Oregon recently changed its lemon law to protect consumers who purchased motorhomes. However, consumers should be aware of its limitations and applicability. Consumers should take note of the limitations prior to contacting an Oregon Lemon Law Lawyer or Auto Fraud Lawyer. If you have general questions about Oregon's lemon law click here.
Three Things You Should Know:
Oregon's Lemon Law DOES apply to "Motor Homes" but not "Living Components:" Oregon recently changed the lemon law to allow it to apply to new Motor Homes. I don't know how many calls I get from folks who have purchased Motor Homes that have non-conformities. This new change in the law is likely to result in a new arena of litigation. Some New Motorhomes are plagued with water leaks, electrical issues, and issues with the living facility components (think flooring, plumbing fixtures, appliances, water heater, fabrics, door and furniture hardware, lighting fixtures, generators, airconditioning units, cabinets, furniture, etc.) The Lemon Law only applies to some of these non-conformities. The law does NOT apply to any of the living facility components. If your fridge doesn't keep the fish cold, the lemon law doesn't apply. If your water heater explodes they day after purchase, the lemon law doesn't apply. If the plumbing backs up the day after purchase the lemon law doesn't apply. You get the point. However, if the engine fails then it would apply. If the roof Leaks, Oregon's lemon law may apply.
Oregon's Lemon Law Does NOT Apply to Travel Trailers: Oregon's lemon law only applies to "Motor Vehicles." The law specifically excludes: "a trailer, a camper, van or vehicle manufactured by an entity that primarily manufactures motor vehicles other than motor homes as defined by this subsection."
The Prevailing Party May Be Awarded Costs Expert Fees, and Attorney Fees: Oregon's lemon law allows for the prevailing party of a case involving a motor-home to be awarded costs, expert costs, and attorney fees. This is important to note, because if a consumer loses their lemon law case they may be ordered to pay the manufacturer's costs and fees. This is different than a case involving a car or a truck.
If you have questions about Oregon's Lemon Law or RV Dealer fraud call Jeremiah Ross at 503.224.1658. Ross Law PDX handles RV and Motorhome Lemon Law cases throughout Oregon. Please remember this post is for informational purposes only and is not to be considered advice. If you have any questions contact a lawyer and do not rely solely on this post. This post can be considered attorney advertising.