April 2013 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced two recall notices involving two recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Dutchmen Manufacturing and Forest River.

Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc.

DutchmanDutchmen Manufacturing, Inc. is recalling 10 model year 2013 Dutchmen 245RKS recreational vehicles for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) Number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.” On these vehicles, the Federal identification tag lists the wrong Gross Vehicle Weight Rating and the wrong Gross Axle Weight Rating.

Incorrect tag information could result in overloading of the vehicle, causing tire or axle failure, resulting in loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Dutchmen will notify owners and mail replacement labels with corrected information, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin in May 2013. 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.

Forest River, Inc.

forest-RiverForest River, Inc. is recalling 173 model year 2013 Shasta Revere model SHT27DB, SHT30BH, SHT27BH, SHT26TB, and SHT27KS trailers manufactured September 4, 2012, through April 10, 2013. These vehicles were manufactured with incorrect tire load rating and pressure information on the Federal Certification Tag and Tire Information Tag.

Thus, these trailers fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 120, “Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles Other Than Passenger Cars.”

The incorrect tire pressure information given on the Federal Certification Tag and Tire Information Tag may lead to the tire being overinflated, resulting in sudden tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners and send corrected labels.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Customers may contact Forest River at 1-574-825-7178.

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 twenty-ninth in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls.

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October RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced five recall notices involving four recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Forest River, Inc., Newmar Corp, Heartland Recreational Vehicles, Starcraft RV, and Jayco, Inc.

Forest River, Inc.

Elkhart, Indiana-based Forest River, Inc. is recalling 1,585 model year 2010-2013 Sunseeker 2860, 3120, 3170, Forester 2861, 3121, 3171, and Lexington 283 Class C motorhomes, manufactured from August 18, 2009 through Septtmber 12, 2012.

The liquid propane gas (LPG) fuel line that supplies fuel to appliances in the slide out can become damaged. A damaged LPG fuel line can lead to an explosion and/or fire, increasing the risk of injury or death.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will repair the affected vehicles free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin in October 2012. Owners may contact Forest River at 1-574-295-8749.

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.

Newmar Corporation

Nappannee, Indiana-basrd Newmar Corp is recalling 278 model year 2008-2010 Dutch Star and 2009-2010 Dutch Aire motorhomes, built on a Spartan chassis equipped with a Hendrickson independent front suspension.

The front brake chambers may contact the upper control arm of the independent front suspension. Continued contact may result in damage sufficient enough to prevent the full release of the brakes. If the brakes do not fully release, as they drag, heat could be generated causing the brakes to engage even further. As the brakes heat up, they may self-engage, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Spartan Motors will notify owners and repair the vehicles. The manufacturer has not provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Newmar Corporation at 1-574-773-7791.

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.

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC

Elkhart, Indiana-based Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC is recalling 68 model year 2012-2013 Bighorn Silverado fifth wheel travel trailers, manufactured from February 28, 2012, through August 28, 2012.

The liquid propane (LP) hose and wire hanger that is mounted under the slide out can come in contact with the tire, causing damage to the LP hose and wiring.

A damaged LP hose can lead to an LP leak and fire, increasing the risk of injury or death. Heartland will notify owners, and dealers will repair the affected vehicles free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin in October 2012.

Owners may contact Heartland Recreational Vehicles at 1-888-262-5992. Heartland’s number for this recall is 99-01-10.

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.

Starcraft RV, Inc.

Topeka, Indiana-based Starcraft RV, Inc. is recalling 76 model year 2012 and 2013 AR-One travel trailers that may have an inaccurate load carrying capacity label.

Due to the inaccurate label, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.”

An inaccurate label may lead to the tire being replaced with one of an incorrect rim diameter. Two different diameter tires would reduce the handling ability of the trailer, increasing the risk of a crash.

Starcraft will notify owners and will provide a corrected label free of charge.

The safety recall is expected to begin during October 2012.

Owners may contact Starcraft RV 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.

Jayco, Inc.

Jayco, Inc. is recalling 40 model year 2013 Eagle Premier fifth wheel recreational vehicle trailers, manufactured from June 14, 2012, through August 10, 2012.

These vehicles were manufactured with incorrect information on the Recreational Vehicle Cargo Carrying Capacity Label. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 120, “Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles Other Than Passenger Cars.”

An inaccurate label could lead to owners overloading their vehicles and tires. An overloaded vehicle can result in a tire failure which may result in a vehicle crash, personal injury, or property damage. Jayco will notify owners and provide corrected labels free of charge.

