Author Archives: David Farrell

RVs, Motorhomes, Trailers, 5th Wheels, Toy Haulers and the California Lemon Law

The California Lemon Law covers RVs, motorhomes, trailers, 5th wheels and toy haulers. The Lemon Law’s applicability regarding these products can be confusing, challenging and interesting. Without getting too much into the legal weeds let me explain. The California Lemon Law covers all “consumer goods” sold in the State of California. The Lemon Law also covers what are described as “new motor vehicles.” Although the Lemon Law’s applicability related to “consumer goods” and “new motor vehicles” is similar, there are some differences.  For example, the proof needed to establish a “consumer good” as a lemon is not as stringent as proving a “new motor vehicle” is a lemon.  Further, the Lemon Law remedies are slightly different for a consumer good as opposed to a “new motor vehicle.”

Trailers, 5th wheels and toy haulers will always be considered “consumer goods” under the California Lemon Law. Why? Because these products have no self propulsion. 

Where it gets really interesting is the Lemon Law’s applicability to motorhomes.  The Lemon Law treats part of the motorhome as a “consumer good” (the livable portion) and part of the motorhome as a “new motor vehicle” (engine, transmission, chassis, chassis cab, etc.).  So if one is having problems with the livable portion of the motorhome the “consumer good” sections of the California Lemon Law would apply.  Examples of these types of problems would be – slide-out issues; plumbing issues; house generator issues; frame/structure issues; roof issues; siding issues; cap issues; furniture issues; house electrical issues; house gauge issues; etc.  If one is having the following problems with the motorhome, the “new motor vehicle” section of the Lemon Law would apply – engine issues; transmission issues; fuel issues; drive-line issues; chassis issues; propulsion related electrical issues; etc.

The bottom line is the California Lemon Law does apply to RVs, motorhomes, trailers, 5th wheels and toy haulers.  However, the applicability of the Lemon Law to these products variesy.  To navigate the complex factual and legal issues related to these products and the California Lemon Law it is necessary that one has the assistance of an experienced attorney.  So if you are having problems with your Keystone, Thor, Winnebago, Fleetwood, Forest River, Jayco, Newmar, Coachmen, Airstream, Entegra, Casita, Dutchmen, Gulf Stream, American Coach, Monaco, Newmar, Tiffin, Pacific Coachworks, Heartland, Highland Ridge, Lance, Starcraft, Grand Design, Genesis Supreme, or any other make or model product, feel free to contact us at (866) 360-6886 or We will be happy to provide you with a free consultation.                

Jeep/Chrysler/Dodge TIPM Problems

If you own a Jeep, Chrysler, or Dodge vehicle you may have experienced the following problems including, but not limited to – vehicle stalling/shutting off; vehicle not starting; displays not working; blank displays; accessories not working; etc.  These problems may be related to the vehicle having a defective totally integrated power module aka TIPM.  The… Continue Reading

Jeep Transmission and Engine Problems

Jeep model vehicles (Cherokee, Wrangler, Compass) are having an array of transmission and engine problems.  The transmission problems include, but are not limited to – lack of power, poor shift quality, complete transmission failure, etc.  The engine problems include, but are not limited to – oil leaks; poor engine performance; lack of power; etc.  FCA… Continue Reading

Nissan CVT Transmission Problems

For several years now Nissan North America, Inc. has placed CVT transmissions in many of their model vehicles (Altima, Sentra, etc.).  CVT stands for “continuously variable transmission.”  The purpose of the CVT transmission design, according to Nissan, is to, among other things, provide smooth shifts between gears and be more fuel efficient than a regular… Continue Reading

Volvo XC90 Brake Problems

Later year model (2016, 2017, 2018) Volvo XC90 vehicles are plagued with brake problems.  Specifically, the brakes squeal when applied.  Volvo Car USA, LLC is aware of this issue and has issued technical service bulletins (TSB) to address these brake problems.  However, it appears that the suggested repairs in the TSB’s do not fix the… Continue Reading

Ford Explorer Cab Exhaust Leaks

Back in February of this year, I wrote an article concerning certain model year Ford Explorers and exhaust fumes leaking into the vehicles’ cabs. Ford Motor Company is keenly aware of this dangerous problem and is unable to fix this exhaust leak issue. The national media has recently reported on the Ford Explorer exhaust leak… Continue Reading

Motorhomes Equipped with Ford V10 Engines Squeal/Screech Under Load

My office has received several inquiries recently concerning later model year motorhomes (Tiffin, Fleetwood, etc.) equipped with Ford Motor Company V10 gas engines. The main complaint with the V10 gas engines is that they loudly squeal/screech under load.  It appears this noise may be the result of the engines having, among other things, defective fan… Continue Reading

Ford Focus/Fiesta Transmission Class Action Settlement

Ford Motor Company has agreed to a class action settlement concerning its 2012-2016 model year Ford Focus vehicles and its 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta vehicles which contain PowerShift dual-clutch automatic transmissions – aka DPS6 transmissions. (See for specific details regarding the proposed class action settlement.)  These transmission are defective as, among other things, they require… Continue Reading