August 2015 RV Manufacturer Recalls

Your recreational vehicle may be involved in a safety recall and may create a safety risk for you or your passengers. Safety defects must be repaired by a certified dealer at no cost to you. However, if left unrepaired, a potential safety defect in your vehicle could lead to injury or even death.

What is a recall?
When a manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that a recreational vehicle or item of RV equipment creates an unreasonable risk to safety or fails to meet minimum safety standards, the manufacturer is required to fix that vehicle or equipment at no cost to the consumer.

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

Forest River, Inc.

forest-River-logoForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 XLR vehicles, models T29HFS, T31FDK, T31FQSL, T30FQSL, T21FQSL, T24FQSL, T24HFS, T27HFS, T28TQDL and T30HDS, manufactured October 20, 2014, to July 14, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the wiring at the electrical inlet used for connecting external AC power to the trailer may have been strained during the assembly process. As a result, the wiring may loosen at the inlet connector.

If the wires are not properly secured to the connector, the wires may arc, increasing the risk of a vehicle fire.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will rewire the inlet to relieve the wiring strain and secure the electrical wiring connections, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 30, 2015. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-0437. Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-07302015-0068.

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 Cedar Creek Silver Back recreational vehicles manufactured October 23, 2014, to July 2, 2015. The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) that is less than the vehicle’s GVWR represented on its certification label. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

Inaccurate weight information can mislead an owner as to the vehicle’s weight carrying capacity which could result in vehicle overloading and a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a new set of corrected certification labels, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 25, 2015. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-260-593-2417. Forest River’s number for this recall is 20-07282015-0066.

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 Glaval Bus Apollo, Concorde, Entourage, and Legacy, and Elkhart Coach ECE4, 2014-2016 AllStar XL, and 2014-2015 Forest River Rockport, Starcraft Starquest, AllStar, Starlite, AllStar MVP, XLT, and Xpress vehicles. The affected vehicles are equipped with a back up camera system which may display images from the camera in reverse.

If an object or person are on the left side of the screen but are actually on the right side of the vehicle, or vice versa, there is an increased risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will replace the camera, free of charge. The recall began on August 25, 2015. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-264-5179. Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-06232015-0057.

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 2014-2016 Sandpiper and Sierra recreational vehicles manufactured October 15, 2013, to July 13, 2015. The affected vehicles may be equipped with Certification labels with an inaccurate gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) No. 567, “Certification.”

An inaccurate weight rating on a certification label conveys inaccurate information to the vehicle owner or operator about that vehicle’s load carrying capacity, thereby increasing the risk of vehicle overloading which can cause tire failure and a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will provide a new federal certification label, free of charge. The recall began on August 25, 2015. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-534-8386. Forest River’s number for this recall is 03-07292015-0067.

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.

What should you do if your vehicle is included in this recall?
If your vehicle is included in this recall, it is very important that you get it fixed as soon as possible given the potential danger to you and your passengers if it is not addressed. You should receive a separate letter in the mail from the vehicle manufacturer, notifying you of the recall and explaining when the remedy will be available, whom to contact to repair your vehicle or equipment, and to remind you that the repair will be done at no charge to you. If you believe your vehicle is included in the recall, but you do not receive a letter in the mail from the vehicle manufacturer, it is recommended that you contact your vehicle manufacturer or dealership.

Please Note: This is the 65th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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Keystone RV Bullet Ultra Lite Division Introduce Crossfire Series

Goshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV Company’s Bullet Ultra Lite division has unveiled the new Crossfire series of travel trailers.

Keystone RV Bullet Ultra Lite Division Introduce Crossfire Series
Keystone RV Bullet Ultra Lite Division Introduce Crossfire Series

Designed to be towed by smaller vehicles and offer families a full-featured alternative to pop ups or tents, Crossfire is available in both single and double-axle models starting at 3,255 pounds shipping weight, according to a company news release.

“Bullet dealers and retail customers have been asking for a Bullet model with all the bells and whistles at a lighter weight. This new Crossfire was designed to fill that need and exceed expectations,” said Bullet product manager Nick Sweazy.