The safety recall is expected to begin during November 2012.

Owners may contact Jayco at 1-574-825-0608.

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.

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More August RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced five recall notices involving three recreational vehicle manufacturers—Crossroads RV, Jayco, and Dutchman.

Crossroads RV

Topeka, Indiana-based Crossroads RV is recalling 223 model year 2010 and 2011 Hampton travel trailers manufactured from June 11, 2009, through November 2, 2010, equipped with Atwood Mobile Products (Atwood) furnaces. The furnaces were produced with a defective gas control valve which can stick in the open position.

If the gas valve sticks in the open position, gas could leak out and, in the presence of an ignition source, result in a fire.

Crossroads will notify owners, and dealers will repair the furnaces, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided the agency with a notification schedule. Owners may contact Crossroads Warranty Service Department at 1-855-226-7496.

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

Crossroads RV

Topeka, Indiana-based Crossroads RV is recalling four model year 2013 Crossroads Cruiser recreational trailers, manufactured from April 19, 2012, through July 17, 2012.

These vehicles were manufactured with incorrect information on the Federal Identification Tag, Tire and Loading Information Label and the Recreational Vehicle Cargo Carrying Capacity Label. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 120, “Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles Other Than Passenger Cars.”

An inaccurate label could lead to improper vehicle loading specifications which could lead to a tire failure, which may result in personal injury or property damage.

Crossroads will notify owners and provide corrected labels. Owners may contact Thor Industries at 1-937-596-7965 or Crossroads at 1-260-593-2866.

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.

Jayco, Inc.

Middlebury, Indiana-based Jayco, Inc. is recalling 908 model year 2007 Greyhawk Class C motorhomes; model year 2008 and 2010 Seneca Class C motorhomes; model year 2009 and 2011 Eagle Fifth-wheel; 2010 Recon fifth-wheel; and model year 2008-2010 Designer fifth wheel vehicles manufactured from June 15, 2006, through August 13, 2010 for an improper electrical connection at the buss bar on the Iota-brand transfer switches installed in the vehicles.

An improper electrical connection at the buss bar could lead to overheating and melting of the transfer switch, increasing the risk of a fire, injury, or death.

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will replace the transfer switch, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during August 2012.

Owners may contact Jayco, Inc. at 1-800-283-8267.

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 87 model year 2013 Coleman 192 and Dutchmen 196 recreational vehicles manufactured from April 12, 2012, through July 9, 2012. These vehicles have been manufactured with the propane line in close proximity to the rear axle hanger, which could be damaged by the rear axle hanger bolt during travel.

If this occurs, a leak could develop, and in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire and/or explosion, increasing the risk of personal injury or property damage.
Dutchmen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, replace and re-route the propane line, free of charge. Dutchmen has not provided a notification schedule. 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.

Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc.

Goshen, Indiana-based Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc. is recalling 1,017 model year 2010 through 2013 Breckenridge brand travel trailers manufactured from May 26, 2009, through May 2, 2012, and equipped with Atwood Mobile Products (Atwood) furnaces. The furnaces were produced with a defective gas control valve which can stick in the open position.

If the gas valve sticks in the open position, gas could leak out and, in the presence of an ignition source, result in a fire.

Dutchmen will notify owners, and dealers will repair the furnaces, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided the agency with a notification schedule. Owners may contact Breckenridge Warranty Service Department at 1-800-223-2376.

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.

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July RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced recall notices involving four recreational vehicle manufacturers—Forest River, Entegra Coach,  Navistar, and Tiffin Motorhomess.

Forest River, Inc.

Elkhart, Indiana-based Forest River, Inc. is recalling seven model year 2012-2013 Shasta Revere RVs.

The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and Cargo Carrying Capacity Specification is incorrect on the federal certification label and the tire information label. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Part 567, “Certification.”
Incorrect weight information may lead to overloading, which may cause axle or tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and include the corrected labels in each letter. Forest River has not provided a notification schedule. Owners should contact Forest River at 1-574-825-7178.

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 232 model year 2011-2013 Anthem and Aspire and model year 2012-2013 Cornerstone motorhomes manufactured from April 19, 2011 through June 22, 2012.

The windshield wiper arm can detach from the vehicle.

If this occurs, the driver’s visibility can be reduced, increasing the risk of a crash.
Entegra will notify owners, and dealers will replace the shaft attaching the arm to the wiper linkage, free of charge.

