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Podcast 244 features Joel Holland from Harvest Hosts

Joel Holland, is the owner of Harvest Hosts, a network of more than 1,000 farms, wineries, museums, breweries and other out-of-the way places where people can spend the night for free. It is highly recommended that guests spend some money buying something from the hosts, whether it is farm produce, baked goods, wine or a meal in the café. The average spent is around $20. Source


6 Jun 2019

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Gigi Stetler describes The RV Advisor in Podcast 243

Some questions are more serious than others, so it’s not often the best idea to seek advice from anonymous people on social media. That’s where getting professional advice can be a really good idea. The cornerstones of the service provided by The RV Advisor are advocacy, community, education, resources and rewards. Gigi Stetler is establishing a network of independent, knowledgeable people around the country who can also provide practical advice. Source


31 May 2019

Rank #2

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Randy Fisher explains RV sales process in Episode 2 of Campfire Connection

There is a seven-step sales process that dealers generally follow that starts with the meet and greet, continues through the product presentation and demonstration, and culminates with the close. Randy describes each of the seven steps in details to help consumers understand what to expect along the way so they aren’t caught off guard when the salesperson seems to be guiding them toward a specific action. Source


14 Apr 2019

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RVIA’s Jeremy Greene describes RVX plans in Podcast 222

Today’s guest is Jeremy Greene, the RV Industry Association’s marketing director for trade shows and events. He describes the myriad of activities planned for RVX that is billed as the kick off to the camping season. From the educational sessions to The Reveal as well as a special toolkit for RV dealers, this is an event industry professionals will not want to miss. Source


15 Feb 2019

Rank #4

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RV lifestyle expert Tara Sage kicks off Campfire Connection podcast

Today’s guest is Tara Sage, the founder of RV Nomadic Living. She has been traveling the nation full-time for a number of years with her partner, Carl, to help others to embrace their dream of travel – well before they retire. Her goal is to help people get started on pursuing their dream – but faster. She does that through educational services on her website and one-on-one coaching. Source


31 Mar 2019

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Mark Douglass warns campgrounds, dealers about ADA accessibility on Podcast 235

Mark Douglass, the founder of RVing Accessibility, has a compelling story to share as someone who was once confined to a wheelchair. As a result, he is an expert in the intent of the law, and the mechanics of how businesses need to make their facilities accessible to people of all abilities. Mark explains just how big a problem it is for the RV and outdoor hospitality industries, and he describes some common issues business owners face because they either aren’t aware of the law or think it doesn’t apply to their companies. Source


8 Apr 2019

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Podcast 230 explores services from Advanced Outdoor Solutions

The guests today are Kathleen Walsh and Bob Gillcash with Advanced Outdoor Solutions. The company provides a myriad of services to help campgrounds utilize technology to become more efficient. The firm can also assist in the development or expansion of campgrounds as well as the day-to-day management of those facilities. They describe the features of the company’s Mosaic reservation system that enables campgrounds to manage reservations as efficiently as it manages social media and digital marketing – all from the same platform. Source


14 Mar 2019

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Bob Hansen talks about pets and playgrounds on Podcast 242

Bob Hansen, with Pet & Playground, describes options campgrounds have when it comes to designing unique, marketable play and exercise areas for families camping with pets and children. The firm helps campgrounds move from being "pet friendly" or "child friendly" to creating an environment that conveys an opportunity for every member of a family to have an enjoyable experience. The firm also helps campgrounds create common areas and premium patio sites. Source


23 May 2019

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Podcast 227 explores Vitrifrigo RV refrigeration

Nelson Pinheiro is the sales manager for Vitrifrigo, an Italian firm that specializes in RV refrigeration. The firm’s products have been installed on European caravans for many years. He describes the history of the company and why the firm is seeking a foothold in the American RV market. Vitrifrigo is looking for RV manufacturers interested in setting themselves apart with different products, but the firm is also hoping to migrate into the North American RV aftermarket soon. Source


6 Mar 2019

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Winegard execs discuss emerging technology on Podcast 228

Marvin Metzler, Jarod Ford and Lance Beck talk about Wi-Fi and why it is becoming more important to RV dealers and manufacturers, especially with the anticipated release of more 5G products.They describe HDTV antennas and RV satellite systems and explain why consumers are so eager to embrace them. They discuss how the Internet of Things promises to shake up the way RVs are built and used as well, with special emphasis on how components are communicating with each other. Source


7 Mar 2019

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Hipcamp CEO Alyssa Ravasio outlines a new way to camp on Podcast 238

The guest today is Alyssa Ravasio, the CEO of Hipcamp, a company that connects folks who like to camp with people and businesses with space to accommodate RVs. The site boasts having 300,000 campsites, ranches, vineyards, RV parks and public parks among its mix of host sites. She describes the requirements to be a host and what services need to be provided when it comes to power, restrooms, water, sewer and insurance – and whether they are required at all. Source


19 Apr 2019

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Dan Ball describes benefits of FMCA membership on Podcast 224

Today’s guest is Dan Ball, the director of membership for FMCA. He provides a bit of history concerning the organization, and outlines the roll FMCA plays in advocacy, education, and bringing RVers together to have fun. He explains how the organization is structured and really delves into the varied training opportunities offered to FMCA members. Source


22 Feb 2019

Rank #12

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Worthington describes RV Rental Connection in Podcast 231

Today’s guest is Bonnie Worthington, the founder and CEO of RV Rental Connection, an international company serving RV owners and renters of all types of RVs. Many RV owners would likely consider renting out their RVs, if they knew how to do it in a way that won’t get them in trouble or cause them to lose money in the process. That’s where RV Rental Connection can help. Source


21 Mar 2019

Rank #13

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Breakthrough Business Academy featured on Podcast 221

This week’s guest is Peggy Brockman, the founder of the Breakthrough Business Academy, as well as an active RV owner. Brockman has been an online business coach for more than a year, and launched the Breakthrough Business Academy a few weeks ago. Her goal is to work with entrepreneurs and managers to help them break free from the self-limiting beliefs that keep holding them back or working to sabotage every effort they make to achieve success. Source


14 Feb 2019

Rank #14

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Brooks Vossler introduces JD Power Protection in Podcast 229

JD Power may be a well-known name, but it is just getting into the RV industry. Brooks Vossler describes the company’s mission and what types of products and services it offers to the RV industry. He describes how the JD Power Academy and the company's red flag program. He also talks about the new JD Power for Life program, which offers lifetime protection for people who buy RVs from select dealerships. Source


8 Mar 2019

Rank #15