“For example, Crossfire offers as standard equipment a full sized RV refrigerator, full sized kitchen sink, three burner range, roof air-conditioning, power awning, and an exclusive Murphy-bed design that looks as good open as it does closed. These are some of the areas in which competitors cut corners. Not so with the Bullet Crossfire.”

Keystone RV Bullet Ultra Lite Division Introduce Crossfire Series
Keystone RV Bullet Ultra Lite Division Introduce Crossfire Series

Currently available in two floor plans—an 1800RB single axle rear bath and a 2070BH bunk house model—more floor plans are on the drawing board. Specifications are not available at this time.

“Dealers will see the Crossfire models at the Keystone Open House in September, as well as the many upgrades we have made to the Bullet and Premier luxury line,” said Sweazy.

“We stepped up our game across the board and dealers will like what they see.”

The Crossfire builds on Bullet’s string of success. Keystone’s Bullet division has experienced six consecutive years of 20 percent-plus growth. This year the brand is up 23 percent in retail sales to date.

Keystone RV Bullet Ultra Lite Division Introduce Crossfire Series
Keystone RV Bullet Ultra Lite Division Introduce Crossfire Series

“It is our attention to detail that we believe sets us apart,” added Sweazy.

“Starting with the upscale look of our exteriors and interiors to the use of full sized appliances and furnishings. Bullet delivers a high-end look in an ultra lite, easy to tow package.”

Details

Keystone RV Company

Keystone RV Company is a producer of travel trailers, fifth wheels, and toy haulers, with manufacturing facilities at its headquarters in Goshen, Indiana, and Pendleton, Oregon.

Keystone RV brands include Montana, Cougar, Outback, Springdale, Raptor, Residence, Retreat, Passport, Hornet, Sprinter, Laredo, Mountaineer, Big Sky, High Country, Fuzion, X-lite, Bullet, Premier, Alpine, and Avalanche.

Keystone is a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc., Jackson Center, Ohio, the world’s largest manufacturer of recreation vehicles and a major builder of commercial buses.

Address: 2642 Hackberry Drive, PO Box 2000, Goshen, IN 46527-2000

Phone: (574) 535-2100

Website: www.keystonerv.com

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And Still More July 2015 RV Manufacturer Recalls

Your recreational vehicle may be involved in a safety recall and may create a safety risk for you or your passengers. Safety defects must be repaired by a certified dealer at no cost to you. However, if left unrepaired, a potential safety defect in your vehicle could lead to injury or even death.

What is a recall?
When a manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that a recreational vehicle or item of RV equipment creates an unreasonable risk to safety or fails to meet minimum safety standards, the manufacturer is required to fix that vehicle or equipment at no cost to the consumer.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced 5 recall notices involving 5 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Cruiser RV, Starcraft RV, Roadtrek Motorhomes, Keystone RV Company, and Allied Recreation Group.

Cruiser RV

CruiserCruiser RV (Cruiser) is recalling certain model year 2016 Stryker travel trailers manufactured March 23, 2015, to April 20, 2015. In the affected trailers, the studs that are used to attach the wheels to the axle hubs may break.

If the wheel studs break, the wheel could detach from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Cruiser will notify owners, and dealers will replace any affected wheel hub, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin June 24, 2015. Owners may contact Cruiser customer service at 1-866-277-5630. Cruiser’s number for this recall is 11043R & 11044R.

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

starcraftStarcraft RV (Starcraft) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 AR-ONE TT trailers and 2014-2016 Comet CT Hard Sided camping trailers, models 28V, 28P, 28R, 28S, 28V, 28W, BC, and BH, manufactured June 3, 2013, to February 6, 2015 and equipped with the Extreme Package Option. The affected trailers have Certification labels that incorrectly state a tire size of ST205/75R 14C when the actual tire size is LT235/75R 15C. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

If the operator installs the incorrect tires due to the information on the certification label, vehicle handling could be affected, increasing the risk of a crash.

