More July RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced five recall notices involving five recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Monaco RV, Augusta RV, Dutchmen Manufacturing, Lakota, and Keystone RV.

Monaco RV, LLC

monaco logoWakarusa, Indiana-based Monaco RV, LLC is recalling 2,250 model year 2011 Holiday Rambler Campmaster and R-Vision Trail Cruiser; model year 2011-2012 R-Vision Onyx; model year 2011-2013 R-Vision Trail Light; model year 2012-2014 Holiday Rambler Aluma-Lite, Aluma-Lite Ultra, and R-Vision Trail Sport and Trail-Lite Crossover; and model year 2013-2014 McKenzie Rainier Ascent and R-Vision Trail Lite Trek recreational vehicles.

These vehicles were manufactured October 12, 2009, through March 15, 2013 and have the water tanks mounted under the floor within enclosed underbellies. The water tank mounting system may fail.

If the mounting system fails, the water tank may separate from the vehicle and become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash.

Monaco RV, LLC will notify owners and dealers will install a cross brace between the water tank and the mounting brackets, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin in July 2013.

Monaco’s recall number is 13001MRV.

Owners may contact Monaco at 1-877-466-6226.

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.

Augusta RV, LL

Augusta_LogoBristol, Indiana-based Augusta RV, LLC is recalling 36 model year 2013-2014 FLEX recreational trailers manufactured February 13, 2013, through April 9, 2013.

Due to a design change in the power awning motor assembly, the motor assembly screws may unknowingly shear.
If the motor assembly screws shear, it is possible that the awning can unfurl unexpectedly, either while the vehicle is at rest or while in transit, increasing the risk of personal injury or a vehicle crash.

Augusta RV will notify owners in July 2013 and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with motors of a different design.

Owners may contact Augusta RV at 1-574-848-0200 or Dometic at 1-888-447-0003 for more information.

Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed.

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.

Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc.

DutchmanGoshen, Indiana-based Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc. is recalling 543 model year 2013-2014 Aspen 1400RB, 1500BH, 1600RB, 2110RBS, 2470BHS, and 3010BHDS travel trailers; certain model year 2013-2014 Coleman CTS14FD, CTS15BH, CTS16BH, and CTS16QB travel trailers and certain model year 2013-2014 Dutchmen 190QB, 282RBS, 286BHGS, 318RKDS, and 816QB travel trailers.

Heat from the range burner may melt the propane supply hose.

If the hose melts it may leak propane, increasing the risk of a fire.

Dutchmen will notify owners and dealers will install a copper line to the propane connection in the burner, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin in July 2013.

Owners may contact Dutchmen at 1-574-537-0600.

Dutchmen’s recall number is 13-195.

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.

Lakota Corporation

Lakota logoBristol, Indiana-based Lakota Corporation is recalling 49 model year 2014 CX9-BBX18 (Charger and Bighorn) recreational trailers. Due to a design change in the power awning motor assembly, the motor assembly screws may unknowingly shear.

If motor damage occurs, it is possible that the awning can unfurl unexpectedly, either while the motorhome is at rest or while in transit, increasing the risk of personal injury or a vehicle crash.

Lakota will notify owners and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with motors of a different design.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Lakota Corp at 1-574-848-1636 or Dometic at 1-888-447-0003 for more information.

Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed.

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 is recalling 239 model year 2013-2014 Laredo fifth wheel vehicles, models 270SRL, 280SBH, 290SRE and 293SBH, manufactured March 6, 2013, through June 27, 2013. The battery box has inadequate support for the battery and the box may fall out of position during travel.

The battery box may fall out of position resulting in electrical shorts which may lead to a fire. Also, the battery box may fall from the vehicle creating a road hazard.

Keystone RV will notify owners and will install a battery box mounting reinforcement kit, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin in late July 2013.

Owners may contact Keystone Customer Service by calling 1-866-425-4369.

Keystone’s identification code for this recall is 13-194.

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

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Allied Specialty Vehicles Acquires Navistar RV

Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV), a leading $1 billion sales producer of specialty vehicles to the fire and emergency, commercial and industrial, and parent to Fleetwood RV, has purchased certain assets of Navistar RV, manufacturer of motorized and towable recreational vehicles.

