February 2015 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced four recall notices involving three recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers— Highland Ridge RV, Heartland RV, and Newmar Corp.

Highland Ridge RV

Open Range RV LogoHighland Ridge RV (Highland) is recalling certain model year 3x recreational trailers manufactured August 5, 2014, to November 17, 2014 equipped with recalling Latitude Awnings styles GX and G manufactured April 10, 2014, to November 4, 2014 manufactured by Carefree of Colorado. The affected awnings may have screws that attach the lateral arm brackets to the mounting brackets that were not manufactured to specification.

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

Highland will notify owners, and dealers will replace the defective screws, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Highland customer service at 1-260-768-7771, or Carefree customer service at 1-800-621-2617.

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

HeartlandHeartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain model year 2015 Heartland Big Country 3800FL vehicles manufactured October 22, 2014, to December 16, 2014 and 2015 Heartland Big Country 3900FLP vehicles manufactured September 23, 2014, to January 12, 2015, 2015 Heartland Big Horn 3750FL vehicles manufactured September 3, 2014, to January 14, 2015, and Landmark 365 Charleston vehicles manufactured on December 24, 2014. In the affected recreational vehicles, the axles may be placed too far forward on the frame resulting in improper weight distribution across the axles.

Improper weight distribution across the axles may result in poor handling, increasing the risk of a crash.

Heartland will notify owners, and dealers will move the axles rearward to help with weight distribution on the Big Horn, and 3800 FL Big Country, and will add a ballast to the pin box to improve handling the 3900 FLP Big Country, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 16, 2015. Owners may contact Heartland customer service at 1-877-262-8032. Heartland’s number for this recall is 99-01-19.

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

Newmar Corporation

Newmar Corp image001Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Newmar King Aire, and Essex vehicles manufactured December 9, 2013, to December 16, 2014, equipped with certain Wabco Quick Release Valves with Double Check. In the affected valves, the rubber diaphragm may be damaged by sharp edges on the valve seat ribs, reducing the available air pressure in the air tanks.

The reduced air pressure levels may reduce braking performance and/or the parking brakes could reapply, increasing the risk of a crash.

Newmar will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the valve, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

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

Newmar Corporation

Newmar Corp image001Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 King Aire and Essex vehicles manufactured April 12, 2013, to October 18, 2013, and built on Spartan Chassis. In the affected vehicles, the steering linkage castlenuts may loosen without warning and the steering linkage may separate from the bell cranks.

If the steering linkage separates from the bell cranks, a loss of vehicle control may result, increasing the risk of a crash.

Newmar will notify owners, and Spartan dealers will inspect the steering linkage castle nuts and tighten them, as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

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

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Forest River Faces Fines For Safety Reporting Violations

Elkhart, Indiana-based RV manufacturer Forest River is embroiled in a dispute with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) over its handling of records related to product recalls, safety, and warranties.

Forest River Wildcat 303BHX - eXtraLite Fifth Wheel
Forest River Wildcat 303BHX – eXtraLite Fifth Wheel

Following an investigation it opened September 30, 2014, the NHTSA found that Forest River appeared to have violated its Early Warning Reporting obligations repeatedly, The Elkhart Truth reported.

The federal regulation requires vehicle manufacturers to provide the agency with information regarding claims related to any deaths and injuries involving its vehicles, or any information

Forest River also apparently failed to submit quarterly reports on its progress completing safety recalls, failed to comply with other recall-related requirements, and might have violated other parts of the Safety Act, the agency states on the website.

A vehicle manufacturer can either voluntarily recall a product for a safety reason or be ordered to do so by NHTSA. In either case, the manufacturer must file:

  • A public report describing the safety-related defect or noncompliance with a federal motor vehicle safety standard and the major events that resulted in the recall determination
  • A description of the remedy
  • A schedule for the recall

NHTSA monitors each safety recall to ensure the manufacturers provide owners safe, free and effective remedies according to the Safety Act and Federal regulations, the agency states on the website.

The Forest River Thunderbolt boasts an upscale interior.
The Forest River Thunderbolt boasts an upscale interior.

