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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you, and am ready to hit the camp trail in an RV (and so are my girls).