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.
It should be noted that RV recalls are related to vehicle safety and not product quality. 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 5 recall notices during January 2023. These recalls involved 4 recreational vehicle manufacturers—Forest River (2 recalls), REV (1 recall), Shadow Trailer (1 recall), and Triple E (1 recall).
Potential number of units affected: 36
Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2022 East to West Entrada 24FM Class C Motorhomes. The certification label incorrectly states there are 6 belted seating positions, when there are only 4 belted seating positions. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 120, “Wheels and Rims-Other than Passenger Cars.”
Dealers will replace the Federal certification label, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed January 20, 2023. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-264-6664. Forest River’s number for this recall is 504-1591.
Potential number of units affected: 17
Forest River Bus, LLC (Forest River Bus) is recalling certain 2021 Berkshire Coach Ultra UL1952 coaches. The retractable awning may extend unintentionally during transit.
Dealers will install additional support for the internal components of the gearbox housing, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed March 1, 2023. Owners may contact Forest River Bus customer service at 1-800-348-7440 or Carefree of Colorado Customer Service Phone Number 1-303-469-3324. Forest River Bus’ number for this recall is 42-1594.
Potential number of units affected: 1,540
REV Recreation Group (REV) is recalling certain 2021-2023 Holiday Rambler Vacationer, Invicta, Navigator, Admiral, Fleetwood Southwind, Bounder, Pace Arrow, 2021-2022 Fleetwood Fortis, Flair, 2023 Fleetwood Flex and Holiday Rambler Eclipse motorhomes. The service valves on the LPG tanks may have improper thread depth, which can cause a propane leak.
Dealers will inspect and if necessary replace the service valves, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed February 20, 2023. Owners may contact REV customer service at 1-800-509-3417.
Potential number of units affected: 12
Shadow Trailer, LLC (Shadow Trailer) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Living Quarter travel trailers, equipped with certain 2-burner cooktops. The burner control valves may become damaged, causing a gas leak.
Dealers will replace the cooktops, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed August 25, 2022. Owners may contact Shadow Trailer customer service at 1-352-529-2190. Shadow Trailer’s number for this recall is 22E-021.
Potential number of units affected: 341
Triple E Recreational Vehicles (Triple E) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Unity U24IB and 2021-2023 Unity U24TB motorhomes. The battery disconnect switch terminal posts may contact the metal grounded fridge frame, causing a short and blowing a 100 AMP fuse.
Dealers will install two rubber terminal post protective covers, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed January 25, 2023. Owners may contact Triple E customer service at 1-877-992-9906. Triple E’s number for this recall is CA#10253-1.
Please Note: This is the 48th in a series of posts relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls
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