June 2022 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 20 Recalls Involving 16 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?

When a manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that a recreational vehicle or item of RV equipment creates an unreasonable safety risk 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 20 recall notices during June 2022. These recalls involved 16 recreational vehicle manufacturers—Forest River (4 recalls), Escape (2 recalls), Keystone (1 recall), Winnebago (1 recall), Airstream (1 recall), Bowlus Road Chief (1 recall), Oliver (1 recall), Bigfoot (1 recall), Coach House (1 recall), Roadtrek (1 recall), TM (1 recall), Off Grid (1 recall), Keystone Coachworks (1 recall), Heartland (1 recall), Cruiser (1 recall), Triple E ( recall).

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Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Coachmen Galleria, Beyond, and Nova motorhomes, equipped with certain 2-burner cooktops. The burner control valves may become damaged, causing a gas leak.

Dealers will replace the cooktop, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on June 29, 2022. Owners may contact Forest River Customer Service Phone Number 1-574-825-6319. Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-1513.

RV Park at Rolling Hills, Corning, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Forest River Berkshire motorhomes. An incorrect circuit breaker was installed in the vehicle’s house distribution subpanel, which prohibits the internal spring retention mechanism from properly contacting the sub panel.

Dealers will install the correct breaker, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on July 6, 2022. Owners may contact Forest River Customer Service at 1-574-522-1368. Forest River’s number for this recall is 40-1516.

Coastal Georgia RV Resort, Brunswick, Georgia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2022 East to West Alta and Palomino SolAire travel trailers equipped with a swing-up table/bed base. The base may have incomplete welds that are unable to hold the intended weight, causing the table/bed base to drop unexpectedly.

Dealers will replace the swing-up table, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on July 16, 2022. Owners may contact Forest River customer service for the Alta at 1-574-264-6664 or for the SolAire at 1-269-432-3271. Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-1519.

Okefenokee RV Park, Folkston, Georgia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2022 Prime Time Crusader and Sanibel fifth-wheel travel trailers. The step treads are inadequately secured to the step brackets.

Dealers will install an elevator bolt to properly secure tread to the steps, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on July 8, 2022. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-862-1025. Forest River’s number for this recall is 49-1523.

Oh! Kentucky Campground & RV Park, Berea, Kentucky © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Escape

Escape Trailer (Escape Trailer) is recalling certain 2018-2021 Escape 17, 19, 21, and 5.0TA travel trailers, equipped with certain SDS2 2-Burner Drop-in Cooktops. The internal aluminum burner tubes connecting the gas valves to the cooktop burners can fracture from excessive vibration or shock, causing a gas leak.

Dealers will replace the cooktop, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on June 15, 2022. Owners may contact Escape Trailers customer service at 1-604-703-1650.

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Escape

Escape Trailer is recalling certain 2021-2022 Escape 17, 19, 21, and 5.0TA travel trailers. The quick disconnect fittings in the LP gas system may be cracked, causing a gas leak.

Dealers will replace the quick disconnects, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on June 15, 2022. Owners may contact Escape Trailer’s customer service at 1-604-703-1650.

Lakeside RV Park, Livingston, Louisiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Keystone

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2022 Keystone Cougar travel trailers, equipped with a swing-up table/bed base. The base may have incomplete welds that are unable to hold the intended weight, causing the table/bed base to drop unexpectedly.

Dealers will replace the table/bed base, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a schedule for recall notification. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 22-433.

Jack’s Landing RV Park, Grants Pass, Oregon © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Winnebago

Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling certain 2020 ERA motorhomes, equipped with certain 2-burner cooktops. The burner control valves may become damaged, causing a gas leak.

Winnebago will work with Dometic to replace the cooktops, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on June 30, 2022. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-641-585-6939 or 1-800-537-1885 or Dometic customer service at 888-943-4905.

Seven Feathers Casino RV Park, Canyonville, Oregon © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Airstream

Airstream, Inc. (Airstream) is recalling certain 2021-2023 Airstream Classic, Flying Cloud, International, and Globetrotter travel trailers. The manual step may collapse due to the fastener screw pulling through the washer.

Dealers will replace the old washer and install a Loctite thread locker, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on July 17, 2022. Owners may contact Airstream customer service at 1-877-596-6505 or 1-937-596-6111 ext. 7401 or 7411.

