And 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 5 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Cruiser RV, Starcraft RV, Roadtrek Motorhomes, Keystone RV Company, and Allied Recreation Group.

Cruiser RV

CruiserCruiser RV (Cruiser) is recalling certain model year 2016 Stryker travel trailers manufactured March 23, 2015, to April 20, 2015. In the affected trailers, the studs that are used to attach the wheels to the axle hubs may break.

If the wheel studs break, the wheel could detach from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Cruiser will notify owners, and dealers will replace any affected wheel hub, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 24, 2015. Owners may contact Cruiser customer service at 1-866-277-5630. Cruiser’s number for this recall is 11043R & 11044R.

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.

Starcraft RV

starcraftStarcraft RV (Starcraft) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 AR-ONE TT trailers and 2014-2016 Comet CT Hard Sided camping trailers, models 28V, 28P, 28R, 28S, 28V, 28W, BC, and BH, manufactured June 3, 2013, to February 6, 2015 and equipped with the Extreme Package Option. The affected trailers have Certification labels that incorrectly state a tire size of ST205/75R 14C when the actual tire size is LT235/75R 15C. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

If the operator installs the incorrect tires due to the information on the certification label, vehicle handling could be affected, increasing the risk of a crash.

Starcraft will notify owners, and dealers will install a corrected label, free of charge. The recall began on July 17, 2015. Owners may contact Starcraft customer service at 1-800-945-4787. Starcraft’s number for this recall is 9902240.

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.

Roadtrek Motorhomes

roadtrek_logoRoadtrek Motorhomes Inc. (Roadtrek) is recalling certain model year 2014 CS Adventurous, E-Trek, RS Adventurous, SS Agile, and TS Adventurous vehicles manufactured from September 18, 2013, through April 9, 2015, and built on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Chassis. The affected vehicles have electrical wiring connections under the front seats that can become dislodged or damaged and prevent the optional front seat SH9 Thorax air bags from deploying.

If the front thorax air bag fails to deploy in the event of a crash, the seat occupant has a increased risk of injury.

Roadtrek will notify owners, and dealers will modify the electrical connections, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Roadtrek customer service at 1-888-762-3873.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Keystone RV Company

Keystone-Rv-Co.-logoKeystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain model year 2013 Montana trailers, models 3100RL, 3150RL13, 3400RL, 3402RL, 3582RL, 3625RE, 3725RL, 3750FL and 3900FB, manufactured November 12, 2012, to January 30, 2013, and 2014 Mountaineer trailers, models 331RLT, 356TBF and 375FLF, manufactured August 21, 2013, to September 18, 2013. In all models except the Mountaineer 375FLF, the rear windows are labeled with an exit sticker, but the rear window is not intended to be a secondary emergency exit. With the Mountaineer 375FLF, the rear window is intended as the secondary emergency exit, but it may be blocked by the rear ladder.

In the event of an emergency, occupants could try to escape through the rear window, but would not be able to. This delay in their escape may increase the risk of injury.

Keystone has notified owners, and dealers will remove the emergency exit sticker from the windows that were not intended to be emergency exits. Mountaineer 375FLF vehicles will have the window replaced, so that egress section of the window is on the opposite side of where the ladder is installed. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began on July 9, 2015. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 15-232.

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

Allied Recreation Group, Inc. (ARG)

argLogo_bigAllied Recreation Group, Inc. (ARG) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Fleetwood Southwind recreational vehicles, model 32 VS, manufactured April 16, 2014, to June 19, 2015. The affected vehicles may have been manufactured without an emergency exit window on the road side bedroom wall.

In the event of an emergency, the occupant’s exit from the vehicle may be delayed or prevented, increasing their risk of injury.

ARG will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles and, if necessary, they will replace the existing road side bedroom wall window with an emergency exit window, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 18, 2015. Owners can contact ARG customer service at 1-800-509-3417. ARG’s number for this recall number is 150625ARG.

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 64th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

Worth Pondering…

It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.