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

Customers 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.

Navistar International Corp.

Warrenville, Illinois-based Navistar International Corp. is recalling one model year 2008 Safari Simba diesel RV manufactured on June 29, 2007, equipped with Bosch hydraulic brakes.

Hydraulic brake equipped motorhome chassis exposed to long periods of time of non-driving may experience diametrical brake caliper piston growth and reduced piston to bore clearance, potentially leading to brake drag and overheating, resulting in reduced brake performance.

Reduced brake performance increases the risk of a crash.

Navistar will notify the owners, and a Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) dealer will inspect and, as necessary, replace the brake calipers free of charge. Owners may contact DTNA at 1-800-547-0712.

Customers 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.

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc.

Red Bay, Alabama-based Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. is recalling 1,304 2006 through 2010 Allegro and Allegro Bay RVs equipped with Bosch hydraulic brakes.

Hydraulic brake equipped motorhome chassis exposed to long periods of time of non-driving may experience diametrical brake caliper piston growth and reduced piston to bore clearance, potentially leading to brake drag and overheating, resulting in reduced brake performance.

Reduced brake performance increases the risk of a crash.

Tiffin will notify owners, and authorized Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) dealers will inspect and, as necessary, replace the brake calipers free of charge. Owners may contact DTNA at 1-800-547-0712.

Customers 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 sixteenth in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls.

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More June RV Manufacturer Recalls & Safety Notice

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced recall notices involving three recreational vehicle manufacturers—Keystone RV, Foretravel Motorcoach, Forest River, Winnebago Industries Inc., and Thor Motor Coach—and one safety notice from Atwood Mobile Products.

Keystone RV Company

Goshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV Company is recalling 440 model year 2012 and 2013 Vantage RVs manufactured from October 12, 2011 through May 7, 2012. These vehicles were manufactured without protective (aka. gimp) molding on the metal around the holding tank valves.

As a result, the user may suffer cuts to hands and arms when reaching past the sharp edges of the access cut-out in order to operate the holding tank valves.
Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will install the protective gimp molding around the access area for the holding tank valves, free of charge.

Owners may contact Keystone at 1-866-425-4369.

Keystone’s recall campaign number is 12-175.

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.

Foretravel Motorcoach, Inc.

Nacogdoches, Texas-based Foretravel Motorcoach, Inc. is recalling 121 model year 2007-2010 Phenix and 2007-2011 Nimbus RVs equipped with SE-GI windows.

The adhesive bond on some panels between the glass portion and the hinge may de-bond, allowing the panel to detach and fall from the vehicle.
If this occurred during travel it could create a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash or personal injury.

Foretravel will notify owners, and is working with SE-GI products to develop remedy instructions and obtain parts.

Owners may contact Foretravel Motorcoach, Inc. at 1-800-547-0712.

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.

Forest River, Inc.

Elkhart, Indiana-based Forest River, Inc. is recalling seven model year 2012-2013 Shasta Revere RVs.

The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and Cargo Carrying Capacity Specification is incorrect on the federal certification label and the tire information label. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Part 567, “Certification.”

Incorrect weight information may lead to overloading, which may cause axle or tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and include the corrected labels in each letter. Forest River has not provided a notification schedule. Owners should contact Forest River at 1-574-825-7178.

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

Winnebago Industries Inc.

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. is recalling 62 model year 2009 through 2012 Winnebago Commercial vehicle model J38S and model year 2009 and 2010 Adventurer motorhomes manufactured from October 30, 2008 through September 9, 2011, and one 2009 Itasca Suncruiser motorhome built November 2009.

These motorhome chassis are equipped with Bosch hydraulic disc brakes which when exposed to long periods of time of non-driving may experience diametrical brake caliper piston growth and reduced piston to bore clearance, potentially leading to brake drag, and overheating, resulting in reduced brake performance.

Reduced brake performance increases the risk of a crash.

Freightliner Custom Chassis (FCCC) will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles, free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided the agency with a remedy or owner notification schedule for this campaign. Owners may contact Winnebago at 1-641-585-3535 or Daimler Trucks at 1-800-547-0712.

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.

Thor Motor Coach

Elkhart, Indiana-based Thor Motor Coach (TMCRV) is recalling 90 model year 2008-2010 Outlaw and model year 2011 Avanti RVs manufactured from January 24, 2008 through September 28, 2010, equipped with Bosch hydraulic disc brakes.