New Green Acres RV Park, Waterboro, South Carolina © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Bowlus Road Chief

Bowlus Road Chief LLC (Bowlus) is recalling certain 2022 Endless Highways travel trailers equipped with 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 on May 25, 2022. Owners may contact Bowlus customer service at 1-805-436-5855.

The Barnyard RV Park, Lexington, South Carolina © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Oliver

Oliver Travel Trailer, INC. (Oliver) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Elite travel trailers equipped with certain 2-burner Cooktops. The burner control valves may become damaged, causing a gas leak.

Service Centers will replace the cooktops, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed in May 2022. Owners may contact Oliver customer service at 1-866-205-2621.

Holiday Travel Park of Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Bigfoot

Bigfoot Industries, Inc. (Bigfoot) is recalling certain 2022 Bigfoot RV 25B17FB travel trailers, equipped with certain 2-burner cooktops. The burner control valves may become damaged, causing a gas leak.

Bigfoot will work with Dometic, to replace the cooktop, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a schedule for recall notification. Owners may contact Bigfoot customer service at 1-250-546-2155.

Hidden Lake RV Park, Beaumont, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Coach House

Coach House, Inc. (Coach House) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Platinum, Platinum II, and Arriva motorhomes, equipped with certain 2-burner cooktops. The burner control valves may become damaged, causing a gas leak.

Dealers will replace the cooktop, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed in May 2022. Owners may contact Coach House customer service at 1-800-235-0984.

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Roadtrek

Roadtrek Inc. (Roadtrek) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Play, Play SRT, Play Slumber, Chase, SS Agile, Zion, Zion SRT, and Zion Slumber recreational vehicles, 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. The manufacturer has not yet provided a schedule for recall notification. Owners may contact Roadtrek customer service at 1-888-762-3873.

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TM

TM Industries (TM) is recalling certain 2021-2022 TrailManor 2518 series travel trailers, equipped with certain 2-burner cooktops. The burner control valves may become damaged, causing a gas leak.

Dealers will replace the cooktop, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed in June 2022. Owners may contact TM customer service at 1-605-951-7580. TM’s number for this recall is 4T9T.

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Off Grid

Off Grid Trailers (Off Grid) is recalling certain 2021-22 Expedition, Pando, and Switchback travel trailers equipped with certain 2-burner cooktops. The burner control valves may become damaged, causing a gas leak.

Off Grid will work with Dometic to replace the cooktops, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on June 10, 2022. Owner’s may contact Off Grid customer service at 1-800-786-3221.

Katy Lake RV Resort, Katy, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Keystone Coachworks

Keystone Coachworks Inc (Keystone Coachworks) is recalling certain 2020-2021 Mercedes-Benz Metris Custom Camper Vans equipped with certain 2-burner cooktops. The burner control valves may become damaged, causing a gas leak.

Keystone will work with Dometic to replace the cooktops, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed in June 2022. Owners may contact Keystone Coachworks customer service at 1-541-517-4827. Keystone Coachworks number for this recall is 22E021.

Columbia Riverfront RV Park, Woodland, Washington © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Heartland

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain 2022 Cyclone, Gravity, Sundance, Big Country, Big Horn, Big Horn Traveler, Elkridge, Fuel, North Trail, Landmark, Lithium, Milestone, Torque, Trail Runner, Pioneer, Prowler, and Road Warrior travel trailers. The quick disconnect fittings in the LP gas system may be cracked, causing a gas leak.

Dealers will inspect and replace the quick disconnect fittings, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on July 17, 2022. Owners may contact Heartland customer service at 1-877-262-8032. Heartland’s number for this recall is 99.01.67.

Smokiam RV Park, Soap Lake, Washington © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Cruiser

Cruiser RV (Cruiser) is recalling certain 2022 Shadow Cruiser, Embrace, MPG, Radiance, Hitch, Twilight, and Stryker travel trailers. The quick disconnect fittings in the LP gas system may be cracked, causing a gas leak.

Dealers will inspect and replace the fittings, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on July 17, 2022. Owners may contact Cruiser customer service at 1-574-206-7920. Cruiser’s number for this recall is 99.03.21.

