Cummins Introduces New Global Heavy-Duty Engine Platform

Columbus, Indiana-based Cummins Inc. announced a new global heavy-duty engine platform that it has developed to complement its existing global product offering.

Cummins-black-logo-smallThe G Series platform is an in-line six cylinder engine and will be available in 10.5 and 11.8 liter displacements to meet a broad variety of on-highway and off-highway global market requirements and emission standards. Initial engines are designed to run on diesel fuel.

Design and development of the engine was led by a team in the United States and supported by global technical and marketing resources with deep knowledge of local market and customer needs, according to a Cummins news release.

This global design approach utilizes the latest advanced technologies to develop an adaptive architecture, with each engine designed to meet unique performance and cost of ownership expectations for its target market and region.

“The G Series global design approach is a vivid demonstration of how Cummins is transforming from a multinational to a truly global company,” said Steve Chapman, Cummins vice president and group vice president-China and Russia.

“This engine platform has been designed for diverse and global markets by utilizing the expertise and local knowledge of our engineers from around the world.”

The G Series minimizes engineering requirements for vehicle and equipment manufacturers with a common, compact installation envelope. A key design focus for the G Series has been to achieve significant weight savings in order to increase the power-to-weight ratio, said Chapman.

A sculptured block retains high rigidity while removing unnecessary mass. The use of composite material for the oil pan and valve cover provides further weight savings. With this innovative approach, the G Series achieves a remarkably low engine weight of just 1,900 pounds (862 kg) while retaining all the structural strength and durability expected of a Cummins heavy-duty engine, stated Chapman.

cummins-eaton-homepageThe G Series incorporates Cummins Xtra-High Pressure Injection (XPI) fuel system, derived from the larger and more powerful X Series engine. With multiple injection events driven by high-precision Cummins electronic controls, the XPI fuel system contributes to a very impressive peak torque for the G Series of 1,700 lb-ft (2305 N•m), together with a torque rise as high as 60 percent available. These attributes enable the G series to deliver exceptionally fast response to increasing load factors from low engine rpm.

The G series offers fuel efficiency through parasitic reducing technology without variable flow pumps that add unnecessary cost and reduce reliability. Its Single Cam In Head (SCIH) design with roller valve train and high efficiency intake ports continue the design theme of minimum complexity and maximum efficiency. The resulting low weight design allows more payload to be delivered while requiring less energy to manufacture than competitive designs.

For on-highway markets, the G Series heavy duty engine platform will be introduced as the Cummins ISG11 and Cummins ISG12. These engines offer a power range from 290 to 512 horsepower (213 to 382 kW) in a compact and lightweight package. Engines will be available to meet global variations in emissions requirements.

At launch in 2014, engines will meet Euro III, Euro IV, and China NS4 emission requirements. Engines for Euro V, Euro VI, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are also in development. The ISG11 and ISG12 are ideal power solutions for heavy-duty trucks in long-haul, regional haul and vocational service, as well as buses, motor coaches, fire trucks, and recreational vehicles.

One engine from the new G Series platform was initially unveiled at BAUMA in April, 2013, under the name QSM12, and will now be renamed as the QSG12 as part of this family of engines. The QSG12 is purpose-designed to meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final and European Union (EU) Stage IV emissions regulations with a more compact envelope and over 30 percent high power-to-weight ratio than the class average for engines with a similar power range. High efficiency air handling and advanced combustion enable the QSG12 to achieve near-zero emissions without the need for a cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system.

Cummins QSL9 engine
Cummins QSL9 engine

With ratings covering a broad 335 hp to 512 hp (250-382 kW) range, the QSG12 offers an ideal power solution for a wide variety of applications, including tractors, combines, wheel loaders, excavators, cranes and material handling, road building equipment, compressors, screening, and crushing machines.

“Cummins G Series will set a new benchmark as a global heavy-duty engine platform,” said Rich Freeland, Cummins vice president and president, engine business.

“With innovative and leading technology, the G Series will deliver superior performance to drive our customers’ success.”

The G Series will initially be manufactured in Beijing Foton Cummins Engine Company, serving customers on a global basis. Production will start during the first half of 2014.

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—George Carlin

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Cummins Produces Two-millionth Diesel Engine for Ram Trucks

Cummins Inc. has produced its two-millionth diesel engine for Ram Trucks, highlighting the latest milestone in a storied partnership that spans four decades.

cumminsThe 350-horsepower, 6.7-liter, in-line 6-cylinder turbo diesel is distinguished by its “Cummins Red” rocker cover and breather.

