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What States Have RV Lemon Laws?

Published on September 17th, 2021 by Jennifer Jennings

motorhome broken down - is it covered by RV lemon laws?
Does everything seem to be going wrong with your new RV purchase? You might have a lemon! We share which states have RV lemon laws here.

What States Have RV Lemon Laws?

What happens when you purchase a new RV and it just doesn’t work? You may face endless hassles and repairs that wear you down until you can’t keep fixing it. If this is you, unfortunately, you may have purchased a lemon.

As an RV owner, you should check out what states have RV lemon laws. These laws might apply to you. They can help you protect yourself against a lemon of an RV.

What is a lemon law?

When something goes wrong with something you own, like a motorcycle or car, you can count on state lemon laws to help protect you. 

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Lemon laws are United States state laws that provide a remedy for purchasers of cars and other consumer goods in order to compensate for products that repeatedly fail to meet standards of quality and performance.

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A defective motor vehicle is described as a “lemon“. 

Lemon laws exist for RVs too. RV lemon laws differ by state and also by the type of RV you have. Whether yours is non-motorized or a motorhome will affect how the lemon laws can protect you. If the state your RV is registered in has an RV lemon law, you might be in luck if you purchased a rig that seems to be faulty. 

The law finds that if a vehicle or object cannot be repaired after a reasonable number of attempts, the owner is due for compensation. This may mean you get some money in return for the inconvenience, or in some cases, a new RV!

To understand exactly what the state protects you from, we have to first dive into what RV lemon laws cover for you and your RV.

Do lemon laws apply to RVs?

Some states do have lemon laws that apply to RVs. Motorhomes are covered in some states by insurance that also backs up cars. So, if you have an issue with your camper, you know that the state has your back in getting it fixed.

When is your RV considered a lemon?

In order to be considered a faulty or lemon RV:

  • Your camper must still be under warranty but have faced two failed attempts at fixing an issue.
  • The RV must have been deemed unable to drive due to the issue. It must now be worth much less since the inconvenience persisted.
  • Your RV started showing issues within the first 18 months or 18,000 miles.

If any of these apply to you, your RV falls under the conditions of being a lemon. The question lies, however, in if your state has the laws to support you. Not every state has RV lemon laws.

Before you get your hopes up, you should take a moment to realize that these laws are not foolproof. Most states only cover some circumstances and may not be too reliable.

Either way, let’s look at how you can solve this sour problem.

What states have RV lemon laws?

Here are the outlines of each US state and what qualifies as a lemon in each.

On the left, you can find what qualifies your RV as a lemon. This includes what has to go wrong in order for you to take state action to fix the issues. Sometimes, states will have restrictions on weight, days out of service, or the number of attempts you’ve made at fixing the issue.

Check carefully – your state may appear more than once!

RV Lemon Laws by State

QualificationsStates
Require 3-4 unsuccessful repair attempts within the warranty period.Alabama / Colorado / Connecticut / District of Columbia / Indiana / Iowa / Kentucky / Maryland / Massachusetts / Michigan / Nevada / North Dakota / Oregon / Pennsylvania / Rhode Island / South Dakota / Tennessee
Require 3-4 unsuccessful repair attempts and a certain number of days out of service.Alaska / Illinois / Maine / Mississippi / Montana / New York / Nebraska / New Jersey / South Carolina / Vermont / Virginia / Washington / West Virginia
Require 3-4 unsuccessful repair attempts, a certain number of days out of service, and must be under a certain weight.Arizona / Arkansas / California / Delaware / Louisiana / Missouri / Utah / Wisconsin / Georgia / Hawaii / New Hampshire / New Mexico / North Carolina / Oklahoma / Wyoming
Require 4 unsuccessful repair attempts, has spent 60 days out of service and covers non-living areas of RV only.Florida
Require 3-4 unsuccessful repair attempts, a certain number of days out of service plus may cause serious bodily harm.Idaho / Minnesota* / Ohio**
Applies only to the chassisArkansas / California / Delaware / Louisiana / Missouri / Utah / Wisconsin / Georgia / Hawaii / Idaho / Kansas / Minnesota / Mississippi / Montana / New York / New Jersey / South Carolina / Vermont / Virginia / Washington / West Virginia

*No certain number of days out of service

**Except facilities used for sleeping and eating

Have a faulty RV? The good news is that in some cases, your RV is protected. Some states specify how many attempts at repair you have to go through or how much your RV has to weigh. These guidelines are important to know if you think you might have a lemon on your hands.

Don’t let your sticky situation get any worse. If you have a lemon of an RV, check out your state RV lemon laws.


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23 thoughts on “What States Have RV Lemon Laws?”