On October 2 the NHTSA ordered Forest River to provide the missing information, covering all makes and models from 2009 to the present, by November 1, The Elkhart Truth reported.

The company made an attempt but failed to fully answer about one-third of the questions, NHTSA’s chief counsel O. Kenneth Vincent wrote in a November 19 letter to Forest River Chief Corporate Engineer William Conway Jr.

As a result of the answers that Vincent deemed incomplete, the NHTSA demanded Forest River pay a fine of $7,000 a day from November 2 to November 19, or $126,000. Carried forward to include the days from November 19 to Tuesday, January 27, that total would have grown to $616,000.

If the company does not fully respond to the order and pay the fines accrued as of the date it does so, the NHTSA could refer the matter to the U.S. Department of Justice to file suit in federal court, Vincent wrote Conway.

Neither Conway nor any other Forest River officials could be reached for comment, The Elkhart Truth reported.

Forest River's XLR Thunderbolt toy hauler
Forest River’s XLR Thunderbolt toy hauler

But in their reply to the October 2 order, Forest River said it could not supply the requested information because its software vendor had failed to design and install software that tracked the federally mandated records. Forest River said it only realized it hadn’t been filing the information after receiving the order.

The company said it had since terminated its relationship with the software vendor and hired a new one, and that it was creating a new department that will develop and implement a plan to comply with reporting requirements.

But the NHTSA’s Vincent wasn’t satisfied.

“This is unacceptable,” Vincent wrote.

forest-River“We note that previous to issuing the Special Order to Forest River, staff from NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation repeatedly informed Forest River that it appeared that Forest River was not meeting its early warning reporting obligations. A purported software malfunction has no bearing on Forest River’s ability to provide the information requested by the Special Order.”

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Still More December 2014 RV Manufacturer Recalls

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

Jayco, Inc.

Jayco Color logo birdJayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2015 Jay Flight trailers manufactured July 10, 2014, to October 24, 2014. The affected trailers may have been manufactured with cargo carrying capacity labels that overstate the load carrying capacity. Thus these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicles Safety Standards No.110, “Tire Selection and Rims and Motor Home/Recreation Vehicle Trailer Load Carrying Capacity Information for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) or less.”

A vehicle operator could inadvertently overload the trailer due to the incorrect information on the label and induce premature tire wear or a tire failure, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will install corrected labels, free of charge. The recall began November 18, 2014. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267.

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

Jayco, Inc.

Jayco Color logo birdJayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2015 Eagle HT FW 28.5RSTS “PR” trailers manufactured June 2, 2014, to October 28, 2014. Incorrect tire size information may be found on the tire label. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 110, “Tire Selection and Rims for Passenger Cars.”

Replacing a tire based on an incorrect tire size could overload the trailer causing poor handling and increasing the risk of a crash.

Jayco will mail new labels to registered owners with placement instructions. Owners can also request dealers to install the new label with the correct tire size ST225/75R15D, free of charge. The recall began on December 8, 2014. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901229.

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 Recreational Group

argLogo_bigAllied Recreational Group, Inc. (ARG) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Fleetwood Bounder Classic recreational vehicles manufactured April 10, 2013, to August 7, 2014. Due to insufficient structural reinforcement at the installation area, a grab bar can be pulled loose in the affected vehicles.

If the grab bar is pulled loose during use, it could increase the risk of personal injury.

ARG will notify owners, and dealers will remove and reinstall the grab bar onto a reinforcement steel plate, free of charge. Owners may contact ARG customer service at 1-260-724-5720. ARG’s number for this recall is 141107ARG.

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.

DRV Luxury Suites

DRV_Logo_Embossed_smDRV Luxury Suites (DRV) is recalling certain model year 2006-2013 Select Suite, Tradition, Mobile Suite, and Elite Suite recreational trailers manufactured January 1, 2006, to April 25, 2013 and equipped with Fastec-brand door locks. It may be possible to remove the key from the lock in a way that potentially jams the deadbolt.

If the deadbolt jams, the interior side of the door lock may also jam. A person inside the travel trailer at the time will then be locked in and be unable to exit the vehicle without using the emergency exit, increasing the risk of injury.