Basic CMYKThe purchase was structured as a purchase of all of the equity interests of Navistar RV and includes the manufacturing operations for Navistar’s R-Vision and Holiday Rambler towable units in Harrisburg, Oregon, and Navistar’s Monaco and Holiday Rambler brand motorized RVs in Wakarusa, Indiana, according to a news release.

The sale does not include Bison Coach, Navistar’s horse trailer manufacturing business.

The purchase price was not initially revealed.

ASV has also entered into a multi-year leasing agreement for Navistar RV’s Elkhart, Indiana, facility.

ASV will be moving production to their Decatur, Indiana, facility sometime in August.  Representatives say many current employees at the Wakarusa plant will be offered jobs in Decatur or other ASV facilities.

ASV says there is a buyer interested in purchasing the Wakarusa manufacturing facility, but did not release any other details on that sale.

Employees might have an opportunity to relocate to Decatur or work with another division of ASV.

Between the Elkhart and Wakarusa facilities, about 600 people work for Navistar RV.

“ASV is honored to welcome all of the existing Monaco, Holiday Rambler, R-Vision, Beaver and Safari customers and an exceptional network of dealer partners to the ASV family,” said Peter Guile, CEO of Orlando, Florida-based ASV.

2014 Monaco Monarch SE
2014 Monaco Monarch SE

“The ASV team is committed to providing our customers and dealers with exceptional product, service, and support, and we are fully committed to re-establish the product leadership and extraordinary reputation for innovation, quality, and service for which the Monaco family of brands has been known.”

ASV also announced that Mike Snell has been named as president of Monaco and Holiday Rambler. Snell has logged over 20 years with Monaco, serving as a longtime executive for Monaco Coach Corp. and most recently as vice president of sales for Monaco RV under the Navistar umbrella.

“ASV is pleased to welcome Mike Snell as president of Monaco and Holiday Rambler,” said Guile.

“Mike has made an invaluable contribution to the Monaco brands and the industry over his 20-year career with Monaco RV, and we look forward to his leadership during this new, exciting phase of growth.”

He will report to Jim Meyer, the company’s chief operating officer.

“We join the ASV family fully energized with worthy goals and high hopes as we jointly work to rebuild our iconic and proud RV industry brands,” commented Snell.

“With the commitment and support of ASV we’ll focus on developing innovative, distinct, and aspirational products in keeping with the long and rich tradition of our brands. I look forward to working with our team, our dealers and our customers to make this vision a reality.”

ASV is currently structured around three business segments—fire and emergency vehicles, commercial and industrial, and recreation vehicles. Following the merger, Fleetwood and Monaco will be under the same umbrella, but both will be operated as separate companies with separate presidents and separate profit and loss reporting.

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Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV)

ASV is a $1 billion-plus manufacturer comprised of brands serving fire and emergency, recreational, and commercial vehicle markets.

Within the fire and emergency segment, ASV offers a full line of fire apparatus and ambulances. Within the recreational vehicle segment, the company produces motorized RVs under the Fleetwood brand.

Phone: (407) 681-4700

Website: alliedsv.com

Holiday Rambler Vacationer
Holiday Rambler Vacationer

Monaco and Holiday Rambler Brands

Mailing Address: PO Box 31, Decatur, IN 46733

Phone: (260) 728-2121

Websites: monacocoach.com and holidayrambler.com

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Sale of Navistar RV “Is a Possibility”

Lisle, Illinois-based Navistar International Corp., a producer of school buses, commercial trucks, defense vehicles, and recreational vehicles is evaluating the long-term profitability of several divisions, including its RV operations based in Wakarusa, Indiana.

Holiday Rambler
Holiday Rambler

The sale of the RV business is a possibility, according to a Navistar International Corp. news release.

Navistar is conducting a comprehensive review of all of our non-core businesses—including our Navistar RV business—to evaluate their potential to drive long-term profitability and significantly improve our return on invested capital (ROIC).

As a result of our ROIC analysis, Navistar is listening to offers for the sale of its RV business and the sale of the business is a possibility. However, we are still early on in that process and have not accepted any offers at this time.

We are not in a position that we ‘have to’ sell the business. We have a credible turnaround plan for the RV business underway and sufficient cash to continue funding operations, so we have the option to reject any offers that don’t add value.

