Still More July 2015 RV Manufacturer Recalls

Your recreational vehicle may be involved in a safety recall and may create a safety risk for you or your passengers. Safety defects must be repaired by a certified dealer at no cost to you. However, if left unrepaired, a potential safety defect in your vehicle could lead to injury or even death.

What is a recall?
When a manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that a recreational vehicle or item of RV equipment creates an unreasonable risk to safety or fails to meet minimum safety standards, the manufacturer is required to fix that vehicle or equipment at no cost to the consumer.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced 5 recall notices involving 4 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers— New Horizons RV, Heartland RV, MCI, and Entegra Coach.

New Horizons RV Corporation

new-horizons-rv-logoNew Horizons RV Corporation (New Horizons) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Summit and Majestic recreational vehicles manufactured March 11, 2013, to January 30, 2015. In the affected vehicles, a rivet for the quad entry steps may shear and fail, causing the steps to give when being used.

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

New Horizons will notify owners, and dealers will remove the rivets and the step sections will be bolted together, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact New Horizons customer service at 1-800-238-3140.

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

Heartland-RV-logoHeartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain model year 2016 Torque T27, T28, T29, and T33 travel trailers manufactured May 11, 2015, to May 29, 2015. The affected trailers have Federal Certification labels that may be missing the gross axle weight rating (GAWR) information. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

The vehicle operator may unintentionally overload the trailer due to the missing GAWR information, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Heartland will notify owners, and dealers will replace the incorrect certification label with a corrected label, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2015. Owners may contact Heartland customer service at 1-877-262-8032. Heartland’s number for this recall is 99.01.22.

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.

Motor Coach Industries (MCI)

logoMciMotor Coach Industries (MCI) is recalling certain model year 2014 D4500 vehicles manufactured December 19, 2013, to April 14, 2014, 2013-2014 D4505 vehicles manufactured February 1, 2013, to April 22, 2014, and 2013-2015 J4500 vehicles manufactured November 26, 2013, to May 22, 2015. The affected motorcoaches are equipped with hub carriers that may have areas of porosity which could result in the hub carrier leaking oil or cracking.

Cracks in the hub may result in hub failure, which could cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

MCI will notify owners, and dealers will begin a routine inspection process to identify any hub carrier leaks. When parts become available, the affected hub carriers will be replaced, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact MCI customer service at 1-800-241-2947. MCI’s number for this recall is SB 425.

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.

Entegra Coach

Entegra-Coach-Color-300x233Entegra Coach (Entegra) is recalling certain model year 2015 Aspire vehicles manufactured October 24, 2013, to February 11, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the fasteners that attach the stay rod (v-rod) to the rear drive axle may not have been installed with thread locker or tightened in the correct sequence.

If the fasteners come loose, the stay rod may disconnect from the rear axle, resulting in a loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Entegra will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fasteners using thread lock, tightening them in the proper sequence and with the required torque values, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 17, 2015. Owners may contact Entegra customer service at 1-800-945-4787.

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.

Entegra Coach

Entegra-Coach-Color-300x233Entegra Coach (Entegra) is recalling certain model year 2015 Cornerstone Class A motorhomes, models 45B, 45J and 45K, manufactured February 24, 2014, to March 19, 2015, and built on a Spartan Chassis. The affected motorhomes have rear jack plates that may rub on the tag axle brake air hose when the plates are retracted.

If the rear jack plates rub on the air brake hose, an air leak may occur when the brake pedal is being pressed, reducing the braking performance of both the drive axle and the tag axle, lengthening the distance needed to stop the motorhome and increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Entegra will notify owners on behalf of Spartan, and dealers will reposition the tag axle brake air hose so that it is clear of the jack plate, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 31, 2015. Owners may contact Entegra customer service at 1-800-945-4787.

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 63rd in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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January 2015 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced seven recall notices involving seven recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Forest River, Lance Camper, Thor Motor Coach, Winnebago, Entegra Coach, Winnebago Towable, and Jayco.

Forest River, Inc.

forest-RiverForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2015 Vibe VBT272BHS travel trailers manufactured July 15, 2014, to December 19, 2014. These trailers may have incorrect tire size and tire pressure information on the Federal Certification and Tire labels.

The information on the label lists the installed tires as ST225/75R15/C inflated to 50 PSI, however the tires that are actually mounted on the trailer are ST225/75R15/D inflated to 65 PSI. As such, these trailers fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims and Motor Home/Recreation Vehicle Trailer Load Carrying Capacity Information for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of 4,536 Kilograms (10,000 Pounds) or Less.”