  1. We bought a 2022 Keystone Cougar, it was delivered to us on July 1 of this year, and since July 1 there have been issues that Camping World has refused to get fixed except when they thinks it’s ok for them, a screw was missing in the front door and we were having a hard time getting the door to close, the pet friendly shower the fiberglass is coming off the wall, our shower fiberglass is also coming off the wall, some of the ceiling and joint molding is coming off the wall, the trim in the bedroom is coming off the wall, neither the stove nor the microwave have been working, can you please advise on how to proceed if Camping World doesn’t fix these issues also we live in Virginia

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  2. Hey, I purchase a 2008 Rv 3 weeks ago from Florida on the drive home my Ac breaker Click off driving home I noticed that it wasn’t getting cool anymore I live in Louisiana and call back and talk to The gentleman that I purchase it with to let him know what was going on He acknowledged that he knew that the breaker had clipped I purchased the RV as- is done I have anything to stand on for him to fixing it.

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  3. I hope this message finds you well. My name is Rickey Schroeder, and I am reaching out to you with a heavy heart, seeking your assistance in invoking the lemon law for my camper. It pains me to share my disheartening experience, but I believe that with your expertise, justice can be served.

    Last year, in February 2022, I made the significant investment of purchasing a brand new 2022 Puma camper, model number 31FKRK, with the VIN number #31FKRK.4X4TPU20N9094526. Little did I know the countless troubles and frustrations that awaited me on this supposed journey of joy and relaxation.

    In November 2022, as I left for the Philippines to be with my future wife, I entrusted my camper to the solitude of my home country, the United States. From afar, I made numerous attempts to address the issues plaguing my beloved camper, desperately seeking resolution. The problems ranged from a persistent leak in the outside wall where the water is hooked up, to a severely leaking gray tank that rendered many functions of the camper useless. To my dismay, even the simplest tasks, like cooking in the oven, became impossible as it malfunctioned along with other essential components.

    As the days turned into months, I found myself dealing with a broken pipe in the dark water tank, causing an unbearable stench that infiltrated the camper. I tried to remain hopeful, enduring the smell and the deteriorating conditions within my once-cherished home on wheels. It is disheartening to admit that my only respite came from the kindness of others who allowed me to use their ovens, for mine had become unusable.

    Seeking resolution, I turned to a repair company for campers, hoping they could restore my camper to its promised glory. However, this company not only failed to address all the issues but also left the work incomplete and unpaid. In a cruel twist, they held my camper hostage until their outstanding bill was settled. I believe this to be a grave injustice, as it left me without a home and my dreams of a peaceful camper lifestyle shattered.

    Among the problems left unfixed are the porch, which now remains motionless due to a broken component, and the gauges that fail to accurately show the levels of gray water, black water, and freshwater tanks. The leaking outside wall persists, as does the broken pipe inside it. These are just a few examples of the numerous other issues that have plagued me, robbing me of peace of mind and endangering my health due to the potential mold infestation.

    In my pursuit of justice, I have diligently documented every step of this distressing journey. I possess a record of hundreds of emails containing pictures and detailed descriptions of the repairs required. I even enlisted the services of two mobile repair companies, spending a substantial amount of money, approximately $300, in the hope of remedying the situation. Yet, my efforts were in vain.

    I have provided you with the contact information of Durnell’s RV Wholesalers, the dealership in Ohio where I purchased the camper, and Paige Gonzalez from the Warren department of the factory, responsible for the Puma warranty. Their indifference and lack of action have contributed to my current predicament.

    To salvage my dire circumstances, I reached out to Tiger 24 Hour Cooling, sharing with them the images from past emails in the hopes that they could assist in rectifying the issues. However, as time passed, my initial plan to repair the camper, sell it, and pay off the bank loan evaporated, leaving me burdened with a mortgage and insurance payments amounting to an overwhelming $800 per month.

    I implore you to consider my plea and take up my case. Your expertise in navigating the intricacies of the lemon law is crucial in restoring justice and providing me with the compensation I deserve. The emotional and financial toll this ordeal has taken on me cannot be overstated. I trust in your compassion and dedication to fighting for the rights of individuals like myself who find themselves at the mercy of negligent manufacturers.

    You may reach me at my cell phone number, 419-912-9009, or via email at [email protected]. I eagerly await your response, hopeful that you will be the guiding light in this dark chapter of my life. May God bless you for your time and consideration.

