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RV Lemon Law in CT

Connecticut’s Lemon Law does not cover recreational vehicles, but does have a unique RV warranty statute that protects the owners of lemon motor homes.  Under Connecticut General Statutes 21-85 and 21-86, both the dealer and the manufacturer must provide a warranty that, at the time of sale, the RV is free from any substantial defects in materials or workmanship in the structure, plumbing, heating and electrical systems, and all appliances and other equipment installed or included by the manufacturer. The law says that the dealer cannot exclude the warranty in contracts with consumers.

In addition, the federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act states that the manufacturer of any product – from your toaster to your lemon RV – must abide by the warranty.

Unlike the Connecticut Lemon Law for cars, which allows you to go into arbitration, you need to sue RV manufacturers and dealers in a court of law. The window of time to initiate a lawsuit is small, so speak to a Lemon Law attorney if your RV has been in the shop three or four times for the same problem. Lemon Law actions require the manufacturer to pay for attorneys’ fees, so you shouldn’t have to pay for representation.

As with other types of Lemon Law claims, organization is key to presenting a convincing case. Keep spotless records of every malfunction and problem you have had with your RV since you bought it. Save all of the paperwork that you received every time you brought your RV to be serviced. Catalog the days the RV spent in the shop and out of your possession. Remember, the more organized your evidence is, the more likely it is that your attorney can win your case.


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