Don’t buy an RV. No matter how tempting, don’t do it. Or, at the very least, know what you are getting yourself into.

Recreational vehicles are an odd thing. Often more expensive than a house, they roll down the road (often under their own power) but are not covered by most lemon laws. So, what do you get for all that money?

It’s a good question. And judging from all the people I’ve spoken to who have bought defective RVs, one might want to do a little more homework when buying one than say what you might do when you buy a car or a house. After all, an RV is kind of like a car/house, but without lemon law protection. Did I say that already?

Look, I know that people are still going to buy RVs. Just educate yourself before you take the plunge. And don’t complain to me later about how you weren’t warned. You were. In audio form here:


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Steve Lehto has been practicing law for 23 years, almost exclusively in consumer protection and Michigan lemon law. He wrote The Lemon Law Bible and Chrysler’s Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit’s Coolest Creation.


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