Doubletree will notify owners, and dealers will replace the cylinders, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Fastec directly at www.fastecindustrial.com or by calling toll free 1-800-837-2505, or Doubletree customer service at 1-260-562-1075.

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 logoStarcraft RV (Starcraft) is recalling certain model year 2015 Travel Trailer 2JY 17SB manufactured August 27, 2014, to November 10, 2014. The tire labels contain incorrect tire pressure information. The label indicates 65 PSI when the correct tire pressure is 50 PSI. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 110 ” Tire Selection and Rims for Passenger Cars.”

Incorrect tire pressure information may cause operators to over inflate the tire, increasing the risk of a tire blow out and a vehicle crash.

Starcraft will mail new labels to owners with replacement instructions. Owners can also request dealers to install the new tire label, free of charge. The recall began on December 10, 2014. Owners may contact Starcraft customer service at 1-800-945-4787.

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

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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.

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December 2014 RV Manufacturer Recalls

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

Newmar Corporation

Newmar Corp image001Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Essex motorhomes manufactured February 15, 2013, to June 4, 2014, and built on Freightliner chassis. In the affected vehicles, the rear axle jack mounting bracket may be attached too close to the rear suspension air bag.

The rear axle mounting bracket may rub against the suspension air bag resulting in the air bag leaking air and a suspension collapse, increasing the risk of a crash.

Newmar has notified owners, and dealers will provide a clearance gap between the bracket and air bag, free of charge. The recall began in November 2014. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

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

Forest River, Inc.

forest-RiverForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Salem and Wildwood T174BH recreational vehicles manufactured September 18, 2013, to August 29, 2014. The affected vehicles may have an incorrect Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) on the certification and tire information labels. As such, the vehicles do not conform to Part 567, “Certification.”

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

Forest River will notify owners, and will provide corrected labels to the owners, free of charge. The recall began on November 11, 2014. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-800-353-7383. Forest River’s number for this recall is 2014-PLT6.

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.

Forest River, Inc.

forest-RiverForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2015 Salem 8X16FK, 8X18RB, 8X20RD, 8X20RC, 8X20SV, 8X21RV, 8X22RDV, and 8X22RHV, and 2015 Wildwood 8X16FK, 8X18RB, 8X20RD, 8X20RC, 8X20SV, 8X21RV, 8X22RDV, and 8X22RHV ice house fishing cabin trailers manufactured September 22, 2014, to October 23, 2014. The affected trailers may have been built with frame spring hangers that may be brittle and susceptible to fracturing.

A spring hanger that fractures may result in a loss of control of the trailer, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River has notified the dealers that have the affected trailers quarantined. Dealers will install a spring hanger reinforcement kit, free of charge. The recall began in late October 2014. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-800-353-7383. Forest River’s number for this recall is 6-102914.

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.

Forest River, Inc.

forest-RiverForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2015 Salem Ice Cabin trailers manufactured October 10, 2014, to October 28, 2014, and certain model year 2015 Wildwood Ice Cabin trailers manufactured October 10, 2014, to October 22, 2014. Due to insufficient thickness, the Lippert Components-brand draw bar of the affected trailers may break.

If the draw bar breaks, the front of the trailer may fall or the trailer may detach from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River has notified the dealers who have the affected trailers quarantined on their lots. Lippert Components personnel will reinforce the draw tube, free of charge. The recall began on November 17, 2014. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-800-353-7383. Forest River’s number for this recall is 06-11032014.

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.

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November 2014 RV Manufacturer Recalls

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

Winnebago Industries, Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

Newmar Corporation

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

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

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

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

Crossroads RV

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

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

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

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

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

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc.

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

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

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

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

Entegra Coach

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

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

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

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

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Still More September 2014 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced five recall notices involving five recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Grand Design RV, Winnebago Industries, Newmar Corporation, and Spartan.