Starcraft will notify owners, and dealers will install a corrected label, free of charge. The recall began on July 17, 2015. Owners may contact Starcraft customer service at 1-800-945-4787. Starcraft’s number for this recall is 9902240.

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.

Roadtrek Motorhomes

roadtrek_logoRoadtrek Motorhomes Inc. (Roadtrek) is recalling certain model year 2014 CS Adventurous, E-Trek, RS Adventurous, SS Agile, and TS Adventurous vehicles manufactured from September 18, 2013, through April 9, 2015, and built on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Chassis. The affected vehicles have electrical wiring connections under the front seats that can become dislodged or damaged and prevent the optional front seat SH9 Thorax air bags from deploying.

If the front thorax air bag fails to deploy in the event of a crash, the seat occupant has a increased risk of injury.

Roadtrek will notify owners, and dealers will modify the electrical connections, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Roadtrek customer service at 1-888-762-3873.

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 2013 Montana trailers, models 3100RL, 3150RL13, 3400RL, 3402RL, 3582RL, 3625RE, 3725RL, 3750FL and 3900FB, manufactured November 12, 2012, to January 30, 2013, and 2014 Mountaineer trailers, models 331RLT, 356TBF and 375FLF, manufactured August 21, 2013, to September 18, 2013. In all models except the Mountaineer 375FLF, the rear windows are labeled with an exit sticker, but the rear window is not intended to be a secondary emergency exit. With the Mountaineer 375FLF, the rear window is intended as the secondary emergency exit, but it may be blocked by the rear ladder.

In the event of an emergency, occupants could try to escape through the rear window, but would not be able to. This delay in their escape may increase the risk of injury.

Keystone has notified owners, and dealers will remove the emergency exit sticker from the windows that were not intended to be emergency exits. Mountaineer 375FLF vehicles will have the window replaced, so that egress section of the window is on the opposite side of where the ladder is installed. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began on July 9, 2015. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 15-232.

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 Recreation Group, Inc. (ARG)

argLogo_bigAllied Recreation Group, Inc. (ARG) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Fleetwood Southwind recreational vehicles, model 32 VS, manufactured April 16, 2014, to June 19, 2015. The affected vehicles may have been manufactured without an emergency exit window on the road side bedroom wall.

In the event of an emergency, the occupant’s exit from the vehicle may be delayed or prevented, increasing their risk of injury.

ARG will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles and, if necessary, they will replace the existing road side bedroom wall window with an emergency exit window, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 18, 2015. Owners can contact ARG customer service at 1-800-509-3417. ARG’s number for this recall number is 150625ARG.

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 64th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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Still More July 2015 RV Manufacturer Recalls

Your recreational vehicle may be involved in a safety recall and may create a safety risk for you or your passengers. Safety defects must be repaired by a certified dealer at no cost to you. However, if left unrepaired, a potential safety defect in your vehicle could lead to injury or even death.

What is a recall?
When a manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that a recreational vehicle or item of RV equipment creates an unreasonable risk to safety or fails to meet minimum safety standards, the manufacturer is required to fix that vehicle or equipment at no cost to the consumer.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced 5 recall notices involving 4 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers— New Horizons RV, Heartland RV, MCI, and Entegra Coach.

New Horizons RV Corporation

new-horizons-rv-logoNew Horizons RV Corporation (New Horizons) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Summit and Majestic recreational vehicles manufactured March 11, 2013, to January 30, 2015. 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 under occupant load, the steps may give and the occupant may fall, increasing the risk of personal injury.

New Horizons will notify owners, and dealers will remove the rivets and the step sections will be bolted together, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact New Horizons customer service at 1-800-238-3140.

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, LLC

Heartland-RV-logoHeartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain model year 2016 Torque T27, T28, T29, and T33 travel trailers manufactured May 11, 2015, to May 29, 2015. The affected trailers have Federal Certification labels that may be missing the gross axle weight rating (GAWR) information. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

The vehicle operator may unintentionally overload the trailer due to the missing GAWR information, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Heartland will notify owners, and dealers will replace the incorrect certification label with a corrected label, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2015. Owners may contact Heartland customer service at 1-877-262-8032. Heartland’s number for this recall is 99.01.22.

