RVs, Motor Homes, and the California Lemon Law 

Recreational Vehicles and motor homes represent a wide variety of motorized vehicles and ‘towables.’ Motorized RVs refer to Class A, Class B, and Class C vehicles. Towables include fifth-wheel trailers, toy haulers, travel trailers and pop-up campers.

No matter what type of RV or motor home or trailer you have, they are major investments. Owners rely on them when they travel. Sometimes far off the beaten path.

A lot of things can go wrong. Families stranded in the wilderness, stuck in the desert, suddenly without water or plumbing, exposed to the elements, or, at the very least, forced to cancel vacations. It’s infuriating when your investment is in the repair shop more than it is on vacation.

Thankfully, there are remedies available to RV, motorhome, and towable owners.

RVs and motorhomes are covered under the California Lemon Law . . . but it’s a bit complicated. Towables are covered as consumer goods and have the same protections as other consumer goods sold with a manufacturer’s warranty.

The team at Gayle Law Group PC has years of experience handling RV cases. We’ve seen it all. We understand the intricacies of the California Lemon Law. We know how the RV manufacturers react to lemon law cases.

What Makes My RV/Motorhome/Towable a Lemon?

The chassis of a Class A, Class B, and Class C motorized RV falls under the Lemon Law just as cars and trucks do. The coach is covered much like motorcycles – they are considered ‘consumer goods.’ Here’s what that means for your RV: The chassis – engine, drive train, everything that makes the RV mobile – is a ‘lemon’ if it has a substantial defect that impairs its “use, value, or safety” and multiple attempts to fix it have failed. Few attempts suffice when the defect is a serious safety issue: anything that puts the driver and passengers in danger. The RV may also be a lemon if it has been in the shop for an excessive number of days – even if the repairs were for different issues. In fact, in the first 18 months or 18,000 miles (whichever comes first), if the defect remains despite your best efforts after giving the manufacturer a reasonable number of repair attempts or there’s been a series of unending problems, the RV may be presumed to be a lemon. Then, it’s up to the manufacturers to prove it’s not. The coach and towables – Simply, if you bought the RV or towable new, it’s under warranty, doesn’t perform like it is supposed to due to defects, you’ve tried to have it repaired and have been unsuccessful, the RV can qualify as a lemon. Electrical and plumbing issues, tank leaks, hookups that consistently fail, slide-outs that won’t work, heating and air conditioning failures are all covered. If your RV is a lemon because of the chassis remedies may include:
  • A complete purchase refund (including the down payment and financing costs) AND having the full balance of your loan paid off in full.
  • OR a replacement vehicle.
The RV owner decides which settlement works best for their situation. In addition, regardless of the solution, the manufacturer is responsible for attorney’s fees, costs, and expenses. The consumer pays nothing. The same remedies apply to the coach and towables with one notable exception, the manufactures decide which option will be used to make you whole.

What to Do 

The process starts with you, the owner. Nothing happens without documentation. You are the only person who can get it.

Document everything .

Put together every invoice, receipt, service slip. When you finish a phone call to the dealer or manufacturer, immediately write down the time date, who you talked to, their title, and the gist of the conversation.

While you are doing this, call us at Gayle Law Group PC.

Where RVs and lemon law are concerned it can get very complicated very quickly.

What not to do? Don’t listen to dealers, salespeople, managers, or manufacturer reps when they – and they will – explain any aspect of the Lemon Law. They’re not lawyers. They are, in fact, potential defendants.

Contact Us

If you think you have a lemon, or your RV is headed that way, call the Gayle Law Group, PC for a Free Consultation. We are experienced California Lemon Law attorneys who will help you get any compensation you may deserve. You will be treated with respect and your case will be taken seriously, no matter what the issue.

Call TOLL FREE: 1-866-STOP-LEMONS (1-866-846-2533) for a FREE CONSULTATION.