Still More June 2015 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced 5 recall notices involving 4 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Airstream, Open Range RV, Highland Ridge RV, and Keystone RV.

Airstream, Inc.

Airstream-logo-newAirstream, Inc. (Airstream) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Airstream Interstate NCV3 B motorhomes manufactured August 1, 2014, to May 18, 2015. In the affected vehicles, if the screen door is in the closed position and the vehicle’s curbside sliding door is closed, the motorhome occupants may not be able to move the screen door in order to open the sliding door to exit the vehicle.

If occupants are unable to open the sliding door and exit the vehicle in the event of an emergency, they would be at an increased risk of injury.

Airstream will notify owners, and dealers will attach a stop on the screen door to keep the sliding door from shutting if the screen door is closed, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2015. Owners may contact Airstream customer service at 1-937-596-6111 extension 7401 or 7411.

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.

Open Range R.V. Company

Open-Range-RV-LogoOpen Range R.V. Company (Open Range) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Residential 417RS fifth wheel recreational trailers manufactured April 27, 2012, to March 6, 2014. The flexible gas line for the kitchen slideout section is too short.

When the kitchen area is expanded, the gas line may be pulled excessively, resulting in a gas leak, increasing the risk of a fire.

Highland Ridge will notify owners on behalf of Open Range, and dealers will replace the existing gas line with a longer gas line, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Open Range customer service at 1-260-768-7771.

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.

Open Range R.V. Company

Open-Range-RV-LogoOpen Range R.V. Company (Open Range) is recalling certain model year 2015 Roamer, Mesa Ridge, and 3X fifth wheel trailers manufactured May 7, 2014, to June 4, 2014. In the affected vehicles, a rivet for the quad entry steps may shear and fail, causing the steps to give when being used.

If the rivet shears under occupant load, the steps may give and the occupant may fall, increasing the risk of personal injury.

Highland Ridge will notify owners on behalf of Open Range, and dealers will remove the rivets and the step sections will be bolted together, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2015. Owners may contact Open Range customer service at 1-260-768-7771.

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.

Highland Ridge RV

Open-Range-RV-LogoHighland Ridge RV (Highland Ridge) is recalling certain model year 2015 Roamer, Mesa Ridge and 3X fifth wheel trailers manufactured May 7, 2014, to June 4, 2014. In the affected vehicles, a rivet for the quad entry steps may shear and fail, causing the steps to give when being used.

If the rivet shears under occupant load, the steps may give and the occupant may fall, increasing the risk of personal injury.

Highland Ridge will notify owners, and dealers will remove the rivets and the step sections will be bolted together, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2015. Owners may contact Highland Ridge customer service at 1-260-768-7771. Highland Ridge’s number for this recall is 9904242.

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.

Keystone RV Company

Keystone-Rv-Co.-logoKeystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain model year 2015 Keystone Sprinter, Cougar, Montana, Montana High Country, Outback, Bullet, Avalanche, Alpine, Fuzion, Impact, Laredo, Raptor, Carbon, and Passport, and Dutchmen Kodiak, Aerolite, Denali, and Voltage vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the screws that attach the expanding room to the sliding mechanism cable may fail allowing the room to extend unintentionally while the vehicle is in motion.

If the room extends while vehicle is in motion, there is an increased risk of a crash.

Keystone has notified owners, and dealers will replace the screws that secure the drive chain, free of charge. The recall began on June 18, 2015. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 15-225.

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 60th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

Worth Pondering…

People forget how fast you did a job but they remember how well you did it.

—Howard W. Newton

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New Resource for the Workamping Community

A new resource for the workcamping community is now available with the launch of a new website.

A voice for the thousands of workampers , WorkampingReviews.com gives workampers and traveling volunteers an easy-to-use free website that allows workampers to share their experiences.

workampingreviews-logoWorkampingReviews.com is an easy-to-use free website that allows workampers to share their experiences. Users will help their fellows to avoid possible bad situations, and encourage the organizations that provide positive employment and service opportunities, according to a news release.

Each year, thousands of workampers and volunteers crisscross the country filling vital roles in short term and seasonal positions. By all accounts, full-time RVing and workamping is a growing lifestyle.

“A website like this has been needed for some time,” said Christian Dunn of WorkampingReviews.com. who, along with his wife, is a full-time RVer and workamper.

