More June 2015 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced 5 recall notices involving 2 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Forest River and Tiffin Motorhomes.

Forest River, Inc.

forest-River-logoForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Dynamax, 2014 Cardinal trailers, and 2015 Cedar Creek, Sierra and Sandpiper trailers. In the affected vehicles, a rivet for the quad entry steps may shear and fail, causing the steps to give when being used.

If the rivet shears causing the quad step to fail, the step user may fall, increasing the risk of personal injury.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will remove the rivets and the step sections will be bolted together, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 26, 2015. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-389-4600. Forest River’s number for this recall is 15-05062015-0034.

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-River-logoForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Glaval Universal, Titan II, Titan II Low Floor, Legacy, Concorde II, and Entourage transit buses manufactured April 9, 2014, to October 6, 2014. During the alignment process, a tie rod jam nut may have been left loose.

A loose tie rod jam nut may result in a loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the tie rod end jam nut, tightening it as needed, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2015. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-800-445-2825 extension 138. Forest River’s number for this recall is 35-05262015-0038.

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-River-logoForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Vengeance trailers, model numbers VGF377V, VGF378V, VGF394V13, and VGF396V, manufactured August 7, 2014, to May 12, 2015. The affected trailers may be equipped with incorrect certification labels that state the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is 18,500 pounds when the actual GVWR is 18,000 pounds. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Code of Federal Regulations number 567, “Certification.”

The incorrect GVWR on the labels may result in the vehicle operator over loading the vehicle which could increase the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a new corrected label, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2015. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-260-593-4005. Forest River’s number for this recall is 17B-05132015-0036.

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-River-logoForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Coachmen Shasta SHT27RL travel trailers manufactured May 7, 2013, to May 7, 2015. The affected trailers may have an incorrect gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) information stated on the Federal Weight Tags. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards No. 567, “Certification.”

Incorrect GVWR information on the label may lead the operator to load the trailer to an incorrect weight, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will replace the incorrect label with a corrected label, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2015. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-825-8717. Forest River’s number for this recall is 53-05132015-0035.

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 2015 Allegro Red 36 QSA, Allegro Red 38 QBA, Phaeton 40 QBH, and Phaeton 40 QKH motorhomes manufactured April 22, 2014, to May 8, 2015. In the affected vehicles, moisture may enter the slide-out controller and cause the “switch out” connection to short, and cause the motorhome slide-out section to extend while the motorhome is moving.

If the slide-out opens during transit, there is an increased risk of a vehicle crash.

Tiffin will notify owners, and dealers will install a relay to disconnect the power source of the slide-out, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in June 2015. 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.

Please Note: This is the 59th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.

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Still More March 2015 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced 5 recall notices involving 3 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Forest River, Winnebago Industries, and Tiffin Motorhomes.

Forest River, Inc.

forest-RiverForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2015 XLR Nitro XLT31FQSL recreational vehicles manufactured July 21, 2014, to January 31, 2015 and configured with a garage in the rear of the trailer and an optional fueling station. If the fueling station nozzle is fully extended and pulled as far forward as possible, the hose may be too close to the fuel burning appliance to prevent the fuel vapors from igniting.

If the vapor from the fueling nozzle is able to reach the fuel burning appliance, there is an increased risk of a vehicle fire.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will relocate the fueling station box and hose nozzle to a safe distance from the fuel burning appliance, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2015. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-0437. Forest River’s number for this recall is 45-02102015.

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 XLR Nitro XLT31FQSL recreational vehicles manufactured July 21, 2014, to January 31, 2015 and configured with a garage in the rear of the trailer and an optional fueling station. If the fueling station nozzle is fully extended and pulled as far forward as possible, the hose may be too close to the fuel burning appliance to prevent the fuel vapors from igniting.

If the vapor from the fueling nozzle is able to reach the fuel burning appliance, there is an increased risk of a vehicle fire.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will relocate the fueling station box and hose nozzle to a safe distance from the fuel burning appliance, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2015. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-0437. Forest River’s number for this recall is 45-02102015.

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 one model year 2015 XLR Hyperlite XLR31FDK recreational vehicle manufactured September 30, 2014, to November 25, 2015, and equipped with a front deck for carrying motorcycles and quad runners and an optional fueling station. If the fueling station nozzle is fully extended and pulled as far forward as possible, the hose may be too close to the fuel burning appliance to prevent the fuel vapors from igniting.

