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    RV Lemon Law: What You Need to Know

    If you own a new recreational vehicle that has been plagued by manufacturing defects that were not resolved after multiple efforts to repair them, the California lemon law could provide you with help. The law requires manufacturers to either replace an RV that qualifies as a lemon or give you a refund after a reasonable number of visits to the repair shop failed to repair substantial defects

    California’s RV Lemon Law

    California’s lemon law covers new motor vehicles, including cars, trucks, and certain components of an RV, like the chassis and drivetrain. While the lemon law does not cover your RV’s living quarters, the drivability of the RV would be protected under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act if they are still under warranty.

    The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act covers substantial defects in your new RV that make it less safe to operate, prevent you from using it, or decrease its resale value. Some common defects include:

    • Engine malfunction or failure
    • Problems with the electrical system
    • Transmission problems
    • Brake malfunction
    • Defects in the frame or chassis
    • Steering issues

    If the problem with your RV is not considered a material defect, it may not qualify as a lemon. As a general rule, material defects are those that affect the use, safety, or value of your RV.

    Common RV defects that are covered by California’s lemon law include: Engine and transmission defects Breaking braking system defects Electrical system defects, or any problem that may affect the drivability of the RV. 

    There is no specific number of trips to the repair shop for your RV to qualify as a lemon because the law only states that you need to make a “reasonable” number of attempts. However, a number of California courts have established that the law requires an absolute minimum of two repair attempts before an RV owner can bring a claim under the lemon law.

    What Types of RVs are Covered?

    California’s lemon law covers the following types of motorized and towable recreational vehicles:

    • Class A, B, and C motorhomes
    • Travel trailers
    • Fifth-wheel trailers
    • Truck campers
    • Toy haulers

    How Does the Lemon Law Work for RVs?

    For problems that are related to your ability to drive the RV on the highway you have four years from the day you knew or should have known that your RV was a lemon to seek either a replacement vehicle or a refund from the manufacturer. For problems with the RV’s cabin the vehicle must still be under warranty.

    If the manufacturer refuses to take action, you can file a lawsuit to force it to comply. California’s lemon law includes a provision that requires the manufacturer to pay the attorney’s fees and court costs when a buyer wins a case brought under the law.

    California RV Lemon Law FAQs

    Are recreational vehicles covered by California’s lemon law?

    The parts of the RV that are used for driving, such as the drivetrain and chassis are covered under California’s motor vehicle lemon law. Problems with the vehicle’s living space are covered under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act if it is still under a manufacturer’s warranty.

    What does the RV lemon law cover?

    Common RV defects that are covered by California’s lemon law include: Engine and transmission defects Breaking system defects Electrical system defects Problems with the vehicle’s frame Living quarters defects (if still under warranty)

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    Mike T. Los Angeles, CA

    Jacob Kashani is the best lemon law lawyer out there. I contacted a few different attorneys that said that my case wasn't good enough. Jacob was able to get me a cash settlement that was more than all of my payments for my whole lease, and I got to keep my car until the very end. I don't know how he does it. It doesn't make sense!! Best thing is, he didn't charge me a dime! The car company gave him his fees on top of the money he got for me. Thank you Mr. Kashani, I couldn't ask for anything better. Will refer you anyone I know that needs your services.

    Argentina R. Palmdale, CA

    I recently needed some help in figuring out whether we had a lemon vehicle or not, I looked up some lawyers online and came across Mr. Jacob Kashani. I gave him a call and he was truly helpful in answering all of my questions, he is very knowledgeable and knows what he's doing. We filed and case and were very successful. Jacob is efficient and is available for you whenever you need him, he keeps you informed throughout the whole process and is truly professional. So even if you are unsure of having a lemon vehicle give Jacob a call he will help you figure it out! I have dealt with different lawyers in the past and Jacob truly exceeded my expectations!

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