Mike Sokol from RV Travel is one of the smartest human beings on earth when it comes to electricity and RV electrical issues. Soon to celebrate his 10th year of writing for RV Travel, Mike Sokol can troubleshoot almost any electrical problem. In this interview with The RV Wingman, Mike shares some thoughts on NEC’s new rules that will apply to new RV Parks/Campgrounds in 2020. Hint: He’s not a big fan of them (and for good reason). If you are looking for a source of SOLUTIONS to electrical issues both large and small, Mike Sokol is your guy!
When most RV Dealers nationally are experiencing a significant downturn in their business in 2019; not all are. The RV Wingman tries to dig in to RV Station’s secrets of success with its owner, Cannon Combs. How does a seasoned veteran of the RV Industry feel about the future of the Industry? What does he see around the corner? Are we headed for another repeat of 2008-2009? Is a crash inevitable? Or, will this be a time when the “cream” rises to the top? In this short chat, you’ll get a good feel for the “Why” Cannon’s RV Dealerships are continuing to do well (even in a slowing economy).
Cory and Brooke Blackmon are so passionate about camping, they are so happy spending time in the out-of-doors, that they even asked for a “Tent” on their wedding registry! Since that time, their family has grown and so has their love for camping. The Tent has been replaced by an RV and this normal family from Georgia are now called the “Wandering Weekends” on their YouTube Channel. Although they have “real jobs” most of the week, Cory and Brooke spend some 20 weekends a year enjoying the RV Lifestyle and teaching their kids some valuable lessons.
It’s been 20 years since TRVA has given the prestigious “Bill White Award” to one of its members. Earlier this month, Diana LeBlanc-Link (RV Nana) from PPL Motorhomes was totally blindsided when TRVA recognized her as a true leader in the RV Industry in Texas; someone who is always helping others in a selfless manner and in countless ways. Diana shares her thoughts about receiving this special award as well as the important work that TRVA does for RVers in her home state of Texas.
The RV Wingman has landed a good one with Josh Winters, The RV Nerd! Josh joins the show for his first appearance and shares some of his background in the RV Industry. Known by RVers and the RV Industry as a “straight shooter”, Josh The RV Nerd has built a huge following on his YouTube Channel; where he reviews RVs but also provides some editorial/commentary that truly separates him from others who are simply Salespeople in the RV World. What fires Josh up? What motivates him? What kind of pushback does he receive from the RV Industry when he says things that may go against the grain? Find out in this short but informative interview between The RV Wingman and The RV Nerd!
What would the RV Wingman do if he owned an RV Dealership? He shares some thoughts in a hypothetical what-if scenario and how he thinks some RVers would welcome the idea. Plus the wordiest parking lot sign in the world? It just could be!
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After only 9 months being full-time RVers, The RV Odd Couple made $5,000 in one month. What did it take to do this? What’s their secret? Are there any shortcuts? Do YOU have what it takes to make $5,000 a month from YouTube? The RV Odd Couple is now helping others to achieve their own success and avoid making many time consuming and costly mistakes. This interview will provide a glimpse at what makes the RV Odd Couple a success and may help inspire you in finding your own path towards generating a good income while enjoying the RV Lifestyle.
Meteorologist and Emergency Preparedness specialist Cheryl Nelson shares her thoughts on being prepared for any kind of natural emergency. From storms and floods to fires and earthquakes, most Americans are not properly prepared. Cheryl also discusses how a Cummins Generator (at home on in your RV) can provide the peace of mind to get you through most disasters (while keeping the lights on and keep you cool in the process).
Segment One: Have you ever heard of a tire blowout happening when a tire was sitting still? It happens more often that most people know. The RV Wingman gives his account of this freak blowout and attempts to explain it in not-so-technical terms. Plus, did you know that Ford F-350’s come with a reserve fuel tank? That’s what one RVer believed. Is this really true?
Segment Two: RVers Jerry and Jeani Codrey are full-time RVers who make a good living while traveling the country. Sometimes their travels are interrupted. Most recently, by a duck named “Jeff”. The Codrey’s share the story of their feathered friend as well as discuss how they are able to make a fine living and live for free in some of the best campgrounds in the nation.