If the vapors released by fueling a vehicle stored in the trailer is able to reach the flame or heating element of a fuel burning appliance it may ignite, increasing the risk of a fire.

Forest River will notify the owner, and a dealer will remove the fueling station, hose, pump, and nozzle, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2015. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-0437. Forest River’s number for this recall is 45-02172015.

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-255x144Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling certain model year 2015 Winnebago ERA, View, and Itasca Navion vehicles manufactured September 11, 2014, to February 27, 2015 and built on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Chassis. In the affected vehicles, the abutting wedge, a component attached to the door jam to make opening the door easier after a severe frontal impact, may have been installed incorrectly.

If a vehicle that has an incorrectly installed abutting wedge is involved in a severe frontal accident, a greater force may be necessary to open the doors, increasing the risk of injury.

Mercedes-Benz notify owners, and their dealers will check the installation of the abutting wedge, correcting it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2015. Owners may contact Mercedes-Benz Sprinter customer service at 1-877-762-8267.

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.

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc.

TiffinLogo-UnitTiffin Motorhomes, Inc. (Tiffin) is recalling certain model year 2014 Breeze motorhomes. The affected vehicles may be equipped with a steering knuckle that may fracture.

If the steering knuckle fails while the motorhome is being driven, a loss of vehicle control may result, increasing the risk of a crash.

Tiffin will notify owners, and dealer representatives will come to where the motorhome is parked, looking for any steering knuckle in the affected production lot. If the the motorhome has one the the subject steering knuckles, the vehicle will be towed to the dealer and the knuckle will be replaced, 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.

Please Note: This is the 52nd in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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Those who are victorious plan effectively and change decisively.

—Sun Tzu

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Motorized & Towable RV Sales Soar in 2014

Sales of recreational vehicles in the United States hit a low point during the recession, bottoming out in the spring of 2009 with the bankruptcy of two large motorhome manufacturers—Fleetwood Enterprises and Monaco Coach.

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

Yet these days, RV sales have improved along with the economy. Lower priced towables with price tags that can start at around $10,000, led the recovery. Sales of the more expensive motorized RVs, including motor \homes that can have price tags well over $500,000, caught up later.

In North America sales were running over 300,000 units a year until 2008, according to report by Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). In 2009, sales dropped to 206,000 units. By 2013, they went back to 303,000 units. So in four years it came back 47 percent from the bottom, which is very impressive as an economic indicator.

During that time, sales of towable RVs (including folding trailers, truck campers, and travel trailers) rose 46.4 percent while sales of the more expensive motorized motorhomes (Class A, B, and C) gained 51 percent from the 2009 low.

And in 2014 motorized and towable RV sales continued to soar.

December 2014 motorhome retail registrations increased 27.4 percent compared to the same period a year ago, driving year-end totals to a 16.4 percent increase.

2015 Tuscany XTE
2015 Tuscany XTE

Forest River Inc. was the sales leader for 2014 with a 24.8 percent market share, edging out No. 2 Thor Industries Inc. which captured a 24.2 percent share. Winnebago Industries Inc. was third with a 20.8 percent share, according to the latest report by SSI.

Sales in the Class A motorhome market grew 23.1 percent for the month while ending the year up 14.8 percent. Thor led the segment with a 23 percent market share followed by Winnebago (20 percent), Forest River (15.4 percent), and Tiffin Motorhomes Inc. (15.1 percent).

Class C motorhome registrations saw a 34.7 percent rise in December and posted an 18.3 percent gain for 2014. Forest River was the segment leader for the 12 months with a 35.7 percent market share, followed by Thor (25.6 percent), and Winnebago with 21.7 percent of the market.

Adding further evidence of a banner year for the RV industry, SSI reported that towable retail sales climbed 10.3 percent in 2014, spurred by a 24.4 percent increase during December. All segments showed year-over-year gains for the month.

Towable results by category showed:

Sales for the high-volume travel trailer sector shot up 30.5 percent for the month and 12.3 percent year-to-date.

Entegra Coach Introduces 2015 Cornerstone Class A in 3 Models
Entegra Coach Introduces 2015 Cornerstone Class A in 3 Models

Fifth-wheel registrations gained 12.9 percent in December and 7.1 percent for the 12 months.

Folding camping trailer sales were up 5.4 percent for the month but dipped 2.8 percent for the year.

