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.
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.Wikipedia
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
|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 chassis||Arkansas / 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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