If the tires are replaced with the tires indicated on the label, the tires may be insufficient to carry the load and a tire blow out may result, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will send new labels to dealers and owners with the correct tire information, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on January 5, 2015. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-206-593-4005. Forest River’s number for this recall is 59-12232014.

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.

Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp.

Lance 50th anniv. logoLance Camper Manufacturing Corp. (Lance) is recalling certain model year 2015 Slide-In Campers and Travel Trailers manufactured August 1, 2014, to October 27, 2014, and equipped with certain Latitude awnings manufactured by Carefree of Colorado. The mounting brackets of the affected awnings may crack, and the awnings may fall.

If an awning falls, there is an increased risk of injury to anyone under the awning.

Lance will notify owners, and dealers will remove and replace all the mounting brackets, free of charge. This began November 26, 2014. Owners may contact Lance customer service at 1-661-949-3322.

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.

Thor Motor Coach

thor-255x144Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain model year 2015 Challenger, Four Winds 5000, Hurricane, Miramar, Chateau Citation, Chateau, Windsport, and Palazzo motorhomes manufactured April 24, 2014, to December 11, 2014, and equipped with certain Latitude awnings manufactured by Carefree of Colorado. The affected awnings may have screws that attach the lateral arm brackets to the mounting brackets that were not manufactured to specification.

The screws could fail, causing the supporting bracket to fail, and the awning to fall and potentially strike and injure a person beneath it.

TMC will notify owners, and dealers will remove and replace the defective screws, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 26, 2015. Owners may contact TMC customer service at 1-877-500-1020. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000097.

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

winnebago-quality-circle-award-255x144Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Winnebago Trend, Travato, and Itasca Viva motorhomes manufactured November 13, 2014, to December 23, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) may fail to learn the locations of the individual sensors while the vehicle is being driven. As a result, the low tire pressure warning light will illuminate, despite the tire pressures being within specification. Should one of the tires lose air pressure, the driver would not be notified of the change in air pressure. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 138, “Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems.”

If the TPMS light illuminates because the sensors cannot be located, it could mask an actual low tire pressure condition, possibly resulting in tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

Winnebago will have Chrysler notify owners, and dealers will update the TPMS module software, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-800-537-1885. Winnebago’s number for this recall is P62.

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.

Entegra Coach

Entegra-Coach-Color-300x233Entegra Coach (Entegra) is recalling certain model year 2015 Aspire motorhomes manufactured July 14, 2014, to October 29, 2014, and equipped with certain Latitude awnings manufactured by Carefree of Colorado. The affected awnings may have screws that attach the lateral arm brackets to the mounting brackets that were not manufactured to specification.

The screws could fail, causing the supporting bracket to fail, and the awning to fall and potentially strike and injure a person beneath it.

Entegra will notify owners, and dealers will remove and replace the defective screws, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Entegra customer service at 1-800-945-4787.

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 Towable

winnebago-quality-circle-award-255x144Winnebago Towable is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Winnebago Minnie 2201DS and 2450BHS travel trailers manufactured May 7, 2012, to November 13, 2014, and 2013-2015 Sunnybrook Remington 2200DS and 2451BHS travel trailers manufactured May 7, 2013, to November 13, 2014. The axle may contact the black liquid propane pipe fitting, resulting in the fitting cracking or breaking.

If the propane pipe fitting cracks or breaks, propane may leak, increasing the risk of a fire.

Winnebago Towable will notify owners. The remedy for this recall is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Winnebago Towable customer service at 1-574-825-5250.

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.

Jayco, Inc.

Jayco Color logo birdJayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2015 Eagle 30.5 BHLT fifth wheel trailers manufactured March 13, 2014, to August 1, 2014. The affected trailers have incorrect tire size information on the tire label. As such, these trailers fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 110, “Tire Selection and Rims and Motor Home/Recreation Vehicle Trailer Load Carrying Capacity Information for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) or less.”

If the trailer tires are replaced with the ones listed incorrectly on the label, the trailer may be overloaded, resulting in poor handling or tire failure. Either of these conditions may increase the risk of a crash.

Jayco will notify owners, send them new labels with the corrected information, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late-January 2015. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901227.

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 48th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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Entegra Coach Introduces 2015 Cornerstone Class A in 3 Models

Middlebury, Indiana-based Entegra Coach introduced the 2015 Cornerstone Class A Diesel Pusher in three 45-foot models, the 45B, 45J, and 45K and provide a variety of slideout options.