—Martin Van Buren

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Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks

Goshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV Company introduced the new Fuzion 420 fifth wheel toy hauler.

Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks
Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks

“You can’t get too much of a good thing” is the thinking behind the new Fuzion model, according to a company news release.

Featuring two patio decks for a combined outdoor living area of over 160 square feet, both the rear and side mounted decks include patio awning, LED lighting, and adjustable aluminum entry steps.

In addition, the Fusion 420 model is the first toy hauler in the industry to incorporate the FastTrack2 patio system by MOR/ryde which virtually eliminates pins as part of the set up process and makes short work of setting up the patio, according to the Keystone announcement.

“Patio decks are an increasingly important selling feature for our toy hauler customers,” says Fuzion product manager Tim Markel.

“Today, well over 95 percent of our customers order their Fuzion with the patio option. Adding a second deck on the door side creates a prime entertainment or relaxing area that can easily be accessed through the sliding glass patio door in the coach or by way of the aluminum steps leading to the ground. Campers love sitting on the deck and watching TV, visiting with friends, or utilizing the deck as an enclosed play area for the kids or family dog.”

Both the rear deck and the side deck on the Fuzion 420 feature the new FastTrack2 patio system by MOR/ryde.

Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks
Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks

A Fuzion exclusive, FastTrack2 allows each rail to smoothly slide and then snap in place without pins. There are no rails to lift as both the side and end rails are permanently mounted to the garage wall and simply swing into position. Setting up the Fuzion patio requires minimum effort and can be accomplished in seconds rather than minutes.

“With extra value features like FastTrack2, the MOR/ryde suspension and pin-box system, new exterior full paint options and our Fuzion Chrome edition, we are differentiating Fuzion from other brands in the marketplace,” said Marke.

“Fuzion market share is up 22 percent in April according to Statistical Surveys, Inc. Clearly our dealers have embraced the Fuzion concept and have propelled our sales.”

The new Keystone Fuzion 420 fifth wheel toy hauler specs include:

  • Shipping Weight: 15,095 pounds
  • Carrying Capacity: 3,905 pounds
  • Hitch Weight: 3,775 pounds
  • External Length: 43 feet
  • External Height: 13 feet 3 inches
  • Fresh Water Carrying Capacity: 112 gallons
  • Gray Water Carrying Capacity: 88 gallons
  • Black Water Carrying Capacity: 88 gallons
Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks
Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks

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Keystone RV Company

Keystone RV Company is a producer of travel trailers, fifth wheels, and toy haulers, with manufacturing facilities at its headquarters in Goshen, Indiana, and Pendleton, Oregon.

Keystone RV brands include Montana, Cougar, Outback, Springdale, Raptor, Residence, Retreat, Passport, Hornet, Sprinter, Laredo, Mountaineer, Big Sky, High Country, Fuzion, X-lite, Bullet, Premier, Alpine, and Avalanche.

Keystone is a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc., Jackson Center, Ohio, the world’s largest manufacturer of recreation vehicles and a major builder of commercial buses.

Address: 2642 Hackberry Drive, PO Box 2000, Goshen, IN 46527-2000

Phone: (574) 535-2100

Website: www.keystonerv.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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Still More April 2015 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced 5 recall notices involving 5 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Crossroads RV, Heartland Recreational Vehicles, Keystone RV Company, and Highland Ridge RV.

Crossroads RV

CrossRoads logo3_smallDS Corp, doing business as Crossroads RV (Crossroads), is recalling certain model year 2016 Crossroads Sunset Trail, Cruiser Aire, Cruiser, Cameo, and ReZerve recreational trailers manufactured March 4, 2015, to March 20, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the screws that attach the expanding room to the sliding mechanism cable may fail allowing the room to extend unintentionally while the vehicle is in motion.

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

Crossroads will notify owners, and dealers will replace the slide room mechanism attaching screws, free of charge. The recall began on April 6, 2015. Owners may contact Crossroads customer service at 1-855-226-7496. Crossroads number for this recall is 36.

