Still More September RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced 4 recall notices involving 4 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Dutchmen Manufacturing, Heartland Recreational Vehicles, Columbia Northwest, and Winnebago Industries.

Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc.

DutchmanGoshen, Indiana-based Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc. is recalling 168 model year 2014 Voltage recreational vehicles manufactured July 18, 2013, through August 20, 2013. The vehicles may not have the clamp installed correctly at the generator fuel filter.

Without a correctly installed clamp, the fuel line may become disconnected, resulting in a fuel leak, which could lead to an increased risk of fire, personal injury and property damage.

Dutchmen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and correct the installation of the clamp, as needed, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin in September 2013.

Owners may contact Dutchmen Customer Service by calling 1-574-537-0700.

Dutchmen’s recall number is 13-197.

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.

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC

HeartlandElkhart, Indiana-based Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC is recalling 10 model year 2013 Cyclone 3110 fifth wheel travel trailers manufactured May 14, 2012, through June 29, 2012.

The vehicles were manufactured with incorrect Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) information printed on the Federal Certification Label. The actual Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is 16,000 pounds but was listed as 18,000 pounds on the label. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to Part 567, “Certification Regulation.”

Towing a vehicle loaded beyond the specified weight rating may result in a tire or suspension failure leading to poor vehicle handling and an increased risk of a crash.
Heartland will notify owners and will provide a replacement label, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin by early October.

Owners may contact Heartland at 1-888-262-5992.

Heartland’s recall number is 99-01-14.

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.

Columbia Northwest, Inc.

aliner1Mt Pleasant, Pennsylvania-based Columbia Northwest, Inc. is recalling 4,565 model year 2006-2013 Aliner travel trailers manufactured January 1, 2006, through April 25, 2013. 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 at the time will then be locked in and be unable to exit the vehicle without using the emergency exit, increasing the risk of injury.
Columbia will notify owners, and Fastec will coordinate the inspection and replacement of the cylinders, as needed, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin by early November 2013.

Owners may contact Columbia at 1-724-423-7440 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.

Winnebago Industries Inc.

winnebago-quality-circle-award-255x144Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. is recalling 164 model year 2013-2014 Aspect and Itasca Cambria (models 730C and 730J) motorhomes manufactured March 12, 2012, through May 31, 2013. The child seat tether is mounted in an improper position.

This improper position does not allow the child seat to be used properly and in the event of a crash, it will not allow the child seat to properly protect the occupant, which increases the risk of injury.

Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will remove the child tether, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin in early October 2013.

Owners may contact Winnebago at 1-800-537-1885 or or@winnebagoind.com.

Winnebago’s campaign number is 130.

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 twenty-third in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls.

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Columbia Northwest Buys Intellectual Property for Somerset Pop-Ups

Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania-based Columbia Northwest Inc./Aliner recently acquired the rights to important intellectual property for their new line of Somerset camping trailers formerly produced by FTCA Inc. as the Coleman line.

The acquisition ensures that Somerset trailers will boast the same features, sizes, and names as familiar Coleman models, according to a company news release.

Columbia Northwest introduced the Somerset line of pop-up camping trailers at the 42nd Annual Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show, November 15-19, 2010.

The Somerset name is in recognition of Somerset, Pennsylvania, where Coleman Camping Trailers were manufactured for more than four decades. Following the sudden closure of the plant in early 2011, Columbia Northwest, located in the adjacent county, took action to keep the products, and their heritage alive, according to Columbia Northwest CEO Ned Collins.

Somerset is currently available in five models—three in the Grand Tour Touring Series (Sun Valley, Utah, and Niagara), and two in the Evolution Off-Road Series (E2 and E3).

Columbia Northwest said it “remains dedicated to offering its customers the same trusted service and high-quality products they have continually provided for over 30 years.”

Negotiations for intellectual property have been nearly a year in the making.

The acquisition pertains to trademarks, copyrighted material, patents, and product documentation as well as historic and current engineering documentation.

These new materials will allow Columbia Northwest to grow the Somerset product line and expand on its role as an innovative leader within the industry.

2013 Somerset Utah (Source: toppersrvs.com)

“Having the historical data and current documents allows us to replicate past models and develop future models in a way that builds on the familiar heritage of a trusted product,” says Collins.

“This significant acquisition will help to ensure that we are moving in the right direction towards innovation and customer satisfaction.”

