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Through interviews with leaders and key players in the recreation vehicle industry, RV Industry News explores the critical issues facing RV dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and campground owners.

Through interviews with leaders and key players in the recreation vehicle industry, RV Industry News explores the critical issues facing RV dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and campground owners.
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Through interviews with leaders and key players in the recreation vehicle industry, RV Industry News explores the critical issues facing RV dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and campground owners.

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English


Episodes

Podcast 208 explores Winnebago Specialty Vehicles

11/8/2018
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(Nov. 8, 2018) -- Jamie Sorenson is joined by Ashis Bhattacharya to discuss the history of the specialty vehicles division and how much it has advanced beyond developing RVs for people with mobility challenges. new vehicles fit into the existing Winnebago lineup. They explain how the technology that goes into developing these vehicles will impact the RV industry in the near future and discuss how the new vehicles fit into the existing Winnebago lineup. They address the market need for these...

Duration:00:30:38

Podcast 207 addresses towing safety with David Gray

11/1/2018
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(Nov. 1, 2018) -- David Gray, founder of Fifth Wheel Street, returns with an update regarding the towing capacity of today’s trucks, and the biggest problems he sees taking place when it comes to towing RVs. He describes a tool he makes available to RV dealers and RV owners alike that helps ensure that a specific truck or SUV is capable of handling a specific type of travel trailer or fifth wheel. He also talks about his new consulting service to help consumers match the right truck to the...

Duration:00:32:45

Podcast 206 talks to futurist Jim Jubelirer

10/25/2018
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(Oct. 25, 2018) -- This week’s guest is futurist and business coach Jim Jubelirer. He works to help businesses and industries understand the lifecycle of their customer base to capitalize not only on what is taking place in today’s market, but to prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead in order to zero in on the firm’s best candidates for sales. He also talks about the concept of strategic workforce development, and show what it takes for firms to really jump ahead by seeking A-level...

Duration:00:38:09

Podcast 205 features RVDA’s Phil Ingrassia

10/18/2018
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(Oct. 18, 2018) -- Phil Ingrassia, the president of the RV Dealers Association, discusses the upcoming RV Dealers Convention and Expo as well as his views about the lending market for RV dealers and consumers. He waves off any signs of problems following last month's wholesale shipment decline, and he describes legislative issues impacting the industry, the industry’s embrace of tech training, and how the impact recent hurricanes may have.

Duration:00:42:38

Podcast 204 looks at open house, RVing in New England

10/11/2018
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(Oct. 11, 2018) -- Bob Zagami, executive director of the New England RV Dealers Association, and John DiPietro, a videographer with RVing in New England, attended the event and are this week’s guests to discuss their impressions with the open house. They also talk about their hit video show on Facebook called RVing in New England, which focuses on the RV lifestyle in that part of the country.

Duration:00:41:56

Stella Mare RV Resort featured on podcast 203

10/4/2018
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(Oct. 4, 2018) -- Cindy Harter is the general manager of Stella Mare RV Resort, which is located in Galveston, Texas. Stella Mare caters primarily to families during the spring and summer months, then shifts gears in the fall and winter to welcome snowbirds. She’ll describe some of the challenges and opportunities working with each group brings.

Duration:00:25:15

Podcast 202 looks at branding with Tom McManimon

9/27/2018
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(Sept. 27, 2018) -- This week’s podcast guest is Tom McManimon, the president of StimulusBrand Communications, and the author of two books: The Stuff That Sticks and The Position Player. He talks about avoiding brand confusion, especially on social media. He also suggests when companies should look at rebranding and the best time to take that type of action.

Duration:00:36:40

Podcast 201 addresses campground guides with AGS

9/20/2018
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(Sept, 29, 2018) -- Brian Schaeffer describes why it is so important for campgrounds to convey a professional image and how the companies can utilize relationships with other local firms to provide guests with the information they want when they arrive in the area. He will explain why the idea that print is dead doesn’t apply to campgrounds once people arrive in the local area looking for things to do and places to eat.

Duration:00:34:15

Podcast 200 focuses on the new RV Training Academy

9/13/2018
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(Sept. 13, 2018) -- erry and Evada Cooper are joined by Steve and Kathy Jo Anderson to describe their vision for the training center and what they hope to offer to the RV industry and RV owners. We’ll talk about the various components of the training curriculum and the types of course offerings that will be available for professional technicians and amateur RV owners alike.

Duration:00:35:24

Podcast 199 features Creative RV

9/6/2018
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(Sept. 6, 2018) -- Creative RV is a relatively new group of dealerships that arrived on the scene in 2016. The company specializes in buses and has sales outlets and repair facilities scattered around the nation. The company leveraged all these locations to enter the RV market a few years ago. We’ll be talking to Sean Connolly, the director of sales for Creative RV, who will describe the concept behind Creative RV and, especially, their idea for no-hassle RV sales and transparent pricing.

Duration:00:25:18

Podcast 198 explores campground local partnerships

8/30/2018
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(Aug. 30, 2018) -- With print guides and brochures fading into the sunset as a chorus of online voices compete for traveler’s attention, word-of-mouth advertising will become even more essential in enticing people to visit local attractions. By creating local partnerships, campgrounds can keep guests busy and happy without making huge investments in their own infrastructure. The campgrounds are attractive because they serve as a base for many local activities.

Duration:00:33:14

Vicky Oliver talks business etiquette on Podcast 197

8/23/2018
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(Aug. 23, 2018) --The guest this week is Vicky Oliver, the author of 301 Smart Answers to Tough Business Etiquette Questions. Her book offers a look at the little interactions we engage in every day and offers suggestions on how to better work with others by using common courtesy. Whether it is communicating in person, on the phone, via email and even through social media, Vicky has some wonderful, practical advice on how to have better influence and attract positive attention simply by...

Duration:00:37:00

Podcast 196 explores Supplier and Vendor Exhibition

8/16/2018
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(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.

Duration:00:19:27

Brian Schell explains RecVex in Podcast 195

8/9/2018
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(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.

Duration:00:29:37

Big Idea Guru Michael Hudson featured on Podcast 194

8/2/2018
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(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.

Duration:00:39:45

Podcast 193 features Nexus RV’s Claude Donati

7/26/2018
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(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...

Duration:00:35:55

Podcast 192 features Rich Schnippel with inTech RV

7/19/2018
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(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.

Duration:00:32:27

Podcast 191 discusses Millennial campers

7/12/2018
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(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,...

Duration:00:44:06

Podcast 190 explores Caravan Salon 2018

7/5/2018
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(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.

Duration:00:17:40

Elkhart Supply Corp. featured on Podcast 189

6/28/2018
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(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.

Duration:00:34:44