RVAA History

The History of RVAA

The idea for an aftermarket association was originally developed by Jim Barker in the late 1960s, in the form of a recommendation to his distributor customers. In 1969, the Warehouse Distributors Association for Leisure and Mobile Products  (WDA) was formed, providing distributors the opportunity to meet annually to discuss issues of concern. 

A Kansas City newspaper company - which also managed the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association (AWDA) - was hired to manage WDA. This management company developed the concept of an Executive Conference as a way of bringing distributors and suppliers together. In 1974, the first Executive Conference took place in New Orleans, Louisiana. This conference allowed the 30-40 WDA Distributor Members to meet individually with suppliers to secure business for the upcoming year.

In the early 1980s, WDA created the Supplier Member category and provided board representation for that segment. By 1989, WDA added to its Distributor and Supplier Member categories with representatives from the RV and manufactured housing segments. This practice continued until 1995, when a strategic plan that identified a clear focus on the RV Aftermarket was established.

In 2001, the association was renamed the Recreational Vehicle Aftermarket Association (RVAA).

Today, RVAA represents Suppliers, Distributors, Agents and Service Providers of the billion-dollar RV aftermarket. RVAA is  fiscally sound, attentive to the need of its members and its Board of Directors represents all sizes and elements of the market.