Well, we’re back from our annual trek to the RVIA National RV Trade Show Louisville.
We actually set a record at this RV show. It was the first time we did 4 live video events at one show!
Probably doesn’t sound like much to you, but since we’re not “live” people, it’s a FitRV milestone. We’re WAYYY more comfortable gathering footage, and then yelling at each other a bit about how we didn’t like the footage, and then retaking the footage about 10 billion more times and then editing it all later…once we’re speaking to each other again.
We’ve been watching the growing popularity of live videos with trepidation. And so these 4 live vids were a bit of a turning point for us. So now that we’ve got our maiden live-vids under our belts, you can count on seeing more of this type of stuff from us in the future. But go easy on us! They’re going to be rough and raw and we might bumble a bit. Perhaps that’s the beauty of live. It’s unpolished nature makes it more real.
Here’s the 4 vids we did:
Live Video #1: Hosted on TheFitRV’s YouTube Page
“RVIA Show 2017 – Supplier Booths Live with The Fit RV!”
The rough start of this video cracks me up. It’s sort of like having a fear of getting bucked off horses, and then you finally build up the nerve to actually ride a horse, only to immediately get bucked off! If for no other reason, you should just watch the first 25 seconds for a laugh at our struggles and suffering. We’re live for our first time on YouTube, and right off the bat we were having connectivity problems. Just great. Yay live. If you can get past that, and then past all the cutting-out the video does the rest of the hour, you’ll actually get an interesting look inside this show. Since the RVIA show isn’t open to the public, the vendor booths are very different from what you’d typically see at an RV show. No one’s trying to sell you jewelry, electrical massagers, or vacation packages. The supplier booths are strictly targeting both RV manufacturers and dealers.
Live Video #2: Hosted on TheFitRV’s YouTube Page
“RVIA Show 2017 – Live Chat with Russ Garfin of Winnebago”
Russ is the product manager for all of Winnebago’s vans and View/Navions. He’s also a good buddy of ours, and the reason we ended up with a bright yellow Travato in the first place. In preparation for this live chat, we reached out to various Winnebago owners groups and gathered topics they wanted us to ask Russ about. This chat was the result of their feedback, and we covered lots of interesting topics; from plans for winter-friendly rigs, the future of lithium, warranties, dealer service challenges, and on and on. We filmed this one a little differently; used our Logitech webcam, a computer and our awesome Yeti microphone (the same one we use for all our RV-review voice-overs), and plus we actually had a solid connection! We did have a little echo glitch at the start, and we hit “end” too soon at the end, but hey, we’re learning.
Live Video #3: Hosted on Winnebago’s Facebook Page
“Finding the Perfect RV: Class B Highlight”
Join The Fit RV to talk about Class B RVs during our "Finding the Perfect RV" series!
Posted by Winnebago on Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Right before heading to Louisville we got an email from blogger Heath Padgett, he does a lot of work for Winnebago creating content for their social media channels, and owns a Brave himself. He asked us if we’d do a Facebook Live video chat about Class B living, and things to consider when deciding if a Class B is the right choice. An easy topic for us, and we were right at home filming this one. Besides chatting about van life, we also walk through a bunch of the Winnebago campervans that were at the show.
For this video and the next one, we had a whole support crew doing the filming for us. Two cameras, a director, someone mixing the two shots… the works. What you can’t see is that there was some sort of technical problem while we were filming this. At one point, everyone behind the camera got really frantic. Everyone started mumbling into their hidden microphones and touching their earpieces like anxious Secret Service agents. One of our camera guys literally ran away! And the whole while they kept mouthing to us:
Sure! No problem! This isn’t distracting at all! Ah the magic of live…
Live Video #4: Hosted on Winnebago’s Facebook Page
“The Ultimate RV Tour”
Join Heath of Heath & Alyssa as he tours 12 different Winnebago RVs in an hour!
Posted by Winnebago on Monday, November 27, 2017
In this video, Heath Padgett hosts a tour of various Winnebago RVs at the RVIA show. We just play a small part in this one, coming in at 17:30 minutes and are on for about 10 minutes…but I’m still counting it as one of the four live videos we did even though it wasn’t technically ours. We give a quick glance at the 4×4 Revel, the new Era B model, and also talk a little about the typical Class B RV user.
So there you go! Those were our 4 live videos. Thanks to those of you who watched live and left nice comments even though the videos were far from perfect. We’re so lucky to be surrounded with such a supportive community of FitRV readers and viewers. Y’all are the best.
But also! This isn’t all we did at the show! We actually got NOT-live video footage of 2 rigs on our radar:
The Coachmen Galleria with the lithium package:
And the LTV Wonder Front Twin Bed (FTB).
One of the bad things about NOT live video is that once you film, you’re not done as you are with live…so we still have to get those videos edited and do our dorky voice-overs. Stay tuned for that.
The next show we’ll be at is the Tampa Supershow in January. If you’ll be there, let us know! Hopefully we can cross paths!