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

Triple E

Triple E Recreational Vehicles (Triple E) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Unity U24MB, U24IB, U24CB, U24FX, U24RL, U24TB, and Wonder W24MB, W24RTB, W24FTB, W24RL recreational vehicles, equipped with certain 2-burner cooktops. The burner control valves may become damaged, causing a gas leak.

Triple E will work with Dometic to replace the cooktops, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed in June 2022. Owners may contact Triple E customer service at 1-877-992-9906 or contact Dometic at recall.cooktop.22E021@dometic.com or 1-888-943-4905 or 574-389-3713. Triple E’s number for this recall is CA#10130-1.

Please Note: This is the 41st in a series of posts 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

What 2022 looks like for RVers

2022 is shaping up to be another strong year for camping

The RV market exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic. While travel restrictions remained in place, many craved any opportunity to get out of the house.

Camping at Alamo Lake State Park, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

As a result, recreational vehicles provided a glimmer of relief for those seeking safer travel. The demand for self-sustaining travel kicked the RV market into high gear in 2020 with record numbers of travelers buying or renting an RV.

But what about 2022? Will the trend continue?

Camping at Meaher State Park, Alabama © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Despite relaxations in COVID regulations for airlines and international travel, one phenomenon of the pandemic appears here to stay—campers are staying dedicated to the great outdoors. A new study from Kampgrounds of America (KOA) shows that camping and its many variations, particularly glamping and RVing, is quickly being embraced by the new leisure-seeking traveler and is becoming a part of travel culture faster than ever.

Camping at Potwisha Campground, Sequoia National Park, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Over the past two years, the camping industry witnessed a growth of 36 percent with over 9.1 million first-time campers joining the scene just last year, the KOA survey showed.

While one-third of the newcomers said that COVID was their main catalyst to try camping, these numbers also come in tandem with the increased interest in leisure and wellness travel since the start of the pandemic. People are increasingly searching for quieter getaways, outdoor wellness retreats, and escapes into the wilderness.

Camping at Laura S. Walker State Park, Georgia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Among all survey respondents, two-thirds reported regularly participating in some type of leisure travel whether it’s camping or other types of travel. In 2021, camping accounted for 40 percent of all leisure travel.

Related Article: Why are RVs So Popular?

Camping at My Kentucky Home State Park, Kentucky © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The urban camper

Among regular and new campers, the urban resident is proving to be a rising star in the camping scene. In 2021, this type of camper emerged as “one of the most avid camping segments in terms of both trips and number of nights spent camping”, according to the KOA report. 

Camping at Poches RV Park, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Camping provides city residents a chance to find local or domestic activities that still offer a change of pace. The urban residents who intend to continue camping reported interests in a variety of camping categories starting from RVing and road trips to backpack camping and glamping.

Camping at Buccaneer State Park, Mississippi © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

While music festivals continue to be one of the urban resident’s most popular reasons to go outside they are still developing a new curiosity to the offerings of camping. In 2022, 44 percent of this group reported plans to replace a traditional leisure trip with a camping trip due to economic reasons and avoidance of crowds.

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Glamping as leisure

Similar to the year prior, close to half of new campers said they tried glamping in their 2021 camping experiences. This interest is expected to grow in 2022 with 50 percent of respondents saying that they are also seeking a glamping experience.

Related Article: RV Sales Continue to Soar and Here Are the Reasons Why

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While 40 percent of leisure trips result in camping, 80 percent of all leisure travelers chose camping or glamping for at least some of their trips. Due to the high level of interest in camping and glamping amongst the leisure traveler, many industry leaders are recognizing the importance of camping in the hospitality industry. 

Camping at Seven Feathers Casino RV Resort, Canyonville, Oregon © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“Our research shows that camping is one of the primary ways households prefer to travel and spend their leisure time because 75 percent of campers say it reduces stress and contributes to their emotional well-being,” said Whitney Scott, chief marketing officer of KOA. “Camping is driving leisure travel’s recovery and its benefits will fuel future market share.”

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Work life balance in the Great Outdoors

But, it’s not just leisure that new campers are seeking. 

Related Article: How to Choose the Perfect RV Park and Campsite?

