Can RV/ Recreational Vehicle be a Lemon?

Recreational Vehicle also known as “home on wheels” is an equipment dually used as a vehicle, a traveling home or even a full fledge home. It can be used from leisure activities like camping to permanent living. Usually, an RV comprises of beds, food preparation and storage areas, bathrooms, refrigerators, living areas, master bedrooms, satellite TV and internet access, awnings, as well as a space for storing a small car. RVs cost from US$10,000 to $1,500,000 or more depending on how luxurious it is.

RVs are covered under the ‘Federal Lemon Laws’. Buying a recreational vehicle involves heavy investments. If your investment in the RV is not proving worthy as in your RV requires constant rounds to the workshop, you are entitled to claim compensations. Lemon laws are as potent for RVs as for a car, truck or a motorcycle. Under these lemon laws for RVs, you also have the right to get your money back if the dealer fails to fix the problem. Mind you, it is very probable that your dealer will try these tactics to save his/her skin:

  • He will either try to hide the problem or/and
  • He will misguide you by saying that the problem is too small.

Don’t get deterred by your dealer because little problems add up to big problems. And that eventually results in spending many days in repair shops.

The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act safeguards the buyers of products worth US$25 or more as well as the products that have written warranty. The law is applicable to all the products that don’t work, contrary to their dealers’ claims. This includes cell phones, travel trailers, etc. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act also guarantees secured repair performance. Another aim of this Act is to make certain that the repairs are performed within the specified period.

If any part of a recreational vehicle is defective and cannot be repaired after many reasonable attempts, then the warrantor must refund or replace that part or that complete recreational vehicle. The Act covers both minor and major defects. Under this, the warrantor has to either repair or compensate for the product. A consumer can file a case in the court of jurisdiction in the US if his or her dealer is not meeting the requirements set by The Federal Lemon Laws.

Documents You May Require Under Lemon Law

You must keep a good record of all the repair orders to date, sale deed, warranty information, manufacturer-supplied manuals that came with the motor home. These documents will prove helpful to back up your claim and will offer a guarantee of all repair attempts and the total amount of time your RV has spent out of service.

How to Avoid Buying a Lemon RV

Below are given some of the tips to avoid buying a lemon recreational vehicle.

  • First of all, choose the right dealer who has a reputable name in the market so as there is no chance at all of your buying a lemon RV in the first place.
  • Search for an RV which best fulfills your requirements. To do this, you can use Internet or shop around the markets.
  • Shop smart and don’t rely on the information provided by a salesperson because s/he will always disguise the vehicle’s malfunctions.
  • It is advised not to buy a used RV, but if you do so, then firstly make sure that the RV has been checked by an expert mechanic.
  • Do not sign the documents without thoroughly reading them and also compare the financial terms with other companies.
  • Avoid purchasing a car from a private seller because it will limit your claims in case of a lemon recreational vehicle.