The names of the product series and models will reflect that of the historically similar models.

For former Coleman enthusiasts, this means that the Utah trailer of 15 years ago is still the same trusted product. In keeping their brand integrity top-of-mind, Columbia Northwest believes that this acquisition will assist them in developing their product lines and series even further.

“We are excited to create the next chapter at Columbia Northwest,” says Allan Reeping, former Coleman sales manager and current Aliner/Somerset director of sales and marketing.

“Our loyal customers can be assured that while the brand is evolving, we will never stray from our commitment to providing them with only the highest-quality products and service.”

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Columbia Northwest Inc.

2013 Somerset E2 (Source: rvs.oodle.com)

For more than 25 years, Columbia Northwest has manufactured the Aliner from its plant in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania. As the original A-frame pop up camper, the Aliner sets up in 30 seconds, is lightweight enough to be towed by almost any vehicle, and can be easily stored and maintained.

Aliner models available include Alite, Scout, Ranger, Sport, Classic, Expedition, and Titanium Edition.

Factory tours are available Monday through Thursday at 2:00 p.m. except major holidays and the occasional plant shut-down. No appointment is necessary, but call ahead to confirm the plant will be open.

Location: Intersection of Kecksburg Road and Route 982 (less than 150 yards from the Kecksburg UFO monument)

Address: 1297 Kecksburg Road, Mt Pleasant, PA 15666

Phone: (724) 423-7440

Website: somersetrv.com and aliner.com

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The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.”
—Alan Ashley-Pitt

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Aliner Offers Dual Storage Box for Pop-Up Campers

Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania-based Columbia Northwest announced that the company is now offering a newly designed, optional storage compartments for its Aliner line of A-frame pop-up campers.

By offering the only dual box-tray compartment, Aliner is “looking to fill an integral gap in the camper market and set the standard for future development in the industry,” according to a news release.

The new, removable storage box offers increased storage and versatility with 30 cubic feet of additional storage. This 100 percent waterproof compartment can be removed from its frame, revealing a storage tray for bulky or dirty items.

The company said this feature is unique to Aliner, as other competitors offer either a box or tray, but not both on the same camper.

Aliner's new storage compartments. (Source: aliner.com)

“As a company dedicated to constantly improving and upgrading our products, we are proud to offer the first dual box-tray storage compartment,” said Ned Collins, CEO of Columbia Northwest.

“As we became aware of the strong consumer demand for such a product, we decided that we could best utilize our technology to provide a cutting-edge option that is unique to the camper industry.”

The Aliner storage box also features lockable full-length, top access and side access doors with an interior light. Removal and re-installation of the storage compartment takes less than 10 minutes, according to the company.

Every Aliner, no matter which model you choose, comes with the kind of innovative design and quality construction that makes it easy to own, easy to tow, and easy to camp.

Aliner line of A-frame pop-up campers include:

  • Expedition – largest Aliner model
  • Classic – the original Aliner design
  • Sport – 2.5 feet shorter than Classic
  • Ranger – an economical Aliner
  • Scout – for tent campers who need more than a tent
  • Alite – smallest, lightest Aliner model

Aliner recently introduced their Titanium Edition models, available for Expedition, Classic, and Sport models. Titanium Edition adds high gloss graphite exterior, bold black trim, premium two-tone wheels, and distinct graphics that sets them apart from others.

The Titanium Package includes:

  • Three premium two-tone wheels
  • LED interior lighting that extends battery life
  • Additional floor night light allows you to enter, exit, and move around the camper safely in the dark without turning main interior lights on and waking your partner
  • Removable and washable baggage door liners allow you to keep wet and dirty items separate from the interior of your storage compartment

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Columbia Northwest

For more than 25 years, Columbia Northwest has manufactured the Aliner from its plant in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania.

As the original A-frame pop up camper, the Aliner sets up in 30 seconds, is lightweight enough to be towed by almost any vehicle, and can be easily stored and maintained.

Aliner factory tours at Monday through Thursday at 2:00 p.m. except major holidays and the occasional plant shut-down. No appointment is necessary, but call ahead to confirm the plant will be open.

Aliner is located at the intersection of Kecksburg Road and Route 982.

Address: 1297 Kecksburg Road, Mt Pleasant, Pennsylvania 15666

Phone: (724) 423-7440

Website: aliner.com

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Living a good life is like shaving.