Remote work is flipping the traditional ideals of workplace culture on its head inducing both support and concerns about the new normal. Many people aren’t exactly longing for a complete cut-off from work when they travel nor do they view it as completely realistic or possible. The distinction between leisure travel and remote work is being obscured and when it comes to camping behavior, 46 percent of campers said they worked remotely during at least some of their trips which an increase of 5 percent from 2020. 

Camping at Cedar Pass Campground, Badlands National Park, South Dakota © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

As a result, close to half (48 percent) of campers list having Wi-Fi as a critical element to their camping experience impacting their ability to stay outdoors so they can stay connected to their work life. Providing connections to the digital world even when out of doors is becoming an important part of customer satisfaction with campgrounds.

Camping at Holiday Travel Park of Chattanooga, Tennessee © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

RV boom continues, but will it last?

In addition to glamorous camping, RVing is also recording an all-time peak with almost two million new RV renters in 2021 and 15 million households RVing at least once to explore the outdoors. In a profile of 2021’s New Camper in the KOA survey, RVing was the most popular form of camping that people wanted to try with a 57 percent response rate. It was quickly followed by tenting at 56 percent and glamping at 51 percent.

Camping at Goose Island State Park, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

In the past, most RVers rented or borrowed RVs for their vacations but the results of the recent survey showed that they are displaying more permanent commitments to these mobile homes with 77 percent of RVers now owning their recreational vehicle. Interest in owning an RV is still present among the remaining non-RV owners with 32 percent saying they have intention to purchase an RV in 2022.  

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However, this spike in RV interest may soon hit a cap as soaring gas prices are prompting RVers to make a change of travel plans in 2022. Some are seeking to either change their RV or even consider selling or listing the RV. About half of new RVers say they are considering selling their RV this year while a fifth are downgrading their RV to lower payments and operating costs.

Camping at Cave Creek Regional Park, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Increasing Fuel Efficiency

Currently the harsh reality is that fuel prices are higher than usual. So, whether you camp close to home or plan to travel farther away, you can avoid paying high gas prices by simply doing a few things that will make your RV more fuel efficient.

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Keep your RV and tow vehicle tires inflated to their recommended tire pressure. Every five pounds per square inch (psi) of tire pressure you lose can translate into a 2 percent loss of fuel economy.

Related Article: Is This The Summer Of The RV?

Keep up with vehicle maintenance. Oil changes and tune-ups on your motorhome or tow vehicle can result in between 4 percent and 40 percent increase in fuel economy.

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Don’t be a lead foot. Rapid accelerations and fast driving can quickly drain your tank. Keep your speed constant. Going slow and easy coming out of stops will really help decrease fuel use too. Speeding and rapid acceleration can decrease fuel economy by a whopping 15-30 percent. To avoid having to fill up as often be sure to maintain your speed a constant 55-60 miles per hour.

Use the air conditioner sparingly or not at all. Using the air conditioner in your RV or tow vehicle will reduce fuel economy as drastically as 5-25 percent. That’s a big drop. Traveling in the cooler early morning hours will help you avoid the heat of the day.

Worth Pondering…

It’s a beautiful day for it.

—Wilbur Cross

April 2022 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 15 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.

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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 15 recall notices during April 2022. These recalls involved 8 recreational vehicle manufacturers—Keystone (5 recall), Forest River (3 recalls), Lance Camper (2 recall), Heartland (1 recall), Grand Design (1 recall), Jayco (1 recall), Newmar (1 recall), and Tiny Idahomes (1 recall).

Whispering Oaks RV Park, Weimar, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Keystone

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2022 Bullet, Outback, and Passport travel trailers. The coupler hitch may have been welded improperly, which can cause the trailer to separate from the tow vehicle.

Dealers will inspect the welds, and replace the coupler if necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 17, 2022. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 22-427.

Capitol City RV Park, Montgomery, Alabama © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Keystone

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2022 Passport travel trailers. The trailers were built with the incorrect size axles and tires, which could cause the vehicle to become overloaded.

Related: March 2022 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 12 Recalls Involving 9 RV Manufactures

Dealers will replace the axles, tires, and rims, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 17, 2022. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 22-429.

