November RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced six recall notices involving six recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers— Thor Motor Coach, Tiffin Motorhomes, Dutchmen Manufacturing, Airstream, Inc., Fleetwood RV, and Starcraft.

Thor Motor Coach

Elkhart, Indiana-based Thor Motor Coach is recalling 634 model year 2008-2010 motorhomes, manufactured June 1, 2007, through May 1, 2009 and equipped with an Iota ITS-50R Transfer Switch.

The models affected are Four Winds brand models: Chateau, Dutchmen, Hurricane, Windsport, Magellan, Fun Mover, Presidio, and Mandalay. Wiring connections inside the transfer switch are not adequate and, as a result, the switch may overheat.

An overheated switch could cause it to fail and lead to a fire.

Thor Motor Coach will notify owners and replace the Iota Transfer Switch, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Thor at 1-877-500-1020.

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.

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc.

Red Bay, Alabama-based Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. is recalling 847 model year 2010-2013 Allegro Bus motorcoaches, manufactured from March 2010 through September 2012 and equipped with a Cummins EPA 2010 ISL engine.

Insufficient shielding between the exhaust pipe and floor may cause possible overheating of the floor above the engine compartment.

If the exhaust pipe in the engine compartment were to fail, the escaping exhaust gases could make the floor area above the engine extremely hot, increasing the risk of personal injury or possibly resulting in a fire.

Tiffin Motorhomes will notify owners, and dealers will install a heat shield, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Tiffin at 1-256-356-8661.

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.

Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc.

Goshen, Indiana-based Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc. is recalling 740 model year 2012-2013 Aspen Trail, Coleman, and Dutchmen recreational vehicles manufactured from October 4, 2011, through October 1, 2012.

These vehicles may have been manufactured without an exterior vent for the furnace.
Without proper exhaust ventilation, the vehicle can fill with carbon monoxide resulting in asphyxiation. The heat build-up may also increase the risk of a fire.

Dutchmen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, install an exterior vent, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Dutchmen at 1-574-537-0700.

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.

Airstream, Inc.

Jackson Center, Ohio-based Airstream, Inc. is recalling 715 model year 2006-2009 Airstream Classic recreational vehicles manufactured between May 2005 and April 2009.

The brake hose may flex near the fitting on the brake assembly and lead to hose fatigue. Also, during suspension travel, the brake hose may rub on the underside of the trailer.

As a result of flexing or rubbing, the brake hose may fail, causing a loss of brake pressure, reducing braking performance. The loss of braking ability could result in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Airstream will notify owners, and dealers will replace and reroute the brake lines, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early December 2012.

Owners may contact Airstream at 1-937-538-1268.

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.

Fleetwood RV, Inc.

Decatur, Indiana-based Fleetwood RV, Inc. is recalling 842 model year 2010 Encounter vehicles manufactured from November 19, 2009, through May 13, 2010; 2011-2013 Storm vehicles manufactured from May 21, 2010, through September 18, 2012; and 2012 Terra vehicles manufactured from April 26, 2011, through March 13, 2012.

The entry step to the motorhome lacks sufficient support and may become damaged by repeated use.

The step may collapse during use potentially causing personal injury.

Fleetwood RV will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, reinforce the step structural support. The safety recall is expected to begin during November 2012.

Fleetwood RV’s safety recall number is 121025FRV.

Owners may contact Fleetwood RV Owner Relations at 1-800-509-3418.

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.

Starcraft RV, Inc.

Topeka, Indiana-based Starcraft RV, Inc. is recalling 22 model year 2013 Autumn Ridge AR-One travel trailers manufactured from September 6, 2012, through October 17, 2012.

These travel trailers have wire connections in the electrical box that may prevent the wires from being tightened properly.

Loose electrical wiring connections could cause excessive heat which could lead to fire, injury, or death.

Starcraft will notify owners, and dealers will relocate specific wires in the electrical box to allow the wires to be sufficiently tightened at their connections. The safety recall is expected to begin during November 2012.

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 safercar.gov.

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

Worth Pondering…

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it, is committing another mistake.

—Confucius

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