The Graphics Girl, Miss Katy Warren, takes over The RV Show USA. She starts us off by checking in on her dad and The RV Wingman, Alan Warren. He reports from the “belly of the beast” of the RV Industry (Elkhart, Indiana) and gives his perspective on what he’s learned. You’ll be surprised at what he says. Is he wimping out and drinking the Kool-Aid? Then, training your dog can be “ruff,” but holistic dog behavior expert Roman Gottfried returns to The RV Show USA to answer viewers questions and help you create a stronger and healthier relationship with your furry friends.
The majority of new RVs being sold today come with at least one slide out. Slide outs are fantastic (when they work properly). In this online class on slide outs, we’ll visit with 3 different Certified RV Technicians to get their tips, suggestions, comments and stories that will help you learn the differences between slide outs and how to keep your slide outs working properly for a long time. Plus, you’ll learn some of the do’s and don’ts when it comes to slide out maintenance.
Segment One: What kind of advice does the RV Wingman have for prospective RV buyers who are scared they are buying a lemon? Is there a good way to approach the RV buying process? Alan Warren shares some thoughts that can help settle your nerves if you’re worried that you may be taken advantage of by an unscrupulous RV Dealer.
Segment Two: The Gray Adventure has decided to give up full-time RV living, sell their RV and go back to a sticks n’ bricks home. Why? Is this family of 4 through with RVing for good? Nick Gray tells The RV Wingman how their family fulfilled their dream of traveling and living full-time and the transition back to a life of sticks n’ bricks. Post your thoughts and comments here or call and leave a voicemail 24/7 at 1-330-Wingman.
Segment Three: RV Detailing professional Andrew Steele is crazy about his business and crazy about RVs. In this short interview, Andrew Steele shares some tips on caring for your RV’s appearance as well as some stories of the beautiful RVs he has worked on. One thing Andrew never leaves behind when he’s out detailing is his video camera. And does he ever capture some fabulous looking rigs for his YouTube Channel! Post your thoughts and comments here or call and leave a voicemail 24/7 at 1-330-Wingman.
Segment Four: Are you tired of the snarky, rude comments that seem to be everyone online? Do you run into people who seem to have forgotten about good manners? Do you think we’re able to turn this trend around? The RV Wingman shares his frustration at people who’ve lost their manners and makes a simple suggestion that could make the world a better place. Really. Post your thoughts and comments here or call and leave a voicemail 24/7 at 1-330-Wingman.
As a birthday gift to herself, The RV Advisor’s Gigi Stetler decided to help people whose RV just can’t seem to get out of the shop at Camping World. Gigi calls B.S. on most of the excuses and stories that RVers hear regarding poor service and the difficulty in getting Camping World to make repairs in a timely manner. We’ll chat with Gigi along with 2 of the folks whom she is rescuing from “RV Purgatory” and her plans for rescuing others.
Segment One: Is it stupid to forget to turn the water off when you leave your RV parked for weeks at a time? Or is it simply being forgetful? The RV Wingman shares a couple of stories from his Campground that may make you “think twice” (and help you to avoid being stupid… or rather, “forgetful”.
Segment Two:There are few families that share any more zest for adventure and the open road than the Loftis Party of 6. This young family shares their “Why” as well as some of the challenges they face as they live life to the fullest in their Class A motorhome. Choosing “quality of life” over “quantity of stuff”, the Loftis Party of 6 is richer than they ever imagined.
Segment Three: RV Nana discusses RVing with Children and the importance of unplugging and we’ll find out about PPL Motorhomes most recent Tuesday Tips.
Segment Four: With so many tax laws, how do they effect RVers? What can you deduct? What can you not deduct? What do full-time RVers need to know about the tax law? The RV Wingman interviews a CPA who has been doing tax work for businesses and individuals for 35 years. He’s also an RVer. He’ll share some valuable information that you may want to consider when speaking with your own tax advisor.
