(Aug. 16, 2018) — he guest this week is Randall Jeremiah, founder of the Supplier and Vendor Exhibition that will be held in conjunction with the open house event. Dozens of industry suppliers will exhibit their products under a big tent on three acres of property near the RV/MH Hall of Fame. He explains his vision for the expo and what companies can do to participate in this year’s big tent event.
(Aug. 9, 2018) — This week’s guest is Brian Schell, the operations manager of the Recreation Vehicle Exchange. RecVex is a website that allows lenders and RV dealers to list inventory that is bid upon only by representatives of certified businesses. It is more than an online auction, because RVs are available for sale 24 hours a day, 365 days a week. But, it is better than eBay in that the only bidders are professionals involved in the RV industry.
(Aug. 2, 2018) — This week’s guest is Michael Hudson, affectionately known as the Big Idea Guru, and the voice behind the Get Your Message Heard podcast. He is going to talk about what types of stories businesses need to share, and why. He’s also going to describe how businesses can share their stories in a way that doesn’t sell people, but builds their interest in buying and using a recreation vehicle. Listeners can get a free 15-minute message makeover.
(July 26, 2018) — This week’s guest is Claude Donati, the founder of Nexus RV in Elkhart. He was one of the first guests on the podcast when it started in 2014 and there have been lots of changes with the company since then.
Nexus used to build RVs and sell them directly to consumers, but last year the firm converted to a dealership model by partnering with dozens of RV dealers around the country. Donati explains what makes Nexus RV so unique on the market, and he describes how camping simulators to test each RV as though it was being used in a campground before it even leaves their facility. He explains who the company’s target market is for the motorhomes and announces plans to introduce a new model in September .
(July 19, 2018) — inTech started building travel trailers in 2010, just as the nation was emerging from the Great Recession.
Since then, the company has attracted a lot of attention. The firm was highlighted as one of the Best in Show travel trailers from last year’s National RV Trade Show and was listed as the runner up in the 2017 Best New RV of the Year Award. inTech added some other attention-getting features that are raising eyebrows whenever people see them.
(July 12, 2018) — This week’s guest is Deserie Lawrence, the chief marketing officer of Blue Water Development, a company that manages seven RV resorts on the east coast. She’s going to describe what Millennials want from a camping or outdoor experience. She’ll even show how campgrounds can keep guests busy without investing a lot of money in their own infrastructure, but rather by partnering with other adventure firms in their area. Her marketing advice is that firms must tell the story, not sell the product.
(July 5, 2018) — This week’s show features an interview with Stefan Koschke, the director of Caravan Salon. It is the world’s largest recreation vehicle show that takes place Aug. 25 to Sept. 9 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Koschke describes what is planned for this year’s show, and explains how American companies can still get involved. He also touches on the popularity of caravanning and camping in Europe.
(June 28, 2018) — Elkhart Supply Corp, also known as ESCO, has been providing plumbing and electrical supplies to virtually all RV manufacturers since 1949. The firm also offers wiring for towing connections. Huggett describe the firm’s products, especially the new PEXLock fittings that makes plumbing connections a breeze. He also talks about ESCO’s Flair-It Pro and Plus fittings as well as its transfer switches, power cords, breakaway switches and seven-way towing cords.
(June 21, 2018) — Margo Armstrong is an author of 20 books, a blogger and RV lifestyle expert. She comes on the show to talk about issues related to healthcare on the road, voting, the types of records people need to keep with them, apps to help them on their journeys and how easy it is for single women to embrace the RV lifestyle.
(June 14, 2018) — John Holod has produced a series of exceptional well-made videos chronicling his RV travels all over North America. Each video features high-definition photography of some of the most scenic must-see places to visit as well as little known points of interest. John describes the theme of each of the videos he produced, outlines his decision-making process as to what places to feature, and offers tips on how to plan a great RV trip.
