Dometic Acquires Atwood Mobile Products

Dometic Group, a global leader of leisure products for the recreational vehicle, marine, truck, and automotive-based industries, announced that it has signed an exclusive purchase agreement with Elkhart, Indiana-based Atwood Mobile Products LLC.

DometicThis acquisition will complement and further diversify Dometic’s existing product offerings and strengthen the company’s global footprint, according to a Dometic Group news release.

Atwood is a global provider in designing, engineering, and manufacturing appliances and hardware for the RV, on-/off-Highway and marine industries for over 50 years.

“The key rationale behind this important acquisition is that it will expand our product range offered to our North American and global customers,” said Roger Johansson, president and CEO of Dometic Group.

“With Atwood as part of our group, we will be able to offer high quality water heaters, ventilation technology, windows and doors, innovative furnaces, and more—products which have not been included in our present North American offering.”

Atwood’s primary markets are North America and Australia. The company has 775 employees and annual sales of approximately $200 million.

“Atwood has a strong set of offerings and a reputation for providing high quality products and accessories.” says Frank Marciano, president of Dometic Americas.

“Combined, we will be able to offer our global customers a great complement to our current range, access to our global exceptional service teams and ultimately greater value.”

“With Dometic, we have found a partner that gives us more growth opportunities in the markets we serve,” said Tim Stephens, CEO and president of Atwood Mobile Products.

“Together, we will be able to offer a full range of complementary appliances and equipment that will enhance our customers’ comfort when away from home.”

Atwood aircommandDometic Group’s global revenue, on a rolling 12 months, after the acquisition will amount to approximately $1.4 billion and the number of employees will increase to 7,200.

Terms of the potential acquisition were not disclosed. The acquisition is pending governmental regulatory review.

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Dometic Corporation

With over 80 years in the RV industry, Dometic Corporation has become a leader in manufacturing innovative, high-quality RV products that enhance the living space in your recreational vehicle.

Whether you are looking for an RV refrigerator, air conditioner, awning, or toilet, Dometic is a brand you can trust.

Address: 2320 Industrial Parkway, Elkhart, Indiana 46516

Phone: (574) 294-2511

RV Customer Support: (800) 544-4881 (toll free)

Website: www.dometic.com

Atwood Mobile Products, LLC

Atwood Mobile logoAtwood Mobile Products, LLC has been a world leader in designing, en gineering, 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, refrigerators, 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: www.atwoodmobile.com

Worth Pondering…

But do not ask me where I am heading, As I travel in this limitless world Where every step I take is my home.

—Eihei Dogen

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Atwood Mobile Introduces New Line of Power Jacks

Elkhart, Indiana-based Atwood Mobile Products LLC announced the introduction of a new line of power jacks, the Premier Performance Series.

New Robofoot on Atwood power jack
New Robofoot on Atwood power jack

The new models come in 3,000-pound and 4,000-pound tongue weight ratings and are available in either black or white.

According to a company news release the Performance Series will replace the current Deluxe Series.

The new jacks will “maintain the same high standards” of the Deluxe Series, while providing many additional features including a bubble level, brighter LED light, new aerodynamic outdoor grade cover, five-year limited warranty, full-color retail friendly box, and the Robofoot, a new self-retracting, and extending 4,000-pound rated foot.

“We have been working diligently to develop this new line of jacks for some time now. We were very cautious to ensure that it not only met, but exceed the high standards of the previous Deluxe Series, which has been a mainstay for many years,” said Trey Miller, director of aftermarket sales.

“We are also proud to say that it is still made in the U.S. at our chassis hardware plant in Elkhart.”

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Atwood Mobile Products, LLC

Atwood 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, refrigerators, 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: www.askforatwood.com

Worth Pondering…

But do not ask me where I am heading, As I travel in this limitless world Where every step I take is my home.