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.

Motor Coach Industries (MCI)

logoMciMotor Coach Industries (MCI) is recalling certain model year 2014 D4500 vehicles manufactured December 19, 2013, to April 14, 2014, 2013-2014 D4505 vehicles manufactured February 1, 2013, to April 22, 2014, and 2013-2015 J4500 vehicles manufactured November 26, 2013, to May 22, 2015. The affected motorcoaches are equipped with hub carriers that may have areas of porosity which could result in the hub carrier leaking oil or cracking.

Cracks in the hub may result in hub failure, which could cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

MCI will notify owners, and dealers will begin a routine inspection process to identify any hub carrier leaks. When parts become available, the affected hub carriers will be replaced, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact MCI customer service at 1-800-241-2947. MCI’s number for this recall is SB 425.

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 vehicles manufactured October 24, 2013, to February 11, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the fasteners that attach the stay rod (v-rod) to the rear drive axle may not have been installed with thread locker or tightened in the correct sequence.

If the fasteners come loose, the stay rod may disconnect from the rear axle, resulting in a loss of control, increasing the risk of a crash.

Entegra will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fasteners using thread lock, tightening them in the proper sequence and with the required torque values, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 17, 2015. 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.

Entegra Coach

Entegra-Coach-Color-300x233Entegra Coach (Entegra) is recalling certain model year 2015 Cornerstone Class A motorhomes, models 45B, 45J and 45K, manufactured February 24, 2014, to March 19, 2015, and built on a Spartan Chassis. The affected motorhomes have rear jack plates that may rub on the tag axle brake air hose when the plates are retracted.

If the rear jack plates rub on the air brake hose, an air leak may occur when the brake pedal is being pressed, reducing the braking performance of both the drive axle and the tag axle, lengthening the distance needed to stop the motorhome and increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Entegra will notify owners on behalf of Spartan, and dealers will reposition the tag axle brake air hose so that it is clear of the jack plate, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 31, 2015. 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 63rd in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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More July 2015 RV Manufacturer Recalls

Your recreational vehicle may be involved in a safety recall and may create a safety risk for you or your passengers. Safety defects must be repaired by a certified dealer at no cost to you. However, if left unrepaired, a potential safety defect in your vehicle could lead to injury or even death.

What is a recall?
When a manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that a recreational vehicle or item of RV equipment creates an unreasonable risk to safety or fails to meet minimum safety standards, the manufacturer is required to fix that vehicle or equipment at no cost to the consumer.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced 5 recall notices involving 3 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers— EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, Winnebago, and Newmar.

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, LLC

evergreen3EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, LLC (EverGreen) is recalling certain model year 2015 i-Go, Ever-Lite, Sun Valley and Ascend travel trailers manufactured March 12, 2015, to May 29, 2015. In the affected trailers, the studs that are used to attach the wheels to the axle hubs may break.

If the wheel studs break, the wheel could detach from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

EverGreen will notify owners, and dealers will replace any affected wheel hub, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact EverGreen customer service at 1-574-825-4298.

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.

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, LLC

evergreen3EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, LLC (EverGreen) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Lifestyle, Bay Hill, Alpha Gold and Tesla fifth wheel recreational trailers manufactured March 11, 2014, to January 23, 2015. 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 under occupant load, the steps may give and the occupant may fall, increasing the risk of personal injury.

Evergreen will notify owners, and dealers will remove the rivets and the step sections will be bolted together, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact EverGreen customer service at 1-574-825-4298.

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

winnebago-quality-circle-award-255x144Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Metro Link transit buses manufactured December 20, 2013, to April 9, 2015. The affected buses may have been built without shims and flat washers on the seat pedestal, allowing the seat to detach from the floor in the event of a crash.

If the seat detaches from the floor during a vehicle crash, the seat occupant would be at an increased risk of personal injury.

Winnebago will work with Metro Worldwide, the transit bus distributor, to notify owners and remedy the vehicles, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2015. Owners may contact Metro Worldwide customer service at 1-641-903-7377. Winnebago’s number for this recall is 132.