But despite its 800 pound-foot peak torque rating, the historic engine—feted at a Cummins plant in Columbus, Indiana—will not see service. Instead, it will go on display, touring the U.S., according to a Chrysler Group news release.

“The Ram Truck-Cummins diesel partnership is one of the industry’s most enduring and certainly fitting of such a tribute,” says Fred Diaz, President and CEO – Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico.

“Both companies have benefited greatly, but Ram diesel customers are the real beneficiaries. Every day they experience the toughness and capability a Cummins-powered Ram can deliver.”

Cummins began supplying engines to Chrysler Group in 1988. Today in North America, only Ram-brand pickups and chassis cabs feature the coveted Cummins “C” logo.

“I am immensely proud of our association with Cummins,” says Bob Lee, Chrysler Group Vice President and Head of Engine and Electrified Propulsion Engineering.

“And I have no qualms matching our truck diesels against those of any competitor for performance and durability.”

For 2013, Cummins-powered Rams boast capabilities and features include:

  • Best-in-class torque and a 10 percent fuel-economy improvement
  • Exclusive dual-inlet “Ram Active Air” that adjusts induction according to driving conditions for optimal performance
  • “Smart” exhaust brake for smoother driving characteristics
  • Best-in-class 15,000-mile oil-change interval
  • A new cooling system for improved performance and durability
  • B20 fuel capability
  • Next-generation Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and diesel exhaust fluid system with range of up to 4,000 miles between refills
  • Dual fuel filtration system for enhanced reliability and durability in virtually every climate and environment
  • Unsurpassed powertrain warranty – five years/100,000 miles

Cummins-Diesel-Built-for-RamThe Chrysler Group-Cummins partnership traces its beginnings to 1985, when development work began on a 5.9-liter 12-valve in-line 6-cylinder turbo diesel. When it launched in 1989, it was rated at 160 horsepower and 400 pound-foot of peak torque—less than half the numbers for today’s High-Output 6.7-liter Cummins turbo diesel.

In the 2013 Ram Heavy Duty pickups, the top-line Cummins engine makes 385 horsepower and a best-in-class 850 pound-foot of torque.

Other notable events in the evolution of Cummins diesels produced for Chrysler Group include:

  • 24-valve design introduced in model-year 1998.5
  • Adoption of high-pressure common-rail fuel delivery in 2003
  • Named to Ward’s 10 Best Engines list in 2004
  • Displacement increased to 6.7 liters from 5.9 liters in model-year 2007.5
  • Met 2010 EPA emissions certification in 2007

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The Ram Truck brand continues to establish its own identity and clearly define its customer since its launch as a standalone vehicle brand.

The Ram Truck brand has the most innovative lineup of full-size trucks on the market. Ram Truck has emerged as a full-size truck leader by investing substantially in new products, infusing them with great looks, refined interiors, durable engines, and features that further enhance their capabilities.

Chrysler Group LLC
Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 to establish a global strategic alliance with Fiat S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Mopar, SRT, and Fiat vehicles and products. With the resources, technology, and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler Group’s culture of innovation, first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat’s complementary technology that dates back to its founding in 1899.

Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, Chrysler Group’s product lineup features some of the world’s most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300 and Town & Country, Jeep Wrangler, all-new Dodge Dart, Ram 1500, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8, and Fiat 500.

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I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.

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Cummins Onan Announces New Generator Sets

Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Cummins Onan has begun full production of the newly redesigned RV QG 2800 generator sets.

These new models, which replace the KV and KVD product families, meet EPA Phase III standards for small spark-ignited engines, according to a news release.

The new models have a larger, 217 cc engine that produces more horsepower than the previous models. In addition, the RV QG 2800 models offer several new features and improvements:

  • Advanced onboard diagnostics with fault code analysis
  • Easier starting in extreme cold and hot operating conditions
  • Internalized muffler and patented intake system for reduced noise
  • Low-profile exhaust outlet with additional 4-inch ground clearance
  • B+ terminal for easier installation

The 50 Hz models are CE-certified and meet all applicable EU emissions regulations. The 60 Hz models are CSA-certified and meet the latest Tier 3, Phase 3 emissions levels.