Entegra Coach Introduces 2015 Cornerstone Class A in 3 Models
Entegra Coach Introduces 2015 Cornerstone Class A in 3 Models

The exterior includes flush-mount slideouts and frameless tinted dual-pane safety-glass windows.

The 2015 Cornerstone diesel pusher has a 15,000-pound towing capacity. It comes standard with a Spartan K3 tag axle chassis and a Cummins ISX 600 HP turbocharged engine that features an Allison GEN 4 4000 MH six-speed transmission and electronic shifter.

It is built on Entegra Coach’s X-bridge frame.

Under this coach are two carpeted, lighted, and powered slideout cargo trays with side-hinged baggage doors that provide storage space for luggage, sporting gear, outdoor furniture, grills, coolers, or anything else.

Other exterior extras include a 40-inch Samsung LED HDTV with Sony CD/DVD player and speakers, and a convenient exterior slideout tray that stores a powerful 12,500-watt Onan diesel generator.

Entegra Coach Introduces 2015 Cornerstone Class A in 3 Models
Entegra Coach Introduces 2015 Cornerstone Class A in 3 Models

The Cornerstone’s cockpit features Villa Natural Leather power adjustable driver and passenger seats with integrated seat belts, color back-up camera and monitor and side cameras with turn signals, a Trip-Tek information center, Spartan Message Center, and a touch-screen AM/FM/CD/DVD with GPS navigation, which can be projected on the 32-inch Samsung LED HDTV, Bluetooth, and four speakers.

The Cornerstone also has an Ultra-Vision one-piece wrap-around tinted windshield with powered front and side window roller shades.

Cornerstone standards include an electric fireplace, natural leather furniture, 46-inch Samsung LED HDTV in living area (50-inch in the 45B) with Bose CineMate digital home theatre system, decorative satin nickel lighting throughout, raised-panel hardwood, stackable washer and dryer, central vacuum system, and hidden safe.

In the kitchen area, the Cornerstone features a flush-mounted electric two-burner touch control range, a Samsung convection microwave oven with carousel, a Samsung 23 cubic-foot residential refrigerator with ice maker and water dispenser, a dishwasher drawer, solid quartz residential-grade countertops with undermounted stainless-steel sink, solid quartz sink covers and cutting boards and a porcelain tile backsplash with glass design inlays.

Entegra Coach Introduces 2015 Cornerstone Class A in 3 Models
Entegra Coach Introduces 2015 Cornerstone Class A in 3 Models

The kitchen is completed by the satin nickel high-rise single-lever faucet with pull-out sprayer, silverware drawer, under-sink sink cover storage compartment, pull-out cabinet extension with countertop, large deep drawer with waste basket, and two chrome overhead slideout baskets.

The Cornerstone’s bedroom has a King Select Comfort air mattress, cedar-lined wardrobe, 32-inch Samsung LED HDTV home theatre system with Bose Solo sound bar. An in-bed remote secure coach locking system is there for additional convenience and safety. The bathroom boasts solid quartz countertops with integrated sink, porcelain tile shower with integrated seat, satin nickel fixtures, skylight in the shower and medicine cabinet with mirror.

Along with the standard Aqua-Hot 450-D water and heating system with in-floor radiant heating throughout, the 2014 Cornerstone also features Multiplex lighting to control the lights throughout the coach.

Some options include a desk in lieu of a lounger, free-standing table with four chairs and sofa, exterior freezer in slideout tray, power slideout cargo trays and iPad remote control.

Entegra Coach Introduces 2015 Cornerstone Class A in 3 Models
Entegra Coach Introduces 2015 Cornerstone Class A in 3 Models

The Cornerstone is also backed by Entegra Coach’s industry-leading 2-year warranty.

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Entegra Coach, Inc.

Entegra Coach manufactures and markets luxury Class A diesel motor coaches (Aspire, Anthem, and Cornerstone).

Entegra Coach became a member of the Jayco family of companies in the spring of 2008. Jayco is the world’s largest privately-held manufacturer of recreational vehicles.

Address: 903 S. Main Street, PO Box 460, Middlebury, IN 46540

Phone: (574) 825-5861 or (800) 945-4787

Website: www.entegracoach.com

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Entegra Coach Offers 2015 Aspire Diesel Pushers

Middlebury, Indiana-based Entegra Coach offers the 2015 Aspire diesel pusher motor coach in six flexible floor plans—39E, 42DEQ, 42DLQ, 42RBQ, 44B, and 44U.