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 2015 Essex and King Aire vehicles manufactured March 26, 2014, to December 4, 2014. The affected vehicles have tag axle suspension hangers that may move, allowing the tag axle assembly to shift off center.

If the tag axle moves off center, vehicle handling may suddenly be affected, increasing the risk of a crash.

Newmar has notified owners, and dealers will weld the tag axle suspension hangers to the chassis frame, free of charge. The recall began on June 22, 2015. 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 Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 King Aire and Essex vehicles manufactured from March 13, 2014, and May 13, 2015, and model year 2016 Mountain Aire vehicles manufactured from March 17, 2015, through April 17, 2015. The affected vehicles, built on a Spartan Chassis, have fasteners that attach the stay rod (v-rod) to the rear drive axle that may not have been installed with thread locker or tightened in the correct sequence.

If the fasteners loosen, the stay rod may disconnect from the rear axle, allowing the rear axle to move freely, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Spartan will notify owners on behalf of Newmar, and dealers will replace the fasteners using thread lock, tightening them in the proper sequence and with the required torque values, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 23, 2015. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300 or Spartan customer service at 1-800-582-3454.

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 62nd in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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July 2015 RV Manufacturer Recalls

Your recreational vehicle may be involved in a safety recall and may create a safety risk for you or your passengers. Safety defects must be repaired by a certified dealer at no cost to you. However, if left unrepaired, a potential safety defect in your vehicle could lead to injury or even death.

What is a recall?
When a manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that a recreational vehicle or item of RV equipment creates an unreasonable risk to safety or fails to meet minimum safety standards, the manufacturer is required to fix that vehicle or equipment at no cost to the consumer.

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

Gulf Stream Coach, Inc.

gulf-stream-logoGulf Stream Coach, Inc. (Gulf Stream) is recalling certain model year 2015 Canyon Trail and Sedona trailers manufactured April 3, 2014, to September 30, 2014. 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.

Gulf Stream 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 on June 30, 2015. Owners may contact Gulf Stream customer service at 1-800-289-8787. Gulf Stream’s number for this recall is HS060215.

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 2016 Evo, Salem, Sandstorm, Shockwave, Stealth, Wildwood, Cherokee Grey Wolf, Wildcat Maxx, Vibe, R-Pod, and Surveyor trailers. In the affected trailers, the studs that are used to attach the wheels to the axle hubs may break.

If the wheel studs break, the wheel could detach from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace any affected wheel hub, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 1, 2015. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-909-873-3777. Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-05142015-0037.

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 Shasta Airflyte SAT16 and SAT19 recreational travel trailers manufactured September 15, 2014, to October 22, 2014. The affected trailers have a Federal Certification Label that incorrectly lists the tire size, gross axle weight rating (GAWR), gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and cargo carrying capacity. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

If the operator overloads the trailer due to the incorrect information on the Certification label, the tires may fail suddenly, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a corrected label, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2015. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-825-8717. Forest River’s number for this recall is 54-06052015-0047.

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 XLR and Vengeance, 2010 Sandpiper, 2004 Auto Plus, 2008 Cargo Mate and 2015-2016 Hydra-Lift trailers. In the affected trailers, the studs that are used to attach the wheels to the axle hubs may break.

If the wheel studs break, the wheel could detach from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will replace any affected wheel hub, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 10, 2015. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-534-3167. Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-05282015-0042.

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 Dynamax Rev vehicles manufactured November 25, 2014, to November 26, 2014. The affected vehicles may have been manufactured with head restraints that exceed the maximum backset measurement limit of 55mm. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 202a, “Head Restraints.”

If the vehicle is struck from behind, the head restraint may not properly limit the seat occupant’s head movement rearward, increasing the risk of injury.

Forest River will notify owners, and Chrysler dealers will replace the front seat head restraints, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-262-3474 ext. 212. Forest River’s number for this recall is 55-06112015-0051.

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 61st in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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People forget how fast you did a job but they remember how well you did it.