“Most workamping and volunteer experiences are positive, but when a situation is bad, it can be a tremendous drain on time, money, and emotions,” said Dunn.

“Prior to developing this website I had often wished there was such a resource. A situation this past year prompted me and my wife to do it ourselves, in the spirit of community.”

workcampingreviews logo (2)The website relies on users to review and share their experiences.

“We wanted the website to be free, easy to use, and allow users to post reviews anonymously.

Hopefully, people will come to the website regularly, and share honestly without concern of employer blow-back,” said Alayne Dunn of WorkampingReviews.com.

“So far there is not much in between, people either really enjoy their experiences or not,” said Dunn.

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WorkampingReviews.com

WorkampingReviews.com is the only website of its kind and is solely dedicated to the workamper with no other interests.

The site is free, requires no registration, and users can begin posting and searching immediately.  Christian and Alayne Dunn, also known as the TheRVNomads.com, are non-retired aged full-time RVers that have been traveling around the US with their two cats since March 2013.

Website: www.workampingreviews.com

Worth Pondering…

Thank God! there is always a Land of Beyond
For us who are true to the trail;
A vision to seek, a beckoning peak,
A farness that never will fail;
A pride in our soul that mocks at a goal,
A manhood that irks at a bond,
And try how we will, unattainable still,
Behold it, our Land of Beyond!
— Robert Service, The Land of Beyond (Last Verse)

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Roadtrek Top Selling Class B Manufacturer in 2013

Kitchener, Ontario-based Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. again ranked as the No. 1 Class B manufacturer in North America for 2013, according to data from Statistical Surveys Inc.

Roadtrek-Homeimage 16Roadtrek has held the top spot among Class B manufacturers since 1990.

In 2013, the builder captured close to 40 percent retail market share in the U.S. and over 47 percent retail market share in Canada, according to a company news release.

Roadtrek offers a comprehensive lineup of products on various platforms and is the only manufacturer with two top selling vehicles in the list of top five models sold in North America.

“Roadtrek had a great season last year, we had tremendous success with the introduction of three new models to our product lineup: the CS Adventurous, 40th Anniversary edition, and TS Adventurous,” said Paul Cassidy, vice president of sales and service.

Like the RS-Adventurous, the CS-Adventurous is based on the 170-inch wheelbase regular Sprinter van so it’s 16 inches shorter than the extended version some other manufacturers use. That may not sound like much, but it can be the difference between squeezing into a regular parking spot or having to find two in a row.

An earlier story on the CS-Adventurous can be seen by clicking here.

The 40th Anniversary Edition is built on the Chevy Express 3500 van chassis and is a higher end model of one of the company’s best-selling lines, the 190 Popular.

Roadrek-Homeimage 15An earlier story on the 40th Anniversary edition can be seen by clicking here.

Roadtrek’s Touring Series (TS) Adventurous is a class leading vehicle that comes equipped with all the bells and whistles to make any travelers adventure as comfortable, easy and luxurious as possible, according to a company news release.

Roadtrek’s TS Adventurous is the first vehicle in Roadtrek’s line up to offer dark laminate cabinets. The charcoal-like color is accented with chrome pieces and true granite countertops that give the vehicle a rich interior tone.

An earlier story on the TS Adventurous can be seen by clicking here.

“We are proud to be at the top of the leaderboard in sales for Canada and the U.S. We will continue to lead the way with the best in engineering, customer service and warranty (five years) and we look forward to an exciting 2014.”

Last year not only brought about success for class B manufacturers, but the overall class B market continued to see growth as well with a 15 percent increase year-over-year.

“Dealers are recognizing the advantage of selling class B’s and are making more room on the sales floor for more models,” noted Cassidy.

“We have the best dealers in the business and they are a large reason why we continue to be so successful and for our continued high level of customer service”

Details

Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc.

With sales to the U.S. starting in 1983, Kitchener, Ontario-based Roadtrek expanded rapidly for the rest of the 1980s.

Roadtrek-Homeimage 10AIn 1990, Roadtrek became the best selling North American Class B motorhome according to statistics from U.S. Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA).

In 2006, Roadtrek built its 20,000th Class B motorhome, an achievement unequalled in the RV industry.

The first 10,000 took 24 years to build, the second 10,000 only eight years.

