any existing RV roof that transforms it into a puncture and tear resistant top. Best of all, the company warranties the product to be leak free for life. Read More »

Podcast episode 002 — David Houle plus Mark Douglass

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(March 13, 2014) -- At the RVIA Annual Meeting, futurist David Houle describes how America is moving into the Shift Age, away from the Information Age. The huge cultural upheaval currently underway will result in a massive amount of change over the next few decades. Listen to what he has to say about how the Millennial generation joining forces with "digital natives," those born after 1998 -- a group that is 3 million larger than the Baby Boom -- who will become the new customers, new employees and new competitors as they shake traditional values. Then, Mark Douglass, founder of the RV Accessibility Group, describes a huge population of people who love to travel, but have mobility issues that hinder their ability to get around. Although the Americans with Disabilities Act requires specific things be done at businesses to make the facilities more accessible, Douglass said there are some common misconceptions regarding compliance with accessibility laws and why should RV dealers and campground owners must be more vigilant in serving this population of customers. Read More »

000 – RVIN – Introductory Episode

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(Feb. 24, 2014) -- Editor Greg Gerber describes his reasons for creating the RV Industry News podcast and what it means for RV Daily Report and the RV industry. He describes the advantages of podcasting, and how this new method of portable on demand broadcasting will enhance the daily newsletter by allowing more quality content to be produced directly from industry sources. Read More »