—Howard W. Newton

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Grand Design Introduces Imagine Lightweight Travel Trailer Series

Middlebury, Indiana-based Grand Design Recreational Vehicle Company announces the introduction of its lightweight travel trailers.

Grand Design Introduces Imagine Lightweight Travel Trailer Series
Grand Design Introduces Imagine Lightweight Travel Trailer Series

The Imagine travel trailer series is the follow up to the firm’s Reflection travel trailers and fifth wheels, flagship Solitude extended stay fifth wheels, and popular Momentum toy haulers.

“Following the bar set by these brands, Imagine stays true to the company’s commitment of focusing on the customer to steer design and fuel innovation,” said General Manager Micah Staley.

With floor plans starting well under 6,000 pounds, Imagine travel trailers hit the towing sweet spot of today’s medium duty trucks and SUVs, according to a company news release.

“We wanted Imagine to not only hit the weight goals, but do it without the compromise that so many feel forced to in the pursuit of lighter weight. Industry leading tank capacities, 30-by-36-inch walk in shower, 60-by-80-inch queen beds, and 81-inch interior radius ceilings are just a few of the areas where customers will no longer have to sacrifice,” said Staley.

“The early buzz from dealers and customers point to another home run for Grand Design.”

Imagine travel trailers debut on dealers’ lots the first week of August.

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Grand Design Recreational Vehicle Company

Grand Design Corp-Logo-blackGrand Design RV is a privately owned company founded by close friends Don Clark and brothers Ron and Bill Fenech (each having over 25 years of experience in the RV industry).

Their careers have been devoted to leading some of the most successful companies in the RV industry, being part of the ownership team that led Keystone RV Company to be the largest travel trailer and fifth wheel company in the world.

Grand Design RV Company has over 400,000 square feet of manufacturing facilities located on 67 acres in the rural community of Middlebury, Indiana.

Address: 11333 County Road 2, Middlebury, IN 46540

Phone: (574) 825-8000

Website: www.granddesignrv.com

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Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.

—Arthur Ashe

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RV Manufacturer Fined $5 Million Over Safety Violations

In an earlier post Vogel Talks RVing reported that Forest River Inc. was 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-logoFollowing an investigation it opened September 30, 2014, the NHTSA found that Elkhart, Indiana-based RV manufacturer Forest River Inc. appeared to have violated its Early Warning Reporting obligations repeatedly.

Forest River Inc. is a division of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway.

This past Thursday (July 9), NHTSA fined Forest River Inc. $5 million due to safety violations leaving consumers at risk of fire.

Regulators said Forest River was slow to report some required data and failed to swiftly launch two safety recalls after problems were found in nearly 1,000 of its travel trailers.

In the recalls, Forest River initially failed to order recalls immediately and instead just sent safety bulletins to its dealers about the problems. The company also failed to report everything to regulators as quickly as the law requires once it knew about problems.

According to NHTSA, Forest River failed to report the mishandling of recalls for a number of recreational vehicles—726 Rockwood and Flagstaff travel trailers and 200 Palomino travel trailers.

Regulators detected loose wiring that could lead to fire hazards in the Rockwood and Flagstaff vehicles and discovered a defect of the exhaust in the Palomino vehicles which could potentially raise carbon monoxide exposure and reduce fresh air intake.

Forest River Inc. will pay up to $30 million in additional fines if regulators find any additional violations in the next three years.

In 2014, the company generated $3.8 billion of revenue.

forest-River-logoForest River claims they are working with officials to resolve the inquiry and will hire an independent monitor to administer safety requirements and enhance security procedures. In addition, the company will hire an in-house consultant to oversee reporting operations as part of the settlement.

The company will adopt and promote “best practices” standards for the recreational vehicle industry and enforce its guidelines to become the industry model in safety.

“Safety is a critical shared responsibility, and when manufacturers fail to meet their responsibility, the Department will enforce the law,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said.

Forest River, Inc. was founded by Peter Liegl in 1996, which today makes all classes of recreational vehicles, cargo trailers, utility trailer, pontoon boats, light and medium-duty buses (primarily shuttle buses), portable offices, and structures to use for temporary schools.

