Podcast 82: Utility Supply Group’s Wade Elliott

Podcast episode 82 starts out with a discussion of a study released yesterday by BowStern, which had surveyed 2,000 RVers to get their take on a number of travel-related questions. The questions address topics like upgrading an RV, campground amenities and social media trends.

To get a copy of the survey results, visit www.bowstern.com/rvsurvey.

This week’s guest is Wade Elliott, the president of Utility Supply Group, which is based in Washington State, and supplies many of the power poles used at campsites.

He talks about a trend in which campgrounds are installing meters and then billing RVers for the electricity they use. This is a common practice among RV parks that offer significantly reduced rates for long-term guests, like monthly or seasonal campers.

However, Elliott explains why he thinks the industry will see campgrounds charging separately for electricity even for overnight and weekend stays within a few years.

Then, he addresses some of the problems people complain about regarding campground electricity – like there are too many voltage spikes or not enough voltage to safely power modern electronic equipment in today’s RVs.

Elliott closes by talking about Care Camps, a charitable program that raises money to send kids with cancer and other illnesses to camp for a week each summer. He serves on the board of the Care Camps program and describes why it’s so successful.

For more information about Utility Supply Group, visit www.go-usg.com.

For more information about Care Camps, visit www.koacarecamps.org.

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at editor@rvdailyreport.com.

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