RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

La Mesa RV Promotes New President

Fri Jan 6, 2017

San Diego – La Mesa RV Center has announced the recent promotion of Bob Upton to the role of President for the corporation.

Upton has held numerous roles within the company over the past 22 years most recently as Vice President of Sales and Service.

In his new position, Upton will be directly responsible for all operations of the company including sales, service, advertising, facilities and identifying growth opportunities.

“I’m honored to be part of an incredible company that continues to grow and raise the bar for sales and service within the RV industry," Upton says. "The Kimbrell family has given me an opportunity to be an influential part of their business plan for over two decades and I’m grateful to continue to be a part of this progressive organization.”

Upton hails from Monroe and Natchitoches, Louisiana. He is a graduate of the University of Louisiana-Monroe with a BME in Music Education as well as a Masters of Music in Northwestern State University. In order to supplement his income while working towards a doctoral degree at the University of Arizona, he worked in sales for La Mesa RV in Tucson and became hooked on the RV lifestyle. He has since been promoted into other capacities including that of General Sales Manager, Vice President of Sales, Vice President of Sales and Service. A veteran of the United States Navy, Upton is married to Joan and has two children and one grandson.

“Bob is a person with some of the most solid management skills that I’ve known," La Mesa RV Founder and CEO Jim Kimbrell says. "He’s a great problem solver and I’ve come to rely on his insight and expertise during his career at La Mesa RV. I know he will continue to help us propel the company to even greater heights in the coming years.”

La Mesa RV was founded in 1972 in a suburb of San Diego. Today the company is known for offering motorhomes in brands such as Tiffin, Winnebago, Heartland, Fleetwood, Roadtrek and more as well as having one of the largest inventories of pre-owned, late model motorhomes. The company currently counts 11 locations including San Diego and Davis, California; Quartzsite, Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson, Arizona, Albuquerque, New Mexico plus Daytona Beach, Sanford, Port Saint Lucie and Fort Myers, Florida.