—Eihei Dogen

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Atwood Refrigerators Win 2013 Trailer Life Reader’s Choice Award

Elkhart, Indiana-based Atwood Mobile Products line of helium refrigerators has been awarded a 2013 Trailer Life Readers’ Choice Award. Atwood-Helium-Refrigerator-Award-336x330

“We are very pleased to be presented with a 2013 Trailer Life Readers’ Choice Award,” said Fay Flournoy, marketing manager for Atwood, in a news release.

“What makes this extra special is that it is voted on by the people who use these products day in and day out. This is yet another example illustrating Atwood’s a trusted provider offering outstanding quality and value to the RV refrigeration market and will be for many years to come.”

Conducted online at trailerlife.com, the Readers’ Choice Awards allowed thousands of readers to vote for their most-desirable RV related products.

According to information on trailerlife.com, “To tap into that vast body of knowledge, we launched the Trailer Life Readers’ Choice Awards to learn more about our readers and what they value, as well as finding out what vehicles, destinations, and products make life on the road easier and more enjoyable.”

In addition to utilizing a Helium based cooling system strategically engineered to minimize excessive heat while providing superior durability and performance, the Atwood line of helium refrigerators features a truly modern design with LED cabinet lighting, blue tinted door shelves, and a standard door ajar alarm, said Flournoy.

Screen-Shot-2013-12-04-at-10.44.41-AMIn addition, an integrated tilt sensor provides a visual cue for the consumer to ensure maximum performance of their refrigerator.

The Atwood Helium Refrigerators are available in two popular sizes—an 8-cubic-foot class and a 7-cubic-foot class, which fits in a 6-cubic-foot cutout, with left or right swing door, and an available fan for slideout installations.

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Atwood Mobile Products, LLC

Atwood 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, refrigerators, 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…

But do not ask me where I am heading, As I travel in this limitless world Where every step I take is my home.

—Eihei Dogen

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Fan-Tastic Vent Produce 3 Million Fans

This summer marks an unprecedented milestone for Fan-Tastic Vent.

Fan-Tastic Vent Logo4C-1In the coming weeks Fan-Tastic will produce its 3 millionth fan—a mark that has never been achieved with this type of product, according to a news release.

In 1984, Fan-Tastic Vent was founded by the late Stephen A. Milks and David C. Struck. Milks designed and patented the first high powered vent fan for the RV industry and his invention continues to be at the core of Fan-Tastic Vent products.

In 2010, Fan-Tastic Vent became part of the Atwood Mobile Products family and continues to overwhelming be the high powered fan of choice for manufacturers and the aftermarket, said Trey Miller, director of aftermarket sales for Atwood and Fan-Tastic Vent.

“We are all very excited to celebrate this impressive milestone.  Fan-Tastic Vent is one of the best known and utilized products in the industry and rightfully so,” said Miller.

Fantastic 3 millionth vent
Fantastic 3 millionth vent

“It truly shows that quality, service, innovation, and providing a product that is made in the USA continue to be at the core of consumers buying decisions.”

Fan-Tastic Vent will offer special incentives for the consumer who obtains the 3 millionth fan, which will be indicated by the corresponding logo on the vent dome lid and instructions on how to obtain their prizes.

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Fan-Tastic Vent

The core of the Fan-Tastic Vent system is a powerful 12-inch, 10-blade rotary fan that works with a slightly open window to create a balanced airflow.

It is designed for maximum air exchange, minimum sound levels, and power consumption. Fresh, clean, natural air is pulled in. Hot, stale, stuffy air is pushed out.

Fan-Tastic Vent can reduce the use of air conditioning allowing you to breathe natural, fresh ambient outside air.
Fan-Tastic Vent is light weight, compact, bug resistant, durable, and seals tight when not in use. The sealed motor operates at variable or 3-speeds depending on the model for selected performance levels.

Installs in minutes and fits the standard existing opening provided by most recreational vehicle manufacturers.

Address: 201 E. Simonton Street, Elkhart, IN 46514

Phone: (800) 521-0298 (toll free)

Website: fantasticvent.com

Worth Pondering…

Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.

—John Ruskin

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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.

