Retiring Bruce Hopkins Reflects On ‘Bittersweet’ Time With RV Industry

Dec 7, 2020

When Bruce Hopkins announced last winter that he was going to retire at the end of this year from his position as RV Industry Association (RVIA) vice president of standards, he might have thought that seemed like a long time away.

But now that the time is just a few weeks away, he chuckles at the idea that the RV industry’s “Godfather of Standards” might have changed his mind and decided to stick around.

Although he admits he loves the industry and that stepping away is kind of bittersweet, he also acknowledges that he was married in July 2019 and is looking forward to spending some time traveling the country with his bride.

“The plan was to go to Australia, but COVID kind of changed our route,” he told RVBusiness on Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 2).

Hopkins is rightfully credited with building a set of standards for the RV industry to get all manufacturers to build all towables to the same guidelines as well as motorhomes. But he is quick to credit his success to coming on the scene at the right time.

Check out the full article from RVBusiness here.