Recreational park trailer sales gained 38.7 percent in December and 6.5 percent for the 12 months.

Forest River Inc. was the towable sales leader for 2014 with a 36.4 percent market share, edging out Thor Industries Inc. which captured a 36.1 percent share. Jayco Inc. was No. 3 with a 12.9 percent share.

By segment, Forest River was No. 1 in travel trailer sales for the year with a 37.4 percent market share, ahead of Thor (33.6 percent) and Jayco (14.4 percent).

Thor was No. 1 in fifth-wheel sales, capturing a 49.1 percent market share, followed by Forest River (30.4 percent), Jayco (8.9 percent) and Grand Design RV Co. (6.3 percent).

Forest River was the folding camping trailer sales leader for the full year with a 64 percent market share while Jayco (14.1 percent) held the No. 2 position followed by Columbia Northwest/Aliner Inc. (11.3 percent).

2015 Jayco Jay Series Sport exterior
2015 Jayco Jay Series Sport exterior

In the park model segment, Kropf Manufacturing Co. Inc. was No. 1 with a 15.1 percent share, followed by Skyline Corp. (12.7 percent) and Thor (10.8 percent).

Worth Pondering…

RVing is great no matter what the weather. If it’s pleasant outdoors, then you can hike, swim, fish, or just hang around camp and snooze on your lawn chair. If the weather is cold and dreary, or rainy, you can simply hole up inside your little house and be as comfy as can be.

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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.

Please Note: This is the 44th 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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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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July 2014 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced four recall notices involving four recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Tiffin, Starcraft, Gulf Stream, and Winnebago.

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc.

TiffinLogo-UnitRed Bay, Alabama-based Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. (Tiffin) is recalling certain model year 2009-2011 Allegro, 2010-2011 Bus and Breeze, and 2008-2011 Phaeton and Zephyr recreational vehicles, equipped with LED clearance lights made by Command Electronics, Inc. In the affected vehicles, moisture may enter the light and cause a short between two connections on the circuit board.

A short in the circuit board increases the risk of a fire.

Tiffin will notify owners, and dealers will install a one amp inline fuse into the front and rear circuits that will blow if there is a short in any of the clearance lights, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 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.

Starcraft RV, Inc.

Starcraft logoMiddlebury, Indiana-based Starcraft RV, Inc. (Starcraft) is recalling certain model year 2014 Autumn Ridge, AR-ONE, and Travel Star Exp trailers manufactured February 13, 2014, through February 24, 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.

Starcraft will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the frame spring hangers, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin 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.

Gulf Stream Coach, Inc.

gulf-stream-logoNappanee, Indiana-based Gulf Stream Coach, Inc. (Gulf Stream) is recalling certain model year 2014 Canyon Trail, Sedona, Kingsport, and Trail Master fifth wheel and travel trailers. In the affected vehicles, the rivets attaching the supports for the entry steps may fail, causing the steps to give when being used.

If the steps move during use, the user may slip or fall, increasing the risk of injury.

Gulf Stream will notify owners, and dealers will replace the support attaching rivets with bolts, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 16, 2014. Owners may contact Gulf Stream customer service at 1-800-289-8787. Gulf Stream’s number for this recall is FS110614.

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 2014-2015 Winnebago Travato, Trend, and Itasca Viva motorhomes manufactured November 13, 2013 through June 9, 2014, built on Ram ProMaster chassis. The affected vehicles may experience circuit corrosion from water intrusion around the in-floor battery cover and door footwell trim.

This water intrusion may affect the running of the vehicle and disable the air bags, stop lamps, turn signals, backup lights, and/or door locks, increasing the risk of a crash as well as injury to the occupants if the air bags do not deploy.

Chrysler on behalf of Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will inspect all the connectors in the footwell areas, the ignition fuse and the occupant restraint control (ORC) module for corrosion, if corrosion is found, dealers will repair the connectors in the footwell area and the ignition fuse, and replace the ORC module.

Chrysler will also install a water barrier sealer on the floor, add di-electric grease to all footwell connectors and replace the body plug. The in-floor battery ignition fuse will be relocated, and add di-electric grease to the ORC module connector. These repairs will be performed, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin in July 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403 or Winnebago customer service at 1-800-537-1885. Chrysler’s number for this recall is P32.

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 37th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

Worth Pondering…

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.

