April 2023 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 16 Recalls Involving 8 RV Manufactures

A manufacturer recall can create a safety risk if not repaired

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?

It’s always important to keep up with the latest recalls, no matter how small the issue may appear to be. Each week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) publishes the latest information on recalls from minor to major defects. NHTSA releases its most recent list of recalls each Monday.

When a manufacturer or the 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.

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 16 recall notices during April 2023. These recalls involved 8 recreational vehicle manufacturers—Forest River (5 recalls), Jayco (4 recalls), Winnebago (2 recalls), Shadow Trailer (1 recall), 9299-5000 Québec (1 recall), Gulf Stream (1 recall), MCI (1 recall), and Heartland (1 recall).

Columbia Sun RV Resort, Kennewick, Washington © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Forest River

Potential number of units affected: 12

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2023 Puma Pause Travel trailers. The breakaway switch may be incorrectly wired and cause the battery to not charge, resulting in no power to the breakaway switch.

Dealers will rewire the breakaway switch, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 3, 2023. Owners may contact Forest River Customer Service at 1-574-327-2681. Forest River’s number for this recall is 426-1613.

Forest River

Potential number of units affected: 19

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2023 Puma Pause travel trailers. The brake wire was routed incorrectly through the suspension, which may result in a pinched wire.

Dealers will inspect the wire, and rewire or reroute as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 3, 2023. Owners may contact Forest River Customer Service at 1-574-327-2681. Forest River’s number for this recall is 426-1615.

Ambassador RV Resort, Caldwell, Idaho © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Forest River

Potential number of units affected: 70

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2023 Cherokee CKT36FBOP Travel Trailers. The safety chains may be insufficient for the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) listed on the federal placard, which can allow the trailer to detach. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

Dealers will install a new Federal Placard, free of charge. All affected vehicles are still in dealer inventory and therefore no owner notification letters will be sent. Owners may contact Forest River Customer Service at1-260)-499-2100. Forest River’s number for this recall is 89-1618.

Forest River

Potential number of units affected: 28

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2023 East to West Della Terra 240RLLE travel trailers. The safety chains may be insufficient for the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and could potentially break.

Dealers will replace the safety chains, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 10, 2023. Owners may contact Forest River Customer Service at 1-574-264-6664. Forest River’s number for this recall is 508-1617.

Destiny RV Resort, Goodyear, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Forest River

Potential number of units affected: 2,616

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2021 Forester 2401BSD, FR3 F3A32DSF, Georgetown GTA36K7, 2022-2023 East to West Entrada, 2023 East to West Alta, Coachmen Apex, Brookstone, Chaparral and Chaparral Lite, Forest River Crusader, Sanibel, Shasta Phoenix, Coachmen Spirit, and East to West Tandara vehicles. The solar panel mounting hardware may become loose and pull through the slot in the panel.

Dealers will install additional hardware to the existing panel and install a secondary holding bracket, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 23, 2023. Owners may contact East to West Alta, Entrada and Tandara customer service at 1-574-264-6664; Coachmen Apex and Spirit customer service at 1-574-825-8205; Coachmen Brookstone, Chaparral, Chaparral Lite, and Shasta Phoenix customer service at 1-574-825-7101; Crusader and Sanibel customer service at 1-574-862-1025; and Georgetown Forester and FR3 customer service at 1-574-206-7600. Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-1607.

Peace Arch RV Park, Surrey, British Columbia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Jayco

Potential number of units affected: 37

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2023 Northpoint FW travel trailers. The axle U-bolts may not be tightened properly, which can cause the axle to move out of position.

Dealers will inspect and tighten the U-bolts, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed March 31, 2023. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901585.

Jayco

Potential number of units affected: 19

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Jayco Atlante, Precept, Precept Prestige, Entegra Emblem, Vision, and Vision XL motorhomes. The rear stabilizer bar attachment brackets may break and separate from the vehicle.

Dealers will inspect the bolt tightness for both rear stabilizer attachment brackets and replace the weld nuts, bolts, and brackets as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 1, 2023. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is Ford 22V-731.

