December RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced recall notices involving four recreational vehicle manufacturers—Winnebago Industries, Universal Specialty Vehicles, Motor Coach Industries, and Spartan Chassis.

Starcraft RV, Inc.

Middlebury, Indiana-based Starcraft RV, Inc. is recalling nine model year 2012 Autumn Ridge and Travel Star trailers manufactured from October 6, 2011 through October 17, 2011. The power converters may have been built with an undersized input coil, which may cause overheating, smoking, and melting of the converter.

This could result in a fire, injury, or death.

Starcraft will notify owners, and Starcraft dealers will repair the travel trailers as necessary, free of charge. Owners may contact Starcraft at 1-800-945-4787.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Navistar International Corp.

Warrenville, Illinois-based Navistar International Corp. is recalling 630 model year 2009-2011 Beaver, Holiday Rambler and Monaco Coach brand RVs manufactured from Jan. 11, 2008 through April 15, 2011. The front windshield may separate from the cabin body without warning, possibly impairing the driver’s ability to see the roadway.

An impairment to the driver’s ability to see the roadway could cause a vehicle crash, potentially resulting in property damage, personal injury, or death.

Navistar will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the shade mounting clips and repair the vehicles as necessary free of charge. Owners may contact Navistar at 1-877-466-6226.

Navistar’s campaign number is 11520.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Keystone RV Company

Goshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV Company is recalling 805 model year 2007-2009 Cougar Fifth Wheel Trailers manufactured from May 12, 2006 through February 12, 2009, for incorrect information on the federal identification tag and tire and loading information label. These vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Part 567, “Certification.” The subject vehicles were manufactured with a label that lists the maximum tire pressure of 80PSI instead of the correct maximum of 65PSI.

Overinflating tires increases the risk of tire failure and property damage.

Keystone will mail to consumers the corrected label or the customer will have the option for dealers to install the label free of charge. Owners may contact Keystone Customer Service at 1-866-425-4369.

Keystone’s Safety Recall Number is 11-171.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Jayco, Inc.

Middlebury, Indiana-based Jayco, Inc. is recalling 80 model year 2012 Jay Flight and Eagle Super Lite half-ton travel trailers manufactured from October 6, 2011 through October 17, 2011. The power converters may have been built with an undersized input coil, which may cause overheating, smoking, and melting of the converter.

This could result in a fire, injury or death.

Jayco will notify owners, and Jayco dealers will repair the travel trailers as necessary free of charge. Owners may contact Jayco at 1-800-283-8267.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Winnebago of Indiana, LLC

Middlebury, Indiana-based Winnebago of Indiana, LLC is recalling three model year 2012 Era motorhomes, manufactured from July 25, 2011 through August 4, 2011 and built on Sprinter/Daimler chassis. The supplier of the rear springs rolled the spring eye diameter out of tolerance during production, and then corrected the diameter without heating the parts. This could potentially lead to a crack of the spring eye over time.

If the spring eye were to crack, the rear spring could collapse, suddenly upsetting the vehicle’s handling, which could increase the risk of a crash.

Winnebago is working with Sprinter/Daimler to notify owners. Sprinter/Daimler is handling the remedy for this campaign. Please see 11V-323. Sprinter/Daimler dealers will replace the rear springs as necessary free of charge. Owners may contact Sprinter at 1-877-762-8267.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Note: Five articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls previously posted:

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2011 Special Report on Camping

Year over year, camping continues to shine as an American tradition—evolving to accommodate any lifestyle and giving access to any outdoor experience.

Almost 40 million Americans participated in camping last year, according to a new study released Tuesday (December 27) by The Outdoor Foundation, Coleman, and Kampgrounds of America (KOA). That equates to more than 14 percent of Americans over age six. The findings are part of the “2011 Special Report on Camping”, a leading report tracking American participation in camping.

This extended 54-page Special Report on Camping provides data and analysis on camping participation in the United States, including psychographic profiles, camping preferences, and buying behavior. The Report also explores opportunities in the camping industry and the overall future of camping.

The findings are based on an online survey of more than 40,000 Americans ages six and older and a supplemental survey of camping participants 18 and older.

Camping at Arches National Park, Utah. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“The Special Report on Camping shows that camping endures as part of the American outdoor tradition—accommodating any lifestyle and giving access to any outdoor experience,” said Chris Fanning, executive director of The Outdoor Foundation. “Thanks to support and commitment of Coleman and KOA, the report provides first-of-its-kind information on camping trends, which should be of great interest to everyone in the outdoor community—especially those of us focused on inspiring future generations of enthusiasts.”

The study found that introducing children to camping at a young age is vital to their participation as adults. Half of all current campers ages 18 and over experienced their first camping trip before they reached the age of seven. Only 9 percent of all adult camping participants tried camping for the first time after age 19.

The insights detailed in the 2011 Special Report on Camping are critical to understanding both campers and non-campers and building participation in the activity. Additional findings include:

Overview of Camping Participation

  • Almost 40 million Americans went camping in 2010 for a total of 514.8 million outings
  • The Mountain Region has the highest camping participation rate with a quarter of its population identifying themselves as campers
  • Nineteen percent of adults with children in their households participate in camping, while only 10 percent of adults without children in their households participate in the activity
  • Over three-quarters of campers participate in multiple outdoor activities
Camping at Alamo State Park, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Profile of a Camping Trip

  • Summer is the most popular season for camping
  • During the summer months, campers typically went on three trips and stayed for three nights
  • Summer trips have longer planning horizons, with over 50 percent of summer campers making the decision to go more than a month in advance
  • Of those summer campers who choose to make campsite reservations, the average booking time is 77 days prior to the trip
  • Ninety-two percent of campers hiked during their last in-season trip

Profile of a Camper

  • Various attitudes toward camping include those who are motivated by family fun, hanging out with friends, enjoying luxuries, and pushing one’s own limits
  • Participants that associate camping with family and kids are most likely to stay at public campgrounds
  • “Extreme” campers go camping most often, taking 6.26 trips per year

Buying Behavior

  • Younger campers are most likely to buy backpacks, while older campers are most likely to buy propane lighting; frequent campers buy the most products
  • Sixty-one percent of campers say they spend about the same amount on recreation in 2010 as they did in 2009
  • Most new and replacement camping purchases are planned at home before taking the camping trip

Future of Camping

  • Nearly a quarter of frequent campers say their camping trips over the last three years have become longer and more frequent
  • The most cited reasons for reducing the number of trips are a lack of time due to work and family commitments
  • Almost half of all respondents say their fathers took them camping for the first time; Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts came in a distant second at 17 percent
Camping at Hunting Island Island State Park, South Carolina. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Half of respondents were under the age of seven when they went camping for the first time; only nine percent of first time campers were 19 or older.

Details

The Outdoor Foundation

The Outdoor Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 foundation established by Outdoor Industry Association to inspire and grow future generations of outdoor enthusiasts. Its vision is to be a driving force behind a massive increase in active outdoor recreation in America.

Address: 1776 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20036

Phone: (202) 271-3252

Website: outdoorfoundation.org

2011Special Report on Camping

The 2011Special Report on Camping is available on The Outdoor Foundation website.

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