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64 • RV PRO • October 2020 rv-pro.com the co-founder of Couchsurfing. Couch- surfing is a global online community that features 14 million users in more than 200,000 cities. As a platform, Couchsurfing con- nects travelers with a worldwide network of people hosting events and lodging for those who take to the nomadic lifestyle. Coleman worked with Fenton on a similar goal for the RV community to create the initial version of RVillage. While the early iteration of the plat- form needed some refinements, the com- munity's dynamic, organic nature began to draw people in, according to Coleman. "What changed for us was that a large continental community of RVers and RV dreamers were so hungry for what we were building that they offered up the patience and the desire necessary to allow us to do our best to build something great for them," he explains. "The early adopters of RVillage really gave us permission to do what was necessary to make it better and better." IMAGES COURTESY RVILLAGE RVillage users take part in various online get-togethers where they connect on everything from game nights to conversations about the industry. RVillage lets users connect with others in any campground or other location with Internet access.

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