“The compact design of the new RV QG 2800 is ideal for truck campers, Class B motorhomes, and travel trailers, Al Camargo, RV marketing manager for Cummins Onan, said.

“It can run a high-efficiency 13,500 BTU air conditioner and a 900-watt microwave at the same time (depending on operating conditions).”

The models in the RV QG 2800 Series are as follows.

Fuel        Frequency    RPM    W        Voltage   Amps   Phase   Circuit Breaker

Gasoline          60Hz   3600    2800    120         23.3      1          25A

Gasoline          60Hz   3600    2800    100         28         1          30A

LP Vapor        60Hz   3600    2500    120         20.8      1          25A

LP Vapor        50Hz   3000    2300    230         10         1          10A

Gasoline          50Hz   3000    2300    230         10         1          10A

The 60 Hz models (both gasoline and LP vapor) are available now. The 50 Hz models will be available in the first quarter of 2013.

All models can be ordered immediately. Contact your local Cummins Onan dealer for pricing.

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Cummins Onan new generator
Cummins Onan new generator

Cummins Onan is a brand of Cummins Power Generation, a subsidiary of Cummins Inc.

Cummins Inc. is a global leader that manufactures, distributes, and services engines, fuel systems, controls, filtration and emission products, and electrical power generation systems.

Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, Cummins serves customers in more than 190 countries through its network of 550 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 5,200 dealer locations.

The Cummins Onan brand is found on generators and related products manufactured for the RV, marine, commercial, mobile, and residential markets.

Address: 1400 73rd Ave. NE, Fridley, MN 55432

Phone: (763) 574-5000

Website: cumminsonan.com

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The night.

An orange sunset fading on the horizon.

A single shooting star across the black velvet sky.

A majestic snow-capped mountain welcoming the dawn.

Unforgettable moments are your private domain.

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Navistar Moving Past Emissions Debacle

Navistar International Corp. won’t apply SCR to its 15-litre MaxxForce engine and will instead lean on Cummins Inc. for its high-horsepower requirements, Jim Hebe, senior vice-president of North American sales operations confirmed during a press briefing.

It’s the first official confirmation that the company won’t pursue its own 15L engine once it uses up its remaining emissions credits and can no longer pay non-conformance penalties for engines that don’t meet EPA2010 emissions standards, Truck News reports.

“Our intention is to continue to build them as long as we can and then phase into the Cummins ISX15,” said Hebe.

“It’s a shame, it’s a great engine.”

Hebe said anticipated demand for the 15-litre MaxxForce would not support the cost of further developing the engine and applying SCR exhaust after treatment to it.

International will focus on its higher volume MaxxForce 13 engine, which will combine selective catalytic reduction (SCR) exhaust after treatment with Navistar’s in-cylinder solution to form what it has dubbed In-Cylinder Technology Plus (ICT+).

Officials indicated Navistar is already building International trucks with Cummins engines—about 300 ProStar+s to date—and that the existing Memorandum of Understanding between the two companies will soon become an official supply agreement.

Navistar emerges from emissions struggle

Hebe provided some insight into what went wrong with Navistar’s EGR-only emissions strategy. He still believes pursuing a non-SCR emissions solution was the right call, however he admitted it was a mistake for the company to put all its eggs in one basket.

“Two decisions were made in this company in August 2008,” Hebe said.

“One was to go EGR and the other was to go it alone. The decision to go with EGR was not the wrong decision, but the decision to go it alone was the wrong decision. What really, in the end, created the biggest issue was not EGR, it was that we ran out of time and we ran out of credits. If we had stuck with a partner in the engine business, we would have had more time to develop our in-cylinder solution and probably at the end of the day, we would’ve gotten that. That’s water over the dam now.”

“We’re headed in the right direction, with the right strategy in terms of engines,” Hebe said.

“They’re (dealers) confident in the financial position of the company and these guys are willing to do whatever it takes to help this company be successful.”

When asked by Truck News how the manufacturer will stay cost-competitive, having absorbed the cost of researching, developing and implementing two very costly technologies (advanced-EGR and now SCR), Hebe admitted it will be a concern for Navistar in the near term but emphasized the costs won’t be passed onto customers.

Within about two years, Hebe said, many of the costlier components of the company’s advanced-EGR system can be removed from the equation.

“Theoretically, we should be able to eliminate some of the costs incurred in the engine technology when we go to SCR,” Hebe explained.