Grand Design RV, LLC

Grand Design Corp-Logo-blackMiddlebury, Indiana-based Grand Design RV, LLC (Grand Design) is recalling certain model year 2014 Momentum 355th, 380th, and 385th fifth wheel trailers manufactured June 24, 2013, to March 21, 2014 and built with 8,000-pound capacity axles. The affected trailers may have been built with suspension bolts that can shear. These bolts connect the axle springs to the frame, and after they shear, the axle spring may detach from the frame hanger or “shackle”.

A spring that detaches from the hanger may result in a loss of control of the trailer, increasing the risk of a crash.

Grand Design will notify owners, and dealers will replace the suspension bolts with ones that have a shorter thread depth, free of charge. The recall began in August 2014. Owners may contact Grand Design customer service at 1-574-825-9679. Grand Design’s number for this recall is 910002.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety

Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Winnebago Industries, Inc.

winnebago-quality-circle-award-255x144Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling certain model year 2015 Winnebago Vista and Itasca Sunstar motorhomes manufactured April 26, 2014, through June 27, 2014. The affected vehicles may be missing a damper plate on the inside air conditioner shroud. This damper plate is to help prevent disruption of the range flame by air discharge from the roof air conditioner.

If the air conditioner blows out the range flame but the propane gas continues to flow, an ignition source may ignite the leaking propane, resulting in a fire.

Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will remove the current diverter and replace it with a damper plate, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-800-537-1885. Winnebago’s number for this recall is 131.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety

Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Newmar Corporation

Newmar Corp image001Nappanee, Indiana-based Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2014 Dutch Star motorhomes manufactured April 14, 2014, to June 20, 2014. An incorrectly wired headlight wiring harness may have been installed in the affected vehicles. As a result, if one of the two headlight circuit breakers fails, both headlights and both fog lights may go out.

If the headlights and fog lights go out, there is an increased risk of a crash.

Newmar will notify owners, and dealers will install an auxillary headlight harness, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety

Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Spartan Motors Chassis, Inc.

Spartan-Chassis-Inc.Charlotte, Michigan-based Spartan Motors Chassis, Inc. (Spartan) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Gladiator emergency vehicles, 2013-2014 Metrostar emergency vehicles, 2015 motorhome chassis, and 2015 school buses chassis. The Cummins ISB or ISL engines in these vehicles may have been equipped with Fleetguard UFF-XT fuel filters, part number FF63009, whose filter shell may separate from the fuel filter nut plate causing the engine to stall without warning.

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

Spartan has notified the final stage manufacturers, and Cummins will replace the affected fuel filters, free of charge. The recall began in August 2014. Owners may contact Spartan customer service at 1-517-543-6400. Owners may also contact Cummins customer service at 1-800-223-4583.

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-RV-logoMiddlebury, Indiana-based Starcraft RV (Starcraft) is recalling certain model year 2015 16RB Launch travel trailers equipped with the Extreme Package Option, manufactured April 16, 2014, to April 21, 2014. The information on the Federal ID label incorrectly indicates an 80psi cold tire inflation pressure instead of the correct pressure of 50psi. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 120, “Tire selection and rims and motor home/recreation vehicle trailer load carrying capacity information for motor vehicles with a GVWR of more than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds).”

If the user inflates the tire to the incorrect psi noted on the label, a tire blowout could occur, increasing the risk of a crash.

Starcraft will notify owners, and dealers will remove the incorrect labels and replace them with a new label with the correct information, free of charge. The recall began in late August 2014. Owners may contact Starcraft customer service at 1-800-945-4787.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety

Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Please Note: This is the 42nd in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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More September 2014 RV Manufacturer Recalls

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

Jayco, Inc.

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

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

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

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

Jayco, Inc.

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

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

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

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety

Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Jayco, Inc.

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

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

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

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety

Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Jayco, Inc.

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

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

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

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety

Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Entegra Coach

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

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

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

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety

Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Please Note: This is the 41st in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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September 2014 RV Manufacturer Recalls

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

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc.

TiffinLogo-UnitRed Bay, Alabama-based Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. (Tiffin) is recalling certain model year 2013 Allegro Bus recreational vehicles equipped with Villa ISS GSK driver and passenger seats. The seat belt attachment may be incorrect and the seat belt may fray if it rubs along a steel bracket in the seat, reducing its strength. As such, these seats do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 209, “Seat Belt Assemblies.”

