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 .

RVDA of Canada Board Elects Jean-Francois Lussier as Chairman

Mon Nov 13, 2017

151035020472729.jpgJean-Francois Lussier of Horizon Lussier in Marieville, Quebec has been elected as the new Chairman of the Board of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada. Horizon Lussier is a family-owned and operated RV dealership that prides itself in providing quality products and exceptional customer service for RV enthusiasts which has been in business for more than 50 years.

Lussier has been involved in the family business since the young age of 13 where he held numerous jobs in the business that represented several different types of leisure vehicles: Bombardier snowmobiles, Pinecraft boats and Mercury outboard motors, and eventually RVs. In the early 1980's, the dealership began to solely sell RVs and became Roulottes Jean Lussier, named after Jean-Francois' father. The dealership began to add motorized vehicles to its established towables line as well as other camping accessories.

Lussier and his brothers bought the family business from their parents in 1985. He became the sole proprietor in 2016. Today, he oversees the operations of Horizon Lussier and has nearly 70 employees on the staff.

Over the years, the sale of motorhomes became such a substantial part of the dealership's business model that the owners decided to change the business name to something that evoked both travel trailer and motorhomes. In 1997, the business finally opted for "Horizon Lussier," which plays on the idea of travel and the great outdoors.

The dealership has been a member of the RVDA of Quebec since the beginning and has now participated in provincial and national association efforts in several capacities. Lussier has been president of the RVDA of Quebec; has sat on the national education committee and has served on the board of the RVDA of Canada since 2010.

Other officers for the 2017-18 year are:

  • Vice Chairman: Herb Cowen, Pike Lake Golf Centre, Clifford, Ontario

  • Treasurer: Gord Bragg, Hub City RV, Lantzville, British Columbia

  • Past Chairman: Sam Parks, Camp-Out RV, Stratford, Ontario

RVDA of Canada's current Board of Directors are:

  • Darcy Turgeon, Carefree RV, Edmonton, Alberta

  • Kyle Kehoe, Kehoe RV, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

  • Jim Gorrie, GNR Camping World, Winnipeg, Manitoba

  • Bruno Tombari Jr., Bella Vista RV, Oro-Medonte, Ontario

  • Josée Bédard, Roulotte Chaudière, Lévis, Quebec

  • Bruce Marsh, Cape Breton Trailer Sales, Bras d'Or, Nova Scotia

  • Trevor Moase, Vacationer RV Sales and Service, Kelvin Grove, Prince Edward Island