2021 - 2022 LEGISLATURE
March 10, 2022 - Introduced by Representative Krug. Referred to Committee on
Jobs and the Economy.
AB1112,1,6 1An Act to amend 218.10 (8m); and to create 218.10 (1b), 218.10 (1d), 218.10 (1i),
2218.10 (1n), 218.10 (1o), 218.10 (1p), 218.10 (1q), 218.10 (1t), 218.10 (2), 218.10
3(7m), 218.10 (7w), 218.10 (8u), 218.10 (8v), 218.10 (8w), 218.10 (10), 218.10 (11),
4218.161, 218.162, 218.163, 218.164, 218.165, 218.166, 218.167 and 218.17 of
5the statutes; relating to: recreational vehicle manufacturers, distributors,
6and dealers and providing a penalty.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, recreational vehicle (RV) dealers must be licensed by the
Department of Transportation. An RV dealer license may be denied, suspended, or
revoked for a number of reasons, including failure to comply with licensing
requirements, committing certain types of fraud, or engaging in unconscionable
business practices. In addition, persons who violate the statutes governing RV
dealer licensure may be required to forfeit between $25 and $100 for a first offense
and may be fined between $25 and $100 for a second or subsequent offense within
three years.
This bill provides additional regulation of RV dealers and regulates various
aspects of the relationship between RV dealers and RV manufacturers or
distributors. Specifically, among other things, the bill does all of the following:
1. Requires a dealer agreement between each RV dealer and the manufacturer
or distributor of the RVs the dealer sells. The bill further specifies certain contents
of the agreement, including an exclusive sales area for each RV dealer.

2. Prohibits RV manufacturers and distributors from terminating or failing to
renew a dealer agreement without good cause. The bill provides criteria that must
be considered when assessing whether good cause exists.
3. Requires an RV manufacturer or distributor to provide notice before
terminating or nonrenewing a dealer agreement and provides that a termination or
nonrenewal must be rescinded upon certain actions by an RV dealer.
4. Provides that an RV dealer may terminate or nonrenew an agreement with
an RV manufacturer upon 30 days' notice.
5. In certain cases, requires an RV manufacturer to repurchase certain
products provided to RV dealers, including new RVs, certain RV accessories, and
certain repair equipment, upon termination of a dealer agreement.
6. Requires an RV manufacturer or distributor to allow an RV dealer to
designate a family member as a successor to its dealer agreement.
7. Specifies obligations with regard to warranty repairs.
8. Provides that DOT may administratively fine any person who violates the
provisions of the bill up to $1,000 for each violation.
Because this bill creates a new crime or revises a penalty for an existing crime,
the Joint Review Committee on Criminal Penalties may be requested to prepare a
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB1112,1 1Section 1. 218.10 (1b) of the statutes is created to read:
AB1112,2,52 218.10 (1b) “Area of sales responsibility” means the geographical area agreed
3to by the dealer and the manufacturer or distributor in a dealer agreement within
4which the dealer has the exclusive right to display or sell the manufacturer's new
5recreational vehicles of a particular line-make.
AB1112,2 6Section 2. 218.10 (1d) of the statutes is created to read:
AB1112,2,97 218.10 (1d) “Component manufacturer” means a person, firm, corporation, or
8business entity that engages in the manufacturing of components, accessories, or
9parts used in manufacturing recreational vehicles.
AB1112,3 10Section 3. 218.10 (1i) of the statutes is created to read:
1218.10 (1i) “Dealer agreement” means a written agreement or contract entered
2into by a dealer and a manufacturer or distributor that fixes the rights and
3responsibilities of the parties and pursuant to which the dealer sells new
4recreational vehicles.
AB1112,4 5Section 4. 218.10 (1n) of the statutes is created to read:
AB1112,3,76 218.10 (1n) “Distributor” means a person, firm, corporation, or business entity
7that purchases new recreational vehicles for resale to dealers.
AB1112,5 8Section 5. 218.10 (1o) of the statutes is created to read:
AB1112,3,119 218.10 (1o) “Factory campaign” means an effort on the part of a warrantor to
10contact recreational vehicle owners or dealers in order to address a part or equipment
AB1112,6 12Section 6. 218.10 (1p) of the statutes is created to read:
AB1112,3,1413 218.10 (1p) “Family member” means an individual's spouse or an individual's
14child, grandchild, parent, sibling, niece, or nephew or the spouse of any of these.
AB1112,7 15Section 7. 218.10 (1q) of the statutes is created to read:
AB1112,3,2116 218.10 (1q) “Fifth-wheel travel trailer" means a vehicle mounted on wheels
17that is designed to provide temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, or
18travel use, that is of a size and weight that a special highway movement permit is
19not required, and that is designed to be towed by a motor vehicle that contains a
20towing mechanism that is mounted above or forward of the rear axle of the tow
AB1112,8 22Section 8. 218.10 (1t) of the statutes is created to read:
AB1112,3,2523 218.10 (1t) “Line-make” means a specific series of recreational vehicle
24products, the sale of which may be authorized by a dealer agreement, that satisfies
25all of the following:
1(a) Is targeted to a particular market segment, as determined by the decor,
2features, equipment, size, weight, and price range.
AB1112,4,53 (b) Has lengths and interior floor plans that distinguish the series of
4recreational vehicle products from other series with substantially the same decor,
5features, equipment, weight, and price.
AB1112,4,86 (c) Belongs to a single, distinct classification of recreational vehicle product
7type having a substantial degree of commonality in the construction of the chassis,
8frame, and body.
AB1112,9 9Section 9. 218.10 (2) of the statutes is created to read:
AB1112,4,1110 218.10 (2) “Model” is a series of recreational vehicle products identified by a
11common series trade name or trademark that is a subset of a line-make.
AB1112,10 12Section 10. 218.10 (7m) of the statutes is created to read:
AB1112,4,1413 218.10 (7m) “Park model recreational vehicle” means a recreational vehicle
14that is all of the following:
AB1112,4,1615 (a) Designed and marketed as temporary living quarters for recreational,
16camping, travel, or seasonal use.
AB1112,4,1717 (b) Not permanently affixed to real property for use as a permanent dwelling.
AB1112,4,1918 (c) Built on a single chassis mounted on wheels with a gross trailer area not
19exceeding 400 square feet in the setup mode.
AB1112,4,2120 (d) Certified by the manufacturer as complying with the ANSI A119.5 Park
21Model Recreational Vehicle Standard.
AB1112,11 22Section 11. 218.10 (7w) of the statutes is created to read:
AB1112,4,2423 218.10 (7w) “Proprietary part” means any part manufactured by or for and sold
24exclusively by the manufacturer.