In 2008, Monaco Coach Corp. laid off nearly 1,500 people and filed for bankruptcy. Then Navistar International Corp. acquired Monaco Coach in 2009. When Navistar acquired Monaco, there were only 20 employees left.

Monaco Coach
Monaco Coach

In August 2011, Monaco decided to consolidate its Oregon factory with the factory in Wakarusa. That brought about 400 new jobs to Elkhart County. There are currently about 600 workers between the Elkhart and Wakarusa plants.

Monaco, Holiday Rambler, and R-Vision have been part of the Navistar family of brands for the last four years.

Since the acquisition, the company has streamlined operations and appointed a new executive management team. Navistar has also fully integrated the design, development, testing, and validation of its recreational vehicles with the company’s commercial truck and bus product development organization, delivering vehicle engineering expertise unmatched in the RV industry.

In August 2012 Navistar International announced a name change from Monaco RV LLC to Navistar RV, “the natural next step in Navistar’s commitment to the business.”

“The integration of Navistar and Monaco RV has resulted in better products and higher efficiencies,” said Daniel Ustian, Navistar chairman, president and chief executive officer in a company news release.

“Updating the name of our RV company demonstrates our long-term commitment to the RV industry. When a customer buys a recreational vehicle built by Navistar RV, they know they’re getting products with proven components, many of which are used in other Navistar vehicles — vehicles that move American goods, help keep troops safe, and ensure the safe transportation of schoolchildren.”

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Navistar

R-Vision
R-Vision

Since being acquired in 2009, Navistar has applied many of Navistar’s advancements in engineering, design, and manufacturing to develop their state-of-the-art RVs. By listening to their customers, Navistar is creating products that lead the industry in innovation, quality, and service. Navistar RVs feature cutting-edge aerodynamic designs, fuel-efficient, no-hassle MaxxForce engines, and advanced cockpit ergonomics.

Navistar RV products include Monaco Coach, Holiday Rambler, and R-Vision.

Address: 2701 Navistar Drive, Lisle, IL 60532

Phone: (331) 332-5000

Website: navistar.com

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Monaco RV Changes Name to Navistar RV

Lisle, Illinois-based Monaco RV LLC announces that it is changing its name to Navistar RV.

2012 Diplomat 36 PFT Motor Home Class A – Diesel

Monaco, Holiday Rambler, and R-Vision brands will remain “distinct and intact” under the Navistar RV subsidiary of Navistar Inc., according to a company news release.

“The integration of Navistar and Monaco RV has resulted in better products and higher efficiencies,” said Daniel Ustian, Navistar chairman, president and chief executive officer.

“Updating the name of our RV company demonstrates our long-term commitment to the RV industry. When a customer buys a recreational vehicle built by Navistar RV, they know they’re getting products with proven components, many of which are used in other Navistar vehicles — vehicles that move American goods, help keep troops safe, and ensure the safe transportation of schoolchildren.”

Navistar, Inc., a producer of school buses, commercial trucks, and defense vehicles, acquired Monaco RV in 2009.

Monaco, Holiday Rambler, and R-Vision have been part of the Navistar family of brands for the last three years and the name change is the natural next step in Navistar’s commitment to the business.

Since the acquisition, the company has streamlined operations and appointed a new executive management team. Navistar has also fully integrated the design, development, testing, and validation of its recreational vehicles with the company’s commercial truck and bus product development organization, delivering vehicle engineering expertise unmatched in the RV industry.

2012 Dynasty Gallery Diesel Pusher

Navistar RV maintains manufacturing operations for its R-Vision and Holiday Rambler towable units in Harrisburg, Oregon and Elkhart, Indiana. The company’s Monaco and Holiday Rambler brand motorized RVs are produced in a fully integrated manufacturing facility located in Wakarusa, Indiana with power train, chassis, and body assembly in one dedicated facility.

“Navistar brings more than 100 years of vehicle development and design experience to the Monaco, Holiday Rambler, and R-Vision brands,” said William Osborne, president of Navistar RV.

“With a foundation of Navistar’s business and design excellence, we’ll continue to produce some of the best recreational vehicles in the market.”

Worth Pondering…

Recreational vehicles are wonderful… To travel by RV is to see nature and human beings, towns and churches and rivers, in fact, to see life.
—with apologies to Agatha Christie

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