Some 150 people, including 10 Republican members of the Florida House of Representatives who stay in RVs at a Tallahassee campground when the legislature is in session and who call themselves the “Trailer Trash Caucus,” attended a recent barbecue at the RV park sponsored by the Florida Recreational Vehicle Trade Association (FRVTA).
“The goal is to provide awareness to the members about the RV lifestyle,” said FRVTA Executive Director Lance Wilson. “We’ve had a strong presence in the legislature during the last 10 years with length and width issues and lemon-law and licensing issues.”
More to the point, however, is that approximately 80% of Florida House members have left office during the last two elections because of the state’s term-limit law.
“We don’t have a specific issue that we are banging right now, but with term-limits it’s difficult to establish long-term relationships with legislators,” Wilson said. “This (barbecue) will help that.”
Also invited were members of the Florida departments of revenue and education, with whom the FRVTA has worked closely with in recent years establishing a satellite training program for RV service technicians.
Local dealers provided two motorhomes, a fifth-wheel and travel trailer for legislators to inspect at the barbecue, and the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) supplied small Go RVing-related gifts to those attending.