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

HeartlandHeartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain model year 2015 Bighorn, Cyclone, Edge, Elkridge, Landmark 365, Road Warrior, and Torque fifth wheel and travel trailers. 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 causing the quad step to fail, the step user may fall, increasing the risk of personal injury.

Heartland has notified owners, and dealers will replace the defective rivets with bolts, free of charge. The recall began on April 13, 2015. Owners may contact Heartland customer service at 1-877-262-8032. Heartland’s number for this recall is 99-01-20.

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

HeartlandHeartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain model year 2016 Big Country, Bighorn, Cyclone, Edge, Elkridge, North Trail, Prowler, Road Warrior, Sundance XLT, Torque, Wilderness and 2015-2016 Landmark 365 fifth wheel and travel trailers. In the affected vehicles, the bolts that attach the expanding room to the sliding mechanism chain may fail allowing the room to extend unintentionally while the vehicle is in motion.

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

Heartland will notify owners, and dealers will replace the defective bolts, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Heartland customer service at 1-877-262-8032. Heartland’s number for this recall is 99-01-21.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Keystone RV Company

Keystone-Rv-Co.-logoKeystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain model year 2015 Keystone Sprinter trailers, models 252RLS, 269RLS, 295RKS, 298RLS, 299RET, 31BH, and 313BHS, and 2015 Dutchmen Denali trailers, models 2461RK and 262RLX. In the affected trailers, the studs that are used to attach the wheels to the axle hubs may break.

If the wheel studs break, the wheel could detach from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wheel hubs, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2015. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 15-230.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Highland Ridge RV

Open Range RV LogoHighland Ridge RV (Highland) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Roamer, Mesa Ridge, Light, 3X, and Journeyer travel and fifth wheel trailers manufactured March 6, 2015, to March 26, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the screws that attach the expanding room to the sliding mechanism cable may fail allowing the room to extend unintentionally while the vehicle is in motion.

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

Highland will notify owners, and dealers will replace the slide room mechanism attaching screws, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 27, 2015. Owners may contact Highland customer service at 1-260-768-7771.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Please Note: This is the 55th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

Worth Pondering…

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it, is committing another mistake.

—Confucius

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March 2015 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced 4 recall notices involving 4 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Forest River, Airstream, Keystone RV, and Cruiser RV.

Forest River, Inc.

forest-RiverForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2014 Rockwood and Flagstaff recreational vehicles manufactured June 26, 2014, to October 9, 2014, and equipped with the Chill Chaser option. In the affected vehicles, excessive foam insulation and/or loose wiring may touch the Chill Chaser heating element.

If the foam insulation or loose wiring contacts the heating element, there is an increased risk of fire.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the foam insulation and wiring, making any necessary repair, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on, or about, March 9, 2015. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-2640. Forest River’s number for this recall is SB111014.

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.

Airstream, Inc.

Airstream-logo-newAirstream, Inc. (Airstream) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Land Yacht, Eddie Bauer, International, Flying Cloud, and Sport travel trailers manufactured August 1, 2013, to February 4, 2015. The screws that secure the tray for the liquid propane (LP) tanks may fail and the LP tanks may fall from the trailer.

If the screws that secures the tank to the trailer fails, the tank can separate from the trailer becoming an object that can impact another vehicle on the road. There is also an increased risk of a fire.

Airstream will notify owners, and dealers will install new attaching screws to secure the LP tank tray, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 2, 2015. The recall began on February 25, 2015. Owners may contact Airstream customer service at 1-937-596-6111.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Keystone RV Company

Keystone-Rv-Co.-logoKeystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Montana vehicles manufactured November 1, 2012, to May 22, 2014, and 2014-2015 Raptor vehicles manufactured February 3, 2014, to January 15, 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 causing the quad step to fail, the step user may fall, increasing the risk of personal injury.

The remedy for this recall is still under development. The recall is expected to begin March 16, 2015. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 15-224.

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.

