We use a Kuat NV platform rack normally (when we go biking), but not on camping trips. We tried it on the back of the fiver - seemed logical since we already owned the expensive bike rack and loved it. However, the bikes rocked back and forth too much. We tried bungeeing the bikes to the back ladder after putting them on the Kuat, but they still had too much movement. With the road bikes, it might have eventually worked, but I discovered that the mountain bikes which have straight handle bars were hitting the big rear window of the fiver. We decided to abandon the idea before we completely shattered the window.
We switched to a Yakima roof-mount system on top of the truck. Works well since you don't have to worry about the height (the fiver is taller than the bikes), and they are out of the way. Also, someone would have to work pretty hard to get at them, so I don't worry about them when we stop to eat or whatever.
Our Open Range came with 3 20-pounders, and I think it's a great setup. First of all, I can actually lift them when full, and I'm usually the one who ends up getting them filled. Plus the propane bay is under the fiver nose which means you have to bend over the whole time you are loading or unloading them. Second, there's always a spare back there, even if you've already switched the valve to the second tank then forgotten you did that. We always take them to a local place to get them filled/topped off, but I like the fact that if we were out camping I have the option of doing a swap at a local convenience store. We do some cold weather camping, and I REALLY don't want to run out of propane.
Small business owner weighing in .....
Publicly recognizing your people for a job well done is an excellent marketing tool and an awesome motivator. But Marcus is right - at the end of the day the buck stops with him.
I would enjoy learning/reading about employee accomplishments. It implies longevity and passion. One thing that never ceases to amaze me is how many employees (not necessarily at CW) aren't fans of their chosen industry. I encourage and help my employees to buy and use as much home theater gear as possible and they are passionately opinionated. I've been in RV dealerships where none of the salesmen were RVers themselves.
I watch and enjoy The Profit, although it does seem like businesses are chosen for the amount of drama they bring to the table. It would be refreshing to see just one business that was completely cooperative. However, I have over 10 episodes back logged on the DVR, so maybe there's one in there somewhere.
As to the original question - maybe less Marcus isn't necessary, but add in more personal, local interest.
Ditto on the yellow lego-type things. Much lighter and they fit nicely into a little space in the belly box. Plus, in between camping trips it's less likely that someone will come along and say "ah, there a piece of scrap wood I can use." Some of these state parks in Texas require 2-3 high on one side.
In the truck, on the floorboard behind the front seat. The fifth-wheel would be pretty cramped with all the slides in - the only place she could be would be the bathroom or half of the bedroom. And it would be hot. I don't think she would be very happy back there. Plus, we stop often and stretch our legs.