October 2018 RV Manufacturer Recalls (Part 4 of 5)

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.

NHTSA releases its most recent list of recalls each Monday. Vogel Talks RVing has been publishing this recall information for many years, typically at month’s end.

The number of RV recalls has increased significantly in recent years. We reported on more than 169 recalls during 2016, a 37.4 percent increase over the total recalls issued in 2015.

NHTSA announced 203 recalls during 2017, a 20.1 percent increase over 2016.

NHTSA announced 20 recall notices during September 2018 for a total of 175 for the year.

It should be noted that RV recalls are related to vehicle safety and not product quality, violating labeling requirements listed in federal motor vehicle safety standards.

NHTSA has no interest in an air conditioner failing to cool or slide out failing to extend or retract—unless they can be directly attributed to product safety.

NHTSA announced 31 recall notices during October 2018. These recalls involved 16 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Forest River (9 recalls), Jayco (3 recalls), Keystone RV Company (3 recalls), Entegra Coach (2 recalls), Grand Design RV (2 recall), Winnebago (2 recalls), Highland Ridge RV (1 recall), Cruiser RV (1 recall), Heartland Recreational Vehicles (1 recall), Trail King Industries (1 recall), Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles (1 recall), Erwin Hymer Group North America (1 recall), Gulf Stream Coach (1 recall), Newmar (1 recall), KZRV (1 recall), and Motor Coach Industries (1 recall).

Highland Ridge RV

Highland Ridge RV (Highland Ridge) is recalling certain 2019 Highland Ridge Open Range Ultra Lite, Mesa Ridge, and Open Range Lite travel trailers. The axles may be missing inner bearing races on the hubs, which can cause the bearing to burnout or cause the hub to overheat.

Highland Ridge will notify owners, and dealers will replace the defective hubs with new hubs or replace the axles, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Highland Ridge customer service at 1-260-768-7771. Highland Ridge’s number for this recall is 9904410.

Potential number of affected units: 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.

Cruiser RV

Cruiser RV (Cruiser) is recalling certain 2019 Embrace, Fun Finder Xtreme Lite, MPG, Radiance Ultra Lite and Shadow Cruiser Ultra Lite travel trailers. The axles may be missing inner bearing races on the hubs, which can cause the bearing to burnout or cause the hub to overheat.

Cruiser will notify owners, and dealers will replace the defective hubs with new hubs or replace the axles, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 26, 2018. Owners may contact Cruiser customer service at 1-574-206-7920. Cruiser’s number for this recall is 99.03.15.

Potential number of affected units: 129

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

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain 2019 Heartland Mallard, Pioneer, Sundance XLT, Wilderness, North Trail, Prowler and Trail Runner travel trailers. The axles may be missing inner bearing races on the hubs, which can cause the bearing to burnout or cause the hub to overheat.

Heartland will notify owners, and dealers will replace the defective hubs with new hubs or replace the axles, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 26, 2018. Owners may contact Heartland customer service at 1-877-262-8032. Heartland’s number for this recall is 99.01.40.

Potential number of affected units: 622

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.

Trail King Industries

Trail King Industries, Inc. (Trail King) is recalling certain 2016-2018 Trail King ACS and AACS trailers with aluminum cross members over the suspension. The aluminum cross members may crack in the welded corners where the cross member attaches to the frame beam, potentially causing the suspension to loosen from the frame.

Trail King will notify owners, and dealers will replace the cross members, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 8, 2018. Owners may contact Trail King customer service at 1-800-843-3324. Trail King’s number for this recall is TK201802.

Potential number of affected units: 115

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.

Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles

Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles (Livin’ Lite) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Livin’ Lite CampLite travel trailers, models 21BHS, 21RBS, 23RKS and 23RLS. The drawbar of the trailer may crack resulting in the trailer separating from the tow vehicle.

Livin’ Lite will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and repair the welds, as necessary, and install an additional tube to reinforce the drawbar, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin November 5, 2018. Owners may contact Livin’ Lite customer service at 1-800-768-4016 extension 154 or 153.

Potential number of affected units: 154

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 208th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

Worth Pondering…

It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.

—Martin Van Buren

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