Segment Three: Are YOU ready for an RV Emergency? Crisis situations happen when we least expect them and being prepared can sometimes make the difference between life and death. In this informative segment, PPL Motorhomes’s Diana LeBlanc-Link (aka: RV Nana) shares some of the things on her RV Emergency List.
Segment Four: Roger "Hurricane" Wilson joins The RV Wingman to discuss changes happening to his 2019 Rolling RV Rally, music, and more.
With 32 years in the RV Industry, Gigi Stetler has seen it all. A ferocious fighter and successful business woman, Gigi is also one of Florida’s most-loved RV Dealers (loved by her customers). In this interview, Gigi shares some of her tragic back-story that helped make her the successful business leader she is today. These experiences have also put her on a new journey as she heads up the first national group to support RV Consumers when they may struggle to get their RV out of RV Service Purgatory. She also details the Camping World Challenge, what it is and how she wants to show that quick, quality RV service is possible (when you choose the right RV Dealer).
Gigi Stetler with The RV Advisor says she doesn’t hate Camping World but she hates hearing the seemingly endless stories from Camping World customers who cannot seem to get their RV out of the Service Department! Gigi is going to help 5 Camping World customers by fixing their RV for FREE!
RV Lemon Lawyer Ron Burdge shares his recent success story representing a couple who filed a lawsuit against Winnebago for selling them a Lemon motorhome. It was a 3-year struggle and a week-long jury trial. But it only took the jury 2 hours to reach their decision. Cha-Ching! According to Burdge, this is an excellent example of how a manufacturer can be held responsible for selling a lemon!
According to Billy Graff from RV Station, some RVers put the wrong A/C unit on their RV; thinking that bigger is better. Billy says it’s not true. He also discusses multiple ways to keep cooler during even the hottest of weather. From inexpensive tricks to money-saving installation ideas, this short interview could save you time and money; and help keep you cooler in your RV.
YouTube couple John and Laura Hebard didn’t know a thing about RVing until they jumped in and became full-timers several years ago. Their learning curve was steep and they made many newbie mistakes. In this short interview with The RV Wingman, John tells some of the biggies they made and the lessons they learned in those early days.
Summertime is almost over but the interest in RVing is alive and well in Texas. PPL Motorhomes’ Diana LeBlanc-Link discusses some of the phases that RVers pass through and gives us a quick look at PPL’s upcoming Tuesday Tips; a monthly, free-to-attend open house featuring seminars, friendly people and an opportunity to see why PPL is the largest and most loved Consignment RV Dealer in the Nation.
Driving a 40 foot Class A Coach pulling a Tow vehicle can be quite the ordeal. But what happens when the Coach begins to wobble and oscillate violently and there’s almost no place to pull over? RV Love’s Marc & Julie Bennett experienced this exact experience on the day they celebrated their 5th Nomadversary. They documented their experience and share the story on The RV Show USA with The RV Wingman.
What happens when a veteran of the automotive industry goes to work for Camping World? According to Ricky Salyer, the culture at Camping World is not anything like he expected. In this interview, Ricky details situations of his employment that may be hard to believe. Ricky says he is not a hater and he hopes Camping World and Marcus Lemonis can turn their company’s reputation around. But it does sound like they have their work cut out for them.
The RV Wingman talks about wildlife/human accidents and how to avoid them, discusses “left-handed spatulas” (yes, there really is such a thing) and some Tips for RVers regarding their Insurance policy with some critical reasons to check the fine print. You may NOT have the insurance coverage you think you have. Then, Author, Dog Trainer and Full-Time RVer Juliet Whitfield visits with The RV Wingman about getting a dog “Campground Ready”, what it takes, and how to do it. And, while 2019 has been a down year in terms of sales for most RV dealers nationwide, one dealer in Texas is experiencing the highest number of sales in its history. The RV Wingman asks Cannon Combs for specifics on how his team is breaking sales records in a down market. He also tells the story of how “Little Red” (his 6 year old son) embarrassed this RV Industry big shot in front of 100 people! You won’t believe what this little boy did!