“A lot of the stuff that was instrumental in advanced-EGR will go away. For the first year, we’ll be challenged and our customers are not going to bear the cost of that. Our intent is to do what we have to do to keep ourselves competitive in the marketplace until we can eliminate a lot of the expensive componentry required for advanced-EGR.”

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Navistar International’s not beating ’em, so it looks like it’s going to join ’em.

Navistar International Corporation is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International brand commercial and military trucks, MaxxForce brand diesel engines, IC Bus brand school and commercial buses, Navistar RV (formerly Monaco) brands of recreational vehicles, and Workhorse brand chassis for motorhomes and step vans.

The company also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services.

Website: navistar.com

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Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

—Goethe

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Tiffin Motorhomes Introduces 2013 Zephyr

Tiffin Motorhomes introduces the 2013 Zephyr, carrying it with it the most luxury the Class A motorhome manufacturer has ever packed into one of their motorhomes.

2013 Tiffin Motorhomes Zephyr

From the new Cummins 500 HP ISX engine with proven technology, to the all new front and rear cap design, Tiffin believes the Zephyr has moved into an entire new class of motorhome with a totally new contemporary design and more modern appearance.

With additional interior storage, larger televisions, and a full walk-in wardrobe closet, the Zephyr offers the roominess to make you feel like you are in a luxury home, according to a company news release.

The 2013 Zephyr also comes in two new floor plans, the 45 LZ and the 45 TZ, with three options for each.

“Built on the superbly-engineered Spartan K2 chassis, the Zephyr is loaded with more features than we’ve ever incorporated into a motorhome. Materials everywhere are beautiful to the eye and premium to the touch, including handcrafted solid wood cabinets and sumptuous countertops in the kitchen and bath.”

2013 Tiffin Motorhomes Zephyr

With 165-cubic feet of basement storage and the cavernous bath-and-a-half floor plan, there’s also room to bring more than a few luxuries of your own.

The Zephyr also gets high marks for safety, with a steel structure, two-stage compression engine brake, and up to six air bags.

2013 Zephyr mechanical specs include:

  • 500 HP @ 1,800 RPM Cummins ISX 11.9-liter Engine with 1,645 Torque @ 1,200 RPM
  • Independent Front Suspension
  • Allison 4000 MH Transmission
  • 2-stage Engine Brake
  • Overall Length – 44 feet11 inches
  • Overall Height with Roof Air – 12 feet 10 inches
  • Interior Height – 84 inches
  • Overall Width – 101 inches
  • Interior Width – 96 inches
  • Fresh Water Tank – 90 gallons
  • Black Water Tank – 50 gallons
  • Grey Water Tank – 70 gallons
  • Fuel Tank – 150 gallons
  • Spartan K2 Chassis
  • Torque (Lb.-Ft. Max. Net): 1,645 @1,200
  • GAWR—Front: 16,600 Lb.
  • GAWR—Rear: 20,000 Lb.
  • GVWR –48,600 pounds
  • GCWR– 63,600 pounds

2013 Zephyr interior features highlights include:

  • Porcelain Tile Flooring throughout Entire Coach Including Living Room Slide-outs
  • Solid Surface Countertops with New Design and Splash Guards
  • Self-closing Ball Bering Drawer Slides (Select Areas)
  • Stainless Steel Refrigerator with Ice and Water Dispenser in Door
  • Recessed 2-burner Cook-top with Solid Surface Covers (with LPG Option)
  • In-dash Stereo/Navigation System with Smart Wheel Controls
  • Computer Slide-out Tray in Dash with Lock-out Rails
  • Driver’s Station Moved 10.5” Forward for Improved Handling and Drivability
  • Dual General Air Comfort King Mattress with Nightstands
  • Decorative Hardwood & Wrought Iron Ceiling Ring
  • Upgraded Lavatory with Two Pyramid Sinks with Soap Dispensers
  • Elongated Ceramic Toilet with Electric Flush
  • Stacked Washer/Dryer in Rear Wardrobe

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2013 Tiffin Motorhomes Zephyr

Tiffin, founded in Red Bay, Alabama, in 1972, is a leading Class A motorhome manufacturer with brands that include the Allegro, Allegro RED, Allegro Breeze, Phaeton, Allegro Bus, and Zephyr. Tiffin’s Phaeton diesel pusher has been the best-selling Class A coach for the past three years, followed closely by Tiffin’s upscale Allegro Bus.