Entegra Coach Offers 2015 Aspire Diesel Pushers
Entegra Coach Offers 2015 Aspire Diesel Pushers

The exterior of the Aspire features a choice of four exterior paint packages—Autumn Berry, Black Pearl, Shimmering Cabernet, and Golden Garnet—with high-impact designs and a full-body premium paint package on gel-coat fiberglass.

Like all Entegra Coach motorhomes, the Aspire has a one-piece wrap-around Ultra-Vision windshield, frameless tinted dual-pane safety-glass windows, and flush-mounted slideouts. Outside you will also find an entertainment system complete with a 40-inch Samsung LED HDTV with Sony CD/DVD player and speakers, plus a slideout storage tray with side-hinged baggage doors.

Resting on a Spartan Mountain Master chassis and Entegra Coach’s X-Bridge frame, the Aspire features a Cummins ISL 450 HP 8.9L turbocharged diesel engine with an Allison 3000 MH six-speed shift pad electronic transmission. The Aspire has a muffled Jake brake system.

The Aspire starts with Aluma-Tru Superstructure construction on 16-inch centers, a one-piece fiberglass roof complete with front and rear molded caps, 2 inch by 4 inch floor truss construction with ¾-inch main floor decking, and a Polar Pack insulation package.

Entegra Coach Offers 2015 Aspire Diesel Pushers
Entegra Coach Offers 2015 Aspire Diesel Pushers

The steel reinforced front cap and windshield frame are bolted to each sidewall, which in turn are bolted to the chassis frame structure, designed with your safety in mind.

From a new design of high gloss porcelain floor tile with glass inserts to Ultraleather furniture, Aspire takes care of details, according to a company news release.

Added conveniences include a 46-inch Samsung LED HDTV (50-inch in the 42DEQ and 44B) with Bose CineMate digital home theatre system with all-in-one remote in the living area, optional electric fireplace, and central vacuum system with vac pan.

The Aspire’s cab features adjustable foot pedals; Ultraleather driver and passenger seats; touch-screen AM/FM/CD/DVD with GPS navigation, which can be projected on the 32-inch Samsung LED HDTV, Bluetooth, and four speakers; color back-up camera and monitor; and SmartWheel steering with integrated controls for tilt and telescoping steering, wiper, and cruise control.

Features included in the Aspire kitchen are a Samsung 23 cubic-foot residential refrigerator with ice maker and water dispenser, Samsung convection microwave oven with carousel, LP cooktop, Corian solid-surface countertops with integrated sink, two DuPont Corian sink covers and oil rubbed bronze high-rise single-lever faucet with pull-out sprayer.

2015 ASPIRE | 39E
2015 ASPIRE | 39E

Other standard features for 2014 include silverware drawer, under-sink sink cover storage compartment, pullout cabinet extension with countertop, cutting board, large deep drawer with waste basket, and two chrome overhead slideout baskets.

The residential-style bedroom of the Aspire has a King Sleep Number air mattress, decorative headboard, 32-inch Samsung LED TV with Bose Solo sound bar, optional ceiling fan, a large wardrobe with mirrors on the doors, and remote secure coach locking system .

In the bath, oil rubbed bronze fixtures are standard, as are DuPont Corian solid-surface countertops with integrated sink, porcelain toilet, a one-piece radius fiberglass shower with integrated seat, overhead cabinet above stool, and residential medicine cabinet with mirror.

The 2014 Aspire also comes with standard Aqua-Hot 400-LP hydronic water and heating system with in-floor heat throughout, Onan 10,000-watt diesel generator on sliding tray, 2,800-watt Pure Sine wave inverter with (4) 6v batteries, outside shower, and an everything-at-your-fingertips Multiplex lighting system.

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Entegra Coach, Inc.

Entegra Coach manufactures and markets luxury Class A diesel motor coaches (Aspire, Anthem, and Cornerstone).

2015 ASPIRE | 44U
2015 ASPIRE | 44U

Entegra Coach became a member of the Jayco family of companies in the spring of 2008. Jayco is the world’s largest privately-held manufacturer of recreational vehicles.

Address: 903 S. Main Street, PO Box 460, Middlebury, IN 46540

Phone: (574) 825-5861 or (800) 945-4787

Website: www.entegracoach.com

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I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.
—Eartha Kitt

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November 2014 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced five recall notices involving five recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Winnebago, Newmar, Crossroads RV, Tiffin, and Entegra Coach.