Hydraulic brake equipped motorhome chassis exposed to long periods of time of non-driving may experience diametrical brake caliper piston growth and reduced piston to bore clearance, potentially leading to brake drag and overheating, resulting in reduced brake performance.

Reduced brake performance increases the risk of a crash.

Freightliner Custom Chassis (FCCC) will notify owners, and dealers will repair the vehicles, free of charge.

The manufacturer has not yet provided the agency with a remedy or owner notification schedule for this campaign. Owners may contact Thor Motor Coach at 1-877-500-1020.
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.

Atwood Mobile Products LLC

Elkhart, Indiana-based Atwood Mobile Products LLC has determined that a safety issue may be present in the 8935-III AC and 8940-III AC Atwood furnaces powered by 110-volt/AC power (12-volt/DC models are not affected).

There have been gas control valves which are suspect and need to be replaced. The suspect furnaces are contained with a manufacturing date between May 18, 2009 and March 29, 2012.

Atwood said it is possible for the units affected that the gas valves can stick in the open position causing a potential fire hazard. Customers with one of these units must not operate the furnace until the replacement of the valve assembly has been completed by an Atwood Authorized Service Center.

To confirm whether or not a furnace is part of this campaign, review the serial number of the suspect furnace. The serial number will be listed on the blower housing of the furnace on the data tag. Identified units will meet the following criteria:

The model numbers affected are 8935-III AC and 8940-III AC furnaces

Manufacturing dates between 5/18/2009 and 3/29/2012

Once a unit has been identified as part of this service campaign, contact Atwood Mobile Products at 1-800-825-4328, ext. 114709.

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April RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced recall notices involving four recreational vehicle manufacturers— Featherlite, Inc., Spartan Chassis, Inc., Winnebago Industries Inc., and Motor Coach Industries Inc. (MCI).

Featherlite, Inc.

Cresco, Iowa-based Featherlite, Inc. is recalling five model year 2012 8415 trailers quipped 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.
Featherlite will notify owners, and dealers will replace the actuators free of charge.

Featherlite has not provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Featherlite at 1-877-903-1444.

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.

Spartan Chassis, Inc

Charlotte, Michigan-based Spartan Chassis, Inc. is recalling 13 model year 2012 K2 and MG chassis manufactured from Dec. 15, 2011 through Jan. 31, 2012, and equipped with 3030 brake chambers. These vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 121, “Air Brake Systems” because they do not meet the park brake and draw bar requirements.

The park brake may not hold the vehicle in place and if the vehicle moves, injury or property damage could occur without warning.

Spartan will notify owners and install improved brake chambers, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule for this campaign. Owners may contact Spartan at 1-517-543-6400.

Spartan’s Safety Recall No. is 12005.

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

Winnebago Industries Inc.

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. is recalling two model year 2008 Access motorhomes, manufactured on April 10, 2008 and July 23, 2008. Over time and with frequent use, the roll stop latches on the wheelchair lift outer barrier may become bent or misaligned.

A wheelchair occupant may defeat or ride over the insufficiently latched roll stop. If this occurs when the lift platform is in an elevated position, the wheelchair’s occupant could fall and sustain injury.

Winnebago is working with Braun to identify and notify owners, and Braun dealers will repair the vehicles, free of charge.

Owners may contact Winnebago Industries Owner Relations at 1-641-585-6939.
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.

Motor Coach Industries (MCI)

Schaumburg, Illinois-based Motor Coach Industries Inc. (MCI) is recalling model year 2009-2012 J motor coaches. Due to inadequate bonding, the transom windows, the rear-most windows on each side, may detach from the coach, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Potentially 560 units are affected.

A transom window detachment without warning could increase the risk of personal injury or property damage, according to NHTSA.

MCI will notify owners, and dealers will install mechanical retention clips on the transom windows, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin this month.

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.
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More March RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced recall notices involving three recreational vehicle manufacturers— Peterson Industries, Coachmen RV Company, Cruiser RV, and Gulf Stream Coach.

Peterson Industries, Inc.

Smith Center, Kansas-based Peterson Industries, Inc. is recalling 16 model year 2012 Excel Limited RVs 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.
Peterson will notify owners, and dealers will replace the actuators free of charge. Peterson has not provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Peterson Industries at 1-800-368-3759.

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.

Coachmen RV Company, LLC

Middlebury, Indiana-based Coachmen RV Company, LLC is recalling, 1,449 model year 2011-2012 Mirada and Encounter RVs built on a Ford F-53 chassis, manufactured from February 1, 2010 through February 17, 2012.