Cruiser RV

Cruiser_RV_LogoCruiser RV (Cruiser) is recalling certain model year 2016 Stryker Toy and Stryker Toy Hauler trailers manufactured July 21, 2014, to January 9, 2015, and equipped with an optional slide floor. In the affected trailers, the slide floor can be flipped up to access the storage space underneath. If the floor is flipped up while the trailer is stationary, the trailer occupants may be exposed to exhaust fumes from the generator or fumes from the exterior fueling station.

If the optional slide floor is opened and the occupants are exposed to fumes, there is an increased risk of injury.

Cruiser will notify owners, and dealers will secure the slide floor so that it cannot be opened, completely sealing it from the occupant space, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 16, 2015. Owners may contact Cruiser customer service at 1-866-277-5630.

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 50th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

Worth Pondering…

It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.

—Martin Van Buren

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Keystone Montana Awarded 2015 Best RV Debut

Goshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV Company new Montana 3791RD “rear-den” model has been awarded RV Business magazine’s 2015 Best RV Debut Award.

2015 Keystone Montana 3791RD fifth wheel
2015 Keystone Montana 3791RD fifth wheel

Singled out from dozens of other luxury fifth wheel floor plans debuted during Open House week 2014, the Montana 3791RD offers an industry exclusive elevated Rear Den with a spacious chef-inspired kitchen, front bed/bath suite and touts a category leading 252 cubic feet of exterior storage.

“This unique floor plan has massive eye appeal and exciting standard features, such as an 18 cubic-foot RV or residential refrigerator, exclusive up-lit ceiling crown moulding, back-up camera, and upgrade Mor Ryde suspension, to name just a few,” said Jim Mac, Keystone communications director.

“The new 3791RD floor plan absolutely floored our customers at the Sevierville show; we sold four of this model in the second week of January,” said Billy Yates, owner of Northgate RV in Ringgold, Georgia.

“The 3791RD floor plan isn’t a home run, it’s a grand slam.”

According to Montana product manager Jason Gill, “Based on immediate dealer reaction at the open house, we knew this model would be a game changer. We have seen many 3791RD’s retail within hours of hitting dealer’s lots. On top of that, dealers are even more excited about the refreshed look, floor plans, features and price of the new Montana.”

2015 Keystone Montana 3791RD fifth wheel
2015 Keystone Montana 3791RD fifth wheel

“This new model is a testament to the continued innovation and product development Montana dealers have come to expect from the best selling, high-profile fifth wheel for 14 consecutive years,” said Kyle Kwasny, group general manager.

In addition to the RV Business award, Montana also received the coveted RVDA Dealer Satisfaction Index Quality Circle Award for 2014.

“We scored at the very top in areas of sales support, vehicle reliability/quality, and perceived brand value. We want to thank our dealer partners and our production and support teams for making this possible,” Kwasny explained.

“Dealers will see more product innovation, more value and great dealer support this upcoming year. I am confident they expect a big year from Montana products.”

2015 Keystone Montana 3791RD fifth wheel
2015 Keystone Montana 3791RD fifth wheel

Features include front to rear interior vaulted ceiling, 6-foot 6-inch tall main slideouts, glazed Zinfandel cherry cabinetry, stainless steel 30-inch over-the-range convection/microwave oven with range hood, residential French door refrigerator with bottom freezer and 1000 watt inverter central vacuum with interior and exterior ports plus toe kick sweep, 35,000 BTU furnace with auto ignition, and high gloss gel coated fiberglass exterior.

Montana is North America’s number one selling luxury fifth wheel for 14 consecutive years.

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Keystone RV Company

Keystone RV Company is a producer of travel trailers, fifth wheels, and toy haulers, with manufacturing facilities at its headquarters in Goshen, Indiana, and Pendleton, Oregon.

Keystone RV brands include Montana, Cougar, Outback, Springdale, Raptor, Residence, Retreat, Passport, Hornet, Sprinter, Laredo, Mountaineer, Big Sky, High Country, Fuzion, X-lite, Bullet, Premier, Alpine, and Avalanche.