Winnebago Industries, Inc.

winnebago-quality-circle-award-255x144Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling one model year 2008 Aspect WF726A coach, one model year 2010 Vista WFE32K coach and one model year 2012 Vista WFE36D coach. The affected vehicles are equipped with certain model S2005, S2010, S5005, S5010, S5505, or S5510 wheelchair lifts manufactured by Ricon Corporation. The platform side plate of the affected wheelchair lifts may crack.

If the platform side plates crack, the lift platform can separate from the lift and come to rest against the vehicle’s lift door. When the doors are opened, the platform may fall out, increasing the risk of injury to the lift operator.

Winnebago will notify owners to take the coaches to a Ricon dealer or service center who will install supplemental platform support bumpers. Any platform that has already started cracking will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2014.

Owners may contact Ricon customer service at 1-800-322-2884 or Winnebago customer service at 1-800-537-1885.

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.

Newmar Corporation

Newmar Corp image001Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2007-2012 Bay Star, Ventana VT/VL, Dutch Aire, Dutch Star, All-Star, Mountain Aire, and Essex motorhomes manufactured January 16, 2007, to May 24, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the circuit breaker for the refrigerator heated water line may be incorrect for the amperage draw.

A circuit breaker that is incorrectly rated for the amperage need increases the risk of a fire.

Newmar will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the motorhome and verify that the circuit breaker rating is correct for the amperage draw, free of charge. The recall began November 6, 2014. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

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.

Crossroads RV

CrossRoads logo3_smallDS Corp doing business as Crossroads RV (Crossroads) is recalling certain model year 2015 Crossroads Zinger Z-1 trailers manufactured March 21, 2014, to September 10, 2014, and 2015 Crossroads Cruiser trailers manufactured April 3, 2014, to September 5, 2014.

The affected trailers may have a Federal Certification Label that has incorrect information. The GVWR is overstated by 2,000 lbs. for the Cruiser models and 1,600 lbs for the Zinger Z-1 models, this overstatement caused the Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC) to be overstated on the Tire Placard label. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 110, “Tire Selection and Rims for Passenger Cars” and Part 567, “Certification.”

Incorrect GVWR information may result in the trailer being overloaded which could cause sudden tire, axle or suspension failure, increasing the risk of loss of control and a crash.

Crossroads will notify owners, and will send corrected Federal Certification, Tire Placard, and CCC labels to the owners with installation instructions, free of charge. The recall began in October 2014. Owners may contact Crossroads customer service at 1-855-226-7496.

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.

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc.

TiffinLogo-UnitTiffin Motorhomes, Inc. (Tiffin) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Allegro Bus 45 foot LP, 37 foot, and 40 foot motorhomes. In the affected vehicles, the Federal Certification label incorrectly states the front Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). As such, the vehicles do not conform to Part 567, “Certification.”

If the motorhome is loaded to the incorrect specifications listed on the label, tire failure may result, increasing the risk of a crash.

Tiffin will notify owners and send a corrected sticker for the customer to put over the incorrect sticker, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2014. Owners may contact Tiffin customer service at 1-256-356-8661.

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.

Entegra Coach

Entegra-Coach-Color-300x233Entegra Coach (Entegra) is recalling certain model year 2015 Aspire and Anthem Class A motorhomes manufactured July 18, 2014, to September 17, 2014. The Cummins ISB or ISL engines in these vehicles may have been equipped with Fleetguard UFF-XT fuel filters, part number FF63009, whose filter shell may separate from the fuel filter nut plate causing the engine to stall without warning.

If the engine stalls unexpectedly there is an increased risk of a crash.

Entegra will notify owners, and Spartan Chassis dealers will work with Cummins to replace the fuel filter with a non-defective one, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on in November 2014. Owners may contact Entegra customer service at 1-800-945-4787.

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 44th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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More September 2014 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced five recall notices involving two recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Jayco and Entegra.

Jayco, Inc.

Jayco Color logo birdMiddlebury, Indiana-based Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Seneca motorhomes, manufactured May 7, 2012, through February 12, 2014, and equipped with an entrance door that includes a TriMark Keyless Entry System. Water infiltration into the back of the TriMark Keypad at the entrance door may cause corrosion on the electrical components of the keypad.

Corrosion due to water infiltration could result in an electrical short, increasing the risk of a fire.

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will add a 5 amp fuse to protect against a short circuit, free of charge. Additionally, a remedy to prevent the ingress of water is being developed. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267.

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.

Jayco, Inc.

Jayco Color logo birdMiddlebury, Indiana-based Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 White Hawk Summit 27RBOK travel trailers manufactured November 12, 2013, through July 10, 2014. One of the tires may rub against the outrigger while making sharp turns.

