Episode 85 — RVX Recap and CamgroundViews.com with Mark Koep

Episode 85 — RVX Recap and CamgroundViews.com with Mark Koep

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RV Miles is filled with all things RVX this week! RVX is the new annual trade show for the RV industry, and we have Mark Koep from campgroundviews.com reporting on his takeaways from the experience. Mark also talks to us about his website and some futuristic campground booking ideas coming to fruition very soon on the platform. Plus, we have a list of this years top quality-rated RVs, some news, a new brain teaser, and more!


Sponsors

L.L.Bean

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FMCA

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STAND-Bi 3-in-1 Cup Holder

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The Togo App

Togo is the organizational app that simplifies, enhances and improves RV ownership. With Togo, everything you need to own and operate your RV is in one, convenient, digital space. Sort of a digital glove box—but without all the extra clutter. You can track maintenance, set reminders, follow checklists and keep track of registration details. Whether you’re a full-time traveler or weekend warrior, Togo is designed to make your life easier. Simplify your travel experience and download the Togo app in the U.S. Apple Store or Google Play. An RV that runs with Togo enjoys more miles with less trials. Download the Togo app today.


Show Notes

This week’s news stories kicked off with a blaze that has destroyed the Forest River RV plant in Elkhart, Indiana. Fortunately, there were no injuries. Next, we talked about the heavy snow pack and flooding that will have many of Yosemite National Park’s facilities opening late this year. Then we covered the brilliant new SylvanSport Vast, a trailer with an innovative kitchen that slides indoors and out.

After the break, we let you know about some of the top-ranked RVs for quality and reliability by an anonymous survey from the RV Dealer’s Association:

  • Airstream Motorhomes and Towables
  • Coachmen RV’s Brookstone and Chaparral Fifth Wheels
  • Forest River’s Flagstaff Travel Trailers & Fifth Wheels, Shamrock Expandables, Sierra and Sandpiper brands
  • Grand Design’s Image, Momentum, Reflection, Solitude and Transcend brands
  • Gulf Stream’s motorhomes, Vintage Cruiser, Vista Cruiser, Innsbruck, Amerilite, Conquest and Kingsport Towable brands
  • Heartland’s Big Country, Elk Ridge, Cyclone, Torque, Landmark, North Trail, Wilderness, Prowler, Trail Runner, Road Warrior, Sundance and Gateway brands
  • Keystone’s Montana and High Country brands
  • Lance Camper’s Travel Trailers and Toy Haulers
  • Leisure Travel Vans/Triple E Motorhomes
  • Newmar Motorhomes
  • Pleasure-Way Motorhomes
  • Tiffin Motorhomes

Our main topic of the week was an interview with Mark Koep from campgroundviews.com on his experience at RVX. Mark told us all about the great innovations on the show floor, as well as the Campground of the Future exhibit his company was a part of. You can view the online version of the exhibit here.

He then told us all about CampgroundViews.com, how you can use it today (with 30,000 campsite photos and 3,000 videos) and some of the exciting virtual reality campsite discovery features coming to the site later this year.

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