Tuesday, November 28, 2023


Nine words RV buyers must insist be written on their sales contract

Alan Warren from the radio program The RV Show USA talks with RV lemon law attorney Ron Burdge who explains nine little-known words RV buyers must insist are handwritten on their contracts when buying an RV from a dealer that could save them thousands of dollars later.

The RV Show USA is recorded live every Wednesday evening at 5 p.m., Pacific Time. Watch it on YouTube and Facebook.

The show was sponsored by PPL Motorhomes, Cheyenne Camping Center and Road & Home.

The RV Show USA: https://thervshowusa.com

Ron Burdge: https://RVlemonlaw.com

Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodburyhttps://rvtravel.com
I'm the founder and publisher of RVtravel.com. I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.



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R L C (@guest_220367)
9 months ago

Yesterday I signed a purchase agreement with an RV dealer in Florida. The first draft that came out of the printer for me to review and sign had the “used” box checked on the form so I asked them to change it to “new”.

The agreement also stipulated that the dealer would make good any deficiencies or repair any minor items after delivery to the dealership and has been inspected by their techs. The sales advisor handed me a sheet of paper with the list of items they would repair or replace and the manufacturer would reimburse them.

However, it did not include any “structural or mechanical build systems” as that would be covered under the manufacturer’s warranty, which I was given a copy of to read before signing the purchase agreement. I do understand that most people want to get a “deal” when they purchase a big ticket item like a travel trailer but it’s also important to read the fine print and understand the meaning behind the warranty and what your recourse is.

Sink Jaxon (@guest_57696)
3 years ago

The 9 words are “We give buyer a 24 hour warranty against defects”. If you look in the small print on the contract, the dealer will ALWAYS include sold “as is” and leaves all the warranty work to the manufacturer. Using these words, it puts the dealer on the hook, for 4 years by federal law, by what is called “implied warranty”. This is law in most states by what the lawyer is claiming. So in other words by adding those 9 words, you have knocked out the as is, and the federal 4 year implied warranty federal law goes into effect. That is what this lawyer is stating. But in MY opinion, you’ll have to sue the dealership under this federal law to do any work on it for you. Isn’t it sad you have to have an attorney on retainer to buy an RV?

Darrel (@guest_57677)
3 years ago

I have low band width in current location. Video without telling us the 9 words is completely useless.

JohnD (@guest_36566)
5 years ago

These two guys have no credibility whatsoever.

Even when something good comes out from any of the RV brand manufacturers, or even Camping World, for that matter…they will spin it somehow to fit their agendas.

They are both RV brand haters extraordinaire and do nothing but stir the pot!

Doug (@guest_36498)
5 years ago

Video? Bandwidth restrictions for many RVers. How about text instead of video?

JohnD (@guest_36567)
5 years ago
Reply to  Doug

Because they know that none of us can keep our last meal in long enough to sit through their boring diatribes!

Wolfe (@guest_36456)
5 years ago

This would be a fascinating magic bullet if true, but I’m skeptical of enforcing it. Effectively you’re disabling the “as is” clause (even better if you actually crossed it off) , but the 24hr limit stands. It’s like saying agreeing to sell your car at all means you can change the price later.

I’m not a lawyer but there is something really strange in the law if this works at all. You can bet its a nightmare fight even if you win.

Wolfe (@guest_36467)
5 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Also, from my own experiences with Camping World, they will claim the salesman wasn’t authorized to make the deal they in fact did (as a legally authorized representative of the dealership). Then the dealer will claim the salesman’s manager wasnt authorized to authorize the salesman. Then the owner denies the manager, and corporate denies the dealership’s authority to change anything they signed into. If you keep following it, they will eventually deny your wheels are round, too.

Richard Russell (@guest_36722)
4 years ago
Reply to  Wolfe

Yup; Camping World leaves a lot to be desired; when we first acquired our Class A, we needed a tow dolly – the sales and installer both failed to recognize that tow dolly was only rated for 3000# – 5 new tires and a lot of aggravation caused us to sell.

Tommy Molnar (@guest_36426)
5 years ago

Me too. I don’t understand how getting the dealer to ‘promise’ a 24 hour warranty against defects automatically gets you four years (in some states).

Richard Russell (@guest_36723)
4 years ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

‘Promise’ is NOT in any salesmen vocabulary – as I posted earlier, RV sales and their owners are as unscrupulous as car dealers: shady at best and only interested in getting A sale.

Jeannie (@guest_36406)
5 years ago

This video was pretty much useless. I frequently couldn’t understand what the guy on the phone was saying. I went to his website and couldn’t find anything about writing those nine words on the sales contract, let alone what laws give those nine words a four year warranty if the dealer doesn’t comply with them. We need more, clearer information.

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