As we usher in a new month, MC Fireside Chats is gearing up to deliver an exciting episode, overflowing with fresh discoveries from the Outdoor Hospitality Industry. Don’t miss this captivating discussion on Wednesday, August 2, at 2 PM EST, as it promises to set the tone for the vibrant month ahead.
Brace yourself for an insightful dialogue that peers into the ceaselessly shifting landscape of outdoor hospitality and recreation. Our distinguished panel, drawn from multifaceted fields and backgrounds, will unveil their individual insights and extensive experience.
Host Brian Searl will be joined by recurring guests Campspot Vice President for Business Development Casey Cochran, Campground Views Founder and CEO Mark Koep, RV industry advisor Sandy Ellingson, CRR Lifestyle Chief Operating Officer Mike Harrison, and Christine Taylor of Towne Law Firm.
Their in-depth discourse will examine the emerging trends, challenges, and opportunities shaping the outdoor hospitality sector, providing listeners with valuable tools to navigate and succeed in this dynamic environment.
Next week’s episode of MC Fireside Chats is sponsored by Fireside Accounting, an end-to-end accounting services provider that provides bookkeeping to campgrounds, RV parks, and RV resorts.
July 26th Episode Recap
In the previous episode of MC Fireside Chats, sponsored by AccessParks, host Brian Searl was joined by recurring guests Phil Ingrassia from RVDA, Shane Devenish from CRVA, and Eleanore Hamm from RVIA. Adding a unique perspective to the conversation were special guests Dr. Steve and Alec Rappleyea from Drive Home RV.
Alec, shared insights about the challenges they face while scaling their RV rental business. He emphasized the importance of effectively managing cash flow and working capital, which are critical aspects of any growing business. Alec also highlighted the necessity of creating robust systems that not only streamline operations but also embody their business values. He stressed the importance of having the right people in place to ensure the smooth running of their operations.
Steve, another guest on the show, discussed the unique dynamics of running a family business. He highlighted the importance of navigating business decisions within pre-existing relationships. Steve described their RV rental company, Drive Home RV, as an “RV Adventure Outfitter. They provide people with their first access to RV camping, occupying a special place in the ecosystem. Steve emphasized their commitment to ensuring that customers have positive experiences when they rent an RV from them for the first time. He also mentioned how they help customers navigate the transition from tent camping to RV camping, and how they provide additional equipment like electric bikes, stand-up paddle boards, and pavilion tents to enhance the camping experience. Steve also shared their plans for expansion, aiming to double or triple their fleet in the coming years.
Phil proposed an interesting marketing strategy. He suggested that rental companies could offer discounts to renters who act as influencers, documenting and sharing their experiences on social media. This strategy, he believes, could significantly boost the visibility and appeal of RV rentals. Phil also touched upon the international focus of some rental companies, suggesting that there’s potential for more influencer marketing in the domestic market.
Shane brought up the potential for RV rentals to bridge the gap during economic downturns. He proposed that RV rentals could provide a more affordable option for people to enjoy the RV lifestyle until they’re financially ready to purchase their own RV. Shane also mentioned the increased availability of rental units in recent years and speculated on the potential impact this could have on the market.
Eleanor discussed the shift in the types of units being stocked for rental. She noted a move away from Class C units towards a wider variety of units, particularly those suitable for family use. This shift, she believes, could cater to a broader range of customer needs and preferences.
Towards the end of the discussion, Alec considered the advice from industry professionals and discussed the shift in design and materials in the RV industry, moving towards more European sensibilities. This shift, he believes, could refresh the industry and appeal to a wider audience.
Phil also discussed the potential for learning from the European RV market, particularly in terms of design and size of units. He mentioned the upcoming Dusseldorf show, a large European RV show that attracts a global audience, as a valuable opportunity for gaining insights into the European market.
Shane discussed the potential for international collaboration and learning between RV associations and businesses. He believes that such collaborations could lead to innovative practices and strategies that benefit the industry as a whole.
The episode concluded with Brian expressing his gratitude to the guests for their valuable insights. He wished them luck with their future endeavors, highlighting the importance of continuous learning and adaptation in the ever-evolving RV rental industry. The discussion underscored the dynamic nature of the RV rental industry and the exciting possibilities that lie ahead.
About MC Fireside Chats
Airing live every Wednesday at 2 p.m. (ET), MC Fireside Chats features guests from the camping and RV industry who share their take on the current state of the camping, glamping, and RVing sectors as well as upcoming innovations in RV parks, campgrounds, outdoor resorts, glamping, and the RV industry.
To listen to previous episodes of MC Fireside Chats, visit: https://moderncampground.com/mc-fireside-chats/