Listen: RV, Rv Dealers Association, Darrel Sears discussed on The RV Podcast
"I mean, we're looking right out the windows. There is the toll roll the highway eighty. Ninety of the big east west route. You're right off of that. What can what? How long people spend here? What's what's what's recommended on? Because many times you know, we get a place like this. We only I was taken our off and you can't see it now. No, we we say figured on two to two and a half hours on an average. Now, there are people that will go through it. Then hour and a half. There are people that will spend all day here and if they do and they want in their in an RV we actually allowed to stay in the parking lot so you can own doc in the well, that's you can boondock if you get here too late to go through the museum. And that happens a lot because people come from the west, they don't realize we're on east coast time. So they get here four. Well, that's fine. Already in we close at five. So we said, that's okay. You can just stay in our parking lot commend in the morning and they do that is great and then but we it's all dry camping, but it's it's very nice. Well as well. As I said, we're going to do video. So all the folks. Listen, this podcast just go to our RV lifestyle channel on YouTube. You'll see that video gives us a couple of days to put it together, but what excites you these days about the RV industry? Darrel Sears tell us why? What excites you and guess Elkhart? What are the trends you're seeing. What what what excites me is is the continued growth of the industry as a whole. And the fact that twenty years ago the industry had the foresight to start the go RV program and and the guardian program was to make people aware of the lifestyle of the RV industry and the fact that it's a family industry and it's, you know, it's it's it's a nice clean, really fun type industry to be in. And with that gore Evine the RV industry is survived at least four recessions that I've lived through myself and to see the industry bounceback every time and continue to grow. And last year it produced over five hundred thousand RV's this year it will produce over about five hundred forty thousand arby's and and and really what's what's needed. Is the fact that it cares about its customers and the fact that it put a million units into the. In into the universe of RV's that are out there. They said we need to do something to train more technicians. We don't have enough technicians. So Garvey n- which is RV DA an RV. I a RV Dealers Association, the RV industry associates, right? They've now taken some of the Garvin money and they've set ten million dollars a side to build a tech center to train technicians to for for RV dealers to hire to make sure that that when the customer gets his RV and you know there's problems with everything from time to time. So you need technicians that know how to diagnose and fix problems. And to me, that's that's exciting because I think that's what's going to to make this industry. It's already over one hundred years old, and I think it's gonna last forever. I applaud everybody for doing that. That is probably the biggest problem. We have found our. Seven years covering this lifestyle is the lack of technicians. They're hard to find before we let you go, and we hit out at our rest of our podcast. I want to."