As the industry settles into 2024, the new RVDA of Canada Chairman Dale Hopkins provided insights and goals for the coming year.
Hopkins said, “I am thrilled to take on this role and continue the great work that the RVDA has been doing. We have more items on our agenda, and I am looking forward to steering them forward.”
Hopkins’ vision is centered on building upon the association’s achievements and steering it toward new accomplishments, he said.
Hopkins said he aims to continue RVDA of Canada’s recent advocacy work. He acknowledged the association’s triumphs, including securing a luxury tax exemption and the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) exemption as well as fifth-wheel length regulation extensions.
Hopkins will focus on RV dealerships’ evolving landscape, marked by consolidations and closures. He said he plans to reach out to new corporate groups to provide knowledge on RVDA Canada’s role in supporting the industry during challenging economic times.
Hopkins shared his strategy to achieve his goals.
His plan includes prioritizing advocacy days and establishing partnerships with endorsement associates to provide additional support to RV dealers nationwide. Hopkins is also focusing on fostering collaborations with industry stakeholders, including provincial and regional RV associations such as Go RVing Canada, the Canadian Camping and RV Association and United States partners. Hopkins said he wants to work with partners to communicate association membership advantages and provide support for industry members.
Regarding legislative and regulatory objectives, Hopkins highlighted industry safety measures. Additionally, Hopkins will focus on the association’s sustainability and environmental role. Ongoing advocacy efforts will address infrastructure concerns for towing RVs and services in campgrounds and parks. He said collaborative advocacy to ensure essential infrastructure, such as electrical grid upgrades, is in place.
Hopkins said he holds a positive outlook on the industry’s economic future. He acknowledged the RV industry’s strong economic contribution and its role as an affordable alternative for middle-class families. He said he expects a positive market in 2024 with decreasing unit prices, favorable exchange rates and potential interest rate adjustments.
Hopkins said he is committed to meeting dealers across Canada, attending annual general meetings and working together to enhance the overall Canadian RV industry in 2024.