(June 7, 2018) — This week’s guest is Bobby Raatz, director of sales for mobile power and electrical safety equipment with Southwire, the company that produces the Surge Guard equipment. Bobby describes Surge Guard and the types of products it offers to RV owners. He also explains how the systems are designed to work to prevent damaging electrical surges from harming RVs and the sensitive electronic equipment installed in them.
(May 31, 2018) — Scott Hubble, the CEO of nüCamp, is the guest for this week’s show. nüCamp is the American manufacturer of T@B and T@G travel trailers as well as Cirrus truck campers. He describes the products and what makes them unique from other RVs. He also describes the changing market for teardrop RVs and truck campers and why millennial buyers are paying attention to the products.
(May 24, 2018) — This week’s guest is Elizabeth Sanderson, chief marketing officer of Sunflare. The firm has introduced some new technology that is of special interest to tiny trailer and teardrop trailer manufacturers. Just two of the very flexible panels provide 65 watts of power. She explains how the technology works and the advantages to manufacturers for installing the light, thin and flexible panels on their units.
(May 17, 2018) — This week’s podcast features two representatives from Bluewater Development Corporation, a company based in Ocean City, Md., that is actively involved in the outdoor hospitality industry. The firm manages five RV resorts from Maine to North Carolina. Ashley Church is the director of human resources and Rafael Correa is the chief financial officer. Together they describe each of the resorts they serve and the amenities offered at the facilities. They explain the mission of Bluewater Development and the types of services the firm can provide to campgrounds and RV park developers. They touch on the demographics of RVers they are seeking to reach.
(May 10, 2018) — Today’s guest is Mitul Chandrani, the senior marketing manager at Xantrex. The company makes inverters and battery chargers for the RV industry. He describes several of the firm’s flagship products, such as the Freeedom eGen and the Freedom X. He also explains how RVers can benefit from replacing a worn out inverter with an inverter charger to deliver even more power to their appliances and gadgets.
(May 3, 2018) — Today’s guest is Curt Yoder, the co-owner of Kropf Industries, a park model manufacturer based in Goshen, Ind.
Park models have gained a lot of attention in recent years as campgrounds have opted to convert RV spaces into cabins. And many seasonal RVers are opting to trade in their motorhome or towable to buy a park model. Yoder outlines the advantages of destination camping and explain how park models are meeting the needs of consumers and campgrounds.
(April 26, 2018) — This week’s guest is Eric Lawrence, the director of specialty products for Black Book, a company with its fingers on the pulse of the RV auction market. He talks about what Black Book does for the RV industry and shares some insight as to what’s happening this spring at RV auctions as well as how the prices have fared historically.
(April 20, 2018) — Today’s guest is Richard Robertson, the founder of #RV magazine, a brand new publication to the North American RV market. He has been publishing iMotorhome magazine in Australia for many years and discovered a void in the American market for quality content targeting younger, tech savvy RVers. Although the articles in his publication will appeal to a wide swath of RV users, Robertson’s online-only publication will have special appeal to non-traditional RVers.
(April 12, 2018) — This week’s guest is Mike Sokol, a trainer and consultant who works for RV Travel and also manages a unique website called the No Shock Zone to help RV owners better understand electrical systems on board their RVs. His mission is to help RV owners avoid what is called hot skin condition where the outside of the RV becomes electrified. Soktol offers tips on the types of equipment to provide better protection to RVers and their families as well as information they need to know to avoid expensive repairs caused by poor electrical hookups.
(April 5, 2018) — The guests this week are Steve Maldonado, the owner of Soul Ride Scooters, and Jason Edwards, the chief financial officer and co-owner of the company. Soul Ride produces a unique line of motorized scooters that fold up to the size of a bag of golf clubs and easily fit in an RV compartment. The scooters travel at 15 mph for 22 to 28 miles and recharge in just three or four hours. The scooters weigh 50 pounds, but can accommodate passengers up to 400 pounds. The guys explain how the scooters could be a profitable rental program for RV dealers and campgrounds.