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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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Atwood Air Command A/C Units Are Available

Elkhart, Indiana-based Atwood Mobile Products LLC announces the availability and shipment of its new Australian-designed Air Command line of high-performance air conditioners.

Atwood Mobile logoThe Atwood AirCommandair conditioner is designed to quietly deliver the class leading performance with better function and more features than anything on the market today, according to a company news release.

The Air Command line is available in ducted and non-ducted versions to Atwood’s OEM partners and nationwide aftermarket distribution network.

Atwood said that lab tests demonstrate that the Air Command has distinct advantages, which “challenge traditional standards the industry uses to brand Btu performance.” Units are listed as 16K Btu and 18K Btu equivalent.

“It wouldn’t make sense to brand our 16K equivalent model as a 13.5K if it outperforms the leading 15K,” said Director of Sales Bill Martin, RV OEM, noting that Air Command models easily retrofit into existing 13.5K and 15K Btu applications.

“In real world terms, Air Command uses drastically less energy input while providing more cooling output. Our 16K equivalent models are so energy efficient that we have been able to operate them via a single 2kW generator.”

Martin added that Air Command units also reduce noise level with assistance from V-Flow, a proprietary air distribution method.

“You have to hear these units in person to believe just how quiet they really are,” he said.

Atwood aircommandTrey Miller, director of aftermarket sales, noted, “There’s no question that Air Command is progressive, featuring 16K and 18K equivalent performance, but dealers and OEMs want to know about reliability, durability and serviceability. Air Command may be a new name to the U.S. market, but it’s nearly 80% of the market in Australia and has been a leading supplier there since 1978.”

Air Command models are available with black or white shrouds and feature independent dual motors, a programmable digital thermostat with energy saving sleep timer and convenient digital remote control. 18K Btu equivalent models feature a heat pump as standard equipment.

All units feature Atwood’s two-year warranty and are serviceable at over 1,800 certified Atwood service centers across the U.S. and Canada.

Specifications include:

AC-135           AC-150

BTU Rating                            13,500             15,000

Installed Weight                     84 pounds       88 pounds

Air Movement                        360 CFM         360 CFM

Heat Pump                              —                    Standard

Thermostat                              Digital             Digital

IR Remote Control                 Standard         Standard

Warranty                                 2 years             2 years

Atwood Air Command A/C - bottom view
Atwood Air Command A/C – bottom view

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Atwood Mobile Products, LLC

Atwood 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…

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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Atwood Introduces On-Demand Water Heater

Designed for use in recreational vehicles, Atwood Mobile Products’ On-Demand Water Heaters (ODWH) provides a continuous hot water experience.

Atwood Mobile logoAvailable in your choice of 45,000 or 50,000 BTU models, the high output burners are powerful enough to instantly heat and deliver a full flow of continuous hot water.

Best of all, it works just like home—simply turn on the water and mix cold to reach your desired temperature.

Over the past several months, Atwood has placed on-demand water heaters into retail consumer units for extensive real world testing, according to in a news release.

“These units were strategically located throughout the United States in order to expose them to a wide range of temperatures and conditions. Feedback from retail consumers using these test units has been extremely positive,” said Fay Flournoy, marketing associate.

“The Atwood ODWH is available in a 50,000-Btu model, which provides up to 50 percent more Btu output than any other large production unit on the market today.”

The Atwood ODWH offers the heating power and technology necessary to provide the comfort and ease of use of a residential shower in the customers coach.
Exclusive to the Atwood ODWH is a modulation valve that senses the flow of incoming water which allows the unit to adjust the burner flame based on hot water demand.

This is coupled with the fact that the Atwood ODWH can be installed in nearly any current water heater opening without any cutting or sidewall alterations.

How On-Demand Works

  1. Hot water tap is turned on
  2. Flow sensor detects flow of cold water coming in
  3. The burner is automatically ignited
  4. Water is instantly heated up as it circulates through the heat exchanger and out to the tap
Atwood Mobile Products’ On-Demand Water Heaters (ODWH) front view
Atwood Mobile Products’ On-Demand Water Heaters (ODWH) front view

An on-demand water heater does not use a tank, thus eliminates up to 115 pounds of dead water weight.

