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Podcast 155 features TAXA Outdoors CEO Garrett Finney

(Oct. 12, 2017) -- This week’s guest is Garrett Finney, the founder and CEO of TAXA Outdoors, a company based in Houston. He was at the Elkhart open house where the firm was introducing a brand new line of compact, lightweight trailers. These RVs are designed specifically to operate as base camps for outdoor adventures. They lack some of the amenities most people expect to see in an RV, but they make up for that in versatility and the ability to haul gear into very remote places. Read More »

Podcast 154 features RVDA President Phil Ingrassia

(Oct. 5, 2017) -- Today’s guest is Phil Ingrassia, the president of the RV Dealers Association in Fairfax, Va. The 2017 RV Dealers Convention and Expo takes place Oct. 6 to 10 at Bally’s in Las Vegas. He describes RVDA’s Vendor Training Plus program as well as a new initiative with NTP-Stag, and the Partners in Progress meetings scheduled among dealers and manufacturers. He touches on the new slate of speakers for this year, which includes a lot of women and first-time presenters. He also talks about the expo and the number of vendors that will be exhibiting products and services in that sold-out venue. Read More »

Podcast 153 features Meyer Distributing execs

(Sept. 28, 2017) -- This week’s guests are Jeff Braun, the chief financial officer at Meyer Distributing, and Bruce Terwiske, the director of purchasing. The gentlemen explain why Meyer enjoys a competitive advantage in that the firm controls its own fleet of delivery vehicles. As a family-owned business, the staff really understands smaller, independent businesses. Braun and Terwiske also describe the services Meyer offers to RV dealers, suppliers and RV manufacturers. Read More »

Podcast 152: Bob Martin, CEO of Thor Industries

(Sept. 22, 2017) -- Episode 152 begins with a brief synopsis of the Elkhart Dealer Open House, which took place this week. This week’s guest is Bob Martin, the CEO for Thor Industries. He describes how giving the individual companies the authority make decisions on their own works to help move Thor Industries forward faster than it could do if the firm had centralized decision making. He talks a bit about the Jayco acquisition and what it means for the company as well as how the hurricanes and increasing demand for product make it challenging for manufacturers and suppliers to keep up the pace. Read More »

Podcast 151: Chris Patton with Your Christian Faith At Work

(Sept. 15, 2017) -- This week’s guest is Chris Patton, an automobile dealer from La Grange, Ga., who has developed a unique blog called Christian Faith at Work. He helps business owners of all types leverage their businesses for what he calls eternal rewards. He’s the author of 67 Proven Ways to Integrate Your Faith into Business Without Being Pushy. Patton describes ways business owners can incorporate their faith in day-to-day operations by creating a positive culture for all employees and customers. Read More »

Podcast 150 features Bryan Henke with Freightliner

(Sept. 7, 2017) -- Episode 150 starts with a brief synopsis of this year’s Caravan Salon and an overview of the European caravan market. This week’s guest is Bryan Henke, the manager of product marketing for Freightliner Custom Chassis. The company recently rolled out its 5-star customer experience, and Henke comes onto the show to talk about it. He also describes some of the more interesting innovations that have found their way onto Freightliner RV chassis in recent years, such as V Ride, Ultra Steer, Roadwatch, Optiview and the company’s incredible 60-degree wheel cut. Read More »

Podcast 149 features The RV Show USA

(Aug. 24, 2017) -- This week’s guest is Alan Warren, the founder of The RV Show USA. He wants everyone to have fun in their RVs and to share their stories of adventure with others. The RV Show USA is a radio show that is broadcast over the internet, but is also available to radio stations across North America. His guests on The RV Show USA often include some of the RV lifestyle’s biggest YouTube stars and bloggers, but he also features individual RV owners that have wonderful stories to tell. Read More »

Podcast 148 features Workamper News

(Aug. 17, 2017) -- Workamper News now represents more than 7,000 employers and sends daily newsletters to 28,000 people living the RV lifestyle by working short-term gigs for those employers. Working in conjunction with the National RV Training Academy, Workamper News has developed a new workstudy program that allows workampers to bank hours and apply the value accrued to tech training. Steve Anderson explains how that program works and how it will benefit workampers as well as the campgrounds and RV dealers that employ them. He also describes the upcoming Workamper Rendezvous event planned for Oct. 16 to 20 in Heber Springs, Ark. Read More »

Podcast 147: Marianne Edwards with Boondockers Welcome

(Aug. 10, 2017) -- The guest for podcast 147 is Marianne Edwards, the founder of Boondockers Welcome, a website that connects people who have space on their property with people looking to boondock wherever they travel. The site promises safe, legal and free overnight boondocking on fellow RVers’ property.Boondockers Welcome takes it to a whole new level and introduces a social aspect that many RVers find particularly appealing. People who love RVing can connect with like-minded people by simply letting them stay on their property. It’s a way to make friends and share in other people’s adventures. Read More »

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 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 »