To go along with their 40th Anniversary, Roadtrek introduced a five year, no mileage, RV limited warranty (September 2013).

Address: 100 Shirley Avenue, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, N2B 2E1

Phone: (519) 745-1169 OR (888) ROADTREK (762-3873)

Website: roadtrek.com

Worth Pondering…

Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things.

—Frank A. Clark

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Five More Must-Have Louisiana Souvenirs

In an earlier post, I detailed Five Must-Have Louisiana Souvenirs. Take a piece of Louisiana on the road with you and tuck these five additional Bayou State souvenirs into your RV.

1. Louisiana-Made Hot Sauce

Since Cajuns like their food with a little kick it’s no surprise that there are numerous other hot sauces produced in Louisiana. The appropriately named Louisiana Hot Sauce, Crystal Hot Sauce, C’est Bon Gourmet Cajun Pepper Sauce, Bayou Butt Burner, and Cajun Power Sauce will bring a taste of Louisiana to your meals back in the RV.

Traditional Mardi Gras colors are purple, green, and gold colors. The purple symbolizes justice, the green represents faith, and the gold signifies power. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Traditional Mardi Gras colors are purple, green, and gold colors. The purple symbolizes justice, the green represents faith, and the gold signifies power. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

2. A King Cake Baby

King Cakes are a vibrant part of the Mardi Gras tradition with literally hundreds of thousands of King Cakes consumed every year. Inside every cake is a tiny baby (generally plastic now). Take at least one King Cake baby in the RV with you.

Originally, King Cakes were a simple ring of dough with a small amount of decoration. Today’s King Cakes are much more festive. After the rich Danish dough is braided and baked, the “baby” is inserted. The top of the ring or oval cake is then covered with delicious sugar toppings in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green, and gold.

In more recent years, some bakeries have been creative with stuffing and topping their cakes with different flavors of cream cheese and fruit fillings.

3. Mardi Gras Beads

Mardi Gras beads have been popularized for their widespread use on Fat Tuesday. Each year, crowds of people line up to snag as many beaded necklaces as their necks can hold.

During the late 1800s, inexpensive necklaces made of glass beads began to be tossed into the crowds by the parade krewes.

Over the years, other Mardi Gras souvenirs have also been passed out to the crowds during the parades such as plastic cups, toys, Frisbees, figurines, and doubloons. Despite all of these other souvenirs, bead necklaces remain the most popular trinket passed out during the celebration. Today, Mardi Gras beads can be found in various sizes, shapes, and colors.

The most popular size today is about thirty three inches long. They are also now made with cheaper and safer materials like plastic and aluminum rather than glass.

Traditional Mardi Gras beads are purple, green, and gold colors. The purple symbolizes justice, the green represents faith, and the gold signifies power.

Make sure you snag numerous Mardi Gras beads—they make for colorful decorations around the RV.

4. Café Du Monde Coffee and Chicory and Beignet

From Beignets to Café Au Lait, Café Du Monde has been a New Orleans tradition since 1862.

The Original Café Du Monde is a traditional coffee shop. Its menu consists of dark roasted Coffee and Chicory, Beignets, White and Chocolate Milk, and fresh squeezed Orange Juice.

Café Du Monde coffee is available in Coffee and Chicory, Coffee and Chicory Decaf, and French Roast.
Café Du Monde coffee is available in Coffee and Chicory, Coffee and Chicory Decaf, and French Roast.

The Café Du Monde Coffee and Chicory is traditionally served Au Lait, mixed half and half with hot milk. Chicory is the root of the endive plant. Endive is a type of lettuce. The root of the plant is roasted and ground. It is added to the coffee to soften the bitter edge of the dark roasted coffee. It adds an almost chocolate flavor to the Café Au Lait served at Café Du Monde.

Beignets are square French -style doughnuts, lavishly covered with powdered sugar. Beignets were brought to Louisiana by the Acadians. These were fried fritters, sometimes filled with fruit. Today, the beignet is a square piece of dough, fried and covered with powdered sugar.

Beignets are nearly impossible to find outside of Louisiana, so your best bet is to buy a box or two of the mix and make your own back in the RV. Café Du Monde coffee is available in Coffee and Chicory, Coffee and Chicory Decaf, and French Roast.