Tiffin has manufactured and sold over 65,000 motorhomes.

Current owners, prospective customers, and anyone interested in the RV lifestyle are invited to tour the Tiffin Motorhomes plant in the Tiffin family’s hometown of Red Bay, located in the northwest corner of Alabama. From meeting our craftsman to seeing the complexity of motor home construction, you’ll get a close-up look at the care and dedication that goes into every model.

Factory tours are held Monday through Friday at 9:30 am. No appointment is necessary, and it usually takes about one hour for the tour.

Address: 105 2nd Street NW, Red Bay, AL 35582

Phone: (256) 356-8661

Website: tiffinmotorhomes.com

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It’s not what you do once in a while; it’s what you do day in and day out that makes the difference.

—Jenny Craig

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Cummins Filtration Releases Revolutionary Fuel Filter

Cummins Filtration, a division of Cummins Inc., has released its revolutionary Fleetguard® FF5782 fuel filter with nanotechnology-based filtration media.

The first of its kind for fuel filtration, the FF5782 was developed specifically to meet the high-performance demands of Cummins QSK high-horsepower engines.

With extensive field-testing over a three-year development cycle, this latest in the Fleetguard fuel product lineup is developed to deliver unmatched protection and superior uptime for customers.

Trapping 98.7 percent of all particles as small as 4 microns (12 times smaller than the smallest particle visible to the human eye), the FF5782 exhibits 13 times greater retention of particles during fuel surge and engine vibration than its closest competitor. Fuel surge results from the fluctuation of fuel flow due to the increase and decrease in the engine output.

Focused on reducing injector failure by removing harmful particles and by delivering fuel that meets Fuel Injection Equipment (FIE) manufacturers’ suggested ISO 12/9/6 cleanliness level, engines equipped with the FF5782 fuel filter showed no signs of injector wear after more than 190 hours of testing.

An engine in identical condition, using standard fuel filters, showed significant wear after only 50 hours, ultimately leading to premature injector failure.

“The most important and expensive component in today’s high-pressure common-rail fuel system is the injector. Hard particles in the fuel flow can cause significant wear, disrupting its precise operation, reducing fuel efficiency and leading to premature injector replacement,” said Kevin Westerson, Chief Technical Officer – Cummins Filtration. “Our FF5782 fuel filter with nanotechnology-based media protects up to 13 times better than its predecessor, so injectors work better, longer.”

Because the Fleetguard nanotechnology media filter captures and holds particles better than any other filter in the marketplace, engines fitted with this technology will have fewer injector failures and are expected to offer a 25 percent reduction in the total cost of ownership.

The FF5782 fuel filter provides customers with the best technology for maximum filtration efficiency in the most challenging conditions.

All Fleetguard filtration systems are manufactured to meet or exceed OEM specifications.

Cummins Filtration
Cummins Filtration Inc. is a wholly owned business unit of Cummins Inc. and the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of filtration and chemical technology products for all engine-powered equipment.

Cummins Filtration began in 1958 as a single filter production line developed by Cummins Engine Company to meet the high performance requirements of Cummins diesel engines.

Then known as The Seymour Filter Company, the facility was located in Seymour, Indiana, near Cummins headquarters in Columbus, Indiana.

Production started with two employees who sewed cloth-bag lube-oil filters. Today, the company is the world leader in filtration and exhaust products for heavy-duty diesel engines, with a global presence on six continents and over 5,500 employees.

Phone: (800) 22-FILTER (4583)

Website: cumminsfiltration.com

Cummins
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute, and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions, and electrical power generation systems.

Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, Cummins employs approximately 44,000 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of more than 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 6,500 dealer locations.

Cummins earned $1.85 billion on sales of $18.0 billion in 2011.

Pnone: (800) DIESELS (343-7357)

Website: cummins.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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More February RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced recall notices involving three recreational vehicle manufacturers— Tiffin Motorhomes, Crossroads RV, and Winnebago Industries.

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc

Red Bay, Alabama-based Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. is potentially recalling 13 certain Model Year 2011, 2012, and 2013 recreational vehicles, models Phaeton and Zephyr, equipped with a Cummins ISB, ISC, ISL, or ISX diesel engine.

The V-band clamp assembly, part numbers q187684, q187685, and q187686, used to connect the inlet and outlet cone sections to the diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC)/diesel particulate filter (DPF) include a T-bolt that can fracture and fail when subjected to stress or load.