A tire that rubs against the outrigger may result in premature wear of the tire or tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the outrigger and position it correctly if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267.

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.

Jayco, Inc.

Jayco Color logo birdMiddlebury, Indiana-based Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Precept motorhomes manufactured January 3, 2013, to July 14, 2014. Due to the routing and inadequate protection of the wiring for the driver’s and passenger’s electric seats, the wires may get damaged by the seats moving up and down, and back and forth.

Damaged wires may short, increasing the risk of a fire.

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will reroute the electric seat wires and install an additional 10 amp circuit breaker, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267.

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.

Jayco, Inc.

Jayco Color logo birdMiddlebury, Indiana-based Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2015 Seismic 19A, 19E, and 19F fifth wheel trailers manufactured June 2, 2014, to July 24, 2014. The affected vehicles may have incorrect cargo carrying capacity (CCC) information printed on the CCC Label. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims and Motor Home/Recreation Vehicle Trailer Load Carrying Capacity Information For Motor Vehicles With a GVWR of 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) or less.”

If the user overloads the trailer by following the incorrect information on CCC label, it could affect drivability and cause premature tire wear or tire failure, increasing the risk of of a crash.

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will replace the existing CCC Label with a corrected CCC Label, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901219.

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.

Entegra Coach

Entegra-Coach-Color-300x233Middlebury, Indiana-based Entegra Coach (Entegra) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Cornerstone motorhomes manufactured January 21, 2014, through March 25, 2014 and equipped with certain Villa ABTS driver and passenger seats. The seat belt attachment may be incorrect and the seat belt may fray if it rubs along a steel bracket in the seat, reducing its strength. As such, these seats do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 209, “Seat Belt Assemblies.”

The weakened seat belt may fail to properly restrain the seat occupant in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.

Entegra will work with Villa to notify owners, and dealers will inspect and repair the seat with proper fasteners and inspect the seat belt webbing for fraying and replace the seat belt assembly, if necessary, free of charge. The recall began in June 2014. Owners may contact Entegra customer service at 1-800-945-4787.

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 41st in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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Spartan Chassis Introduces Passive Steer Tag Axle

Charlotte, Michigan-based Spartan Chassis, Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc., has introduced its new Passive Steer Tag Axle for the Recreational Vehicle industry.

Spartan Chassis Introduces Passive Steer Tag Axle
Spartan Chassis Introduces Passive Steer Tag Axle

This purpose-built Passive Steer Tag Axle produces a 7 percent reduction in curb-to-curb turning radius.

“Spartan’s Passive Steer Tag Axle has been designed, engineered, and purpose-built for motorhomes in the recreational vehicle industry,” said Timothy Hamm, Vice President, Sales and Business Development of the Specialty Vehicles business unit, Spartan Chassis, in a company news release.

“We take great pride in the competencies of the technical staff at Spartan and the ground-up approach they bring to chassis engineering. This passive tag is not an adaptation of an existing design.”

Spartan Chassis has designed and packaged its Passive Steer Tag Axle to minimize intrusion into the OEM’s floor plans. Additionally, reduced system mass achieved through a unique design enables increased cargo carrying capacity, depending on the configuration of the OEM’s floor plan.

When a motorhome equipped with the Spartan Passive Steer Tag Axle is shifted into reverse, the alignment mechanism automatically straightens the tires to further reduce tire wear.

The Spartan rear passive steerable tag axle is purpose-built. This product is not an independent front suspension moved to the rear of the chassis, rotated 180 degrees and decontented.

Other Features Include:

  • Reduces tire wear of the tag axle
  • Design does not intrude into the floor plan
  • Reduced system mass for potentially more cargo carrying capacity
  • When in reverse, the alignment mechanism straightens the tires automatically
Spartan Chassis Introduces Passive Steer Tag Axle
Spartan Chassis Introduces Passive Steer Tag Axle

The Passive Steer Tag Axle is standard equipment on the 2015 Model Year Newmar Essex and King Aire Luxury Motor Coaches on a Spartan Chassis platform.

Spartan custom manufactures chassis to the individual specifications of its RV OEM customers including Newmar Corporation, Entegra Coach, and Tiffin Motorhomes.

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Spartan Chassis, Inc.

Spartan Chassis, Inc. is a world-class leader in the engineering, manufacturing, and marketing of chassis and aftermarket parts for emergency-response, recreational vehicle, defense, and specialty vehicles.

End users recognize and request the Spartan Chassis brand, which consistently delivers superior performance, exceptional safety ratings and innovations which distinguish us from the competition.

Spartan Chassis, Inc. is a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc.