—Beverly Sills

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Spartan Chassis Introduces Passive Steer Tag Axle

Charlotte, Michigan-based Spartan Chassis, Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc., has introduced its new Passive Steer Tag Axle for the Recreational Vehicle industry.

Spartan Chassis Introduces Passive Steer Tag Axle
Spartan Chassis Introduces Passive Steer Tag Axle

This purpose-built Passive Steer Tag Axle produces a 7 percent reduction in curb-to-curb turning radius.

“Spartan’s Passive Steer Tag Axle has been designed, engineered, and purpose-built for motorhomes in the recreational vehicle industry,” said Timothy Hamm, Vice President, Sales and Business Development of the Specialty Vehicles business unit, Spartan Chassis, in a company news release.

“We take great pride in the competencies of the technical staff at Spartan and the ground-up approach they bring to chassis engineering. This passive tag is not an adaptation of an existing design.”

Spartan Chassis has designed and packaged its Passive Steer Tag Axle to minimize intrusion into the OEM’s floor plans. Additionally, reduced system mass achieved through a unique design enables increased cargo carrying capacity, depending on the configuration of the OEM’s floor plan.

When a motorhome equipped with the Spartan Passive Steer Tag Axle is shifted into reverse, the alignment mechanism automatically straightens the tires to further reduce tire wear.

The Spartan rear passive steerable tag axle is purpose-built. This product is not an independent front suspension moved to the rear of the chassis, rotated 180 degrees and decontented.

Other Features Include:

  • Reduces tire wear of the tag axle
  • Design does not intrude into the floor plan
  • Reduced system mass for potentially more cargo carrying capacity
  • When in reverse, the alignment mechanism straightens the tires automatically
Spartan Chassis Introduces Passive Steer Tag Axle
Spartan Chassis Introduces Passive Steer Tag Axle

The Passive Steer Tag Axle is standard equipment on the 2015 Model Year Newmar Essex and King Aire Luxury Motor Coaches on a Spartan Chassis platform.

Spartan custom manufactures chassis to the individual specifications of its RV OEM customers including Newmar Corporation, Entegra Coach, and Tiffin Motorhomes.

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Spartan Chassis, Inc.

Spartan Chassis, Inc. is a world-class leader in the engineering, manufacturing, and marketing of chassis and aftermarket parts for emergency-response, recreational vehicle, defense, and specialty vehicles.

End users recognize and request the Spartan Chassis brand, which consistently delivers superior performance, exceptional safety ratings and innovations which distinguish us from the competition.

Spartan Chassis, Inc. is a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc.

Website: www.spartanchassis.com

Spartan Motors, Inc.

Spartan-Chassis-Inc.Spartan Motors, Inc. designs, engineers, and manufactures specialty chassis, specialty vehicles, truck bodies, and aftermarket parts for the recreational vehicle (RV), emergency response, government services, defense, and delivery and service markets.

The Company’s brand names—Spartan(TM), Spartan Chassis(TM), Spartan ER(TM), Spartan ERV(TM) and Utilimaster(R)—are known for quality, performance, service and first-to-market innovation.

The Company employs approximately 1,800 associates at facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Indiana, and Florida.

Spartan reported sales of $471 million in 2012 and is focused on becoming a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of specialty vehicles and chassis.

Website: www.spartanmotors.com

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Spartan Chassis Introduces New Products & Innovations

Charlotte, Michigan-based Spartan Chassis Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc. displayed its K3 and Mountain Master GT chassis along with several innovations during the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 51st Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky, December 3-5.

Spartan K3 Chassis
Spartan K3 Chassis

“Since 1985, Spartan Chassis has developed significant technological innovations that have changed the RV industry,” said Art Ickes, president of the Specialty Vehicles business unit.

“Throughout the years, the demand for Spartan Chassis has continued to remain strong as owners value the innovations Spartan has and continues to develop. In 2013, we saw a strong increase in the number of prospective Class A diesel motorhome owners requesting a Spartan Chassis.”

Spartan will feature a 24,000-pound drive axle as well as introducing Fogmaker North America into the RV market. The Reyco Granning RD2400 drive axle is designed to take advantage of recent changes in Federal Highway Administration laws that allow the use of a single rear axle rated at 24,000 pounds weight capacity. The RD2400 eliminates torque induced drive line grumble which further extends the product’s life cycle.