Keystone is a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc., Jackson Center, Ohio, the world’s largest manufacturer of recreation vehicles and a major builder of commercial buses.

Address: 2642 Hackberry Drive, PO Box 2000, Goshen, IN 46527-2000

Phone: (574) 535-2100

Website: www.keystonerv.com

2015 Keystone Montana 3791RD fifth wheel floor plan
2015 Keystone Montana 3791RD fifth wheel floor plan

Worth Pondering…

Your road is everything that a road ought to be…

And yet you will not stay in it half a mile, for the reason that little, seductive, mysterious roads are always branching out from it on either hand, and as these curve sharply also and hide what is beyond, you cannot resist the temptation to desert your own chosen road and explore them.

—Mark Twain, American author

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Dutchmen Showcases 2015 Denali Towable Product Lines

Goshen, Indiana-based Dutchmen Manufacturing entered the 2015 show season with great anticipation, particularly for its all-new Denali travel trailer and fifth wheel product line.

2015 Dutchmen Denali 307RLS fifth wheel interior in cobblestone decor.
2015 Dutchmen Denali 307RLS fifth wheel interior in cobblestone decor.

After implementing significant feature changes, Dutchmen Vice President of Sales Troy James said consumers have responded beyond his expectations.

“Since Open House, dealers have been really excited about the new Denali products. Now, with the retail show season in full swing, consumers are finding out exactly why the dealers are so fired up,” James explained in a company news release.

“We’ve seen big sales increases in the majority of shows. Over 70 percent of dealers at the retail shows are seeing significant sales lifts in the Denali products.”

In more detail, the changes start with what Denali Product Manager Carter Yoder has described as a Denali “fifth-wheel-like travel trailer.”

“I’ve been in this business for a long time, and I have to say that what we’ve done with this travel trailer is truly unique,” he explained.

“It has the floor plan and storage capacity of a fifth wheel, and with its deep, opposing slideouts and barrel ceiling, it just feels much bigger than it actually is. I call it our ‘fifth-wheel-like travel trailer.’”

2015 Dutchmen Denali Lite Series travel trailer exterior
2015 Dutchmen Denali Lite Series travel trailer exterior

More space is front and center with the 2015 Denali fifth wheels as well.

“In our fifth wheels, we’ve increased storage space by 22 percent, and we’ve added 5 inches of bedroom ceiling height in all floor plans, too,” said Yoder.

“Dutchmen is focused on value—giving customers more bang for the buck—and the 2015 Denali products do just that.”

All Denali products feature painted gel coat fiberglass front-end caps with LED lights, oyster-colored fiberglass exteriors, European-designed furniture with accent stitching, mosaic tile backsplashes, residential window treatments with soft drapes, and a host of other standard amenities.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price starts at $23,483 (Denali 2371 RB Lite Travel Trailer).

“As was stated by one observer, there is no shortage of standard features when it comes to Denali. Combine that with the fact that we’re not the most expensive product in our class, and we think consumers are going to pretty quickly discover that Denali has redefined what value is all about,” Yoder added.

2015 Dutchmen Denali Fifth Wheel Series exterior
2015 Dutchmen Denali Fifth Wheel Series exterior

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Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc.

Since 1988, Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc. has been a leader in the recreation vehicle industry.

Dutchmen RV produces various widely-recognized brands brands of towable recreational vehicles that are sold throughout the United States and Canada.

Dutchmen RV brands include the Aerolite, Denali, Komfort, Infinity, Aspen Trail, Kodiak, Voltage, Rubicon, Coleman, Four Winds, Grand Junction, Lakewood, and Dutchmen brands.

Goshen, Indiana-based Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc., a division of Keystone RV Company, is a Thor Industries, Inc. company.

Address: P.O. Box 2164, 2164 Caragana Court, Goshen, IN 46527

Phone: (574) 537-0600

Website: www.dutchmen.com

Worth Pondering…

If you feel bored do something, for there is always something to do, see or explore in this world. Keep in mind that boredom can also cause depression, so get out there and live now.