5. Louisiana Brewery Trail

It was only a matter of time before Louisiana’s craft breweries heeded the call to make flavorful beers that complement the state’s food culture. Many Louisianians’ first taste of craft beer came from Abita Brewing Company after opening for business in 1986. Abita beer is a staple in many Louisiana recipes and has become a favorite of chefs and eaters alike.

Louisiana Craft Beer
Louisiana Craft Beer

Now, amidst the American craft beer boom, malt and hops are flourishing along the bayous of Louisiana. Seven craft breweries are open for business, each unique in their efforts, their people and their beers, yet similar in their quests to create flavorful beers that pay tribute to Louisiana’s culinary traditions.

In the heart of Acadiana, Parish Brewing Company and Bayou Teche Brewing represent the soul of Cajun heritage. In Baton Rouge, Tin Roof Brewing Company plays a melody of hops that awaken the spirit of Louisiana’s capital city. Covington Brewhouse and Chafunkta Brewing Company join Abita Brewing Company on Lake Pontchartrain’s north shore.

And in the Big Easy, NOLA (New Orleans Lager and Ale) Brewing Company captures the essence of jazz, the heart of Mardi Gras, and the flavor of Louisiana life.

So while in Louisiana, drink like a local and take a six-pack or two in the RV with you.

Please Note: This is Part 22 of an on-going series on Louisiana Cuisine/Travel Ideas

Worth Pondering…

Way down yonder in New Orleans

In the land of dreamy scenes

There’s a garden of Eden

You know what I mean.

—Louis Armstrong 1901-1971

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Grand Design Delivers 1,000th Fifth Wheel

Middlebury, Indiana-based Grand Design RV announced the delivery of its 1,000th fifth-wheel to Camp-Land RV in Burns Harbor, Indiana.

Grand Design Delivers 1,000th Fifth Wheel (L-R) Dave Paschen, Co-Owner, Camp-Land RV; Pam Argostino, Co-Owner, Camp-Land RV; Rob Groover, Sales, Grand Design RV; Pat Paschen, Founder/Co-Owner, Camp-Land RV; Jeremiah Grubert, Sales, Grand Design RV; Al Paschen, Founder/Co-Owner, Camp-Land RV; Don Clark, President, Co-Owner, Grand Design RV; Bill Fenech, Co-Owner, Grand Design RV; Ron Fenech, Co-Owner, Grand Design RV
Grand Design Delivers 1,000th Fifth Wheel (L-R) Dave Paschen, Co-Owner, Camp-Land RV; Pam Argostino, Co-Owner, Camp-Land RV; Rob Groover, Sales, Grand Design RV; Pat Paschen, Founder/Co-Owner, Camp-Land RV; Jeremiah Grubert, Sales, Grand Design RV; Al Paschen, Founder/Co-Owner, Camp-Land RV; Don Clark, President, Co-Owner, Grand Design RV; Bill Fenech, Co-Owner, Grand Design RV; Ron Fenech, Co-Owner, Grand Design RV

“We are very pleased to announce that, in less than one year from our company’s beginning, Grand Design’s first production line has produced and shipped over 1,000 luxury, extended-stay fifth-wheels,” Don Clark, president and co-owner of Grand Design RV, said in a news release.

“According to Statistical Surveys, Grand Design has already climbed the rankings and has now become the 13th largest producer of fifth-wheels in the entire industry. We credit this accomplishment to our incredible work force and the pride and care they take in building our products, leading product designs and our dealer body comprised of the ‘who’s who’ of the finest dealers in the business.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Camp-Land RV,” continued Clark.

“Camp-Land and Grand Design share similar business philosophies such as ‘do what’s right,’ ‘take proper care of your retail customers’ and ‘be personally involved as owners in the day-to-day oversight of your business.’ Being in business for 52 years, it is obvious that Camp-Land has been doing something right for a long, long time.”

Marc Hauser, Grand Design’s general manager of the Solitude and Momentum brands, added, “In celebration of the delivery of our 1,000th unit, Camp-Land RV graciously hosted an open house on October 12.