No matter how good you do it today, you still have to do it tomorrow.

—Anon

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Rollin’ On TV Launch Contest with Winegard

Mattapoisett, Massachusetts-based Rollin’ On TV, together with its advertising partner, Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard Company has launched a multi-media, television/Internet contest with the prize being a Winegard, fully automatic, portable, CarryOut satellite TV antenna.

The contest began February 11 and will end March 18. To enter the drawing simply log onto the Rollin’ On TV website, go to the contest page, and enter name and contact information and you could be watching TV anytime, anywhere with your own Winegard, fully automatic, portable CarryOut satellite antenna.

According to a news release, the winner will be drawn on March 21 and posted on Rollin’ On TV’s website March 24.

The contest is being promoted on TV with a full 30-second ad during the show along with a full page promotion on the website.

Current Episode 

On this week’s program, Rollin’ On TV is in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania meeting with Ned Collins the CEO of Aliner and learn all about the company and those unique little Aliner camping trailers.

If you’re looking for a small, fold-up camping trailer then an Aliner may just be what you need. It is light and compact but not cramped, plus it has all the amenities and features one would expect in a trailer this size and then some. Best of all, it can be set up in around 30 seconds. Yes seconds, not minutes.

This week’s episode also checks out the Dodge model pickup and the Jayco Eagle 322 trailer.

Details

Rollin’ On TV

Rollin’ On TV produces a RV lifestyle television program that airs in millions of homes across the country both on cable and network stations plus the Dish Network. For stations and times visit the website and click on the schedule page.

Address: PO Box 322, 14 Pearl Street, Mattapoisett, Ma. 02739

Phone: (508) 951-5385

Website: rollinontv.com

Winegard Company

Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard Company is a respected world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative antenna products for satellite and terrestrial communications.

Since its founding in 1954, Winegard’s pioneering solutions have shaped the industry for home, recreational vehicle, truck, marine, medical, and automotive antennas.

The company’s 2-way VSAT antennas provide real-time broadband solutions for extreme and remote environments in support of the oil and gas industries, as well as military and emergency response teams.

Winegard is a privately-owned company that designed the first antenna for the U.S. It has designed more than 1,000 antenna models and does custom antenna design and development work.

Address: 3000 Kirkwood Street, Burlington, IA 52601

Phone: (800) 288-8094

Website: winegard.com

Worth Pondering…

Just do it!

“Would have, could have, should have.” Famous words indeed.

It just brings us back to the old adage—we only regret those things we DIDN’T do.

So this weekend, make a promise to yourself that you will do what you’ve wanted to do.  Whether it’s going on that hike you’ve been talking about, taking that tour of the ice cream factory, or saying something you feel compelled to say…

We have no way of knowing when it’s too late, but one day it WILL be. So as Nike wisely counseled us, Just Do It!

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Go RVing Launches National RV Giveaways

Multi-faced partnerships play a big role in Go RVing 2012 plans, including two national giveaways, a first for Go RVing.

Teaming up with Great American Country Network and Outdoor Channel, each sweepstakes will include a grand prize of an RV giveaway courtesy of Lance Camper Manufacturing Corporation and Columbia Northwest, respectively, according to a RV Industry Association news release.

In a January lottery of RVIA members who offered a unit, Lance Camper was selected to provide a 2012 Lance Ultralight 1685 travel trailer as part of “The Ultimate Country Music RV Giveaway” grand prize, which also includes two VIP tickets and backstage access to the CMA Festival in Nashville in June.

In addition, Lance Camper will deliver a similar unit to Nashville for the filming of two 60-second RV camping vignettes featuring CMA recording artist Chuck Wicks, who performed at Outlook 2012 during the National RV Trade Show last December. The custom spots were filmed February 1 and will air March 1 to April 15 while the sweepstakes is open for entries.

2012 Lance Ultralight 1685 travel trailer

As part of the partnership, Go RVing will also have a branded On-The-Road-Guide to Summer Hot Spots special section in the June People Country magazine. With a country music theme, the six-page custom section will promote RV travel and the sweepstakes.  Visitors to Great American Country will also see Go RVing interactive banner ads, information on RVing, and details about the sweepstakes.

A second sweepstakes prize lottery was also held in mid-January, and Columbia Northwest was chosen to provide a 2012 Somerset or 12SD off-road folding camping trailer as the grand prize in the “Spring Fever” sweepstakes with the Outdoor Channel.