A flow controlled valve adjusts the burner input from 16,000 – 45,000/50,000 BTUs based on water flow rate (The slower the flow, the less heat that is needed). This provides for optimal operating efficiency.

Benefits of Atwood Mobile Products’ On-Demand Water Heaters (ODWH) include:

Performance – Class leading 45 and 50k BTU high output burners deliver more hot water, more days of the year

Operation – No customer training needed; turn on HOT and add cold to get desired temperature—just like home

Continuous hot water – No more RV showers; hot water is only limited by the fresh water supply

Save weight – No tank saves up to 100 pounds of unnecessary water weight

Energy efficient – Only uses energy when hot water is demanded

One size fits all – Designed to easily fit the rough opening for any brand of RV water heater

The Atwood ODWH is available in the aftermarket through major distributors and to OEM customers.

Atwood Mobile Products’ On-Demand Water Heaters (ODWH) with open door
Atwood Mobile Products’ On-Demand Water Heaters (ODWH) with open door

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Atwood Mobile Products, LLC

Atwood 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…

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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Keystone RV Introduces Atwood Helium Refrigerators

Elkhart, Indiana-based Atwood Mobile Products LLC recently launched the industry’s only RV refrigerator that utilizes helium in the cooling system and an integrated tilt sensor.

Atwood Helium Refrigerators

Atwood Mobile Products announces that the Atwood Helium Refrigerator is now standard equipment in Keystone RV’s Bullet, Passport, and Hornet product lines.

“As the name suggests, helium gas has replaced the hydrogen traditionally found in gas absorption refrigerators,” said Fayette Flournoy, Atwood Mobile Products spokesperson in a news release.

“Helium allows the cooling system to run at a lower temperature minimizing stress that can be caused by using a traditional gas absorption refrigerator in an out of level situation. An exclusive integrated tilt sensor also provides a visual cue to the consumer showing if the refrigerator is in an out of level situation.”

Atwood helium refrigerators are available in 7- and 8-cubic-foot sizes, and are also available in the aftermarket through major distributors around the country.

“While both models provide the largest cubic foot of storage in their class, Atwood helium refrigerators are designed to fit other brands traditional 6- and 8-cubic-foot cabinet openings,” said Flournoy.

Intuitive “PULL” handles make it easy to open the first time.

“Along with class leading storage, they also boast standard upscale features including built-in door ajar alarm, designer blue crisper bins and LED lights, intuitive door handles, and a modern display panel.”

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Helium Technology

The Atwood refrigerator uses a gas absorption system, but has replaced commonly used Hydrogen with nonflammable Helium. This was achieved by modifying portions of the cooling system and varying the charging pressure to compensate for the larger helium molecules.

Helium Refrigerators

Atwood Helium Refrigerators are designed to perform where traditional RV refrigerators fail. When used in an out of level situation, traditional RV refrigerators with hydrogen gas in the cooling system can generate excessive heat and compromise system integrity. Atwood refrigerators utilize a helium based cooling system strategically engineered to minimize excessive heat while providing superior durability and performance.

Upscale Features

Modern design, blue LED cabinet lights, blue tinted door shelves, and a standard door ajar alarm.

Integrated Tilt Sensor

The tilt sensor protects the user, with a visual, from potential hazards attributed to prolonged operation at severe angles of inclination.

Provides a visual cue for the consumer to ensure maximum performance of their refrigerator.

Popular Sizes

7- and 8-cubic-foot class sizes available with left or right swing door, and available fan for slide room applications.

Atwood Mobile Products LLC

Headquartered in Elkhart, Indiana, Atwood Mobile Products is a leading designer and manufacturer of a broad range of appliance, chassis hardware, door, window, aluminum, ventilation, and electronic products for recreation vehicles, specialty vehicles, utility vehicles, manufactured housing, and associated niche markets.

