As fall approaches, many in California may be deciding they don’t want to let go of that carefree summer feeling. This may lead them to considering the purchase of an RV or trailer so they can travel when they want in comfort. However, purchasing a recreational vehicle is not a decision to make lightly since even an affordable RV is a serious investment. The last thing a consumer wants to do is to sink hundreds of thousands into a camper only to find it is a lemon.
Because an RV is a larger, heavier vehicle than the average car or SUV, it suffers wear and tear much faster. Just the vibrations of the road can do damage, and long-term storage can result in harm such as leaks and mold. If the RV is not built well to begin with, those issues can quickly find an owner in a revolving door of expensive repairs. Such a vehicle may look strong and sturdy on the outside, but its materials may be cheap and its assembly shoddy.
Unlike cars, which are produced on assembly lines, most RVs are built individually in a warehouse. Every vehicle is unique, and some will have a lower quality than others. There is little government oversight, and manufacturers may take any shortcuts possible to cut their costs. This could result in a new RV with issues ranging from sinks that won’t drain to complete engine failure.
When manufacturers move toward cheaper materials, consumers increasingly end up with inferior products. A California consumer who purchases an RV or trailer that turns out to be a lemon may feel there is no recourse. However, consulting with a skilled and experienced attorney may provide options for seeking a remedy.