RV Industry News with Greg Gerber
By Greg Gerber
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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.
||CleanPodcast 216 describes RECT reports with IDS Astra||Scott Kipp is the product manager overseeing IDS’ dealership management system and API integration with other applications. Don Miller is a senior business consultant overseeing the development of various reporting functions of the company’s softwar||1/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 215 explores forecasting your future||In his book, Shane Bender asks, “What if you had less stress, chaos, and uncertainty, and more influence over where you are going financially?” He outlines the keys to profitability and describes what strategies small business owners need to adopt t||1/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGerber outlines RV Daily Report changes in Podcast 214||As Greg Gerber retakes the reigns of RV Daily Report, he explains his plan to transform it into a hybrid publication serving industry professionals and RV owners alike.||12/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSoeters explains how Fusion products integrate in Podcast 213||(Dec. 13, 2018) -- Dan Soeters, the director of global RV business development for Fusion Entertainment, explains how the company has improved after it was acquired by Garmin in 2014. He describes products made by Fusion and Garmin that help simplify t.||12/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanElliott describes healing power of KOA Care Camps||(Dec. 6, 2018) -- The guest this week is Wade Elliott, who is the president of Utility Supply Group in Kingston, Wash. He is also heavily involved in the KOA Care Camps program. He comes on the show to explain what Care Camps is all about,||12/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 211 explains how to keep rodents out of RVs||(Nov. 29, 2018) -- Now is the time of year that mice are looking for comfortable living arrangements for the winter, and if people are not using their RV, then rodents figure they might as well settle in. Nick Olynyk,||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 210: Ernie Lansford tells how to be a customer success master||(Nov. 21, 2018) -- Ernie Lansford is the author of The Poetics of Sales: A Sales Rep’s Journey From Tolerated Professional Visitor to Celebrated Partner. The book is also about leadership, especially as it pertains to his 18 immutable customer success||11/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKOA’s O’Rourke explains resiliency of RV, outdoor industries||(Nov. 16, 2018) -- KOA President Toby O'Rourke says the RV and outdoor hospitality industries have a bright future, and elaborates on how the RV industry plays into that long-term success. She offers evidence to deflect fears people may have following .||11/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 208 explores Winnebago Specialty Vehicles||(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.||11/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 207 addresses towing safety with David Gray||(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.||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 206 talks to futurist Jim Jubelirer||(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,||10/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 205 features RVDA’s Phil Ingrassia||(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.||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 204 looks at open house, RVing in New England||(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.||10/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStella Mare RV Resort featured on podcast 203||(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 snow.||10/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 202 looks at branding with Tom McManimon||(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,||9/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 201 addresses campground guides with AGS||(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.||9/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 200 focuses on the new RV Training Academy||(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||9/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 199 features Creative RV||(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.||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 198 explores campground local partnerships||(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.||8/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVicky Oliver talks business etiquette on Podcast 197||(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 oth.||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 196 explores Supplier and Vendor Exhibition||(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 acre.||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrian Schell explains RecVex in Podcast 195||(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.||8/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Idea Guru Michael Hudson featured on Podcast 194||(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.||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 193 features Nexus RV’s Claude Donati||(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. -||7/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 192 features Rich Schnippel with inTech RV||(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..||7/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 191 discusses Millennial campers||(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 experie||7/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 190 explores Caravan Salon 2018||(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.||7/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanElkhart Supply Corp. featured on Podcast 189||(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,||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRV lifestyle expert Margo Armstrong joins Podcast 188||(June 21, 2018) -- Margo Armstrong is an author of 20 books, a blogger and RV lifestyle expert. She comes on the show to talk about issues related to healthcare on the road, voting, the types of records people need to keep with them,||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 187 features RV videographer John Holod||(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.||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 186 explores RV electricity with Surge Guard||(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||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleannüCamp teardrops, truck campers focus of Podcast 185||(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||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 184 explores solar energy with Sunflare Solar||(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.||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 183 features Bluewater Development Corporation||(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 t||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 182 features Mitul Chandrani from Xantrex||(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,||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 181 features Curt Yoder with Kropf Industries||(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.||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 180 features Eric Lawrence with Black Book||(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.||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 179 features #RV Magazine||(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||4/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMike Sokol talks about RV electricity on Podcast 178||(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.||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast 177 features Soul Ride Scooters||(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.||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
I appreciate what Greg does on this show. I’ve learned a lot about the industry and the RV lifestyle by listening. Like several other reviewers, I could use a little less political bloviating, esp. as Greg’s views generally don’t comport with my own. Maybe it’s a generational thing, but I suspect that many younger listeners, that new generation of RVers that Greg rightly refers to as the future of the industry, will also be turned off by the politics. Overall, I enjoy the show and am grateful for Greg’s perspective.
This talent-less guy (Greg) does for a living what any elementary school aged child could do, comb the Internet for RV related news and then post those links to his website. He delivers this podcast with the same lack of talent. Because of this "job" he created for himself, he "thinks" he's an expert about the RV industry. What a joke. From his own words, he has only owned ONE RV in his life, and he bought it when it was over a decade old. This podcast is not worth your time whether you're in the industry or a consumer. Beware of a few out there like him that have no REAL expertise in the RV industry, yet try to pass themselves off as experts.
Good and bad
I’m just an RVer and don’t work in the industry, which is the main focus of the podcast. I glean enough interesting information from it to stay subscribed. And I really like the shorter version Greg has started doing this year.
Sometimes the interviews interest me and sometimes they don’t. A recent episode was a great example … it started with an interview with someone in the NPS about the Centennial this year. Great. Then Greg interviewed somebody from the industry and it was as boring as watching a centipede lace its’ shoes.
But one of the biggest problems with this podcast is that Greg can’t seem to keep politics and his personal political views out of the podcast. I’m not dinging him for what his views are … some I agree with and some I don’t. On the most recent episode Greg called the Presidential candidates “bozos.” While I can’t sit here and say that I disagree with him on that, until he learns to keep politics out of this podcast he’s not exactly showing himself to be highly intelligent, either...