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Keystone

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2022 Alpine, Impact, Arcadia, Avalanche, Fuzion, and Passport travel trailers, equipped with a 50-amp shore power inlet. The power inlet lug bolts may have been manufactured with excessively hard metal, preventing them from being tightened properly and resulting in a loose wiring connection.

Dealers will inspect and replace the power inlet, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 23, 2022. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 22-428.

Pala Casino RV Resort, Pala, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Keystone

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2019-2022 Cougar 29FKD travel trailers. Improper clearance may allow the tires to contact the outrigger, causing damage to the tires.

Dealers will notch the existing outrigger and install an additional outrigger between the two tires to provide proper clearance, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 23, 2022. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 22-430.

Coastal Georgia RV Resort, Brunswick, Georgia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Keystone

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2022 Crossroads Zinger travel trailers. The furnace vent extension may not have been installed, which can cause carbon monoxide to enter the vehicle living area.

Dealers will inspect and install the exterior vent panel, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed June 1, 2022. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 22-431.

Buckhorn Lake RV Resort, Kerrville, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2022 Surveyor travel trailers. The fresh air intake tube length may be too short, allowing it to detach and causing the burn chamber to crack.

Dealers will install a longer fresh air intake vent tube, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 4, 2022. Owners may contact Forest River Customer Service at 1-574-642-3119 Option 2.

Leaf Verde RV Park, Buckeye, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Forest River

Forest River, Inc (Forest River) is recalling certain 2022 Palomino Puma and Puma XLE fifth wheel and travel trailer recreational vehicles. The exterior micro kitchen griddle may be stowed while still connected to propane.

Dealers will install a bracket to prevent the griddle from being stowed when connected to the propane line, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 4, 2022. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-0588. Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-1494.

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

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Coachmen Adrenaline, Apex, Catalina, Freedom Express, Spirit, East to West Alta, Della Terra, Silver Lake, Forest River Cedar Creek, Cherokee, Columbus, Flagstaff, Impression, Ozark, Rockwood, Sabre, Salem, Sandstorm, Shockwave, Stealth, Stealth Evo, Vengeance, Vibe, Wildwood, XLR Toyhauler, Palomino Puma, Prime Time Avenger, Crusader, Lacrosse, Sanibel, Shasta Oasis, 2022 Coachmen Cross Trail, Prism, Forest River Aurora, Rainier, Wildcat, Work and Play, Prime Time Tracer, 2021-2023 Coachmen Leprechaun, and 2022-2023 Coachmen Freelander fifth wheel and travel trailer recreational vehicles.
The quick disconnect fittings in the LP gas system may be cracked, causing a gas leak.

Related: February 2022 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 18 Recalls Involving 11 RV Manufactures

Dealers will inspect the LP system quick disconnect fittings for cracks, perform a LP system leak test, and replace any fittings as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 23, 2022. Owners may contact the applicable customer service number for their vehicle model. Please see the recall report for the list of phone numbers.

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Lance Camper

Lance Camper Manufacturing. Corp. (Lance Camper) is recalling certain 2022 Lance 650, 825, 865, 1062, and 1172 truck campers. The data cable may be routed through the cold water inlet, causing the cable to rest on the burner box.

Dealers will reroute the data cable, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 27, 2022. Owners may contact Lance Camper customer service at 1-661-949-3322.

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Lance Camper

Lance Camper Manufacturing. Corp. (Lance Camper) is recalling certain 2022 Lance 1685, 1985, 1995, 2185, and 2445 travel trailers. The data cable may be routed through the cold water inlet, causing the cable to rest on the burner box.

Dealers will reroute the data cable, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 27, 2022. Owners may contact Lance Camper customer service at 1-661-949-3322.

Jack’s Landing RV Resort, Grant’s Pass, Oregon © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Heartland

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain 2021-2022 North Trail trailers. The Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) listed on the Federal Certification Label, is incorrect, which can allow the vehicle to be overloaded. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

Dealers will send replacement certification labels to owners, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 28, 2022. Owners may contact Heartland customer service at 1-877-262-8032.