The Solitude has helped get Grand Design RV off to a fast start in its first year. (Source: SBT File Photo/Robert Franklin)
The Solitude has helped get Grand Design RV off to a fast start in its first year. (Source: SBT File Photo/Robert Franklin)

Don Clark, Bill Fenech and Ron Fenech (owners of Grand Design) along with Grand Design Regional Sales Managers Rob Groover and Jeremiah Gruber were there to personally present the keys of the 1,000th fifth-wheel produced by Grand Design to the ownership and management team of Camp-Land.”

The company also reported that in about 30 days it will be opening a third production line that will add 130 new jobs.

Currently more than 250 workers are employed on the 67-acre campus.

The company is targeting four lines and a total of 500 employees by 2016, possibly sooner.

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Grand Design Recreational Vehicle Company

Grand Design RV is a privately owned company founded by close friends Don Clark and brothers Ron and Bill Fenech (each having over 25 years of experience in the RV industry).

Their careers have been devoted to leading some of the most successful companies in the RV industry, being part of the ownership team that led Keystone RV Company to be the largest travel trailer and fifth wheel company in the world.

Grand Design RV Company has over 400,000 square feet of manufacturing facilities located on 67 acres in the rural community of Middlebury, Indiana.

Address: 11333 County Road 2, Middlebury, IN 46540

Phone: (574) 825-8000

Website: granddesignrv.com

The Grand Design Solitude  features easy-to-clean floors and recliner seats among other amenities. (Source: SBT File Photo/Robert Franklin)
The Grand Design Solitude features easy-to-clean floors and recliner seats among other amenities. (Source: SBT File Photo/Robert Franklin)

Worth Pondering…

For those who never saw any of the Burma Shave signs, here is a quick lesson in our history of the 1930s and ’40s.

Before there were interstates, when everyone drove the old two-lane roads, Burma Shave signs would be posted all over the countryside in farmers’ fields. They were small red signs with white letters. Five signs, about 100 feet apart, each containing one line of a four-line couplet—and the obligatory fifth sign advertising Burma Shave, a popular shaving cream.

Here is one of the actual signs:

Speed was high

Weather was hot

Tires were thin

X marks the spot

BURMA SHAVE

Did this bring back any old memories?

If not, you’re merely a child.

If they do—then you’re old as dirt—LIKE ME!

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Photo Composition Rules: Breaking the rules

We’ve looked at ten rules or guidelines to follow in order to compose a better photo.

To convey a message with the photo, determine how you want to convey it and compose your image accordingly. This may or may not involve breaking the rules. Photo of the Colorado River looking upstream from Navajo Bridge in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

These rules have come about through learning what the human eye likes to see the best.

If we know what pleases the eyes of our viewers, we’re able to create a photo that will capture their imagination, and keep them coming back for another look.

It’s important to know these rules because they help us take better photos, but they are only a starting point.

From there we need to find our own way and develop a style that works for us.

You don’t have to follow any of the rules to end up with a quality photo.

What’s most important is that you make your choice for a reason. When you take a photo and choose where things are placed within the frame, know why you’re doing it.

If you’re just trying to take a pleasing photo, the rules are your friend.

If you’re trying to convey a message with the photo, determine how you want to convey it and compose your image accordingly. This may or may not involve breaking the rules, but you increase your chances of ending up with a compelling image if you choose a specific composition for a specific reason.

Following the rules most of the time is a fairly safe bet.

Sometimes though, the rules of composition are made to be broken.

However, a wise person once said that if you intend to break a rule you should learn it first to make sure breaking it will result in a more effective photo.

Remember, taking digital photos costs nothing; so go out and experiment, shoot a lot, and see what you come up with.

When you take a photo and choose where things are placed within the frame, know why you’re doing it. Photo above The Old Wine Truck at Red Rooster Winery in BC (British Columbia) Wine Country (Okanagan Valley). © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The more photos you take, the more likely you are to get a good one.

Don’t be afraid to take ten shots and edit out nine later.

The National Geographic magazine uses only one out of every 1,000 photos submitted.

It’s often said that the difference between a professional photographer and an amateur is that the professional throws more shots away.

What’s your favorite rule of composition?

What goes through your head each and every time you compose a shot?

Please Note: This is the twenty-second in a series of stories on Digital Photography and RVing

Worth Pondering…
There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.

—Ansel Adams

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Lock ‘N’ Roll Articulating Hitch Increases Towing Safety

According the National Highway Traffic Safety statistics there are 418 injuries, eight deaths, and more than 700 incidents of property damage caused by vehicles towing trailers, every week.