The company operates 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the Mid West and West Coast and employs 5,400 workers.

forest-River-logoForest River currently manufactures motorhomes (Berkshire, Charleston, Forester, Georgetown, Lexington, Sunseeker, and Tsunami), towables (Cardinal, Cedar Creek, Cherokee, Day Dreamer, Flagstaff, r-pod, Rockwood, Salem, Sandpiper, Shamrock, Sierra, Surveyor, V-Cross, Wildcat, and XLR, Wildwood), park models (Kabana, Quailridge, and Summitt), and modular and hud homes (Sterling and Hart Homes).

Forest River is owned by Warren Buffett’s Omaha, Nebraska-based conglomerate. Berkshire Hathaway owns nearly 90 different subsidiaries, including clothing, furniture and jewelry firms. It also has major investments in such companies as Coca-Cola Co. and Wells Fargo & Co.

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Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.

—Peter Drucker

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Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks

Goshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV Company introduced the new Fuzion 420 fifth wheel toy hauler.

Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks
Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks

“You can’t get too much of a good thing” is the thinking behind the new Fuzion model, according to a company news release.

Featuring two patio decks for a combined outdoor living area of over 160 square feet, both the rear and side mounted decks include patio awning, LED lighting, and adjustable aluminum entry steps.

In addition, the Fusion 420 model is the first toy hauler in the industry to incorporate the FastTrack2 patio system by MOR/ryde which virtually eliminates pins as part of the set up process and makes short work of setting up the patio, according to the Keystone announcement.

“Patio decks are an increasingly important selling feature for our toy hauler customers,” says Fuzion product manager Tim Markel.

“Today, well over 95 percent of our customers order their Fuzion with the patio option. Adding a second deck on the door side creates a prime entertainment or relaxing area that can easily be accessed through the sliding glass patio door in the coach or by way of the aluminum steps leading to the ground. Campers love sitting on the deck and watching TV, visiting with friends, or utilizing the deck as an enclosed play area for the kids or family dog.”

Both the rear deck and the side deck on the Fuzion 420 feature the new FastTrack2 patio system by MOR/ryde.

Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks
Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks

A Fuzion exclusive, FastTrack2 allows each rail to smoothly slide and then snap in place without pins. There are no rails to lift as both the side and end rails are permanently mounted to the garage wall and simply swing into position. Setting up the Fuzion patio requires minimum effort and can be accomplished in seconds rather than minutes.

“With extra value features like FastTrack2, the MOR/ryde suspension and pin-box system, new exterior full paint options and our Fuzion Chrome edition, we are differentiating Fuzion from other brands in the marketplace,” said Marke.

“Fuzion market share is up 22 percent in April according to Statistical Surveys, Inc. Clearly our dealers have embraced the Fuzion concept and have propelled our sales.”

The new Keystone Fuzion 420 fifth wheel toy hauler specs include:

  • Shipping Weight: 15,095 pounds
  • Carrying Capacity: 3,905 pounds
  • Hitch Weight: 3,775 pounds
  • External Length: 43 feet
  • External Height: 13 feet 3 inches
  • Fresh Water Carrying Capacity: 112 gallons
  • Gray Water Carrying Capacity: 88 gallons
  • Black Water Carrying Capacity: 88 gallons
Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks
Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks

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Keystone RV Company

Keystone RV Company is a producer of travel trailers, fifth wheels, and toy haulers, with manufacturing facilities at its headquarters in Goshen, Indiana, and Pendleton, Oregon.

Keystone RV brands include Montana, Cougar, Outback, Springdale, Raptor, Residence, Retreat, Passport, Hornet, Sprinter, Laredo, Mountaineer, Big Sky, High Country, Fuzion, X-lite, Bullet, Premier, Alpine, and Avalanche.

Keystone is a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc., Jackson Center, Ohio, the world’s largest manufacturer of recreation vehicles and a major builder of commercial buses.