Website: www.spartanchassis.com

Spartan Motors, Inc.

Spartan-Chassis-Inc.Spartan Motors, Inc. designs, engineers, and manufactures specialty chassis, specialty vehicles, truck bodies, and aftermarket parts for the recreational vehicle (RV), emergency response, government services, defense, and delivery and service markets.

The Company’s brand names—Spartan(TM), Spartan Chassis(TM), Spartan ER(TM), Spartan ERV(TM) and Utilimaster(R)—are known for quality, performance, service and first-to-market innovation.

The Company employs approximately 1,800 associates at facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Indiana, and Florida.

Spartan reported sales of $471 million in 2012 and is focused on becoming a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of specialty vehicles and chassis.

Website: www.spartanmotors.com

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Do not go where the path may lead, go instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.

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Entegra Coach Introduces 40-foot Aspire Model

Middlebury, Indiana-based Entegra Coach, manufacturer of luxury diesel-powered motorhomes, introduces a new 40-foot Aspire model.

Entegra-Coach-Color-300x233Recently previewed at Florida RV SuperShow, the Aspire 39E floor plan features a full wall slide, which enables spacious and luxurious living synonymous with the Entegra Coach name., according to a news release.

Featuring the popular bath-and-a-half configuration, the Aspire 39E is equipped with a standard king size bed, stacked washer dryer, and a full range of media equipment including a Bose sound bar systems in both the living room and bedroom area.

The fully-equipped residential style kitchen, complete with Samsung stainless steel appliances, provides ample storage and a spacious dining area.

“Entegra Coach had received numerous requests from both dealers and customers to add a shorter length motor coach to our lineup,” said Andy Baer, vice president of sales for Entegra Coach, a division of Jayco Inc.

“Our product management team met the requests with an exciting floor plan that feels as spacious as our other models and offers the level of finish Entegra Coach clientele have come to expect. When you see the ultra-leather furniture, high finish ceramic tile floors, the premium ceiling detail, and experience the overall integrated design of this coach, you will feel right at home.”

The 39E Aspire is built on a Spartan Mountain Master chassis featuring a  24,000 drive axle, front disc brakes, and the Cummins ISL 450 HP 8.9L Turbocharged Diesel along with the Allison 300 series transmission,” said Baer.

“The 39E asserts the same quiet-ride and handling that has become the Entegra Coach trademark.”

“After introducing the floor plan at the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa and receiving nothing but positive feedback, we’re confident we made the right decision to add the 39E to our lineup.” said Baer.

Entegra Aspire 39E floorplan
Entegra Aspire 39E floorplan

Entegra Coach Aspire 39E specs include:

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR): 38,600 pounds

Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR): 53,600 pounds

Front Gross Axle Weight Rating: 14,600 pounds

Rear Gross Axle Weight Rating: 24,000 pounds

Exterior Length: 40 feet 6 inches

Exterior Width: 101 inches

Exterior Height with A/C & Satellite: 152″

Interior Height: 83″

Fresh Water Capacity: 80 gallons

Grey Waste Water Capacity: 52 gallons

Black Waste Water Capacity: 52 gallons

Fuel Tank Capacity: 100 gallons

Furnace (BTU Output: 65,600 AQUA-HOT

Wheel Base: 261 inches

The new floor plan will be available in March as part of the launch of the 2015 model year.

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Entegra Coach, Inc.

Entegra Coach manufactures and markets luxury Class A diesel motor coaches (Aspire, Anthem, and Cornerstone).

Entegra Coach became a member of the Jayco family of companies in the spring of 2008. Jayco is the world’s largest privately-held manufacturer of recreational vehicles.

Address: 903 S. Main Street, PO Box 460, Middlebury, IN 46540

Phone: (574) 825-5861 or (800) 945-4787

Website: entegracoach.com

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I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.
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Spartan Chassis Introduces New Products & Innovations

Charlotte, Michigan-based Spartan Chassis Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. displayed its K3 and Mountain Master GT chassis along with several innovations during the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 51st Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky, December 3-5.

Spartan K3 Chassis
Spartan K3 Chassis

“Since 1985, Spartan Chassis has developed significant technological innovations that have changed the RV industry,” said Art Ickes, president of the Specialty Vehicles business unit.

“Throughout the years, the demand for Spartan Chassis has continued to remain strong as owners value the innovations Spartan has and continues to develop. In 2013, we saw a strong increase in the number of prospective Class A diesel motorhome owners requesting a Spartan Chassis.”