Lock n roll banner01Each year more than 20,000 people have needed medical attention for accidents involving trailers towed by passenger vehicles.

“It even costs the American economy almost $2 billion every year,” said Gregory Russell, the developer of the new Lock ‘N’ Roll latching system, in a news release.

“And it’s no surprise; the standard ball hitch that is most commonly used is difficult to attach, can pop off in than ideal conditions and can even appear secure when it’s not. It isn’t uncommon for a standard ball hitch to disconnect, en route, sending a loose trailer into traffic.”

Russell, a fifth generation blacksmith from Chicago, has been developing a solution to this deadly problem for years.

When designing the Lock ‘N’ Roll articulating trailer hitch, he utilized 360 degrees of rotation and three axis of movement, eliminating the danger caused by bumps and potholes. This allows trailers to be safely towed on uneven terrain, also making it ideal for off road adventuring, he explained.

“Lock ‘N’ Roll is made with a patented latching system that is far safer than a traditional ball hitch connection,” said Russell.

Lock ‘N’ Roll trailer hitches come in over 20 possible configurations to fit almost any type of vehicle and trailer.
Lock ‘N’ Roll trailer hitches come in over 20 possible configurations to fit almost any type of vehicle and trailer.

Once the latch plates are locked in place, Lock ‘N’ Roll will never pop off like ball hitches do. Everything is in plain view to eliminate any question of whether or not the trailer is hitched correctly.

Lock ‘N’ Roll hitches provides a very tight, close fitting connection that eliminates the “thunk and jerk” action of conventional hitches.

Nearly any terrain can be negotiated safely making this articulating hitch the ideal off road hitch, horse trailer hitch, boat hitch, RV hitch, and more.

The 360 degree rotation along with the left to right and up and down articulation allows fantastic maneuverability, especially when backing a trailer into position, making Lock ‘N’ Roll the best off road hitch, on road hitch, or wherever-you-wanna-go hitch.

The positively secured connection keeps you in control so minor mishaps on the road don’t turn into major accidents.

Not only is the Lock ‘N’ Roll a better and safer design, these trailer hitches are made using old world craftsmanship that imparts optimum strength into each, carefully manufactured hitch, according to the news release.

These are heavy duty products made of alloy steel parts and are built to withstand the uncertainties of travel, making the roads safer for everyone, he added.

Lock-N-Roll-AnimationThis is a heavy duty product made of alloy steel parts. These articulating on road, off road hitches and couplers are designed and manufactured by a family of blacksmiths who trace their skills back five generations.

Lock ‘N’ Roll trailer hitches come in over 20 possible configurations to fit almost any type of vehicle and trailer.

All units conform to the requirements of SAE standard J684 and are tested by independent labs.

Details

Lock ‘N’ Roll

Address: 2141 S. Spaulding Avenue, Chicago, IL 60623
Phone: (773) 277-2800 or (800) 399-5182 (toll free)

Website: locknroll.com

Worth Pondering…

Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.

—Virgil Thomson

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Atwood Introduces Made in America Power Jack Promotion

Elkhart, Indiana-based Atwood Mobile Products announces a new “Made in America” deluxe power jack promotion to celebrate the upcoming Independence Day holiday.

Atwood Made in USA Power Jack cover
Atwood Made in USA Power Jack cover

Atwood is flying the flag with a limited edition deluxe power jack head cover wrapped in the flag of the USA.

“This is a great product for veterans and anyone who wants to show their patriotic spirit not only on the 4th of July, but throughout the year,” said Trey Miller, director of sales, in a news release.  “Atwood power jacks are OEM proven, made with superior components, are tested to unmatched standards and are proudly made in America in Elkhart, Indiana.”

“We are really excited for this promotion to kick off.  This limited edition American flag power jack head looks great and it will truly be eye catching at the campground,” said Miller.

“We are also looking into additional themes to showcase on the jack heads in the months and years to come.”

Participating distributors will have these jacks available in June and into July to allow dealers to stock up for the 4th of July holiday season.

This is a limited edition and when the inventory is gone Atwood will not be producing any more until next year, Miller noted.