—Sylvia Browne

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Keystone Passport Achieves Milestone

Goshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV Company’s Passport Ultra Lite division achieved an industry milestone in record time, as the 35,000th Passport trailer rolled off the Goshen assembly line.

passport_gray_exterior_groupCelebrating in grand fashion, the Passport sales team handed over the keys to Nathan and Justin Hart of Walnut Ridge Family RV Sales of New Castle, Indiana, in front of the whole plant.

First introduced as a 2007 model, Passport’s retail sales hit an all time high in 2014.

“We have stayed true to the core of the ultra lite market and strived to keep weights low,” said Product manager Ryan Shuff, in a news release.

“One hundred percent of the Passport product line is truly half-ton towable, even by older tow vehicles. And we didn’t stop there—today an entire segment of the Passport product line is towable by the new crossover vehicles.”

“As a family-owned dealership, it is important to have a partner like Keystone providing us with products that hit the sweet spot of the market,” said Walnut Ridge President Nathan Hart.

“The Passport is dialed-in for today’s buyers. In addition, Keystone gives us the personal attention we believe important to help us better serve our customers. We know that if necessary, we can always call the Keystone factory and get our customers the assistance they need.”

Keystone Passport Model 23RB interior
Keystone Passport Model 23RB interior

Group General Manager Bren Lauck noted that Passport’s exclusive ultra lite product mix creates increased opportunities.

“With our exclusive focus on ultra lites, Passport dealers can reach a broader market segment, attracting more first time buyers and families with smaller vehicles.  We anticipate 2015 to be another banner year for the Passport team,” said Lauck.

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Keystone RV Company

Keystone-Rv-Co.-logoKeystone RV Company is a producer of travel trailers, fifth wheels, and toy haulers, with manufacturing facilities at its headquarters in Goshen, Indiana, and Pendleton, Oregon.

Keystone RV brands include Montana, Cougar, Outback, Springdale, Raptor, Residence, Retreat, Passport, Hornet, Sprinter, Laredo, Mountaineer, Big Sky, High Country, Fuzion, X-lite, Bullet, Premier, Alpine, and Avalanche.

Keystone is a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc., Jackson Center, Ohio, the world’s largest manufacturer of recreation vehicles and a major builder of commercial buses.

Address: 2642 Hackberry Drive, PO Box 2000, Goshen, IN 46527-2000

Phone: (574) 535-2100

Website: www.keystonerv.com

Worth Pondering…

Your road is everything that a road ought to be…

And yet you will not stay in it half a mile, for the reason that little, seductive, mysterious roads are always branching out from it on either hand, and as these curve sharply also and hide what is beyond, you cannot resist the temptation to desert your own chosen road and explore them.

—Mark Twain, American author

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More December 2014 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced five recall notices involving three recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers— Keystone RV, Thor Motor Coach, and Jayco.

Keystone RV Company

Keystone-Rv-Co.-logoKeystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain model year 2015 Dutchmen Rubicon trailers manufactured August 22, 2014, to September 17, 2014. The affected vehicles may have been assembled with the clamp installed incorrectly on the fuel line at the generator fuel filter and the fuel tank. As a result, the fuel line may disconnect.

If the fuel line at the generator fuel filter and fuel tank disconnects, fuel may leak, increasing the risk of a fire.

Keystone has notified owners, and dealers will inspect the fuel line clamp on the generator and the fuel tank and reposition it, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on October 17, 2014. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 14-218.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Keystone RV Company

Keystone-Rv-Co.-logoKeystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Dutchmen Aerolite, and Dutchmen Denali travel trailers manufactured December 2, 2013, to September 11, 2014. The affected trailers may have been produced with a 12V breaker that is located near the battery, but may not have been connected to the protected terminal breaker.