Ivy Acres RV Park, Greenville, South Carolina © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Grand Design

Grand Design RV, LLC (Grand Design) is recalling certain 2022 Reflection and Transcend travel trailers, equipped with a 50-amp shore power inlet. The power inlet lug bolts may have been manufactured with excessively hard metal, preventing them from being tightened properly and resulting in a loose wiring connection.

Dealers will inspect and replace the power inlet, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed April 27, 2022. Owners may contact Grand Design customer service at 1-574-825-9679. Grand Design’s number for this recall is 910028.

Holiday Travel Park of Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2022 White hawk travel trailers, equipped with a 50-amp shore power inlet. The power inlet lug bolts may have been manufactured with excessively hard metal, preventing them from being tightened properly and resulting in a loose wiring connection.

Related: January 2022 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 11 Recalls Involving 8 RV Manufactures

Dealers will inspect and replace the power inlet, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 27, 2022. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901575.

Las Vegas RV Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Newmar

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain 2019-2022 Bay Star, Bay Star Sport, Ventana, Dutch Star, New Aire, Canyon Star, 2019 Ventana LE, 2020-2022 Kountry Star, 2019-2020 Mountain Aire, London Aire, Essex, and 2021 Super Star vehicles. The wiring under the seats may be incorrectly secured, which can lead to a pinched wire in the seat adjustment mechanism and cause an electrical short circuit.

Dealers will inspect and secure the wiring, adding circuit breaker and fuse protection as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on June 10, 2022. Owners may contact Newmar’s customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

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Tiny Idahomes

Tiny Idahomes LLC (Tiny Idahomes) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Rugged Mountain Custom RV Travel trailers. The coupler was improperly welded, which may cause the trailer to separate from the tow vehicle.

Tiny Idahomes will inspect and replace the coupler as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed in April 22, 2022. Owners may contact Tiny Idahomes’ customer service at 1-208-468-0576.

Please Note: This is the 39th in a series of posts 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

March 2022 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 12 Recalls Involving 9 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.

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

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.

Coastal Georgia RV Resort, Brunswick, Georgia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

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 12 recall notices during March 2022. These recalls involved 9 recreational vehicle manufacturers—Keystone (3 recalls), Forest River (2 recalls), Jayco (1 recall), Triple E (1 recall), Roadtrek (1 recall), KZRV (1 recall), Newmar (1 recall), Heartland (1 recall), and Alliance RV (1 recall).

Butterfield RV Resort, Benson, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Keystone

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2022 Cougar fifth wheel travel trailers. These vehicles were manufactured with Load Range “D” (2540 lbs) tires, when they should have been equipped with Load Range “E” (2860 lbs) tires.

Dealers will inspect and replace the tires, as necessary, free of charge. Owner letters are expected to be mailed April 13, 2022. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 22-421.

Related Article: February 2022 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 18 Recalls Involving 11 RV Manufactures

Oh! Kentucky Campground and RV Park, Berea, Kentucky © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Keystone

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2022 Crossroads Sunset 330SI travel trailers. The outside receptacle electrical circuit may not be properly protected by a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI).

Dealers will wire the circuit so that the outside receptacle is protected, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed April 25, 2022. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 22-424.

Cajun Palms RV Resort, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Keystone

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2022 Keystone Arcadia, Carbon, Alpine, Avalanche, Cougar, Fuzion, High Country Montana, Hideout, Impact, Montana, Outback, Passport, Raptor, Springdale, and 2021-2022 Sprinter and Bullet fifth wheel and travel trailers. The solar controller may be incorrectly wired, causing certain components and safety alarms, such as carbon monoxide and propane gas detectors, to become inoperable.

Dealers will inspect voltage readings and correct the wiring as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 2, 2022. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 22-423.

Jack’s Landing RV Resort, Grants Pass, Oregon © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2022 Coachmen Catalina, Aurora, Apex, Freedom Express, Spirit, Work N Play, Forest River XLR Toy Hauler, Vengeance, Sabre, Cherokee, and Cardinal travel trailers and fifth wheels. The wire cord that connects to the back of the 50AMP shore power inlet may be loose.

Dealers will replace the shore cord inlet, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed April 18, 2022. Owners may contact the following customer service numbers: Forest River 1-574-825-4995; Catalina & Aurora 1-574-825-8657; APEX 1-574-825-8205; Freedom Express & Work n Play 1-574-825-6302; Cardinal 1-574-296-7700; Cherokee and Vengeance 1-260-499-2100; Sabre 1-574-642-2100; and XLR 1-574-642-0432. Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-1485.