A fracture or failure of the T-bolt may cause the clamp to loosen and the inlet or outlet sections attached to the DOC/DPF housing to disconnect. If the inlet or outlet sections disconnect, hot exhaust gases can vent prior to exiting the tailpipe, creating the risk of combustion and a fire. If both clamps fail, there is a risk in some applications that the DOC/DPF housing may detach completely, creating a road hazard.

Tiffin is working with Cummins to identify and notify owners of the recall campaign. Repairs will be performed by authorized Cummins dealers free of charge.

Owners may contact Cummins at 1-812-377-5000 or Tiffin at 1-256-356-8661.

Cummins recall campaign number is c1154.

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.

Crossroads RV, Inc.

Topeka, Indiana-based Crossroads RV is recalling six certain Model Year 2012 Redwood recreational vehicles manufactured from August 26, 2011, through January  18, 2012, equipped with a hydraulic trailer brake pump. The hydraulic pump could fail and result in a loss of braking in the trailer.

A loss of braking can lead to loss of control of the trailer increasing the risk of a crash, serious injuries, or property damage.

Crossroads will notify owners, and dealers will replace the hydraulic pumps free of charge.

Owners may contact Crossroads RV at 1-888-226-7496.

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 potentially recalling 38 certain Model Year 2012 Access, Access Premier and Itasca Impulse and Impulse Silver motorhomes, manufactured from June 28, 2011, through January 25, 2012. The parking brake cable may rub on a metal support under the vehicle.

If the parking brake cable rubs, it may fail to release, or over time it may abrade until it to fails, resulting in the vehicle rolling away without prior warning possibly causing personal injury or death.

Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will shorten the metal tube to provide clearance for the parking brake cable, free of charge.

The safety recall is expected to begin during March 2012.

Owners may contact Winnebago Industries owner relations at 1-641-585-6939.

Winnebago’s safety recall number is 125.

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

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Five Things You Need to Know Today: October 21

Since I like things to come in fives (and tens), here are five things YOU need to know TODAY!

1. RV Towed in Possible Texas Terror Plot

Bexar County Sheriff's officials towed away a rented Coachman Class C motorhome that was parked in front of Bexar County Courthouse in downtown San Antonio. (Credit: Reuters)

Bexar County Sheriff’s officials towed away a rented Class C motorhome that was parked in front of Bexar County Courthouse in downtown San Antonio, Texas early Wednesday (October 19) morning, Reuters reported.

Five French-passport carrying Muslim men of Moroccan descent were arrested during a courthouse burglary during the early hours Wednesday. Police told Reuters they found photographs of public buildings, water systems, and malls from various U.S. cities in the motorhome. The Coachmen motorhome appears to belong to Road Bear RV Rentals.

2. Monaco RV Indiana Service Center Now Open

Coburg, Oregon-based Monaco RV, LLC, a manufacturer of motorized and towable recreation vehicles, announced the opening of an Indiana service center.

The Monaco Service Center, located across the street from its Wakarusa manufacturing facility, opened for business October 3 at 76 Ward Street in Wakarusa. The expansive 14-bay service center facility will service all Monaco brand products and is staffed by RVIA certified factory technicians. The Monaco Service Center will also have an accessible full body paint booth, for all paint repairs and touch up work.

To coincide with its grand opening and welcome back customers, the Monaco Service Center will offer a special introductory labor rate of $90 until April 1, 2012.

The Monaco Service Center will be Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling (877) 4MONACO (466.6226)

3. Texas Citrus Output Could Fall

Texas citrus growers in the Rio Grande Valley have been jolted by a one-two punch of drought and untimely freezes but are still standing as the harvest gets going.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimated that Texas orange and grapefruit production could decline by 17 percent from last year to about 277,000 tons.

With Florida, the nation’s citrus powerhouse, expecting orange and grapefruit production to increase by more than 4 percent, prices may not change much despite Texas’ problems.

But with the drought making the fruit sweeter than normal, producers hope consumers will stomach the price and keep eating citrus, reports Houston Chronicle.

The drought has not been as extreme across the Valley as other parts of Texas, but it has had an effect on citrus development, especially fruit size, growers said.

The newest USDA estimate says Texas will produce 73,000 tons of oranges in the 2011-2012 production year, 10,000 fewer tons than last year. Texas grapefruit production is expected to dip to 204,000 tons from 252,000 tons last year.

