More March 2014 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced five recall notices involving five recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Forest River, Three Feathers Manufacturing, Marathon Coach, Gulf Stream, and Northwest Custom Campers.

Forest River, Inc.

forest-RiverForest River, Inc. is recalling certain model year 2014 Wildcat recreational vehicles manufactured October 25, 2013, through January 24, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the Federal Certification Tag incorrectly states that the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is 15,500 pounds instead of the correct GVWR of 12,330 pounds. As such, the vehicle does not conform to Part 567, “Certification.”

As a result, the trailer may be loaded beyond the specified weight rating which may cause a tire or suspension failure leading to poor vehicle handling and an increased risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a new certification label with the correct information. The recall is expected to begin in March 2014. Customers may contact Forest River Wildcat Customer Service and Warranty Department at 1-574-206-7600.

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

Three Feathers Manufacturing, LLC

3featherslogofinalLa Grande, Oregon-based Three Feathers Manufacturing, LLC. (Three Feathers) is recalling certain model year 2006-2014 Mule Cargo trailers, 2012-2014 Backpacker 2 trailers, 2009-2011 Buckboard Cargo Haulers, 2009-2013 Backpacker trailers, 2008-2014 Pinecone Tear Drop trailers, 2010-2011 Pelican Cargo trailers, 2012-2013 Tumbleweed Tear Drop trailers, 2011 Tumbleweed Campers, one 2011 Custom Cargo trailer, one 2010 Custom Camper, one 2008 Cargo trailer shell (no chassis), one 2010 5th Wheel Cargo trailer and one 2014 Backpacker 2 XT trailer all equipped with Fastec-brand door locks. It may be possible to remove the key from the lock in a way that potentially jams the deadbolt.

If the deadbolt jams, the interior side of the door lock may also jam. A person inside the travel trailer or camper at the time will then be locked in and be unable to exit the vehicle, increasing the risk of injury.

Three Feathers will notify owners, and Fastec will coordinate the inspection and replacement of the cylinders, as needed, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notifiaction schedule. Owners may contact Three Feathers at 1-541-663-8163 or Fastec at 1-800-837-2505.

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

Marathon Coach, Inc.

Marathon Coach logoCoburg, Oregon-based Marathon Coach, Inc. (Marathon) is recalling certain model year 2001-2013 Marathon Conversions Prevost XL, and H3 motorcoaches equipped with Sure Power-brand battery equalizers or DC-DC converters containing a particular epoxy sealing, aka ‘potting’, compound. The specific potting compound used in the subject products for insulation was found to be capable of conducting electricity after being exposed to heat.

Once electrically conductive, the material is capable of melting and burning, increasing the risk of a fire.

Marathon will notify owners, and Marathon service centers will replace the equalizers or converters, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2014. Owners may contact Marathon at 1-352-588-4500.

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

Gulf Stream Coach, Inc.

gulf-stream-logoGulf Stream Coach, Inc. is recalling certain model year 2011 GT GulfTran shuttle buses manufactured August 31, 2009, through October 22, 2010, and equipped with A&M Systems door actuators containing model 3230 circuit boards. Voltage spikes may damage the electrical components and electrical circuits of the door actuator, causing the circuit board to develop high resistance.

High resistance may cause the board to overheat, increasing the risk of a fire.

Gulf Stream Coach, Inc. will notify owners and replace the affected circuit boards, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Gulf Stream Coach, Inc. at 1-800-289-8787. Gulf Stream Coach, Inc.’s number for this recall is 14AM213.

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

Northwest Custom Campers

Northwest Custom Campers logoKalispell, Montana-based Northwest Custom Campers (Northwest) is recalling certain model year 2006-2012 truck campers equipped with Fastec-brand door locks. It may be possible to remove the key from the lock in a way that potentially jams the deadbolt.

If the deadbolt jams, the interior side of the door lock may also jam. A person inside the camper at the time will then be locked in and be unable to exit the vehicle, increasing the risk of injury.

Northwest will notify owners, and Fastec will coordinate the inspection and replacement of the cylinders, as needed, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Northwest Custom Campers at 1-406-885-3662 or Fastec at 1-800-837-2505.

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

Please Note: This is the 32nd in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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