Mon Aug 12, 2019
Author: RV News Staff
RVIA State Legislative Priorities, Part 2
State Auto Lemon Laws Should Not Apply to RVs
The variety of state laws intended provide consumers with relief from purchasing vehicles that may be defective has led to confusion and dissatisfaction for both administrators and consumers, the RV Industry Association says.
To remedy situation, RVIA supports motorhome-specific lemon laws similar to the Florida lemon law program. The Florida program “provides notification timelines and other provisions specific to the construction and use of a motorhome because a motorhome is a multi-stage vehicle where many different warrantors might be involved,” RVIA says.
In the association’s 2019 State Legislative Policy Agenda released Aug. 5, RVIA’s state government affairs staff highlight seven key state issues, including state lemon laws, that the association has identified as priorities.
Today, we look at why many state lemon laws are improper when applied to RVs. In the next few days, we will look at RVIA’s support for consistent vehicle title and registration laws, why states should establish an Office of Outdoor Recreation and how states can modernize and expand campgrounds to serve the growing number of people interested in outdoor lifestyles.
State lemon laws were developed to assist consumers when the automobile they purchased as transportation develops defects that cannot be repaired or remedied to conform to the vehicle warranty, RVIA says.
Motorhomes are “discretionary purchases that are not the primary means of transportation for such daily activities,” RVIA says. Instead, motorhomes are designed “to provide temporary living quarters for recreational, seasonal, camping or travel use.”
Automobile lemon laws are generally not written to address living quarters items such as appliances, roofing, furniture or plumbing systems. Some states that include motorhomes in lemon laws exempt the “house half” of the vehicle. Unfortunately, this often leads to confusion for both the state’s lemon law administrators and for the consumer, RVIA says.
As a member of the International Association of Lemon Law Administrators, RVIA works to help solve motorhome non-conformance issues in the states, it says.
“RVIA supports state-level enactment of motorhome-specific lemon laws similar to the Florida lemon law,” the association says.
Copies of the RVIA 2019 State Legislative Policy Agenda are available here.
Next, Part 3: Why state RV title and registration codes must be consistent.