Harvests have just started in Texas and Florida, which is expected to grow 6.6 million tons of oranges and 854,000 tons of grapefruit this year.

4. Carriage RV Shuts Its Doors Temporarily

Millersburg, Indiana-based Carriage RV has shut down, WSBT-TV reported Wednesday (October 19). The doors and gates at its facility were locked in the morning.

WSBT talked to two truckers who came to make deliveries. They say they were told by their companies it was closed. WSBT also talked to several RV owners who had stopped by the plant for maintenance work. They were advised that there would be no charges for that service work because the company was closing and there would be no work done until further notice.

In breaking news PNC Bank of Indianapolis has filed a lawsuit to take possession of Carriage Inc, which the bank says owes it more than $5 million in overdue loans, the Goshen News reported.

Rumors of Carriage’s financial woes have been circulating through town for the past two weeks, the paper noted, when company officials first made the call to start closing down its buildings and sending workers home.

The suit was filed Tuesday (October 18) in Elkhart County Superior Court I. It claims Carriage Inc. owner Glenn Cushman has been in default of his financial obligations to PNC Bank from as far back as Sept. 21, 2009, The Goshen News reported, noting that several loan extensions were required to keep the loans from defaulting.

5. Cummins Complete Technical Center in China

Cummins Inc. announced Wednesday (October 19) that it has completed the Cummins East Asia Technical Center in Wuhan, Hubei province, making it the firm’s largest engine development and research facility outside Columbus, Indiana.

China Daily reports that Cummins Chairman and Chief Executive Tim Solso said the expansion aims to help Cummins, the largest foreign investor in the Chinese diesel engine industry, better tailor its products to the world’s biggest automobile market. The technical center cost $61 million, with the expansion project worth $33 million, the company said.

A series of emission-testing facilities will be put into use next year, in a move to help Chinese-made engines break into markets in Europe, Russia, Republic of Korea, Australia, and Brazil.

The center will also develop clean energy technology, including electric motors and automobile cells. It employs more than 100 technicians and plans to increase the number to 1,400 in the next two years.

Launched in 2006, the center is a 55-45 joint venture between Cummins and Dongfeng Cummins Engine Co (DCEC), which itself is the Indiana-headquartered firm’s venture with China’s leading automaker Dongfeng Motor.

China is Cummins’ largest and fastest-growing market overseas, with its sales in the country at $3.1 billion last year.

Have a great weekend.

Until next time, safe RV travels, and we’ll see you on the road!

Worth Pondering…

The gladdest moment in human life, methinks, is a departure into unknown lands. The blood flows with the fast circulation of childhood.
—Sir Richard Burton

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RV Manufactures Recalls

Four manufacturers—Tiffin Motorhomes, Open Range, American Trailer Company, and Techworks Inc.—have recently announced recalls.

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc.

Red Bay, Alabama-based Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. is recalling 179 model year 2011 Allegro Bus and Phaeton RVs quipped with a Cummins ISX or ISL diesel engine. The V-band clamp assembly (part numbers Q187684, Q187685, and Q187686) used to connect the inlet and outlet cone sections to the diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC)/Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) include a T-bolt which can fracture and fail when subjected to stress or load. A fracture or failure of the T-bolt may cause the clamp to loosen and the inlet or outlet sections attached to the DOC/DPF housing to disconnect.

If the inlet or outlet sections disconnect, hot exhaust gases can vent prior to exiting the tailpipe, creating the risk of combustion and a fire. If both clamps fail, there is a risk in some applications that the DOC/DPF housing may detach completely, creating a road hazard.

Tiffin Motorhomes is working with Cummins to identify and notify owners of the recall campaign. Repairs will be performed by authorized Cummins dealers free of charge. Owners may contact Cummins at 1-812-377-5000 or Tiffin Motorhomes at 1-256-356-8661.

Open Range RV

Shipshewana, Indiana-based Open Range RV Company is recalling 207 model year 2010-2011 Journeyer RVs manufactured from August 27, 2009 through November 17, 2010. A main supporting cross member was cut out to run a liquid propane line. This can cause stress cracks on the I-beams on both sides of the trailer.

While being towed, the trailer could begin a dangerous sway, ultimately rolling over, increasing the risk of personal injury or death.

Open Range will notify owners and inspect the frame for any missing cross supports and perform the necessary repairs free of charge. Owners may contact Open Range at 1-260-768-7771.

