NuWa to Cease Production

Chanute, Kansas-based NuWa Industries may close for good after a planned production stoppage in December.

CEO Michael S. Mitchell of NuWa has posted the following letter on the manufacturer’s website:

Limited Time to Order A New HitchHiker

The number of “build” orders being taken by NuWa is not supporting efficiency of the production department. Rather than continue to fund and operate the production department at a loss, I have made the decision to “not” accept “to build” orders after September 15th, 2012.

The intent is to complete orders “in house” by Christmas, as the Winter months of January, February, and March do not provide enough production activity to justify retaining production staff.

Whether this termination of production is temporary or permanent, I do not yet know, but our experience so far is that we cannot generate enough new unit sales to support efficient or breakeven production.

This decision goes against management’s desire to retain jobs for our dedicated employees and our community, but shareholders cannot continue to fund the production inefficiencies.

NuWa is committed to and will continue to provide retail sales of new and used HitchHikers and other high end 5th wheel brands.

We continue to explore having limited HitchHiker models produced to our specifications by another high end manufacturer. An inventory of 40+ new HitchHikers is “in stock” at NuWa and affiliated dealers, and we feel our staff better meets the needs of full time and serious 5th wheel RVers than do most dealers.

We will continue to provide warranty and parts and hope to expand the service department, which is known for quality and value.

Refurbishment of used HitchHikers will continue to provide exceptional used units to the marketplace and more emphasis will be placed on purchase and/or consignment of high end 5th wheels from customers, who wish to sell their trailer.

But if you want a new HitchHiker built exactly to your specifications, that order needs to be in place quickly or we will respectfully not accept it.

We will accept orders only as long as we feel they can be completed by Christmas or before, and our present lead time is running 12 weeks.

Details

NuWa Industries, Inc.

As the oldest existing manufacturer of fifth wheels, NuWa has a tradition of fifth wheel innovation that dates back to 1969.

Address: 3701 Johnson Road, Chanute, KS 66720

Phone: (620) 431-2088 or 800-835-0676

Website: nuwa.com

http://www.nuwa.com/

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March RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced recall notices involving three recreational vehicle manufacturers—Tiffin Motorhomes, Entegra Coach, Dutchmen Manufacturing, and NuWa Industries.

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc

Red Bay, Alabama-based Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 bus, as well as certain 2009-2011 and 2013 Zephyr RV chassis equipped with an electronic control module, part number 2791-NN2E-001 or 2791-NN2E-002.

When the brake is applied, the cruise control may not cancel. Additionally, these vehicles may exhibit an inadvertent, moderate increase in vehicle speed until the vehicle reaches its governed speed after the cruise control is set.

A driver may experience reduced control of the vehicle if either the driver attempts to cancel the cruise control by applying the brake or the vehicle speed increases and the driver is unaware of the increased speed, increasing the risk of a crash.

Tiffin will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering wheel switch and reprogram the module, free of charge.

Tiffin has not provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Tiffin at 1-256-356-8661.

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

Entegra Coach

Middlebury, Indiana-based Entegra Coach is recalling 29 model year 2011-2012 Anthem motorhomes manufactured from July 17, 2010 through November 30, 2011. The front tires could become overloaded due to cargo distribution within the storage area.

Overloading of front tires may cause tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

Entegra will notify owners, and dealers will replace tires, and on some models replace the wheels to provide additional load capacity, free of charge.

Owners may contact Entegra at 1-800-945-4787.

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

Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc.

Goshen, Indiana-based Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc. is recalling 28 model year 2012 Rubicon travel trailers manufactured from October 12, 2011 through February 23, 2012. These vehicles have been manufactured with a frame support located too close to the trailer tires, which could result in the support contacting the tires when loaded.

Contact between the support and tire could result in tire failure, leading to loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Dutchmen will notify owners, and dealers will remove the interfering frame support and install a new frame support, free of charge.

Owners may contact Dutchmen at 1-574-537-0700.

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

NuWa Industries, Inc.

Chanute, Kansas-based NuWa Industries, Inc. is recalling three model year 2012 Hitchhiker Discover America RVs, manufactured from October 10, 2011 through January 30, 2012, equipped with electric/hydraulic (E/H) brake actuator pumps. Some of these pumps may not have been properly heat treated.

This condition can cause premature wear of some critical components in these pumps, which can render the unit inoperable.

The E/H brake actuator provides braking power to the trailer brakes. Failure of the actuator can result in the loss of braking effort by the trailer, increasing the risk of a crash.

NuWa will notify owners, and Dexter Axle Company will replace actuators, free of charge.

NuWa has not provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact NuWa Industries at 1-800-835-0676.

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

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

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