Details

Atwood Mobile Products, LLC

Atwood Mobile logoAtwood Mobile Products, LLC has been a world leader in designing, engineering, and manufacturing appliances and hardware for the RV industry for over 30 years.

Atwood has been manufacturing gas appliances since the acquisition of the Hemco Inc in 1964. Today, Atwood designs and manufactures lightweight ranges and cooktops, water heaters, furnaces, and LP and CO alarms.

Lightweight components make Atwood the natural choice for those applications that demand reliability but lighter weight.

Address: 1120 N. Main Street, Elkhart, IN 46514

Phone: (800) 546-8759 (U.S. only); (800) 825-4328 (Canada & U.S.)

Website: askforatwood.com

Worth Pondering…

“Where are we going, man?”

“I don’t know, but we gotta go.”

—Jack Kerouac, in On the Road

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And Still More May RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced five recall notices involving four recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Forest River, Spartan Motors Chassis, Fleetwood RV, and Gulf Stream Coach.

Forest River, Inc.

forest-RiverElkhart, Indiana-based Forest River, Inc. is recalling 9,526 model year 2013-2014 Forest River models Blue Ridge, Cardinal, Cherokee, Columbus, EVO, Georgetown, Flagstaff, Forester, Lexington, Puma, Rockwood, Sabre, Salem, Sandpiper, Sandstorm, Sierra, Stealth, Sunseeker, Wildcat, Wildwood, Work and Play and XLR; Coachmen models Brookstone, Catalina, Chaparral, Concord, Encounter, Freedom Express, Freelander, Leprechaun, Mirada, Pursuit, and Sportcoach; Prime Time models Avenger, Crusader, Lacrosse, Saniber, and Tracer; Palomino model Maverick Truck Camper; Cargo Mate model Eliminator and Shasta models Revere, Phoenix recreational vehicles manufactured from February 13, 2013 through April 18, 2013.

Due to a design change in the power awning motor assembly, the motor assembly screws may unknowingly shear.

If the motor assembly screws shear, it is possible that the awning can unfurl unexpectedly, either while the vehicle is at rest or while in transit, increasing the risk of personal injury or a vehicle crash.

Forest River will notify owners and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with motors of a different design. A notification schedule has not yet been provided. Owners may contact Forest River at 1-574-389-4600 or Dometic at 1-888-447-0003 for more information. Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed.

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.

Spartan Motors Chassis

Spartan-Chassis-Inc.Charlotte, Michigan-based Spartan Motors Chassis is recalling 2,694 model year 2006-2011 K2, and K3 and 2006-2010 MM motorhome chassis manufactured July 20, 2005, through December 17, 2010. The steering gear mounting brackets may crack and detach resulting in a loss of steering.

A loss of steering control may increase the risk of a crash.

Spartan will notify owners. Starting in mid-June 2013, dealers will install a replacement bracket or a reinforcement to the existing bracket. Until the remedy is available, owners may have their vehicle inspected at any Spartan service center. All repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on, or before, May 17, 2013.

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.

Fleetwood logoDecatur, Indiana-based Fleetwood RV, Inc. is recalling 196 model year 2013 Jamboree Sport Diesel, Providence, Tioga DSL and Tioga Ranger DSL; 2014 Excursion, Expedition, Jamboree Sport, Montara Commercial, Searcher Commercial, Southwind, Storm, Terra, and Tioga Ranger; and 2013-2014 Bounder, Bounder Classic, and Discovery recreational vehicles.

The vehicles are equipped with Weatherpro and 9100 series power awnings. Due to a design change in the power awning motor assembly, the motor assembly screws may unknowingly shear.

If the motor assembly screws shear, it is possible that the awning can unfurl unexpectedly, either while the vehicle is at rest or while in transit, increasing the risk of personal injury or a vehicle crash.

Fleetwood RV will notify owners and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with motors of a different design. Fleetwood RV has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Fleetwood RV Owner Relations at 1-800-509-3418 or Dometic at 1-888-447-0003 for more information. Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed.

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.

gulf-stream-logoNappanee, Indiana-based Gulf Stream Coach, Inc. is recalling 126 model year 2001 Ultra, Conquest, Independence, Ultra Supreme, Yellowstone, and Cavalier motorhomes with floorplans 6316 or 8325. The motorhomes were manufactured May 17, 2000, through December 31, 2000. A portion of the electrical wiring may not be properly secured. This condition may cause wear and possible heat development between the refrigerator coils and the wire.

