What can the Ohio Lemon Law do if I have a lemon motor home?
Under the right circumstances, it can require the manufacturer of the motor home to replace or buyback a motor home that you own or leased if it had a defect that substantially impaired the use or value or safety of the vehicle and that was not, or could not get, properly repaired or repaired in a timely manner, except for those parts which were part of the permanently installed facilities for cold storage, cooking and consuming of food and for sleeping.
Is a motor home or recreational vehicle covered by the Ohio Lemon Law?
Yes and no. You start off with the presumption that the vehicle is covered by the Ohio Lemon Law, and then take away from coverage those parts of the motor homes that are "the permanently installed facilities for cold storage, cooking and consuming of food, and for sleeping." That means if the defect deals with the food storage and preparation and eating components of the motor home, or for the sleeping components of the motor home, then the Ohio Lemon Law does not cover it. For everything else, the Ohio Lemon Law covers it.
Does the Lemon Law cover a used motor home?
Generally, no. It will only be covered if the vehicle was purchased by the current owner within the first year or 18,000 miles of operation and the problems are reported within the first year or 18,000 miles of operation. "Operation" in this sense means the first retail sale of the vehicle.
How do I know if I have a lemon motor home?
All new motor homes and new recreational vehicles come with a warranty from the manufacturer along with the warranty from the chassis maker and warranties from the various parts or facilities that might be installed as part of the motor home. The only warranties that really matter for coverage of the Ohio Lemon Law are the chassis warranty and the vehicle manufacturer warranty. Those warranties usually say that the manufacturer and the chassis maker will pay for parts and labor if the problem is one that is covered by their warranty. If you have problems with your vehicle, then generally the first thing you should do is go back to the selling dealer or an authorized repair dealership so that the problem can be diagnosed and fixed. However, if they are not able to correct the problem within a reasonable number of attempts or a reasonable number of days out of service, then your vehicle may qualify for the Ohio Lemon Law remedies. That means you could basically get a new one or you
How many attempts have to be made to repair a motor home or recreational vehicle before it is considered a lemon?
First, remember that the Lemon Law only covers the basic areas of the vehicle and excludes "the permanently installed facilities for cold storage, cooking and consuming of food, and for sleeping." But, if your defect involves anything else, then before your recreational vehicle or motor home can be considered a lemon the problem must be a manufacturer or chassis defect that "substantially impairs" the use or value or safety of the motor home. If one or more of the following circumstances occurs within the first year or 18,000 miles of operation, then the manufacturer (through its repairing dealer) is automatically presumed to have made a reasonable number of attempts to repair the vehicle. A lemon motor home is one where: the same defect has been repaired 3+ times and isn't fixed, or it's been out of service for a total of 30+ days, or there have been 8+ attempts to fix any defect, or there has been at least one attempt to fix a "deadly" defect and it didn't work.
I think I have a lemon motor home, so what step should I take?
Contact the manufacturer directly. If the problem has not been fixed within a reasonable amount of time or reasonable number of attempts, then ask them to replace it or buy it back. If that does not work, you may want to contact a private attorney. Make notes of everything that you say to them and they say to you, so you have a record in case you need it later.
How can I find out more about the Ohio Lemon Law and other consumer related issues?
For more information, write to the Ohio Attorney General, Consumer Protection Office, 30 E. Broad St., 14th floor, Columbus, OH 43215-3428. Or call the Consumer Protection Office, 1-877-244-6446. For online information go to www.RvLemonLaw.com for more information or legal help.
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