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

Phone: (800) 825-4328 (toll free Canada and US)

Website: askforatwood.com

Worth Pondering…

And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

—Steve Jobs

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More June RV Manufacturer Recalls & Safety Notice

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced recall notices involving three recreational vehicle manufacturers—Keystone RV, Foretravel Motorcoach, Forest River, Winnebago Industries Inc., and Thor Motor Coach—and one safety notice from Atwood Mobile Products.

Keystone RV Company

Goshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV Company is recalling 440 model year 2012 and 2013 Vantage RVs manufactured from October 12, 2011 through May 7, 2012. These vehicles were manufactured without protective (aka. gimp) molding on the metal around the holding tank valves.

As a result, the user may suffer cuts to hands and arms when reaching past the sharp edges of the access cut-out in order to operate the holding tank valves.
Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will install the protective gimp molding around the access area for the holding tank valves, free of charge.

Owners may contact Keystone at 1-866-425-4369.

Keystone’s recall campaign number is 12-175.

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.

Foretravel Motorcoach, Inc.

Nacogdoches, Texas-based Foretravel Motorcoach, Inc. is recalling 121 model year 2007-2010 Phenix and 2007-2011 Nimbus RVs equipped with SE-GI windows.

The adhesive bond on some panels between the glass portion and the hinge may de-bond, allowing the panel to detach and fall from the vehicle.
If this occurred during travel it could create a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash or personal injury.

Foretravel will notify owners, and is working with SE-GI products to develop remedy instructions and obtain parts.

Owners may contact Foretravel Motorcoach, Inc. at 1-800-547-0712.

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.

Forest River, Inc.

Elkhart, Indiana-based Forest River, Inc. is recalling seven model year 2012-2013 Shasta Revere RVs.

The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and Cargo Carrying Capacity Specification is incorrect on the federal certification label and the tire information label. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Part 567, “Certification.”

Incorrect weight information may lead to overloading, which may cause axle or tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and include the corrected labels in each letter. Forest River has not provided a notification schedule. Owners should contact Forest River at 1-574-825-7178.

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.

Winnebago Industries Inc.

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. is recalling 62 model year 2009 through 2012 Winnebago Commercial vehicle model J38S and model year 2009 and 2010 Adventurer motorhomes manufactured from October 30, 2008 through September 9, 2011, and one 2009 Itasca Suncruiser motorhome built November 2009.

These motorhome chassis are equipped with Bosch hydraulic disc brakes which when exposed to long periods of time of non-driving may experience diametrical brake caliper piston growth and reduced piston to bore clearance, potentially leading to brake drag, and overheating, resulting in reduced brake performance.

Reduced brake performance increases the risk of a crash.

Freightliner Custom Chassis (FCCC) will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles, free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided the agency with a remedy or owner notification schedule for this campaign. Owners may contact Winnebago at 1-641-585-3535 or Daimler Trucks at 1-800-547-0712.

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.

Thor Motor Coach

Elkhart, Indiana-based Thor Motor Coach (TMCRV) is recalling 90 model year 2008-2010 Outlaw and model year 2011 Avanti RVs manufactured from January 24, 2008 through September 28, 2010, equipped with Bosch hydraulic disc brakes.

Hydraulic brake equipped motorhome chassis exposed to long periods of time of non-driving may experience diametrical brake caliper piston growth and reduced piston to bore clearance, potentially leading to brake drag and overheating, resulting in reduced brake performance.

Reduced brake performance increases the risk of a crash.

Freightliner Custom Chassis (FCCC) will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles, free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided the agency with a remedy or owner notification schedule for this campaign. Owners may contact Thor Motor Coach 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.

Atwood Mobile Products LLC

Elkhart, Indiana-based Atwood Mobile Products LLC has determined that a safety issue may be present in the 8935-III AC and 8940-III AC Atwood furnaces powered by 110-volt/AC power (12-volt/DC models are not affected).