A failure of the wiring could result in property damage, fire, or injury.

Gulf Stream will notify owners, and dealers will repair the motorhomes free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by May 30, 2013. Owners may contact Gulf Stream at 1-800-289-8787. Gulf Stream’s recall campaign number is 13WG-2000.

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.

gulf-stream-logoNappanee, Indiana-based Gulf Stream Coach, Inc. is recalling 27 model year 2013 Canyon Trail, Sedona, Ridgeline, Kingsport, and Trail Master recreational vehicle trailers manufactured February 13, 2013, through April 24, 2013. The vehicles are equipped with Weatherpro and 9100 series power awnings. Due to a design change in the power awning motor assembly, the motor assembly screws may unknowingly shear.

If the motor assembly screws shear, it is possible that the awning can unfurl unexpectedly, either while the vehicle is at rest or while in transit, increasing the risk of personal injury or a vehicle crash.

Gulf Stream will notify owners and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with motors of a different design. Gulf Stream has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Gulf Stream at 1-574-773-7761 or Dometic at 1-888-447-0003 for more information. Gulf Stream Coach’s recall number for this campaign is 13AW-0204.

Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed.

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

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Still More May RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced four recall notices involving three recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Dutchmen Manufacturing, Tiffin Motorhomes, and Heartland Recreational Vehicles.

Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc.

DutchmanGoshen, Indiana-based Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc. is recalling five model year 2013 Breckenridge recreational vehicles manufactured February 13, 2013, through April 9, 2013. If the awning installation sequence was not completely followed, the awning motor may unknowingly become damaged.

If motor damage has occurred, it is possible that the awning can unfurl unexpectedly, either while the vehicle is at rest or while in transit, increasing the risk of personal injury or a vehicle crash.

Dutchmen will notify owners and dealers will replace the affected motors with a design that is not subject to an out-of-sequence installation error. This will be done at no cost to the owner. Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed.

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.

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc.

tiffin_logoRed Bay, Alabama-based Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. is recalling 293 model year 2013 Breeze and Allegro motorhomes. If the awning installation sequence was not completely followed, the awning motor may unknowingly become damaged.

If motor damage has occurred, it is possible that the awning can unfurl unexpectedly, either while the motorhome is at rest or while in transit, increasing the risk of personal injury or a vehicle crash.

Tiffin will notify owners and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with a design that is not subject to an out-of-sequence installation error. Tiffin has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Tiffin at 1-256-356-8661 or Dometic at 1-888-447-0003 for more information. Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed.

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 Recreational Vehicles

HeartlandElkhart, Indiana-based Heartland Recreational Vehicles is recalling 890 model year 2013-2014 Big Country, Bighorn, Elk Ridge, Elk Ridge Express, Landmark, Prowler, Sundance, Sundance XLT, and Silverado fifth wheels and travel trailers manufactured February 13, 2013, through April 16, 2013. If the awning installation sequence was not completely followed, the awning motor may unknowingly become damaged.

If motor damage has occurred, it is possible that the awning can unfurl unexpectedly, either while the trailer is at rest or while in transit, increasing the risk of personal injury or a vehicle crash.

Heartland will notify owners and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with a design that is not subject to an out-of-sequence installation error. A notification schedule has not yet been provided.

Owners may contact Heartland Recreational Trailers at 1-888-262-5992 or Dometic at 1-888-447.0003 for more information. Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed. Heartland’s recall campaign number is 99-01-11.

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 Recreational Vehicles

HeartlandElkhart, Indiana-based Heartland Recreational Vehicles is recalling 55 model year 2013-2014 Sundance travel trailers, model 322RES, manufactured September 13, 2012, through April 30, 2013. The axles are mounted too far forward on the frame which may cause improper trailer balance while towing.

Improper trailer balance may lead to uncontrollable trailer sway, increasing the risk of a crash, property damage, and/or personal injury.

Heartland will notify owners and the trailers will be returned to the factory where axles will be moved rearward, free of charge. Owners may contact Heartland Recreational Trailers’ Warranty/Service Department by email at parts@heartlandrvs.com, or by phone at 1-877-262-8032. Heartland’s recall campaign number is 99-01-12.

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.

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