Suit filed over defective RV trailer

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Jan. 31, 2012, 4:00am

Edwin Preis

GALVESTON - Ray Repczynski claims Open Range RV Co. sold him a defective trailer two years ago, recent court documents say.

A lawsuit filed Jan. 27 in Galveston County Court at Law No. 1 says Open Range refused to take appropriate action after Repczynski informed it about the trailer's problems.

The original petition shows the plaintiff bought the 2009 Open Range RV from Terry Vaughn RV in Alvin on Sept. 23, 2008.

A rain storm that occurred in Galveston, where he presumably kept the trailer, on Sept. 21, 2010, dumped a "significant amount of water" into the vehicle, the suit says.

Repczynski adds he discovered the source to be a hole above the awning with a diameter of approximately 3.16 of an inch and subsequently patched the opening up.

He further explains that he found another hole on the trailer's roof as well as more interior leakage, but "felt he could not simply make the repairs on his own in order for him and his wife to move on with their lives."

The defendant sent a technician to inspect Repczynski's trailer after hearing from the plaintiff, but the complaint asserts "the details or scope of problems" could not be explained.

Repczynski says he attempted to get Open Range to provide funding necessary to pay for the labor required to make repairs or at least give him a replacement vehicle to no avail, stating another rain storm in October inflicted more damage to which the respondent reportedly ignored.

The suit estimates that the total damages exceed more than $30,000.

A jury trial is requested.

Repczynski is represented by Preis & Roy.

The case has been assigned to Galveston County Court at Law No. 1 Judge John Grady.

Cause No. 66,852

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