Opinion: Can’t wait to hit the RV camping trail

No news is good news is what they always say, but sometimes the news is good. Like getting a job with RV Daily Report and then my first day on the job reading the following in a Google alert from KARE-TV:

“From a 2009 recession low of 165,700 units, national RV sales are expected to top 472,000 this year – a record high.

RV shipments in the first quarter of 2017 were up 12 percent over last year, with motorhome sales up more than 30 percent, according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association.”

According to the article, many people, especially millennials, are embracing the RV lifestyle.

This is exciting news as I venture into an industry that is new to me as an editor, but jump back into a lifestyle that is part of my DNA. I grew up in northern Wisconsin, where as a youngster I first camped in tents, even as the snow fell; then in an old van my parents had modified for camping; and finally, Christmas arrived just in time for my 16-year-old self, and we began camping in a fifth-wheel. You can imagine how elated I was to finally have electricity so I could operate my curling iron!

Growing up, my parents planted a seed that grew into a true passion for the outdoors. Most weekends you will find me, and my two daughters (the last of five children who are still living at home) hiking, kayaking and, if we can steal away for a few days, camping. At least once a year, I take my girls out on a backpack camping adventure, where we hike in to our destination and camp for a few days, and my teenage daughters ask me, “Why can’t we camp like normal people and drive in to our campsite?” As you can imagine, they too are very excited by my new editorial assignment!

As I am tasked with filling the very bigggggg shoes that Greg Gerber has left for me, I will bring all of the skills my 25+ years as a trade industry editor to the table. As the new editor of RV Daily Report, I can promise you a few things. We will continue to publish RV Daily Report with integrity, and we will not shy away from controversy. If a story needs to be told, we will tell it. And finally, we will launch new products that make sense to make sure that RV Daily Report is the place to come to for all your RV industry news.

I look forward to working with Terry and Evada Cooper, who bring a wealth of knowledge and connections to this online resource. Time will tell what great things the Coopers have in store for all of us in the RV industry.

In closing, I am open to any story ideas, comments and suggestions for the publication. Please feel free to email me at editor@rvdailyreport.com. I look forward to hearing from you, and am ready to hit the camp trail in an RV (and so are my girls).


Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt

Ronnie Wendt has been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year. She is the owner of In Good Company Communications and can be reached at ingoodcompanycommunications@gmail.com.

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  • Andy Pargh says:

    Welcome Bonnie and I’m sure there’s many of us looking forward to seeing you succeed in in your new adventure.

    I would like to provide a story idea that’s based on the second sentence of this, your first post on this site:

    With the growth from 165,700- to 472,000 units projected over eight years, how have the dealers expanded the service facilities to accommodate this growth? I ask as it seems the achilles heel of the RV industry these days is quality control at the manufacturing level and timely and accurate service at the dealer level. Is there a requirement that a dealer expand service based on the number of units sold, or are the dealers only setup to service the same amount of units sold in 2009?

    As the old saying goes, the salesperson sells you the first one, the service department sells you the second. With that said, how effective are the service departments doing in providing a positive customer experience that speaks well of the dealer and the manufacturer?

  • Bob Zagami says:

    Welcome aboard Ronnie, I’m sure it will be fantastic new chapter in your editorial career, and one that will bring with it many hours of enjoyment – inside the industry and outdoors enjoying all the things this lifestyle has to offer.

    Best wishes to the new team at RV Daily Report, the industry’s leading independent voice for RV professionals and enthusiasts throughout the country.

    Looking forward to seeing you at upcoming industry events after the summer.

  • Carl says:

    Don’t want to be too pessimistic, but you’ll have bigggg shoes to fill with Greg’s departure. Many of us are expecting you to continue to hold the RV industry accountable in a public way and not just become one of the dozens of other RV industry mouthpieces that are already on the web who solely rely on press releases and PR spin. We are watching.

    Having said that, wish you the best and greatest of success.

  • Rick Allain says:

    Welcome to our industry and more importantly, life, since 1956.

    Rick Allain
    Peterborough RV Centre

  • Mark (www.CampgroundViews.com) says:

    Welcome to the industry. Look forward to your work.

  • Howard Jaros says:

    Best wishes moving forward. We’ll see you out on the road!

  • Wolfgang says:

    C’mon Ronnie…we all know you are way better than Greg…LOL!!! Good luck with your new adventure. I won’t lie, I miss this industry a lot!

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