RV Manufacturer Laws and Regulations

Understand different aspects of RV manufacturer laws and regulations

Recreational vehicle manufacturers may comply with standards and regulations for making recreational vehicles set by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). When an RV manufacturer displays the RVIA logo, it signifies that they are following the highest standards for making RVs. These standards become codified and enforced through laws and regulations, generally set by federal, state and local government.

Recreational vehicle (RV) manufacturers must take into consideration the laws and standards for keeping such vehicles up-to-date. For example, what are the regulations for towing recreational vehicles? What are the laws regarding sale and resale of recreational vehicles? And, what are the responsibilities and obligations of recreational vehicle manufacturers? As more and more people use RVs for traveling, manufacturer laws and regulations have been added to protect consumers.

Following are some types of laws and regulations that govern RV manufacturing:

1. Towing and weight regulations.

2. Safety standards for RV manufacturers.

3. Lemon laws regarding RVs that are not up to standard.

Learn about towing and weight regulations of recreational vehicles

All RVs and custom recreational vehicles are subject to regulations regarding the amount of weight they can carry. The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is the weight that the manufacturer deems safe in an RV, and it is the maximum weight that you are legally allowed to carry. The gross combined vehicle weight rating (GCVWR) is the maximum weight that the manufacturer has allowed for the tow vehicle and trailer.

Examine the standards set for recreational vehicle manufacturers

Recreational vehicle wholesalers, motor home manufacturers and RV dealers are governed by industry associations that help set standards and regulations for the manufacturing and sale of RVs. The U.S. Department of Transportation sets safety standards for recreational vehicles.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) details regulations about motor carrier vehicle safety standards, including those for motor homes.

Learn about state lemon laws for recreational vehicle dealers and manufacturers

The Federal Lemon Law protects the consumer in case of purchasing a vehicle that does not meet quality or performance standards. Each state also has a lemon law, but the laws vary in their coverage for recreation vehicles. It is important to know about recreational vehicle lemon laws, especially when timeliness is a factor in warranties, repairs or service issues.

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