Another RV Horror Story


Here is another posting from our Facebook group RV Horror Stories, which we formed to allow RVers with defective RVs to share their experiences. Our hope is that the group’s membership will grow to a point where the RV industry will pay attention, and begin to seriously address the bad quality of so many of the RVs they’re turning out. In its short existence, the group has grown to more than 11,000 members.

Here is what was posted on Wednesday, Jan. 21. By the way, this is not an isolated incident. Similar tales are posted almost every day.

Member Cathi Claiborne Peters wrote (with some minor editing):

We bought a new 2018 Forest River Leprechaun November 2017, and have had it in and out of the shop for a total of approximately six months…water leaks from the shower, water leaks from the washer, plugged washer drain, circuit board for water heater, sinks that had to be re-caulked, faulty Firestone airbag suspension, batteries that had to be replaced, TV in the bedroom didn’t work, loose valances, lots of loose screws and fittings, bathroom door wouldn’t stay shut…very poor workmanship.

Our warranty is now expired. I requested Forest River extend the warranty by the amount of time it’s been in the shop. Their response was they technically can’t do that but they are willing to work with us.

It’s very disappointing to spend so much money for a new motorhome, and have so many issues, not to mention canceled vacations. And the lemon law definition for California is as follows:

“The California Lemon Law covers the following new and used vehicles sold or leased in California that come with the manufacturer’s new vehicle warranty: Cars, pickup trucks, vans, and SUVs. The chassis, chassis cab, and drivetrain of a motorhome. … Vehicles purchased or leased for personal, family, or household purposes.”

So, not even sure if the Lemon law will help.

We replied:
Cathi, Go to this page where you will find many resources to help you with your defective RVs, including contact information for RV lemon law attorneys. . Best of luck to you. What a shame that manufacturers can turn out RVs with so many defects.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Peggy Coffey

When we were looking to buy, we never even glanced at a Thor product. We bought a new 2018 Winnebago and have had only a couple of cosmetic problems. As we were moving from our old coach to the new one, they pulled up a new Entegra. The couple began transferring their things but had to stop because none of the electrical outlets worked. They were going to try to get it fixed before they were scheduled to get on the road. We were glad we didn’t look at Thor.

George Sears

Is there any research on leaks in RV’s? When I consigned my TT they asked if there were any leaks, and that was the main thing they checked for. They would not consign a unit with water damage. Some people on YouTube have discussed trying to find older RV’s and finding almost all of them have water damage from leaks. The general advice is to never buy an RV with a leak. There are some people who bought RV’s with “reasonable damage” that turned out to be massive damage. So how many develop leaks? What does happen to the value? If the RV mostly sits somewhere it seems a bit like Russian roulette. Did these basically ‘indoor’ leaks do any damage to this Leprechaun?

Phil Atterbery

This has probably been said before. Poor quality results from inadequate design standards AND a rush to complete the construction. Both of these conditions are driven by penny pinching managers. Accountants should not make manufacturing & design decisions.

Douglas C Rutz

What is needed is honest to goodness inspections and codes. The RVIA is a puppet for the manufacturers. The automobile industry would never get away with what the RV industry does. The same way with actual electrical and plumbing codes. Some of the tricks that are used in the plumbing and electrical installation of an RV would never be approved in home construction. And as some indicated those homes are not going down the road at 60 plus miles per hour.

martlin c chambers

This is why I won’t even look at a Thor or Thor connected RV, they are putting out crap and screwing customers. Thor and Camping World will destroy RVing.


Unlikely you would be covered by any of the California applications of the Lemon Law. Your issues seem to be primarily with the ‘box’ issues and not those of the ‘drive’ unit. It is sad what makers get away with on construction and lack of QC.

Some of the units made today ‘might’ survive the life of the loan … IF … you never moved it. Today’s units are super lightweight and can’t take the pounding on the deteriorating highways and off-road back roads some folks want to use. We travel frequently to Alaska and the comments we hear the most is that the other travelers hated the roads. They are the same people who passed us earlier in the day flying down the bumpy, frost heaved road at over 65 mph.

For those who want a unit for that kind of treatment, maybe an Army surplus M1 Abrams tank would work. Not that hard on your unit? Pay a bit more for a quality unit and treat it accordingly, giving it the kind of Preventive Maintenance units used for RVing need and require.

Yes, there are units that are Horror Stories. Be a smart buyer … investigate before you buy. Get ‘educated’ about what others are saying. Don’t be sucked into the sales pitch that assures you it will be everything you want it to be.

You get what you pay for … shop cheap and you will own ‘cheap’ … !!


It’s getting to the point that NO Matter what type of RV you are considering buying, Travel Trailer, 5th Wheel or Motor Home. You need to have it inspected by an RV Inspector before driving it off the Lot.

If the Dealer won’t let you do that, then simply walk away from the Deal!