RV Station’s Cannon Combs has an extra busy life. Married with 5 kids and 7 RV stores, Cannon doesn’t have a lot of extra time to do much of anything. But life has a funny way of surprising us all. Oops! After a wet intro, Cannon shares his thoughts on the growing interest (and need) for RV Education classes with The RV Wingman and their upcoming class on Slide-outs.
Matt Foxcroft has discovered a formula for growing his highly energized and very informative YouTube Channel by sharing his honest reviews of RVs. How honest? Very! Even the things he does NOT like in new RVs, Matt’s unique style and presentation is addicting.
PPL’s Diana LeBlanc-Link shares some great advice on what to look for when shopping for a used RV.
Retired from the Navy, Phil and Stacy Farley have sold their home, ditched most of their “things” and headed out to discover America “their way”. The Farley’s have a saying…. “Today is Someday” and each day is an adventure for a most likeable and very disciplined RV enthusiasts. Catch their YouTube Channel, You, Me & The RV
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!
With millions of views on their YouTube Channel, a series of How To Lessons for RVers and now a hot selling book published by Simon & Schuster, Marc & Julie Bennett share some thoughts and opinions on the RV Lifestyle. From RVers managing expectations to quality concerns on new RVs to the need for more Campgrounds (or not), we’ll cover a lot of ground with one of the most knowledgeable and friendly RVing couples in the country.
Marc & Julie Bennett just celebrated their 5th Nomadiversary (Living Full Time in an RV) and are happier today than they were when they began. What are their biggest Fails in the last 5 years? What are their biggest successes? They answer these questions and many more as well as visit with Callers/Fans of their very popular YouTube Channel.
This podcast kicks off with a monologue from your RV Wingman, Alan Warren, followed by an interview with RV Station's Cannon Combs where he talks about why now is the best time to buy an RV. RV Nana, Diana LeBlanc-Link, visits with the Wingman and gives listeners tips on how to sell your RV. Then it's Marc & Julie Bennett with RV Love! It's a podcast you definitely don't want to miss!
In this Part Two of the RV Wingman's interview with Holistic Dog Trainer Roman Gottfried, you'll better understand what is going on inside your dog's head. You'll better understand the way your dog communicates. Gottfried's methods of dog training are certainly outside the typical "box" of dog training techniques. But this positive approach is working for countless dog owners around the country.
It's an outside-the-box approach to training your dog and it sure makes a lot of sense! Listen to Part One of the RV Wingman's interview with Holistic Dog Trainer Roman Gottfried. You'll hear and learn some things you probably never heard before (and your dog will thank you for it). Roman is a professional dog trainer who offers in-person and online classes to improve your dog's behavior and the relationship you have with your dog.
On this podcast of The RV Show USA, your RV Wingman, Alan Warren, kicks the show off with a "Must Listen" to Monologue. Then, Girl Camper, Janine Pettit joins the show and reflects on her Girl Camper Podcasts and the incredible connection she has made with RVers from coast to coast. She also announces an exciting raffle of a 2020 R Pod (by Forest River). It will be the first 2020 that comes off the line and it will be all decked out "by the Girl Camper". This awesome R Pod will be traveling the country this summer and will be raffled off to support the HoldYou Foundation.
According to Tire Expert Roger Marble (retired tire engineer), too many RVers blame tire failure on “China Bombs”. But is the failure really the fault of the tires? Roger Marble provides SO much valuable information that will help keep you safe and on the road in the conclusion of this 2-part interview with The RV Wingman.
Tire Engineer Roger Marble may be the most knowledgeable Tire and RV expert in the country. In this detailed interview, he discusses all aspects of tires and provides insight and information that can keep you safe including the often discussed “China Bombs”. Part One (of Two).
With the busy summer RVing season upon us, is Camping World going to pull out of what looks like it’s financial problems? According to some, the answer is a resounding NO! Kevin Frazer joins The RV Wingman for a detailed conversation that will provide RVers and RV Industry insiders with an opportunity to see the future (and it may not be very pretty). If you are a holder of a Good Sam ESP, you can cancel it and get a full refund of the unused premium. But you’d better do it before it’s too late.