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Founder and former CalRVDA President Ernie Friesen (left) of All Seasons RV in Yuba City, accepts a plaque in recognition of his service to CalRVDA from current President Steve Richardson of Richardson’s RV Centers in Riverside.

According to those attending the Golden State meeting, CalRVDA members and industry partners discussed a wide a range of topics impacting the RV business in California during the association’s annual conference, Feb. 22-23, in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

After welcoming remarks from CalRVDA President Steve Richardson of Richardson’s RV Center, Executive Director Terry McHale reviewed the politics impacting state government and regulatory agencies in the state. McHale said the association will continue to focus on communicating to lawmakers in Sacramento that state tax and job initiatives need to take into account the needs of RV dealers doing business in California.

Dr. Matt Rahn, a representative from the city of Temecula, urged dealers and campgrounds to get involved in local planning and zoning issues, which can make California cities more welcoming to RV travelers. Rahn said attracting RV visitors is good for local and regional economies in the state.

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CalRVDA Executive Director Terry McHale

Attorney David Ruben discussed the complexities of California lemon law, and urged dealers and manufacturers to work together to serve customers in a timely manner, which can help minimize the need for consumers to seek relief under state statutes.

RVDA President Phil Ingrassia reviewed key findings of the recent Go RVing Communications Planning Study and outlined RVDA’s national advocacy efforts and member benefit programs for dealers.

Angie Weilage of Brown & Brown Insurance gave attendees an update on the state of the health insurance market in light of congressional and Trump administration plans for repeal and/or replacement of the Affordable Care Act.

The meeting concluded with the annual dealers meeting, where Richardson was re-elected to another term as CalRVDA president. The association plans to return to the Palm Springs area for the 2018 CalRVDA conference in February 2018.