RV a lemon; owner sues for replacement

Steve Gonzalez Dec. 13, 2004, 8:33am

In a lawsuit filed Dec. 10 against Fleetwood Enterprises, Freightliner, Freedom RV Center and Truck Centers in Troy, a Litchfield couple is demanding a refund of $152,271.47 or a replacement motor home of equal or greater value.

Shortly after Madeline and Jarrell Sutton purchased a brand-new 2001 Fleetwood Bounder Dec. 19, 2000, it was so full of problems, they were without use of their RV for more than seven months.

The Suttons allege that immediately after the purchase, they experienced more than 200 problems with the motor home including malfunctions of the engine, transmission, hydraulic system and electrical systems.

Since purchasing the motor home the Suttons have been virtually unable to use the motor home without experiencing major coach or chassis problems, according to the complaint.

The Suttons also ask the court to award them incidental and consequential damages for the loss of use of the motor home for 225 days and the reasonable costs and expenses associated with taking the motor home to be repaired on multiple occasions and also that they be awarded all costs of the suit.

“From approximately Jan. 22, 2001, until May 9, 2003, the motor home was in a repair facility undergoing repairs in excess of 225 days,” the complaint states.

Since the purchase of the motor home, all of the defendants have made multiple attempts to repair various problems and defects of the motor home, with many repairs conducted at Truck Centers in Troy, according to the complaint.

Represented by Dennis R. Atteberry of Springfield, the Suttons also allege that Truck Centers intentionally caused the odometer to be turned back to 1,060 miles. They allege the odometer was reduced with the intent to induce them not to question excessive miles being incurred while in for service.

The suit also claims the motor home defective pursuant to the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act.

The case has been assigned to Judge Philip Kardis in Granite City.

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