The gear shifter’s cable may break at the attachment to the transmission control selector arm assembly mounted on the steering column. If the cable breaks, the transmission gear indicator in the gear display in the instrument panel will remain in the first gear position regardless of the gear selected.

An incorrect gear indication in the instrument panel may prevent the driver from knowing if they are in park or reverse, increasing the risk of a crash.

Coachmen will notify owners, and dealers will replace the transmission selector arm assembly and the gear shifter’s cable assembly, free of charge. Coachmen has not provided a notification schedule for this campaign.

Owners may contact Coachmen RV at 1-800-453-6064.

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.

Cruiser RV
Howe, Indiana-based Cruiser RV is recalling 47 model year 2013 Enterra RVs, models E303BHS and E314RES, manufactured from December 16, 2011 through February 17, 2012. These vehicles have the incorrect Federal ID Tag, tire and wheel information labels, which fail to comply with the requirements of Part 567, “Certification.”

Failure to follow proper tire and wheel specifications because of a misprinted label could increase the risk of a crash.

Cruiser RV will mail to consumers the corrected label or the customer will have the option for dealers to install the label free of charge. Owners may contact Cruiser RV at 1-877-514-7289.

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.

Gulf Stream Coach, Inc.

Nappanee, Indiana-based Gulf Stream Coach, Inc. is recalling 1,502 model year 2001-2005 Class A and C RVs, built on floor plans 6316, 6317, 6330, 8325, and 8328, due to a section of unsecured wiring. The wiring within the raceway may not be properly secured leading to wear and potential heat development between the exposed wiring and heated refrigerator coils.

This condition could lead to failure of the 110 volt electrical wiring routed to the microwave cabinet, increasing the risk of fire, personal injury or property damage.

Gulf Stream will notify owners and dealers will repair the vehicle, free of charge. Gulf Stream has not provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Gulf Stream at 1-800-289-8787.

Gulf Stream’s recall number is 12WG-0105.

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

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More February RV Manufacturer Recalls

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

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc

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

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

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

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

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

Cummins recall campaign number is c1154.

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

Crossroads RV, Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

Winnebago Industries, Inc.

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

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

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

The safety recall is expected to begin during March 2012.

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

Winnebago’s safety recall number is 125.

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

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January RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced recall notices involving four recreational vehicle manufacturers— Crossroads RV, Thor Industries, Ford Motor Company, and DRV Luxury Suites.

Crossroads RV, Inc.

Topeka, Indiana-based Crossroads RV is recalling 172 model year 2012 Rushmore and Elevation RVs manufactured from June 1, 2011 through January 12, 2012, with panther style 16-inch 8-lug aluminum wheels. These vehicles have been manufactured with an incorrect wheel center cap. The center cap that was assembled with the trailer did not provide adequate clearance to allow the wheel to fully seat on the hub face of the axle. This can result in a wheel becoming loose and potentially coming off of the trailer. A wheel separation can lead to loss of control of the trailer, increasing the risk of a crash, serious injuries, or damage to others.

Crossroads RV will notify owners, and replace the center caps free of charge. Owners may contact Crossroads RV at 1-888-226-7496.

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

Thor Industries, Inc

Jackson Center, Ohio-based Thor Industries, Inc. is recalling 437 model year 2012 Dutchmen Voltage and Rubicon trailers, manufactured from July 19, 2011 through December 21, 2011. The trailer wheels may not be fully seated on the hub and therefore may loosen and potentially detach from the trailer.

Wheel separation can lead to loss of control of the trailer, increasing the risk of a crash. A detached wheel also poses a risk of injury to pedestrians and other vehicles.

Thor will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the wheels, and repair the trailers as necessary, free of charge. Owners may contact Thor at 1-937-596-6849.

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.

Ford Motor Company

Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford Motor Company is recalling certain F-53 and F-59 stripped-chassis vehicles from the 2011 and 2012 model years to fix a transmission-selector cable that may break. The F53 chassis is typically used as a platform for motorhomes while the F59 is used in commercial trucks, such as delivery vans.

The company said the “prndl” cable that controls the transmission’s gear indicator display can break where it is attached to the transmission control selector arm on the steering column. “Prndl” stands for the park, reverse, neutral drive and low gear positions. If the cable breaks, the gear indicator display in the instrument panel will not move when the driver changes the gear position. This can prevent drivers from knowing whether the vehicle is in park or reverse, increasing the risk of a crash.

