Popular RV Podcasters Also Feature Campgrounds

“We’ve done a one-hour show each week for the last three years without pause,” said Jeremy Puglisi, who along with his wife Stephanie are authors of the book, Idiot’s Guide: RV Vacations and owners of the RVFTA (RV Family Travel Atlas) Podcast Network, comprised of three podcasts.

Unlike many podcasters who do it for the exposure or simply the love of their topic and generate little to no income, the RVFTA Network brings in more than $100,000 in advertising revenue each year, having sold out all of its ad space back in January.

Sponsors for the channels include Cabela’s, Kampgrounds Of America (KOA), Progressive Insurance, Jayco Inc., Liberty Outdoors, Go RVing, Thetford Corp., and Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts.

All podcasts are free to download from iTunes, and their audience was built with little to no advertising, said Jeremy.

“We had been blogging for years on our website, so a group of people who followed us there migrated to our first podcast when it started,” he said, adding their initial audience was about 300 listeners.

“Things grew organically from there,” saidJeremy, citing word of mouth and good content as drivers for that growth. “Our show is like old fashioned radio variety show, except it’s digital and it’s a podcast.”

Their first program, RV Family Travel Atlas, is a top-20 podcast in the iTunes Store that explores RV and family travel. Episodes feature topics related to the RV and campground industry, tips and tricks, and destination guides. The program also includes gear reviews and interviews with RV industry personalities.

A year later they launched their second podcast, Campground of the Week, a campground review program covering parks across the nation. Stephanie also produces an additional podcast on the network called Girl Camper, which focuses on women’s camping and is hosted by fellow Go RVing blogger Janine Pettit. Their network draws in more than 40,000 listeners each week, according to Puglisi, and passed more than one million downloads on the iTunes Store in May.

The couple, along with their three children and two dogs, travel 70-80 nights per year, with Jeremy teaching English full-time during the school year. Stephanie is also a former teacher, but now works on the podcast network full time out of their New Jersey home.

“When the business took off, we decided if we were going to keep growing it, she needed to quit her teaching job,” said Jeremy.

In order to produce campground reviews and other features, the Puglisis create their own content and also draw from other campers to help them produce stories.

“We’re able to review campgrounds across the country because of our network of correspondents,” he said. “It’s an exciting industry and there’s always a lot to talk about. My wife and I love this and don’t see stopping anytime soon.”

In addition to traveling, hosting and producing podcasts for the RVFTA Network, both Jeremy and Stephanie work as spokespeople for Go RVing and have appeared on television in conjunction with that work. The two are also published regularly in Trailer Life magazine and present RV seminars for the Good Sam Club.

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