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KOA Care Camps featured on Podcast 53

(May 21, 2015) -- This week's guests are Scott and Diane King, the owners of the Springfield Route 66 KOA campground in Missouri. Diane serves on the board of directors of KOA Care Camps, an organization that has raised $8 million since 1984 -- $1 million last year alone -- to help send kids with cancer to camp for a week. Care Camps supports 56 separate campgrounds that provide a camping experience to kids at no cost to their families.

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Gary Motley talks dealership displays on Podcast 52

(May 8, 2015) -- This is Motley's second appearance on RV Industry News. Last time he focused on service center operations. In this interview, Motley switches gears and focuses on one of his pet peeves -- dealers who do not ensure that RVs, especially used units, are properly set up in "sale ready" condition. It's a situation he thinks costs dealers dearly in terms of missed sales and lowered reputations. As an industry trainer, Motley has talked about his issues with RV dealers for years at various conferences. However, as more discerning buyers arrive on RV sales lots, they are expecting to view RVs without defect and missing parts.

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Dave Napp, CEO of Carefree Communities, on Podcast 51

(April 30, 2015) -- Napp talks about the biggest changes he has seen in the campground business, as well as trends he's noticing in the outdoor hospitality industry as well. He identifies several underserviced areas in the campground segment of the RV industry, such as finding investment dollars and land to create more RV parks. There are a number of things the campground industry can do to better reach its potential for customers and for investors, and he outlines how social media is a campground's absolute best friend for maintaining a community of campers all year round.

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Xscapers and Fulltime Families on Podcast 48

Episode 48 of RV Industry News is devoted to two groups focused on serving younger RVers -- the Xscapers and Fulltime Families. Travis and Melanie Carr are spearheading the Xscapers expansion. They come on the show to talk about the club's mission and what they plan to do to better equip younger RVs for their journeys. Kimberly Travaglino, the founder of Fulltime Families, is a repeat guest on RV Industry News. The group, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary, is nearing 1,000 members who are primarily families with children living and working on the road.

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Evanne Schmarder talks digital marketing on Podcast 47

(March 19, 2015) -- The host of the online RV Cooking Show and of RV Life, produced for Rollin' On TV, Schmarder's involvement in the RV industry is vast and varied. She is the author of Unconventional Wisdom Works, and directed the outdoor hospitality industry's first benchmark study to gauge the way campgrounds and RV parks are marketing their firms online. Schmarder is the owner of Roadabode Productions and serves as a consultant to business owners to help them maximize their digital marketing efforts.

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Chuck Woodbury is guest on podcast episode 46

(March 13, 2015) -- Woodbury is the 2014 RV Industry Association Journalist of the Year. His career spans several decades and includes work as a magazine publisher, blogger, and videographer. Until recently, he owned RVbookstore.com, which served thousands of customers as the industry's first online resource for books and DVDs. The manager of nearly a dozen different RV-related websites, he has been at the forefront of every communications change impacting the RV industry, and he offers some great insight into how digital media will change the way RV businesses and campgrounds reach and serve customers.

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Lazyday’s Tim Sheehan and videographer John Holod on podcast 44

(Feb. 12, 2015) -- The first guest is Tim Sheehan, the CEO of Lazydays RV. He talks about what is happening at one of the largest RV dealerships in the world and describes how the market in Tampa has changed in recent years, and what's behind the phenomenal growth in RV sales in that part of Florida. He also touches on the opening of the new Airstream Store at the Lazydays Tucson location, and how dealer-manufacturer partnerships like that can be game changers for consumers. The second guest is John Holod, owner of RV Adventure Videos, who has traveled throughout North America chronicling popular RV tours to places like Florida, Alaska, the Rocky Mountains, Route 66 and the New England Coast. Holod is available to help RV show promoters sell the sizzle and fun of the RV lifestyle by hosting a series of fun, informative presentations. Magicians, musicians and water-skiing squirrels aren't going to convince people to buy and use an RV, but learning about RV adventures will keep people talking for days and weeks after the show, he explained.

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Velvac’s Jeff Porter and Blue Ox’ Ryan Thomas on podcast 38

(Dec. 18, 2014) -- The final podcast of 2014, episode 38, features two interviews from the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. First up is Jeff Porter, the CEO of Velvac Corporation. The New Berlin, Wis., company is celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2014, and is really making a push into the RV aftermarket to increase awareness among RV dealers about the firm's driver safety products. Next up is Ryan Thomas, a salesperson for Blue Ox. The Pender, Neb., company hasn't slowed down since the death of its founder, Jay Hesse, earlier this year. Ryan talks about the new Avail towbar and the company's chassis performance package, which gives dealers a great product to sell to help RV owners better enjoy their driving and towing experiences.

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KOA’s Toby Hedges and Tents for Troops’ Charlie Curry on Episode 034

(Dec. 1, 2014) -- One of the outdoor industry's best marketing minds, Hedges talks about the explosion of interest in deluxe cabins as well as several new branding initiatives for KOA that include partnerships with RV industry groups, like Route 66 and Dometic. Curry, the founder of Tents for Troops, talks about an expansion plan he has launched to allow active duty military members free use recreation vehicles permanently parked at campgrounds.

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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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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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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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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.

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

(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.

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RV service expert Gary Motley on podcast episode 008

(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.

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