The Lemon law of California covers the rights of motorhome and RV owners as well as any other motor vehicle owners who are experiencing recurring problems with their vehicles. Lemon motorhomes (RV) absolutely qualify under the Song-Beverly Act, California’s tough lemon law statutes.
Under the Lemon Law, buyers who repair their motorhome or RVs within a reasonable number of attempts have a right to get a replacement vehicle or a full refund.
What is considered a reasonable number of warranty repairs will depend on the circumstances including the seriousness of the motorhome defect. For example, one or two repair attempts may be considered reasonable for serious safety defects such as brake failure, depending on the exact situation.
The Lemon Law helps to determine a reasonable number of warranty repairs for problems that substantially impair the use, value, or safety of the RV. The Lemon Law applies to these problems if they arise during the first 18 months after the consumer received delivery of the RV or within the first 18,000 miles on the odometer, whichever occurs first.
During the first 18 months or 18,000 miles, Lemon Law presumes that a manufacturer has performed a reasonable number of warranty repairs of the vehicle if any of the following conditions appear.
- The same problem results in a condition that is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury if the vehicle is driven and the problem has been subject to warranty repairs two or more times by the manufacturer or its agents, and the buyer or lessee has at least once directly notified the manufacturer of the need for the repair of the problem as provided in the warranty or owner’s manual.
- The same problem has been subject to warranty repairs four or more times by the manufacturer or its agents and the buyer has at least once directly notified the manufacturer of the need for the repair of the problem as provided in the warranty or owner’s manual.
- The RV is out of service because of the repair of any number of problems by the manufacturer or its agents for a cumulative total of more than 30 days since delivery of the defective vehicle.
More information about warranty repair periods is available here.
In case your defective vehicle meets any of the above-mentioned conditions, make sure to request a copy of all the repair orders from repair facility and notify the manufacturer that you want to replace the lemon car with a new one or get your money back according to the Lemon Law of California.
Normally, not every manufacturer will approve of your demand right away, so you will need to address to an experienced California Lemon Law Attorney.