Address: 2642 Hackberry Drive, PO Box 2000, Goshen, IN 46527-2000

Phone: (574) 535-2100

Website: www.keystonerv.com

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And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

—Steve Jobs

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Heartland RV Introduces Torque Extreme Lite Travel Trailer Series

Building on strong sales and growing market share in the fifth-wheel toy hauler segment, Elkhart, Indiana-based Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC has broadened its product offerings with the introduction of the Torque Extreme Lite travel trailer series targeting a rapidly growing 1/2-ton pickup market.

Heartland RV Introduces Torque Extreme Lite Travel Trailer Series
Heartland RV Introduces Torque Extreme Lite Travel Trailer Series

“Heartland has experienced tremendous growth over the last few years in the fifth-wheel toy hauler segment,” stated General Manager A.J. Jones, in a company news release.

“However, because of production limitations in the past, we weren’t able to expand into other areas of the market, which continues to branch into new categories.”

As part of a companywide expansion initiative, Heartland moved its toy hauler operations into a dedicated facility, effectively doubling production capacity while significantly reducing turnaround times.

“Heartland has made a huge commitment to toy haulers, allowing us to compete in all-new price points and weights,” Jones stated.

Jones noted that Heartland owns a 22 percent market share in fifth-wheel toy haulers and a nearly 30 percent share of all triple-axle fifth-wheel toy haulers sold.

Heartland RV Introduces Torque Extreme Lite Travel Trailer Series
Heartland RV Introduces Torque Extreme Lite Travel Trailer Series

Combining lightweight construction with aggressive pricing, the Torque offers Heartland’s dealer partners a full-featured toy hauler that addresses the towing needs of 1/2-ton pickup owners.

“The key to the Torque Extreme Lite is to keep the same high-end look and features that our fifth-wheel toy haulers provide, but doing it on a 1/2-ton towable platform,” noted Coley Brady, vice president of sales and marketing.

“Our dealers have been begging for an affordable, 1/2-ton towable, and A.J. and his team delivered with the Torque Extreme Lite.”

Available in six floor plans, ranging in length from 31- to 38 1/2 feet, the new Torque Lite series features 102-inch wide-body construction, all-aluminum framing and Equa-flex suspension with gas shocks to ensure a stable, comfortable ride.

The onboard garage is equipped with 5,000-pound tie-downs, Happy-Jac powered bunks beds and can accommodate the largest side-by-sides. MSRP pricing starts at $39,450.

“The introduction of the Torque travel trailer extends Heartland’s laser focus on the toy hauler segment,” said Heartland President Chris Hermon.

“By entering into the 1/2-ton pickup market, we have positioned Heartland to capture even more market share in what we see as a segment that continues to evolve and gain traction. As always we listened to our dealers, bringing to market a product that not only meets a growing demand but also stands out on the sales lot with features traditionally not offered by the competition at this price point.”

Heartland RV Introduces Torque Extreme Lite Travel Trailer Series
Heartland RV Introduces Torque Extreme Lite Travel Trailer Series

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Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC

Heartland Recreational Vehicles is a leading manufacturer of towable recreational vehicles in the US. The Company markets over 16 brands of fifth wheel trailers, travel trailers, and toy haulers including Landmark, Big Horn, Big Country, ElkRidge, Gateway, Sundance, Greystone, North Trail, Prowler, Cyclone, Road Warrior, Wilderness, Torque, and Trail Runner.

Heartland is number three in market share in fifth wheels and closing in on being among the top five towable manufacturers of fifth wheels and travel trailers combined.

Heartland’s towable RVs are sold through an independent network of dealers throughout the United States and Canada.

The Company has over 900 employees.

Heartland factory tours are conducted Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC is a division of Thor Industries Inc.

Address: 1001 All-Pro Drive, Elkhart, Indiana 46514

Phone: (574) 262-5992 or (888) 262-5992 (toll free)

Website: www.heartlandrvs.com

Worth Pondering…

I see travel as the one of the most important ways of expanding human beings’ understanding of each other. Through travel we discover humility, love, friendship, passion and ourselves.
—Kirsten Cargill

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