Should the 12V breaker experience an electrical short, a vehicle fire could occur.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will verify the wiring to the breakers is connected to the protected terminal and/or remedy the connection, free of charge. The recall began November 5, 2014. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-219-642-4590. Keystone’s number for this recall is 14-217.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Keystone RV Company

Keystone-Rv-Co.-logoKeystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain model year 2015 Laredo trailers manufactured July 7, 2014, to October 14, 2014. In the affected vehicles, a circuit breaker may rub against the propane cylinder.

If the circuit breaker rubs against the propane cylinder, an electrical short may result, increasing the risk of a fire.

Keystone has notified owners, and dealers will relocate the breaker away from the propane cylinder, free of charge. The recall began on November 10, 2014. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 14-219.

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 Motor Coach; North America's Best Selling Motorhome BrandThor Motor Coach (Thor) is recalling certain model year 2015 Four Winds 5000, Hurricane, Miramar, Chateau Citation, Chateau, Four Winds Siesta, Windsport, and Freedom Elite motorhomes manufactured August 7, 2014, to October 17, 2014. The affected motorhomes have awnings whose mounting brackets may crack, and the awnings may fall.

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

Thor has notified owners, and dealers will replace the defective mounting brackets, free of charge. The recall began on November 10, 2014. Owners may contact Thor customer service at 1-877-855-2867. Thor’s number for this recall is RC000095.

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 HT FW P1 PN PP PR PW PX PY and PZ trailers manufactured August 20, 2014, to October 27, 2014. The affected vehicles may have incorrect weight calculations on the cargo carrying capacity label. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 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.”

A vehicle operator could inadvertently overload the trailer due to the incorrect information, resulting in the trailer having tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

Jayco has notified owners, and dealers will replace the certification label with a corrected certification label, free of charge. The recall began on November 12, 2014. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901226.

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 46th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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October 2014 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced five recall notices involving four recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Allied Recreation Group, Starcraft, Jayco, and Keystone Company.

Allied Recreation Group, Inc.

holidayrambler_logoDecatur, Indiana-based Allied Recreation Group, Inc. (ARG) is recalling certain model year 2015 Monaco Holiday Rambler Alumascape fifth wheel trailers, models 323RL and 343RE, manufactured August 28, 2013, to December 18, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the Federal Certification Label figures related to the front and rear tire type, front and rear tire width, front and rear tire load index letter designation, and front and rear tire pressure ratings, in pounds per square inch (PSI) and in kilopascals (KPA) are incorrect. As such, the vehicles do not conform to Part 567, “Certification.”

Incorrect information on the label may result in improper tire inflation which may contribute to tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

ARG will notify owners, and dealers will replace the tires with new tires of the same specification as the original tires in case any of them have been improperly inflated, and also replace the Federal Certification labels with corrected information, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on September 30, 2014. Owners may contact ARG customer service at 1-800-509-3417. ARG’s number for this recall is 140827ARG.

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.

Starcraft RV

Starcraft logoMiddlebury, Indiana-based Starcraft RV is recalling certain model year 2015 AR-One travel trailers, models 28P, 28R, 28U, 28V, 28S, and 28W, manufactured April 23, 2014, to July 18, 2014. The affected trailers are equipped with the roof AC option, eliminating the roof vent. As such, since there is no widow in the kitchen, there is inadequate venting for the gases emanating from the range.

In the event of a situation where the propane gas continues to flow, if the gas range cannot vent, an ignition source may ignite the propane gas, resulting in a fire.

Starcraft RV will notify owners, and dealers will install a range hood that vents to the outside of the trailer, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on October 17, 2014. Owners may contact Starcraft RV customer service at 1-800-945-4787. Starcraft RV’s number for this recall is 9902221.

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 Jay Flight travel trailers, models 264BHW (7V) and 267BHSW (7W), manufactured April 23, 2014, to June 4, 2014. The affected trailers are equipped with the roof AC option, eliminating the roof vent. As such, since the window does not open, there is inadequate venting for the gases emanating from the range.

In the event of a situation where the propane gas continues to flow, if the gas range cannot vent, an ignition source may ignite the propane gas, resulting in a fire.