New Green Acres RV Park, Waterboro, South Carolina © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2022 East to West Della Terra, Silver Lake, Vibe, and XLR Boost Toy Hauler travel trailers. The coupler was improperly welded, which may cause the trailer to separate from the tow vehicle.

Dealers will inspect and replace the coupler as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed April 20, 2022. Owners may contact the following customer service numbers: Forest River 1-574-825-4995; East to West Della Terra & Silver Lake 1-574-264-6664; Vibe 1-574-296-2084; and XLR 1-574-642-0432. Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-1488.

Related Article: January 2022 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 18 Recalls Involving 11 RV Manufactures

Whispering Oaks RV Park, Weimar, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2019-2022 Seneca, Seneca Prestige, Entegra Accolade and Accolade XL motorhomes. The tire valve stem extension for the inner wheel may come into contact with the outer wheel rim opening and become damaged.

Daimler Trucks North America, LLC will remove the inner valve stem extension and stabilizer, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 2, 2022. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is FL912 21V-921.

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

Triple E

Triple E Recreational Vehicles (Triple E) is recalling 2010-2014 Unity U24MB, U24CB, Libero L24CB, Serenity S24CB, 2012-2014 Unity U24IB, and 2013-2014 Unity U24TB motorhomes. The refrigerator exhaust metal deflectors are missing, allowing the exhaust to vent directly onto the wood frame, which can overheat the wood.

Dealers will install metal heat deflectors and screws, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed March 16, 2022. Owners may contact Triple E customer service at 1-877-992-9906. Triple E’s number for this recall is CA#10050-1.

Sunrise RV Park, Texarkana, Arkansas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Roadtrek

Roadtrek Inc. (Roadtrek) is recalling certain 2020-2021 SS Agile motorhomes. The tire pressure label states an incorrect front tire pressure of 47 psi, rather than the correct 52 psi. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, number 138, “Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems.”

Roadtrek will mail new tire pressure labels, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed April 4, 2022. Owners may contact Roadtrek customer service at 1-888-762-3873. Roadtrek’s number for this recall is 2022-02.

Capital City RV Park, Montgomery, Alabama © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

KZRV

KZRV, L.P. (KZRV) is recalling certain 2022 Stratus, Connect, Sonic, and SportTrek travel trailers. The coupler was improperly welded, which may cause the trailer to separate from the tow vehicle.

Dealers will inspect and replace the coupler, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 1, 2022. Owners may contact KZRV customer service at 1-800-768-4016 ext. 154 or 153. KZRV’s number for this recall is KZ-2022-01.

Related Article: December 2021 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 3 Recalls Involving 3 RV Manufactures

Grand Canyon Railway RV Resort, Williams, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Newmar

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain 2021-2022 New Aire and Dutch Star motorhomes. The upper bolt connecting the steering column may not have been properly tightened, causing the nut to loosen off the bolt, potentially resulting in loss of steering control.

Dealers will inspect and tighten the upper and lower bolts as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on May 16, 2022. Owners may contact Newmar’s customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

Frog City RV Park, Duson, Louisiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Heartland

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain 2022 Lithium, Prowler, and Trail Runner travel trailers, equipped with a 50-amp shore power inlet. The power inlet lug bolts may have been manufactured with excessively hard metal, preventing them from being tightened properly and resulting in a loose wiring connection.

Dealers will inspect and replace the power inlet, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 21, 2022. Owners may contact Heartland customer service at 1-877-262-8032.

Hilltop RV Park, Fort Stockton, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Alliance RV

Alliance RV, LLC (Alliance RV) is recalling certain 2022 Paradigm, Valor, and Avenue travel trailers, equipped with a 50-amp shore power inlet. The power inlet lug bolts may have been manufactured with excessively hard metal, preventing them from being tightened properly and resulting in a loose wiring connection.

Dealers will inspect and replace the power inlet, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed April 29, 2022. Owners may contact Alliance RV customer service at 1-574-218-7165.

