(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.
(March 29, 2018) — Jan Kelly, an expert in finance and insurance, can help RV dealers sell F&I add-on products, but do so in a way that ensures they comply with the complex myriad of laws, rules and regulations that govern those products. She talks about how enforcement of the Military Lending Act is impacting RV dealerships, and she also describes how dealers can work to convert cash buyers into financed buyers to help both the buyer and the dealership.
(March 22, 2018) — This week’s guest is Jeff Polke, the cofounder of CGI Outdoors, a company that markets unique chairs, tables and other outdoor equipment. The firm just recently re-entered the RV market. CGI produces some rugged furniture that works on just about any terrain, and their rockers are extremely popular. The firm just introduced an innovative cook station to help chefs make great meals outdoors. The company sells products through a dealer direct network as well as online. Polke describes the benefits of its patented technology. He also offers some valid reasons for RV dealers and campgrounds to carry the products.
(March 15, 2018) — This week’s guest is Shelley Fugitt, one of the relatively new owners of the KOA campground near Carlsbad, N.M. She and her husband, James, bought the facility last year and manage it year-round with their three children. Fugitt explains why they decided to get out of pediatric oncology – or treating kids with cancer – and get into the campground industry instead. She explains why they settled on acquiring a KOA franchise versus a privately-owned campground. She also talks about what she learned at KOA University that has helped her prepare for the challenges she faced as new business owners who were brand new to the outdoor hospitality industry.
(March 8, 2018) — There are two guests for this week’s podcast. Kevin Wallenbach is the founder of RVing Planet and he is joined by Nate Morse, the director of RVing Planet. This relatively new consumer RV site is growing at a pretty good clip. The site provides information about RV products and the RV lifestyle specifically catering to consumers. They explain what RVing Planet is all about and why they built the site.
(March 1, 2018) — This week’s guest is Anthony Tedesco, who works for Show Managers LLC, a company located in Richmond, Va. He and his partner have almost 40 years of combined experience planning, organizing and promoting shows of all types, including RV shows. Tedesco describes the elements of a good RV show and explain what RV dealers and consumers can do to get the most of their RV show experience. He also talks about the upcoming Mid-Atlantic RV Show March 16 to 18 in Richmond, Va.
(Feb. 22, 2018) — This week’s guest is Josh Traxler, the chief operating officer of Campspot. The software goes beyond reservations management and online booking. It allows people to tack add-on services to their reservations, like golf carts, bikes, tickets and even food. Owners can also price each site individually based on location or amenities, with a price that fluctuates based on promotions, the season, demand or special events.
(Feb. 15, 2018) — This week’s guest is Laurie Leonard, who runs a start-up company in San Diego, Calif., to help pet owners who travel. She is the founder of MyPetRecordsOnline.com, a service that stores a pet’s medical records, including vaccination history, online so they can be accessed by another vet in an emergency situation, or even a campground looking to verify a current rabies shot. Leonard offers a variety of plans to accommodate any pet owner and is even willing to create a custom plan to meet unusual needs.
(Feb. 8, 2018) — This week’s guest is Phil Ingrassia, the president of the RV Dealers Association, who is promoting RVDA’s Annual Professional Certification Week that takes place this year from March 11 to 17. Ingrassia describes each of the areas where RVDA has developed professional certification. Right now it is limited to technicians and people working in fixed operations, such as parts management, warranty administration and service advisors.
(Jan. 25, 2018) — This week’s guest is Bert Alanko, president of MBA Insurance. The company specializes in offering rental insurance to RV dealers and private RV renters. The 2018 Rental School takes place Feb. 20 to 22 at the Tuscany Hotel in Las Vegas. The event has been a sellout every year for many years. Alanko explains why he started the rental school and describes some of the training that dealers and rental managers can expect out of the three-day classes. He also describes the instructors who provide the training and the companies who participate by offering products and services to streamline the rental operation.