Ford said it built the affected 2011 chassis from February 1, 2010, through July 1, 2011, and the 2012 models from May 10, 2011, through October 25, 2011. The recall includes 13,239 vehicles.

Under the recall dealers will replace the transmission selector arm assembly and the cable free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March. Owners can contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.

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.

DRV Luxury Suites

Howe, Indiana-based DRV Luxury Suites (DRV), formerly Doubletree RV, is recalling 1,701 model year 2008 and 2010-2011 Select, Mobile, and Elite Suite RVs manufactured from June 12, 2007, through October 27, 2010 and equipped with disc brakes. Due to the paint applied to the aluminum wheel and hub face, the wheel may become loose.

This situation can result in the wheel/rim moving, shearing of the wheel studs and the wheel coming off of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

DRV will notify owners, and dealers will remove the paint from the hub face and the back of the wheels free of charge. Owners may contact DRV Luxury Suites at 1-574-457-6472.
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.

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December RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced recall notices involving four recreational vehicle manufacturers—Winnebago Industries, Universal Specialty Vehicles, Motor Coach Industries, and Spartan Chassis.

Starcraft RV, Inc.

Middlebury, Indiana-based Starcraft RV, Inc. is recalling nine model year 2012 Autumn Ridge and Travel Star trailers manufactured from October 6, 2011 through October 17, 2011. The power converters may have been built with an undersized input coil, which may cause overheating, smoking, and melting of the converter.

This could result in a fire, injury, or death.

Starcraft will notify owners, and Starcraft dealers will repair the travel trailers as necessary, free of charge. Owners may contact Starcraft 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 www.safercar.gov.

Navistar International Corp.

Warrenville, Illinois-based Navistar International Corp. is recalling 630 model year 2009-2011 Beaver, Holiday Rambler and Monaco Coach brand RVs manufactured from Jan. 11, 2008 through April 15, 2011. The front windshield may separate from the cabin body without warning, possibly impairing the driver’s ability to see the roadway.

An impairment to the driver’s ability to see the roadway could cause a vehicle crash, potentially resulting in property damage, personal injury, or death.

Navistar will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the shade mounting clips and repair the vehicles as necessary free of charge. Owners may contact Navistar at 1-877-466-6226.

Navistar’s campaign number is 11520.

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 www.safercar.gov.

Keystone RV Company

Goshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV Company is recalling 805 model year 2007-2009 Cougar Fifth Wheel Trailers manufactured from May 12, 2006 through February 12, 2009, for incorrect information on the federal identification tag and tire and loading information label. These vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Part 567, “Certification.” The subject vehicles were manufactured with a label that lists the maximum tire pressure of 80PSI instead of the correct maximum of 65PSI.

Overinflating tires increases the risk of tire failure and property damage.

Keystone will mail to consumers the corrected label or the customer will have the option for dealers to install the label free of charge. Owners may contact Keystone Customer Service at 1-866-425-4369.

Keystone’s Safety Recall Number is 11-171.

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 www.safercar.gov.

Jayco, Inc.

Middlebury, Indiana-based Jayco, Inc. is recalling 80 model year 2012 Jay Flight and Eagle Super Lite half-ton travel trailers manufactured from October 6, 2011 through October 17, 2011. The power converters may have been built with an undersized input coil, which may cause overheating, smoking, and melting of the converter.

This could result in a fire, injury or death.

Jayco will notify owners, and Jayco dealers will repair the travel trailers as necessary free of charge. Owners may contact Jayco at 1-800-283-8267.

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 www.safercar.gov.

Winnebago of Indiana, LLC

Middlebury, Indiana-based Winnebago of Indiana, LLC is recalling three model year 2012 Era motorhomes, manufactured from July 25, 2011 through August 4, 2011 and built on Sprinter/Daimler chassis. The supplier of the rear springs rolled the spring eye diameter out of tolerance during production, and then corrected the diameter without heating the parts. This could potentially lead to a crack of the spring eye over time.

If the spring eye were to crack, the rear spring could collapse, suddenly upsetting the vehicle’s handling, which could increase the risk of a crash.

Winnebago is working with Sprinter/Daimler to notify owners. Sprinter/Daimler is handling the remedy for this campaign. Please see 11V-323. Sprinter/Daimler dealers will replace the rear springs as necessary free of charge. Owners may contact Sprinter at 1-877-762-8267.

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 www.safercar.gov.

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