Aluminum Trailer Company (ATC)

American Trailer Company (ATC) is recalling 145 model year 2007-2012 ATC Car Hauler Trailers with extended hitches, manufactured from December 1, 2006 through September 16, 2011. These trailers with 12 inch extended hitch frames are breaking near the front cross member on the frame of the trailer. This is caused by insufficient material used in the frame hitch.

The hitch could potentially break, causing separation from the towing vehicle, thereby increasing the risk of loss of control and posing a risk of personal injury and property damage.

ATC will repair the aluminum trailer hitch free of charge. Owners may contact ATC at 1-877-441-2440.

Techworks Inc.

Techworks Inc. is recalling one model year 2000 Overland Ospry RV quipped with a 1200-series Norcold refrigerator. The population of refrigerators being addressed contains either a sensing algorithm or thermal switch to shut off power to the refrigerator when high temperatures are detected in order to prevent a potential fire. The response times of the sensor algorithm and thermal switch devices to stop power are not sufficient.

An insufficient response time can result in power not being shut off in sufficient time to prevent a fire, which has the potential to ignite, resulting in personal injury and/or vehicle and property damage.

Techworks is working with Norcold to get the units repaired free of charge. Please see Norcold’s defect report 10E-049. Owners may contact Norcold at 1-800-767-9101.

Note: Two articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls previously posted:

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

—Frank A. Clark

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Cummins Onan Announces RV Generator Story Contest

Cummins Onan recently celebrated the production of its two millionth RV generator at its Fridley, Minnesota plant.

To help mark this historic milestone, the company has invited RVers to submit their RVing stories that involve a Cummins Onan generator. Every person submitting a story will be entered in a contest to win an Apple iPad 2 complete with FaceTime, Smart Cover, 10-hour battery, 16 GB of memory, and Wi-Fi.

“We know from RV customers that our generators have made a big difference in their comfort and convenience on the road,” said Shon Wright, Director of RV and commercial markets. “And we are proud of producing two million reliable RV generators over the past 50 years. So it makes sense to invite our customers to join in the celebration by telling us their RVing stories.”

Need more Details?

To learn the details of the Cummins Onan RV Generator Story Contest and to submit a story, click here.

The deadline for submitting RVing stories is December 2, 2011.

Contest Instructions

The Cummins-Onan 1400 Watt Model P1700i powered with 2.4 HP engine, 59 dB, rated at 1400 watts with surge power of 1650 watts. (Credit: portable-generators.net)

RVers like you have enjoyed more comfort and convenience, thanks to the two million RV generators that Cummins Onan has provided since 1961. We’re proud of our record of leadership role in RV generators, and we’re grateful to you, our customers. To show our appreciation and to celebrate this historic milestone, we invite you to tell us your RV Generator camping story and have a chance to win an Apple iPad 2.

Prize Eligibility

Only persons who are at least 18 years of age can enter.

Contest Starts

September 28, 2011 @ 08:00 a.m. (CDT)

Contest Ends

December 02, 2011 @ 08:00 a.m. (CST)

Details

Cummins Onan

Columbus, Indiana-based Cummins Onan is a brand of Cummins Power Generation, a subsidiary of Cummins Inc., a global leader that manufactures, distributes, and services engines, fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions, and electrical power generation.

Cummins serves customers in more than 160 countries through its network of 550 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 5,000 dealer locations.

The Cummins Onan brand is found on generators and related products manufactured for the RV, marine, commercial mobile, and residential markets.

Begun by D.W. (David) Onan in 1920, Onan has been a leader and pioneer in power generation equipment for more than 80 years and engines for 50 years.

Cummins Onan RV Quiet Diesel 1000. (Credit: hbi.on.ca)

In 1986, Onan Corporation became a fully owned subsidiary of the Cummins Engine Company (now Cummins Inc.), the world’s largest designer and manufacturer of diesel engines ranging from 55- to 2,700-horsepower for on-highway vehicles, industrial equipment, and power generation.

Address: 1400 73rd Ave. NE, Fridley, Minnesota 55432

Phone: (800) 888-6626

Website: cumminsonan.com

Worth Pondering…

I am part of all that I have met

Yet all experience is an arch wherethro

Gleams that untravell’d world, whose margin fades

Forever and forever when I move.

—Alfred Lord Tennyson

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