Fogmaker North America delivers fire suppression systems for engine compartments and enclosed spaces utilizing a patented water mist technology. This system extinguishes fire by targeting the three components (oxygen, fuel, and heat). The system is environmentally friendly and cleanup after activation is simple and fast.

Spartan,pennwell.web.400.400The demand for motorhomes built on a Spartan Chassis has increased 21.5 percent year-over-year from 2012 to 2013. Spartan Chassis’ unit volume this year outperforms the Class A diesel market by over six percentage points. Spartan custom manufactures chassis to the individual specifications of Entegra Coach, Newmar Corp., and Tiffin Motorhomes Inc.

The goal at Spartan Chassis is to provide its end-users with an exceptional RV experience, no matter the destination, duty-cycle, or configuration. To achieve that, Spartan consistently drives innovation that improves maneuverability, ride quality, and coach handling to name a few. Spartan’s OEM customers recognize the company and its ability to design, engineer and manufacture the Premier Foundation.

The National RV Trade Show presented by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) is the preeminent trade show for the RV dealer market, annually showcasing the latest RV technology and new models.

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Spartan Chassis, Inc.

Spartan Chassis, Inc. is a world-class leader in the engineering, manufacturing, and marketing of chassis and aftermarket parts for emergency-response, recreational vehicle (RV), defense, and specialty vehicles.

End users recognize and request the Spartan Chassis brand, which consistently delivers superior performance, exceptional safety ratings and innovations which distinguish us from the competition.

Spartan-Chassis-Inc.Spartan Chassis, Inc. is a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc.

Website: spartanchassis.com

Spartan Motors, Inc.

Spartan Motors, Inc. designs, engineers, and manufactures specialty chassis, specialty vehicles, truck bodies, and aftermarket parts for the recreational vehicle (RV), emergency response, government services, defense, and delivery and service markets.

The Company’s brand names—Spartan(TM), Spartan Chassis(TM), Spartan ER(TM), Spartan ERV(TM) and Utilimaster(R)—are known for quality, performance, service and first-to-market innovation.

The Company employs approximately 1,800 associates at facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Indiana, and Florida.

Spartan reported sales of $471 million in 2012 and is focused on becoming a global leader in the design, engineering and manufacture of specialty vehicles and chassis.

Website: spartanmotors.com

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Still More May RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced four recall notices involving three recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Dutchmen Manufacturing, Tiffin Motorhomes, and Heartland Recreational Vehicles.

Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc.

DutchmanGoshen, Indiana-based Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc. is recalling five model year 2013 Breckenridge recreational vehicles manufactured February 13, 2013, through April 9, 2013. If the awning installation sequence was not completely followed, the awning motor may unknowingly become damaged.

If motor damage has occurred, 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.

Dutchmen will notify owners and dealers will replace the affected motors with a design that is not subject to an out-of-sequence installation error. This will be done at no cost to the owner. Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed.

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.

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc.

tiffin_logoRed Bay, Alabama-based Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. is recalling 293 model year 2013 Breeze and Allegro motorhomes. If the awning installation sequence was not completely followed, the awning motor may unknowingly become damaged.

If motor damage has occurred, 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.

Tiffin will notify owners and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with a design that is not subject to an out-of-sequence installation error. Tiffin has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Tiffin at 1-256-356-8661 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’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Heartland Recreational Vehicles

HeartlandElkhart, Indiana-based Heartland Recreational Vehicles is recalling 890 model year 2013-2014 Big Country, Bighorn, Elk Ridge, Elk Ridge Express, Landmark, Prowler, Sundance, Sundance XLT, and Silverado fifth wheels and travel trailers manufactured February 13, 2013, through April 16, 2013. If the awning installation sequence was not completely followed, the awning motor may unknowingly become damaged.

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

Heartland will notify owners and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with a design that is not subject to an out-of-sequence installation error. A notification schedule has not yet been provided.

Owners may contact Heartland Recreational Trailers at 1-888-262-5992 or Dometic at 1-888-447.0003 for more information. Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed. Heartland’s recall campaign number is 99-01-11.

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

HeartlandElkhart, Indiana-based Heartland Recreational Vehicles is recalling 55 model year 2013-2014 Sundance travel trailers, model 322RES, manufactured September 13, 2012, through April 30, 2013. The axles are mounted too far forward on the frame which may cause improper trailer balance while towing.

