About 98% of Oklahoma’s RV dealers have agreed to form a trade association – the Oklahoma Recreational Vehicle Association (ORVA) – to better promote the industry and encourage the safe use of RVs, according to Joe O’Brien, ORVA’s executive director.
The new group also will represent the manufacturers, suppliers, financial institutions, distributors and campground operators involved with the RV industry and doing business in Oklahoma, added O’Brien, who was general manager of Dave’s Claremore RV Inc., a dealership in Claremore, Okla., prior to his retirement.
“We have now retained a lobbyist firm as our legislative guardian to keep us aware of any bills in the future that would affect you (ORVA’s constituents),” O’Brien wrote in a letter to prospective members.
“Aside from legislative matters, we will be developing educational programs with the help of the national RVDA (Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association), a CSI (consumer satisfaction index) program and address insurance issues to better serve the members,” O’Brien said.
The first president of the ORVA is Ron Shepherd of Camperland in Tulsa and the vice president is Chuck Lewis of Lewis RV in Oklahoma City.
The first ORVA secretary is Jim Dickson of Hunter RV in Sapulpa, Okla., and treasure is Gary Motley of Motley’s RV Service of Oklahoma City.
ORVA’s first statewide meeting is scheduled for Aug. 11 in Stroud, Okla., which will include several speakers and give the organization its first opportunity to discuss the association’s goals, O’Brien said