September RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced four recall notices involving three recreational vehicle manufacturers— Fleetwood RV, Heartland RV, and Trails West Manufacturing of Idaho—and one manufacturer of RV component parts—Lippert Components.

Fleetwood RV, Inc.

Decatur, Indiana-based Fleetwood RV, Inc. is recalling 74 model year 2013 Excursion motorhomes manufactured from March 27, 2012, through July 24, 2012.

A threaded fastener installed on the turn shaft of the slide-out mechanism may come into contact with a portion of the diesel fuel fill hose while the turn shaft is rotating. If the fastener makes contact with the fuel fill hose, there is a possibility that it will abrade the fuel fill hose and cause a leak.

Leaking fuel, in the presence of an ignition source, increases the risk of a fire.

Fleetwood RV will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, shorten the threaded fastener to achieve clearance of the fuel line free of charge. Owners may contact Fleetwood RV owner relations at 1-800-509-3418.

Fleetwood RV’s safety recall number is 120813FRV.

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.

Heartland RV, LLC

Elkhart, Indiana-based Heartland RV, LLC (Heartland) is recalling seven model year 2011-2012 Elkridge and model year 2012-2013 Bighorn Silverado fifth wheel vehicles.

Certain vehicles manufactured with liquid propane (LP) generators may have the LP supply line connected incorrectly to the generator.

If the LP supply line is connected incorrectly, the generator may vent liquid propane into the generator compartment. In the presence of an ignition source, the vented propane can result in an explosion.

Heartland will notify owners and dealers will inspect and correct the LP supply line fitting as necessary, free of charge.

Heartland has not provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Heartland at 1-888-262-5992.

Heartland RV’s safety recall number is 99-01-09.

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.

Trails West Manufacturing of Idaho, Inc.

Preston, Idaho-based Trails West Manufacturing of Idaho, Inc. (Trails West) is recalling 34 model year 2010-2012 recreational horse trailers equipped with Sure Power battery separator devices, due to overheating.

Overheating of the battery separator can result in smoke and possible fire.

Trails West will notify owners, and Sure Power will replace the battery separators free of charge. Trails West has not provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Trails West Manufacturing of Idaho, Inc. at 1-208-852-2200.

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.

Lippert Components, Inc.

Goshen, Indiana-based Lippert Components, Inc., d.b.a Extreme Trailers, is recalling 143 model year 2011-2012 boat trailers equipped with Carlisle Transport Products brand wheels installed as original equipment.

Lippert also sold approximately 118 wheel and tire assemblies for aftermarket use on various recreational vehicles. These wheels were manufactured with machine dimensions for the application of a center cap and the application of steel lug inserts that were not controlled to the required specifications. As a result, the wheel may not be tightened to the proper torque during the mounting process.

If the wheels are not tightened to the proper torque, the wheels could loosen, leading to wheel separation, possibly resulting in a vehicle crash. A detached wheel also becomes a road hazard.

Lippert will notify owners, and Carlisle Transport Products dealers will repair or replace the affected wheels free of charge.

Lippert has not provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Lippert Components at 1-574-312-6113.

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 twentieth in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls.

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