The Rousseau’s RV Story
When Leo Rousseau first jumped into the RV sales industry in 1976, it was a matter of landing in the right place at the right time. His family wanted to buy their first recreational vehicle, and a rep at a trade show convinced him to start his own RV rental enterprise. Rousseau based his operation at home while still working full-time for the local phone company.
Launching the rental service with just one motorhome and one truck camper, he gradually purchased additional units at a time when RV sales were sluggish. As the decades passed, Rousseau expanded his homegrown business. In 1982, he moved it out of his house and constructed a 40 by 60 foot steel building at the dealership’s current location, 150 Bedford Street. Astonishingly, he didn’t retire from his phone company job until 1985. “We’d open every evening and all day Saturday and Sunday. We were on a tight budget, so we did a lot of the work ourselves,” he says, adding, “I couldn’t have done it without the help of my wife and youngest son, David.”
In the early 1990’s, Rousseau embarked on a major shop expansion, adding four service bays. Today, Rousseau’s RV Center sells new and pre-owned RV’s, has a comprehensive service/ repair department; extensive RV parts, supplies, and accessories division; and the rental division now handles motorhomes, travel trailers, and tent campers.
Rousseau’s RV Center is the longest running continuous Rockwood dealer in the northeast (since 1978) and carries the following RV brands:
8′ wide fifth wheels, 8’wide travel trailers, 8’lightweight travel trailers, Roo expandable trailers, Mini-Lite ultralight trailers and Tent Campers.
Ameri-lite trailers, Conquest trailers and fifth wheels.
Work & Play toy hauler trailers and fifth wheels.