RVs caught up in new right to repair legislation

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From the bloggers at the RV Industry Association:

Many in the RV industry will remember the right to repair (R2R) legislation in 2012 and 2013 when the RV Industry Association successfully negotiated an exemption for RVs from the legislation that would have had the unintended consequence of placing impracticable and incredibly burdensome requirements on RV manufacturers.

A new, related issue of electronics (or digital) right to repair is now building momentum in the states. RVs are once again being caught in the middle.

Motor Vehicle Owners’ Right to Repair (R2R) is the typical name of legislation that has appeared in many state legislatures and at the federal level that would require vehicle manufacturers to provide the same vehicle repair information to independent repair shops as they do for dealer shops.

If enacted, electronics R2R legislation could place the burden on RV manufacturers to provide information, parts and tools to consumers and independent repair shops for every product in an RV that has embedded electronics.

This means providing manuals, schematics, software updates, licenses, diagnostics tools and codes, and more to both independent repair shops and consumers so they can unlock, adapt, modify and/or repair any electronics components in their RV.

The full blog is available at www.rvia.org.

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at editor@rvdailyreport.com.

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  • Captn John says:

    Shocked~~~ NOT. Naturally, anything that benefits the consumer after the sale is nothing the builders feel is a good thing. It would not be so sad if they produced quality products.

    • Dick B says:

      I agree with Captn John. Quality continues to decline while prices increases. RV’s come with minimal consumer protection for warranty work. I do not believe government regulations can solve all of our problems but it appears it is needed in the RV industry; self regulation (RVIA) does not appear to working for the consumer.

    • RV Jock says:

      Historically, you get your best service from legitimate independent RV repair facilities who make their living off of service, not sales. Very few “dealers” want to spend the money (time) to have a well staffed, well trained and well stocked parts and service department, due to the fact that they simply “don’t have to”.
      In my state, when the non-dealer service facilities laws were passed and inforced, we could no longer do “Factory Warranty” for the box manufacturers. We could do appliance warranty, if we chose to wait for our “reduced” warranty payments, but the retail end of selling those manufacturers products ended with the mega internet sales stores. The customer can buy an air conditioner off the internet cheaper then I could buy one from my own parts warehouse, so why bother. And retail sales paid the bills. Warranty payments and online competition got so bad I simply closed my facilities.
      I understand the box manufacturers wanting to protect their dealers, but quality control at both levels must be improved drastically before the consumer will get what they believe they paid for. And that must start at the top.

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