Improper trailer balance may lead to uncontrollable trailer sway, increasing the risk of a crash, property damage, and/or personal injury.

Heartland will notify owners and the trailers will be returned to the factory where axles will be moved rearward, free of charge. Owners may contact Heartland Recreational Trailers’ Warranty/Service Department by email at parts@heartlandrvs.com, or by phone at 1-877-262-8032. Heartland’s recall campaign number is 99-01-12.

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

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North Trail RV Center Announces $15M Expansion

South Florida-based North Trail RV Center announces plans for a $15 million dollar expansion at its Fort Myers location.

The family-owned company also operates a dealership in Fort Lauderdale and a separate collision center in Fort Myers.

Expansion of the 80-plus acre ‘footprint’ will begin in late 2012, according to a news release.

This state-of-the-art facility will include expanded sales and finance departments, service buildings, and a parts mega-store that will total over 70,000-square-feet, almost two acres, of floor space under roof.

With areas set aside for rallies and events, this ‘destination’ dealership will be a one-of-a-kind for this area, according to North Trail RV Center.

This $15 million expansion will add a huge, positive boost to Southwest Florida’s local economy.

Plans call for the hiring of an estimated 100 new workers. The dealer now employs over 180 people at its three locations, states the release.

“North Trail RV Center is already very unique because RV owners can have all of their sales, finance, service, bodywork, tire, and chassis needs met right here in one place,” says Alan Erp, president and founder.

“We completed the expansion of our collision, chassis, and tire center in 2011. We will be significantly increasing inventory, as well as our staff and we will also be featuring the newest, largest RV parts mega-store in Florida.”

Over 100,000 RV parts, accessories and camping supplies for your Gas or Diesel Motorhome, Fifth Wheel, Travel Trailer or Toy Hauler are in stock at our North Trail RV Center parts department.
Over 100,000 RV parts, accessories and camping supplies for your Gas or Diesel Motorhome, Fifth Wheel, Travel Trailer or Toy Hauler are in stock at our North Trail RV Center parts department.

North Trail RV Center said it has been the largest Newmar dealer for the past 10 years, and is the fastest growing ‘Top 5′ Tiffin dealer in the nation.

“We are very excited and eager to break ground,” says Erp.

“North Trail RV Center will without a doubt be the newest, state-of-the-art, destination dealership in the country. We’ve created a ‘families serving families’ atmosphere at North Trail RV Center over the last 26 years that has made us so successful that we’ve more than outgrown our current facility. We are investing over $15 million dollars into this ‘destination’ dealership and South Florida.”

The recipients of numerous platinum awards, transient service awards, Circle of Excellence awards, and also the Mahlon Miller Award for Customer Service Excellence for parts and service year after year, North Trail RV Center has dominated the South Florida market, states the release.

North Trail RV Center is an authorized sales and service center for Freightliner, Spartan, Onan, Newmar, Tiffin Motorhomes, Fleetwood, American Coach, Jayco, Heartland RV, Thor, Winnebago, Keystone RV, and Pleasure-Way.

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North Trail RV Center

South Florida’s largest RV dealer, North Trail RV Center has new and used RVs for sale—motorhomes, fifth wheels, travel trailers, and toy haulers.

They have two convenient Florida RV dealerships—Fort Myers and Fort Lauderdale—and a separate collision center in Fort Myers.

The world’s largest Newmar RV dealer, North Trail RV Center also offers America’s most popular selling brands of recreational vehicles including Tiffin Motorhomes, Winnebago, Itasca, Fleetwood RV, Keystone RV, Pleasure-Way, and Jayco.

Get excellent deals on a variety of new and used Class A gas motorhomes, Class A diesel pushers, Class C gas motorhomes, Class B diesel motorhomes, fifth wheels, travel trailers, and toy haulers.

For over 26 years, the locally-owned, family business has grown to employ over 180 people in its three South Florida locations.

With major facility expansion plans for 2013 in Ft. Myers, North Trail RV Center will continue to be South Florida’s number one, full-service RV dealer for many years to come.

RV Dealership Locations

Fort Myers RV Dealership (Main)

Address: 5270 Orange River Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33905

Phone: (888) 798-6678 (toll free US and Canada)

Fort Lauderdale Dealership

Address: 4300 Ravenswood Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Phone: (877) 289-3127 (toll free US and Canada)

Website: northtrailrv.com

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