Golden Village Palms, Hemet, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Jayco

Potential number of units affected: 972

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2022-2024 Jayco Embark, Entegra Anthem, Aspire, Cornerstone, Reatta, and Reatta XL motorhomes. A vehicle control module software error may cause loss of drive power or loss of key safety functions, such as loss of head lights or windshield wipers.

Dealers will reprogram the vehicle control module, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 1, 2023. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267.

Jayco

Potential number of units affected: 2

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2022 Entegra Coach Qwest motorhomes. The wiring harnesses for the swivel-seats may have been incorrectly installed and may become damaged, which can cause the front side air bags not to deploy as intended.

Dealers will inspect the installation of the wiring harness and will attach it properly to the seat base, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 1, 2023. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is MB 23V-101.

Creek Fire RV Park, Savannah, Georgia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Winnebago

Potential number of units affected: 1,180

Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling certain 2021-2023 Ekko motorhomes. The 12-Volt charging system may have improperly routed wires and loose electrical connections, which can overload the electrical circuits and cause damage to electrical components, including the auxiliary alternator.

Dealers will inspect and correct the wire routing and electrical connections, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 26, 2023. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-641-585-6939 or 1-800-537-1885. Winnebago’s number for this recall is 174.

Winnebago

Winnebago Towable (Winnebago) is recalling certain 2021-2023 Micro Minnie travel trailers. The spare tire carrier may fail when loaded with a certain off-road style tire.

Dealers will replace the spare tire carrier, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed June 9, 2023. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-574-825-5280 ext. 5220. Winnebago’s number for this recall is CAM0000029.

Whispering Hills RV Park, Georgetown, Kentucky © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Shadow Trailer

Potential number of units affected: 270

Shadow Trailer, LLC (Shadow Trailer) is recalling certain 2016-2023 Living Quarter trailers equipped with certain SDS2 2-Burner Drop-in Cooktops. The internal aluminum burner tubes that connect to the gas valves may fracture and cause a gas leak.

Service centers will order repair kits directly from the equipment supplier, Suburban Manufacturing, and install the kits, free of charge. The remedy for previously sold vehicles is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a schedule for recall notification. Owners may contact Shadow Trailer customer service at 1-352-529-2190.

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9299-5000 Québec

Potential number of units affected: 61

9299-5000 Québec Inc. (9299-5000 Quebec) is recalling certain 2020-2023 HÉLIO O2 travel trailers, equipped with certain SDS2 2-Burner Drop-in Cooktops. The internal aluminum burner tubes that connect to the gas valves may fracture and cause a gas leak.

The remedy is currently under development. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 27, 2023. Owners may contact 9299-5000 Quebec customer service at 1-877 583–2206. 9299-5000 Quebec’s number for this recall is 2023-001.

Gulf Stream

Potential number of units affected: 557

Gulf Stream Coach, Inc. (Gulf Stream) is recalling certain 2023-2024 Conquest and BT Cruiser Class C Mini Motor Homes. Please see the recall report for a complete list of model numbers. The entry door latch may fail and not allow entry or exit.

Dealers will inspect and replace the door latch, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed April 24, 2023. Owners may contact Gulf Stream customer service at 1-800-289-8787. Gulf Stream’s number for this recall is GS032923.

Two Rivers Landing RV Park, Sevierville, Tennessee © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

MCI

Potential number of units affected: 140

Motor Coach Industries (MCI) is recalling certain 2019-2021 D45CRTLE, J3500, and J4500 coaches, equipped with a rear-mounted bike rack. The vehicle’s rear lighting may be obstructed when bikes are installed on the bike rack. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”

MCI will provide instructions and a kit to add lighting to the rear-mounted bike rack, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 1, 2023. Owners may contact MCI customer service at 1-800-241-2947.

Gulf Coast RV Resort, Beaumont, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Heartland

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland)) is recalling certain 2023 Big Country and Big Horn fifth wheels. The federal certification label may have incorrect tire information. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 120, “Wheels and Rims-Other Than Passenger Cars.”

Heartland will mail owners replacement certification labels, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed June 17, 2023. Owners may contact Heartland customer service at 1-877-262-8032.

Please Note: This is the 50th in a series of posts relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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