Four custom vignettes featuring network talent Pat Reeve and Nicole Jones, hosts of the hunting show Driven, and angler, Mark Davis, host of Big Water Adventures, will begin airing February 27 through the sweepstakes drawing on April 30.

Outdoor Channel will also promote the advantages of RV travel to their audience through their website, targeted e-mails, and their social media outlets.

Have Alite, will travel...anywhere. Alite is Aline's smallest, lightest model and can be towed by just about anything, including subcompacts, smart cars, even motorcycles. (Credit: aliner.com)

Go RVing sweepstakes entrants will be encouraged to opt in for information from participating Go RVing dealers, manufacturers, and campgrounds offer another source of 2012 local consumer leads.

“Respected media partners that offer a full integration of our message across all platforms of communication—TV, print and online—offer us a great value for our advertising dollar,” said James Ashurst, RVIA’s vice president of public relations and advertising, “because they present the Go RVing message in conjunction with talent that the audience already trusts and relates to.”

Details

Go RVing

Website: gorving.com

Lance Camper Manufacturing Corporation

Website: lancecamper.com

Columbia Northwest

Website: aliner.com

Great American Country  

Website: gactv.com

Outdoor Channel

Website: outdoorchannel.com

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Let’s Go RVing! Moss is starting to grow on my non-rolling stone! It is definitely time to get back in the RV and out on the open road.

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Columbia Northwest introduces new line of pop-ups

Columbia Northwest, with more than 25 years of making the Aliner, introduced the Somerset line of pop-up camping trailers at the 42nd Annual Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show.

The Somerset name is in recognition of Somerset, Pennsylvania, where Coleman Camping Trailers were manufactured for more than four decades. Following the sudden closure of the plant in early 2011, Columbia Northwest, located in the adjacent county, took action to keep the products, and their heritage alive, said CEO Ned Collins in a recent news release.

“By hiring former employees of the plant, and working closely with many key dealers around the country, we were able to take much of what made their campers such an industry-leader for so many years—quality construction, simple set-up, and a strong dealer network—and make it part of the Somerset line of camping trailers,” said Collins.

“In many ways, the Somerset line will be very familiar to a lot of people,” said Allan Reeping, sales manager of tent campers for Columbia Northwest. “We stayed very true to the standard features, floor plans, and design that customers have always valued.”

A total of six models, ranging in size from 8 feet to 14 feet, will be manufactured as part of the initial Somerset line. Two of those models were unveiled September 15 at the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show in Hershey.

Have Alite, will travel...anywhere. Alite is Aline's smallest, lightest model and can be towed by just about anything, including subcompacts, smart cars, even motorcycles. (Credit: aliner.com)

Stoltzfus RV and Marine, a long-time Aliner and Coleman dealer joined Columbia Northwest to make the introduction.

“It’s an exciting time for dealers and customers,” says Joe Hendrickson, general manager at Stoltzfus RV and Marine. “The introduction of Somerset means there are more quality options than ever before to enjoy the outdoors with friends and family.”

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Columbia Northwest

For more than 25 years, Columbia Northwest has manufactured the Aliner from its plant in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania. As the original A-frame pop up camper, the Aliner sets up in 30 seconds, is lightweight enough to be towed by almost any vehicle, and can be easily stored and maintained. The Aliner models available include Alite, Scout, Ranger, Sport, Classic, Expedition, and Somerset.

This is The Classic, the model that started it all. All other Aliner models are variations of this original design. Classic earned its name by satisfying customers for over 30 years. It's not the largest or smallest. It's not the heaviest or lightest. It's what Classic owners like to call "just right." (Credit: aliner.com)

Aliner factory tours at Monday through Thursday at 2 p.m. except major holidays and the occasional plant shut-down. No appointment is necessary, but call ahead to confirm the plant will be open. Aliner is located at the intersection of Kecksburg Road and Route

Website: aliner.com

Address: 1297 Kecksburg Road, Mt Pleasant, Pennsylvania 15666

Phone: (724) 423-7440

Worth Pondering…
A happy life is not built up of tours abroad and pleasant holidays, but of little clumps of violets noticed by the roadside, hidden away almost so that only those can see them who have God’s peace and love in their hearts; in one long continuous chain of little joys, little whispers from the spiritual world, and little gleams of sunshine on our daily work.

—Edward Wilson

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