09 Nov

RVFTA #167: Meet Brandon Palaniuk, 2017 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year

When we met Brandon Palaniuk last month at the Cabela’s grand opening in Alberquerque, we immediately wanted to invite him onto the show to share his story with our listeners. Not only did Brandon Palaniuk recently win the 2017 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year title, he is also an amazingly nice guy who travels around in a pretty awesome toy hauler.

Inviting him on the show was a no brainer.

So we were excited to have Brandon on the podcast, but to be honest we never expected to be so inspired by his story of hard work and dedication. Brandon is a pretty young guy with a whole lot of wisdom to share, and we walked away from the interview excited to have our own boys listen to his story.

Segment One: How Does Someone Become Angler of the Year?

The world of tournament fishing is a complete mystery to us, but Brandon walked us through all the basics, from how the tournaments are organized to the points system for determining placement. While preparing for the interview, we stumbled onto a fantastic video that was produced over the course of the year, while Brandon pursued the title of Angler of the Year.

We got complete sucked in. Seriously.

Mostly we were struck by the long days, the physical demands, and the relentless focus that Brandon seemed to maintain throughout such a grueling schedule.

After watching this, you just might find yourself following the tournament schedule a little more closely in 2018…

We also got to talk to Brandon about his experiences as an RV newbie over the course of the last year. Brandon is on the road from January through September, and he decided an RV would help make that time a heck of a lot more comfortable. So far, he is thrilled with the decision to purchase a 44-foot, triple-axle Fuzion toy hauler. We chat about having a kitchen to prepare healthy food on the road, traveling with other folks in the RV, and his favorite campground experience in 2017.

Spoiler alert..it’s the 1,000 Islands/Association Island KOA.

If you want to find out even more about Brandon’s life after he puts down the fishing pole and calls it a day, check out this page on Cabela’s site with some pics of him getting up to some fun shenanigans…

Segment Two: Brandon’s Tips for Taking Your Fishing Game to the Next Level

We couldn’t have Brandon on the show without getting a little bit of fishing advice from the expert himself.

Brandon does a great job of bringing it to the masses and sharing three tips for upping your fishing game, even if you are at ‘campground lake level’ of fishing like we are.

He talks about not getting stuck in a rut with either your gear or your technique. And he also shares a great piece of wisdom that we will be passing along to our boys…

“You never fail. You only win or you learn.”

And that’s why we love Brandon Palaniuk.

We truly hope our paths cross again someday, or we will at least look forward to having him back on the show. You can find his official website here, and you can also follow him on Instagram @brandonpalaniuk like we do!

The best of luck to this guy in 2018! We will be routing for him.

Other important links mentioned in the show include…

Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall Information

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See you at the campground!

12 Oct

RVFTA #163 The RV Capital of the World: A Fun-Filled Indiana History with Author Al Hesselbart

On this week’s episode of the RV Family Travel Atlas podcast, we interview the fascinating Al Hesselbart, author of the new book RV Capital of the World: A Fun-Filled Indiana History. The book is most definitely fun-filled…and so is our chat with Al. Listen to the podcast to hear how you can win a signed copy of the book!

We talk about how Elkhart, Indiana became the ‘RV Capital of the World’ and all the quirky, interesting folks that have shaped the industry over the years. Plus, Al gives us his take on recent consolidation and some predictions for the future.

Al Hesselbart’s newest book is RV Capital of the World: A Fun-Filled Indiana History, and you can find it here…

And his previous book is The Dumb Things Sold, Just Like That!, which you can find here…

Segment One: The early years of the RV Industry

In the first part of the interview, we explore how so much of the RV industry ended up being consolidated in the small midwestern town of Elkhart, Indiana. Al Hesselbart tells the story of imaginations being sparked by the Chicago’s World Fair, and how ambitious entrepreneurs took advantage of social and economic realities to build a brand new industry in America.

Segment Two: The Modern RV Industry

In the second part of the interview, Al helps us understand how the RV industry changed from encompassing hundreds and hundreds of manufacturers to a consolidated industry with three main players. We get schooled on the oil embargos of the 70’s and how they eventually led to the creation of Forest River under the leadership of Peter Liegl.

We could have talked to Al Hesselbart for hours about the captivating and unique stories that make up the story of the RV industry. We managed to keep it under an hour, but we will look forward to having him back for another chat.

And we just have to include a picture of Al’s 40-year old motorhome, the Newell.

RV News Minute

If you are interested in reading the article from RV Business on the Endurance line of Goodyear Tires, you can find it here.

RVFTA News Roundup

Make sure you listen to the episode to find out how you can win a signed copy of RV Capital of the World: A Fun-Filled Indiana History.

Check out our Campground Etiquette article in the latest issue of Trailer Life Magazine. You can subscribe to the magazine via mail delivery, or just get it on your local newsstand.

A big thanks to our sponsors for supporting weekly content for all our RV fools…

See you at the campground!

14 Oct

RVFTA #110 Say Hello to Winnebago Towables

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On this podcast episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are taking our listeners back to Middlebury, Indiana and talking to Mark Gerber, the Director of Marketing for Winnebago Towables. Mark gave our family an awesome tour of the factory during our visit, and then sat down to chat about what’s in the future for this iconic RV manufacturer.

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Plus, we know many of our listeners heard the news last week that Winnebago acquired Grand Design, the 5-year old RV manufacturer that has caused quite a splash in the industry over a very short period of time (you can read the press release here). So we called Sam Jefson, Public Relations Specialist at Winnebago, and talked about why Grand Design was such a good fit for an iconic RV company, and what kinds of products we might expect in the future.

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07 Jul

RVFTA #96 Meet the RV Walk Through Guru

Meet the RV Walk Through Guru

On this week’s episode of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking to the king of the RV walk through on YouTube, Joshua Winters from Haylett RV in the great state of Michigan. His YouTube channel is our first stop anytime we want to get the skinny on a new RV without even leaving the house.

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01 Jul

RVFTA #95 RV Mobile Repair and Maintenance 101

Mobile RV Repair and Maintenance 101

On episode #95 of RV Family Travel Atlas, we are talking about mobile RV repair services. For years we have taken advantage of this convenient and affordable way to address minor RV repairs and regular RV maintenance. But it turns out many of our listeners are not even aware of this option.

So we reached out to Julie and Laszlo Sears, owners of Quality Mobile RV Repair in Midlothian Texas. They are going to explain the benefits of finding an RV service professional that comes to your own residence.

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09 Jun

RVFTA #92 What’s New at Camp Jellystone?

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03 Jun

RVFTA #91 Dutch Oven 101 with Mark Hansen

Dutch Oven Cooking 101with Mark Hansen

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