Still More August RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced five recall notices involving five recreational vehicle manufacturers—Winnebago, Jayco, Roadtrek, Gulf Stream Coach, and Newmar Corp.

Winnebago Industries Inc.

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. is recalling 44 model year 2012-2013 Winnebago and Itasca motor homes. A cutting machine may have scored the copper propane tubing resulting in unknown long-term reliability.

If the copper tubing fails, propane can escape, leading to a fire or explosion which can result in property damage, personal injury, or death.

Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will replace the copper tubing, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin during September 2012. Owners may contact Winnebago Industries Owner Relations at 1-641-585-6939.

This is Winnebago recall no. 126.

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 safercar.gov.

Jayco, Inc.

Middlebury, Indiana-based Jayco, Inc. is recalling 300 model year 2012-2013 Jay Flight Swift SLX travel trailers manufactured from October 24, 2011, through July 3, 2012.

These trailers may have oversized bearings installed in the axle. This may cause excessive movement in the wheel hub, causing the bearings to become overheated and worn.

Overheated and worn bearings may lead to axle failure while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will replace the axle bearings with proper size bearings, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in Aug. 2012. 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 safercar.gov.

Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc.

Kitchener, Ontario-based Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. is recalling 145 model year 2011 and 2012 Roadtrek 21PC Popular and 21VC Versatile model class “B” motorhomes built from October 1, 2010, through November 12, 2011. On some motorhomes, the rivets may fail that secure the awning brackets to the motorhome side wall, allowing the bracket and Thule awning to come off the motor home while operating the awning.

If the awning separates from the motor home, the user or people nearby may be injured.
Roadtrek will notify owners, and dealers will install an additional stainless steel rivet on each of the awning brackets, free of charge. Roadtrek has not provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Roadtrek Service Department at 1-888-ROADTREK (762-3873) or 1-519-745-1169.

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 safercar.gov.

Gulf Stream Coach, Inc. (GSC)

Nappanee, Indiana-based Gulf Stream Coach, Inc. (GSC) is recalling 443 model year 2006 through 2008 Crescendo, Sun Voyager, Independence, Bounty Hunters, and Yellowstone Class A diesel pusher motor homes built on Freightliner Custom Chassis (FCCC) from March 18, 2005, through December 2009.

These motorhomes’ chassis are equipped with Bosch hydraulic disc brakes which, when exposed to long periods of time of non-driving, may experience diametrical brake caliper piston growth and reduced piston to bore clearance, potentially leading to brake drag and overheating resulting in reduced brake performance.

Reduced brake performance increases the risk of a crash.

FCCC will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles, free of charge. Owners may contact GSC at 1-800-289-8787 or Daimler Trucks/FCCC at 1-800-547-0712.

Daimler Trucks’ recall campaign number is FL-628.

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 safercar.gov.

Newmar Corporation

Nappanee, Indiana-based Newmar Corporation is recalling 70 model year 2008 and 2009 Grand Star Class A motorhomes built on Freightliner Custom Chassis (FCCC) from Jan. 25, 2007, through May 22, 2009.

These motorhomes’ chassis are equipped with Bosch hydraulic disc brakes which, when exposed to long periods of time of non-driving, may experience diametrical brake caliper piston growth and reduced piston to bore clearance, potentially leading to brake drag and overheating resulting in reduced brake performance.

Reduced brake performance may lead to a vehicle crash.

Owners will be notified by Daimler Trucks/FCCC, and repairs will be performed by authorized FCCC dealers free of charge. Owners may contact Newmar at 1-574-773-7791 or Daimler Trucks at 1-800-547-0712.

Daimler Trucks’ recall campaign number is FL-628.

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 safercar.gov.

Please Note: This is the nineteenth in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls.

Worth Pondering…

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—Henry David Thoreau

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