Spartan will feature a 24,000-pound drive axle as well as introducing Fogmaker North America into the RV market. The Reyco Granning RD2400 drive axle is designed to take advantage of recent changes in Federal Highway Administration laws that allow the use of a single rear axle rated at 24,000 pounds weight capacity. The RD2400 eliminates torque induced drive line grumble which further extends the product’s life cycle.

Fogmaker North America delivers fire suppression systems for engine compartments and enclosed spaces utilizing a patented water mist technology. This system extinguishes fire by targeting the three components (oxygen, fuel, and heat). The system is environmentally friendly and cleanup after activation is simple and fast.

Spartan,pennwell.web.400.400The demand for motorhomes built on a Spartan Chassis has increased 21.5 percent year-over-year from 2012 to 2013. Spartan Chassis’ unit volume this year outperforms the Class A diesel market by over six percentage points. Spartan custom manufactures chassis to the individual specifications of Entegra Coach, Newmar Corp., and Tiffin Motorhomes Inc.

The goal at Spartan Chassis is to provide its end-users with an exceptional RV experience, no matter the destination, duty-cycle, or configuration. To achieve that, Spartan consistently drives innovation that improves maneuverability, ride quality, and coach handling to name a few. Spartan’s OEM customers recognize the company and its ability to design, engineer and manufacture the Premier Foundation.

The National RV Trade Show presented by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) is the preeminent trade show for the RV dealer market, annually showcasing the latest RV technology and new models.

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Spartan Chassis, Inc.

Spartan Chassis, Inc. is a world-class leader in the engineering, manufacturing, and marketing of chassis and aftermarket parts for emergency-response, recreational vehicle (RV), defense, and specialty vehicles.

End users recognize and request the Spartan Chassis brand, which consistently delivers superior performance, exceptional safety ratings and innovations which distinguish us from the competition.

Spartan-Chassis-Inc.Spartan Chassis, Inc. is a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc.

Website: spartanchassis.com

Spartan Motors, Inc.

Spartan Motors, Inc. designs, engineers, and manufactures specialty chassis, specialty vehicles, truck bodies, and aftermarket parts for the recreational vehicle (RV), emergency response, government services, defense, and delivery and service markets.

The Company’s brand names—Spartan(TM), Spartan Chassis(TM), Spartan ER(TM), Spartan ERV(TM) and Utilimaster(R)—are known for quality, performance, service and first-to-market innovation.

The Company employs approximately 1,800 associates at facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Indiana, and Florida.

Spartan reported sales of $471 million in 2012 and is focused on becoming a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of specialty vehicles and chassis.

Website: spartanmotors.com

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Do not go where the path may lead, go instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Entegra Coach Assembles 1,000th Motor Coach

Middlebury, Indiana-based Entegra Coach, a division of Jayco, Inc., recently commemorated the production of their 1,000 motor coach with a division-wide celebration at its manufacturing plant.

Entegra Coach commemorates the production of their 1,000 motor coach with a division-wide celebration at its manufacturing plant.
Entegra Coach commemorates the production of their 1,000 motor coach with a division-wide celebration at its manufacturing plant.

Employees from the office and assembly line took time off to hear from executives including Wilbur Bontrager, chairman of the board; Derald Bontrager, CEO; and John Ganyard, general manager and vice president of the motorized division.

The employees enjoyed a catered lunch following the speeches.

“The celebration was a success. We were able to congratulate all of the members of our Entegra Coach team for reaching this milestone and encourage them to keep up the great work,” said Ganyard.

“Jayco established Entegra Coach in 2009 as its flagship motorhome division and today we have more than 150 employees. We think it’s important that we make it clear to all of them; they each play an important role in our success.”

Data from Statistical Surveys Inc. showed a 28 percent rise in year-over-year sales during May for Entegra Coach.

As a result of this growing demand for its motor coaches, Entegra Coach completed a 77,752-square-foot expansion of its manufacturing facility in July.

“The assembly line has fully moved into the new facilities and is producing more motorhomes per week than at any time in the company’s history,” added Ganyard.

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Entegra Coach, Inc.

Entegra-Coach-Color-300x233Entegra Coach manufactures and markets luxury Class A diesel motor coaches (Aspire, Anthem, and Cornerstone).

Entegra Coach became a member of the Jayco family of companies in the spring of 2008. Jayco is the world’s largest privately-held manufacturer of recreational vehicles.

Address: 903 S. Main Street, PO Box 460, Middlebury, IN 46540

Phone: (574) 825-5861 or (800) 945-4787

Website: entegracoach.com

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I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.
—Eartha Kitt

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