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

Tiffin will notify owners, and dealers will inspect for the correct seat belt installation, or re-assemble the seat belt correctly with proper attachment hardware if necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Tiffin customer service at 1-256-356-8661.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety

Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc.

tiffin_logoRed Bay, Alabama-based Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. (Tiffin) is recalling certain model year 2014 Allegro Bus recreational vehicles equipped with certain Villa International ABTS driver and passenger ABTS seats. The seat belt attachment may be incorrect and the seat belt may fray if it rubs along a steel bracket in the seat, reducing its strength. As such, these seats do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 209, “Seat Belt Assemblies.”

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

Tiffin will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, repair the single link system with fasteners and re-attaching the seat belt bracket, free of charge. The recall began in August 2014. Owners may contact Tiffin customer service at 1-256-356-8661.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety

Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Forest River, Inc.

forest-RiverElkhart, Indiana-based Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 F33-CKTS fifth wheels, equipped with I.D. black iron pipe for the L.P. system. The affected vehicles may experience the pipe being damaged or punctured due to the spring action of the axle suspension.

If the iron pipe becomes damaged due to the spring action of the axle suspension, it could potentially cause a vehicle fire.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a replacement kit, part number 32096, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-219-533-5934. Forest River’s number for this recall is FR430-14-1.

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.

Forest River Inc.

forest-RiverElkhart, Indiana-based Forest River Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Georgetown, Sunseeker, Forester, Cross Country, Pathfinder, Cardinal, Blue Ridge, Cedar Creek, and Brookstone recreational vehicles manufactured March 11, 2013, through April 26, 2013 and equipped with certain Frigidaire Convection Microwave models CFMV152CLB and CFMV154CLS. The microwave may start on it’s own and begin heating when unattended.

If the microwave starts on its own and there are contents inside, a fire could result.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will repair the membrane/keypad component, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-800-353-7383.

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.

Forest River, Inc.

forest-RiverElkhart, Indiana-based Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2012-2015 Coachmen 2150LE Prism motor homes manufactured July 2011 to May 2014. Due to the welds being in an improper location, the liquid propane (LP) tank support braces may not be secure, allowing the LP tank to drop and fall off the vehicle while in transit.

If the LP tank drops or falls off the vehicle while in transit, there is an increased risk of fire or explosion.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a repair kit, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during October 2014. Owners may contact Coachmen customer service at 1-800-353-7383.

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 40th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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Success is peace of mind in knowing you did your best.

—John Wooden

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August 2014 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced two recall notice involving two recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Starcraft and Thor Motor Coach.

Starcraft RV

Starcraft logoMiddlebury, Indiana-based Starcraft RV (Starcraft) is recalling certain model year 2015 18QB AR-One travel trailers manufactured June 18, 2014, to June 23, 2014. The affected vehicles may have an incorrect Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC) label. As such, these trailers fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 110, “Tire selection and rims and motor home/recreation vehicle trailer load carrying capacity information for motor vehicles with a GVWR of 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) or less.”

The incorrect cargo carrying capacity information may result in the overloading of the trailer and exceeding the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). An overloaded trailer that exceeds the GVWR it may have sudden tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash.

None of the affected travel trailers have been sold. Starcraft dealers will replace the incorrect label with new labels showing the correct information, free of charge. The recall began in July 2014. Owners may contact Starcraft customer service at 1-800-945-4787.

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

Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach; North America's Best Selling Motorhome BrandElkhart, Indiana-based Thor Motor Coach (Thor) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Axis and Vegas motorhomes manufactured August 2, 2013, to June 18, 2014. Due to the use of an incorrect adhesive, the treads on the entry stairs into the vehicle may come loose.

Loose stair treads can result in a person slipping and falling, increasing the risk of injury.

Thor will notify owners, and dealers will reinstall the stair treads with the correct adhesive and additional screws, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in August 2014. Owners may contact Thor customer service at 1-877-500-1020. Thor’s number for this recall is RC000090.

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 39th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

Worth Pondering…

Success is peace of mind in knowing you did your best.

—John Wooden

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