    Sincerely, Rickey Schroeder

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  4. 2022 Mesa Ridge
    I live in full time had Rv mobile unit come by to look at it and tried to replace the GFI plug in it which services 11-12 plugs that don’t work in the trailer and now says still doesn’t work and could have to go into walls to fix. Place I bought it said bring it back. Cost me $400 to deliver first off. I have an oven that hasn’t worked since I bought it, 2 recalls on propane, a hole in wall where they put the motorized bed in. I have contacted the salesman now by text, called the manager twice with no return call, emailed manufacturer 3 times. First time allowed mobile repair to come out with stipulations. Now no response. Help???? Traverse STL RV stay away from…

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  5. What do you do when you have a brand new RV you purchased seven months ago. There’s a dealer checked nothing on but had no problems charging you a $600 fee. And the first time I went to use it in April you find a list of problems and they’ve had it ever since then over 120 days half the time they don’t answer my calls and so far I don’t believe a single thing has been fixed on it.
    Jayco does not return my emails I’ve been seeking attorney but have yet to find one that is willing to represent me against Jayco or this dealership even though they still have my unit and I don’t know when I’ll ever get it back and or if any other problems will be fixed

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  6. We have a new 2022 Thor sequence. Went on one trip 6 hours away from home . All of these small things happen. Outside gas line for grill want attach, cabinets and drawers fly open the plastic mattress are breaking. The bench seats/ beds have a space between them and the wall. And many other small things. Its been at the dealership service dept. Since May 2022 and they still dont know when they will get parts to fix it. Said it could be months. So what can you do?

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    • Hi Tina this is Tina , we also have a 2022 Thor and there has nothing but been issues, cabinets breaking, hot water heater not working, generator not staying on, etc. and it has taken for ever to get parts or get the dealer to fix them. I am sorry you have been going through this.. We are concerned that we have a Lemon.. What’s your thoughts.? We have contacted Thor multiple of times and finally they said we can bring it to the manufacturer. Thats one idea.

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      • Hi, we also purchased a 2022 Thor. We have tried for 3 months to get things fixed. The list of things needing repair is 21.
        Our main problem is the door will not stay closed, the window in the dinning area we can see daylight ( this is after adjustment), our vinyl flooring is coming up, the hood will not latch, just to name a few.
        I have been in contact with Thor on several occasions. We have used 2 different authorized Thor service departments. We continue to get the run around.
        At this point (4 months in) just give us our money back and you can have it back.
        We have cancelled 3 trips and are sitting for the foreseeable future.
        I feel a fight brewing, I won’t back down.

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        • We have a 2023 Thor and it has been nothing but issues. We bought it in July and it has been “being repaired” since day one. I would love to pursue a class action lawsuit or something. It seems like there are very limited remedies when it comes to RV’s over 10,000 pounds.

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          • I have a 2023 Thor Aria and have had for one year, there have been so many repair issues. I have had to cancel many, many trips. I have only put 600 miles on it. It us at the dealer now. We all need to get together on a law suit. Where can we contact for the lemon law?

  7. We have a 2021 jayco eagle ht 5th wheel . We have had numerous problems. The foor came loose in about 4 different places from front to back after the 3rd attempt to fix the the found a joist in the kitchen not attached th anything, and said the fixed it and still sqeaks. The frig is very load they replaced the fan still very loud. Now hot water heat won’t light. Many more little things we took procession 07/2021 took it in for repairs 3 times and only was able to use it 1 weekend. Now thinking it was all repaired took off on our first big trip 5 days in the floor is louder than ever hot water heater won’t light. 2000 miles from home. And at our expense have taken it to the dealer 3.5 hours from home 4 times. When does it end?

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  8. My RV Forest River Cherokee 26DBH has just ran out of the 1 year warranty but I still have a 65-years extended. It is a 2021. Have had multiple problems since we bought it last June 2021. Seems like we take it to get a problem fixed then we bring it home and it has another problem. The place we take it to has had it for weeks a time waiting in line to be fixed. One of the earlier repairs was the rubber liner around the outside of the slide has fallen off in the middle. As far as I know it came new like that..The place we take it to says that the manufacturer did not allot them enough time to fix that so they didn’t. And the now the AC keeps throwing the breaker. What can I do? I bought this camper brand new – there should not have been anything wrong with it!

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  9. We have a 2020 Carbon 5th wheel toyhauler 38 ft.
    The spring hanger broke and RV is not safe to move. We are stuck in TN at a campground. Manufacturer is taking their time in giving us an answer as to what to do, where and how to get it repaired.

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  10. I got a catalina trailer 323bhdsck 2021 I ben dealing with alot of trouble led lights came of the awning water coming from the bathroom true the kitchen one jack came out of the back on the hiway the axle is bent the gas tank leak the inside bedroom the sealing is coming down I bought it at rv value mart lebanon and still there not doing nothing can some one help me I live in lebanon Pennsylvania that ks

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    • Correct and Texas has a somewhat friendly consumer assistance side. RV manufacturers and dealers would have a much more positive rep if they work with the laws openly and partner with customers.

      The avoidance in disclosing only sets up avoidable hardship and greatly exposes class action possibilities in my opinion.

      Take 100 rvs and openly work with customers and I believe they would a more positive investment on legal and warranty dollars with more positive image, which is better than any amount of promotion dollars.

      Sadly, likely will not happen.

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    • Can you help me???!!!! I bought a used rv for 80,000.00 and it WONT RUN! Seller says she knows nothing about anything being wrong with it. Tennessee has a lemon law. I don’t know what to do!!!

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