Professional RV Dealerships

Professional Full-Service RV Dealership Definition

With input from the provincial and regional associations, the RVDA of Canada’s Board of Directors has developed guidelines defining Professional Full-Service RV Dealerships.
A Recreation Vehicle (RV) Dealership is more than a gravel lot or open field displaying units for sale to the public. Professional Full-Service RV Dealerships are multifaceted facilities focusing primarily on the marketing of Recreation Vehicles products and services.
Professional Full-Service RV Dealerships are defined as follows:
  • primary business operation is the marketing, for sale, of RV products and services
  • operate year-round 
  • hold a signed Dealer Agreement for at least one new RV product line
  • sell and service new and used rolling stock
  • maintain a permanent facility which includes:
    • the company name displayed prominently on the main building
    • a service department with service bays large enough to accommodate the largest RV sold  at that dealership
    • a sales lot adequate  to appropriately display inventory
  • maintain a Parts Inventory large enough to service the products they sell
  • employ or have under contract a minimum of one full-time licensed RV technician
  • hold all provincial, municipal licenses, permits or other authorizations legally required to carry business
  • acknowledge and adhere to both federal and provincial legislation regarding the sale of products
  • adhere to the RVDA code of ethics which encourages members to:
    • strive to promote the image of the industry; in the local community and on regional and provincial levels
    • make the greatest contribution possible to the safety and welfare of the public in the purchase of the industry's products and services
    • conduct business openly and honestly
A Recreation Vehicle is defined as:
Recreation Vehicles, or RVs, are vehicles that combine transportation and temporary living quarters for recreation, camping and travel. RVs fall into three general categories:
Towables & Campers:
An RV designed to be towed or carried by a motorized vehicle (car, van or pickup truck) whose  size and weight do not require a special highway movement permit. These RVs do not require permanent on-site hook-up.
An RV built on, or as an integral part of, a self-propelled motor vehicle chassis, combining transportation and living quarters in one unit.
Park Models:
Featuring complete living quarters, Park Models are designed for occasional relocation and which may require a special highway movement permit. Park Models require permanent on-site hook-up.

A national, volunteer federation of provincial and regional RVDA associations and their members, the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada is a professional trade association that works on behalf of all retail businesses involved in the recreation vehicle industry. Advocacy, professional development and industry initiatives are developed by members, for members and delivered on their behalf by the RVDA.