There have been gas control valves which are suspect and need to be replaced. The suspect furnaces are contained with a manufacturing date between May 18, 2009 and March 29, 2012.

Atwood said it is possible for the units affected that the gas valves can stick in the open position causing a potential fire hazard. Customers with one of these units must not operate the furnace until the replacement of the valve assembly has been completed by an Atwood Authorized Service Center.

To confirm whether or not a furnace is part of this campaign, review the serial number of the suspect furnace. The serial number will be listed on the blower housing of the furnace on the data tag. Identified units will meet the following criteria:

The model numbers affected are 8935-III AC and 8940-III AC furnaces

Manufacturing dates between 5/18/2009 and 3/29/2012

Once a unit has been identified as part of this service campaign, contact Atwood Mobile Products at 1-800-825-4328, ext. 114709.

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

Worth Pondering…

Every wall is a door.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ford’s RV Training Center to Evaluate Refrigerators

Ford’s RV Training Center, also the headquarters of the RV Referral Network (RVRN), has invited all RV refrigerator manufacturers to participate in an independent, side-by-side RV refrigerator evaluation.

Atwood Mobile Products LLC and Dometic Corp. will participate in the evaluation and have donated the required refrigerators and cooling units, according to a news release.

“This adventure has been inspired by the many questions RV owners have daily asked all of the members of the RVRN. Therefore, they will be evaluating these refrigerators with RV owners in mind,” said Roger Ford, co-owner with his wife Onna Lee of Ford’s RV Training Center, where the multiple stages of testing are being performed.

Ford said he anticipates the evaluation will have a positive impact for RV owners and the RV industry.

The Fords have 34 years of experience in the field. They have also scheduled the release of a 2012 edition of their third book about RV refrigerators that will be sent complimentary to more than 23,943 RV parks, campgrounds, clubs, dealers, repair centers, and manufacturers throughout the United States and Canada.

RVRN membership is for those who receive a Certification Certificate from Ford RV Training Center.

The goal of each RVRN member is to provide to the consumer:

  • The best price
  • Quality service
  • A dependable product
  • The Industries best warranty
Roger and Onna Lee Ford stand next to their service trailer.

Remember, it’s all about education—it’s easy when you know how.

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Ford’s RV Service & RV Appliance Training Center

Ford RV Refrigeration began operation in 1984.

Along with the extensive RV service they provide, they also offer global certified training in the field of RV refrigerator cooling unit reconditioning.

In 1994, they wrote and published The Ford Procedures, the first and only step-by-step technical manual on RV refrigerator repair and reconditioning; it’s used in conjunction with the training they offer.

In May 2006, they increased their training to include certification.

There are over a million RV refrigerators in landfills today, and what people don’t know is that over 90 percent of these could have been repaired.

Over the years, their customers have voiced the need for a manual that would enable them to do minor repairs themselves, or at the very least, give them enough education to know whether or not a service tech had been properly educated.

So in 2009, they published the 241-page book, Average Joe’s RV Refrigerator Troubleshooting & Repair Guide. This first of its kind manual, also supports the “Going Green” movement.

The manual contains step-by-step instructions, pictures, charts, myths, and remedies, and much more and covers Dometic, Norcold, Frigking, Morhpy, Richards, Hadco, Coldstar, and many more.

It’s available in paperback or hardback.

From 2003 to 2009, editors from many RV technical magazines engaged the Fords to write articles for their magazines and websites.

The Fords operate their small company in a town with less than 5,000 people, and yet they have been told they are a major Icon in the RV Industry because of their innovative, unique, and unprecedented procedures and ideas they have implemented.

They can fix original cooling units for less than half of the cost for replacement and they are the only ones in this industry to give a 100 percent warranty that is transferable, and the only ones to offer extended warranties for as many years as desired.

Address: 1746 Big Bear Hwy., Benton, KY 42025

Website: (270) 354-9239

Website: rvrefrigeration.com

Worth Pondering…

Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions.

—Earl Gary Stevens

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