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will replace the non-opening window with a window that opens, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on October 30, 2014. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall 9901221.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Keystone RV Company

Keystone-Rv-Co.-logoGoshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Hideout 308BHDS fifth wheel trailers manufactured October 2, 2013, to August 8, 2014. The affected trailers may have been built with a 120V outlet in the exterior kitchen that is not part of the GFCI protected circuit.

An outlet that is not part of the GFCI protected circuit has an increased risk of providing an electrical shock if an electrical fault exists in an appliance plugged into the receptacle.

Keystone has notified owners, and dealers will verify that the outside kitchen outlet is on a GFCI circuit, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on September 15, 2014. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 14-216.

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 19RD (TP) Jay Flight trailers manufactured May 19, 2014, to May 21, 2014. The affected trailers may have been manufactured with the roof ladder installed on the door side of the trailer. This incorrect location does not have a reinforcing backer to hold the ladder to the trailer.

If the ladder does not have the support of the backer, when the ladder is used, the screws can pull out of the trailer wall and the ladder may give, increasing the risk of injury to the ladder user.

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the placement of the ladder, and install a backer if the ladder is installed on the wrong side, free of charge. The recall began on September 30, 2014. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901220.

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 43rd in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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Keystone Introduces New Alpine Crossover Model During RV Show

Goshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV Co.’s Alpine division will introduce a new 3900RE floor plan during this year’s Fifth Annual Elkhart County RV Open House, September 16-18.

Alpine 3900RE from Keystone RV
Alpine 3900RE from Keystone RV

This new crossover model features a “Captain’s Quarters” complete with ramp garage, work bench, overhead storage, and LED TV.

This floor plan “adds a new twist” to one of Alpine’s top selling designs, according to a company news release.

The inspiration for this crossover floor plan came from visiting with retail customers and dealers, according to Alpine/Avalanche product manager Scott Parkhurst.

“People told us they love the look and features of the Alpine, and would really welcome an area to work and haul bulky stuff,” said Parkhurst.

“The 3900RE provides the benefits of a traditional toy hauler garage without compromising the comfort and convenience of a luxury fifth-wheel.”

Keystone Alpine-logoThe garage area in the 3900RE is purposely sized to accommodate an EZ GO golf cart or fully dressed Harley-Davidson Sportster 833 or Softail Classic.

“We asked customers what they would like to haul and these were some of the larger toys they mentioned,” said Parkhurst.

“We designed a garage to fit and satisfy their needs.”

“It has been fun developing new ideas and concepts we can integrate into one of the best selling fifth-wheels in the market,” said Keystone group general manager Bren Lauck.

“The 3900RE is just one of five new floor plans the Alpine group will be showcasing at the Open House. We can’t wait to share with dealers all of the many upgrades.”

Keystone will show product at September 16-18 Open House in Thor Industries Inc.’s exhibit area at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana.

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Keystone RV Company

Keystone-Rv-Co.-logoKeystone RV Company is a producer of travel trailers, fifth wheels, and toy haulers, with manufacturing facilities at its headquarters in Goshen, Indiana, and Pendleton, Oregon.

Keystone RV brands include Montana, Cougar, Outback, Springdale, Raptor, Residence, Retreat, Passport, Hornet, Sprinter, Laredo, Mountaineer, Big Sky, High Country, Fuzion, X-lite, Bullet, Premier, Alpine, and Avalanche.

Keystone is a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc., Jackson Center, Ohio, the world’s largest manufacturer of recreation vehicles and a major builder of commercial buses.

Address: 2642 Hackberry Drive, PO Box 2000, Goshen, IN 46527-2000

Phone: (574) 535-2100

Website: www.keystonerv.com

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Your road is everything that a road ought to be…

And yet you will not stay in it half a mile, for the reason that little, seductive, mysterious roads are always branching out from it on either hand, and as these curve sharply also and hide what is beyond, you cannot resist the temptation to desert your own chosen road and explore them.

—Mark Twain, American author

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