Read Next: 12 Simple RV Maintenance Tips

Please Note: This is the 38th in a series of posts 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

February 2022 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 18 Recalls Involving 11 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.

Lake Osprey RV Resort, Elberta, Alabama © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

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 18 recall notices during February 2022. These recalls involved 11 recreational vehicle manufacturers—Jayco (4 recalls), Forest River (2 recalls), Grand Design (2 recalls), Tiffin (2 recalls), Thor Motor Coach (2 recalls), Newmar (1 recall), Keystone (1 recall), Highland Ridge (1 recall), Roadtrek (1 recall), Holiday House (1 recall), and Lance Camper (1 recall).

Casa Grande RV Resort, Casa Grande, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2021-2022 North Point and Pinnacle trailers equipped with certain Sailun tires, size ST235/80R16/G. Due to a manufacturing issue, the tires may experience a belt separation.

Dealers will inspect the tire DOT codes, and replace the tires as necessary, free of charge. Owners are advised to discontinue the use of the affected tires that contain the DOT factory code DOT 1YJ and date code 2020-4120. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on March 28, 2022. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 21T-018.

Related: The 10 Essentials Every RV Owner Should Buy Before Their First Road Trip

Orange Groove RV Park, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Entegra Coach Accolade, Accolade XL, Jayco Seneca, and Seneca Prestige Class C motorhomes. The tie rod clamps may be loose, which could result in loose tie rod ends that could break or detach.

Daimler Truck dealers will replace the tie rod clamp bolts and nuts, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on April 1, 2022. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 21V-369.

Harvest Moon RV Park, Adairsville, Georgia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2022 Jayco Eagle fifth-wheel trailers. The metallic electrical box may not be grounded.

Dealers will install a bare copper grounding conductor to the metallic electrical box, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on April 4, 2022. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901574.

Newmar Service Center, Nappanee, Indiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Entegra Coach Accolade, Accolade XL, Jayco Seneca, and Seneca Prestige Class C motorhomes. The steering arm and tie rod bolts may have a defective seam that can fracture.

Daimler Trucks North America will replace the tie rod arm bolts and steering arm bolts, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on April 1, 2022. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 21V-256/21E029.

On-Wa-Way RV Park, Onaway, Iowa © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2021 Battisti Coach; Federal Coach-Spirit; StarCraft Quest XL; 2022 StarTrans P/S2; Elkhart Coach; Glaval Concord II, Legacy, Primetime; StarCraft Allstar MVP, Allstar XLT; Eldorado Advance; 2021-2022 Eldorado National(K-s)-Advantage; StarTrans Senator II, Senator II HD, Candidate II; StarCraft Starquest, Starlite; Glaval Commute, Entourage, Universal; Berkshire Coach Ultra; and 2021-2023 StarCraft Allstar and Allstar XL Transit Buses.

The Programmable Relay Power Center (PRC) module can fail.

Dealers will install a wire jumper harness to the PRC module, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on March 7, 2022. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-800-348-7440. Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-1461.

Related: Getting Your RV Ready for Summer Travel

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

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2022 Vengeance Fifth Wheel trailers. The tire pressure label may indicate incorrect tire pressure information for the front tires. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard numbers 120, “Wheels and Rims-Other Than Passenger Cars” and 567, “Certification.”

Forest River will mail replacement labels, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on March 9, 2022. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-260-499-2100. Forest River’s number for this recall is 81-1462.

Lakeside RV Park, Livingston, Louisiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Grand Design

Grand Design RV, LLC (Grand Design) is recalling certain 2020-2021 Imagine travel trailers. The cast aluminum pull handles on the cabinet doors and drawers may have sharp edges.

Dealers will replace the handles, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on March 14, 2022. Owners may contact Grand Design customer service at 1-574-825-9679. Grand Design’s number for this recall is 910027.

Hollywood Casino RV Park, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Grand Design

Grand Design RV, LLC (Grand Design) is recalling certain 2013-2021 Momentum, Solitude, and Reflection recreational vehicles. A 110-volt wire in the refrigerator cabinet may be improperly secured, which could result in the wire contacting the refrigerator cooling unit, causing an electrical arc.

Dealers will inspect and replace any damaged wiring, and properly secure the wires, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on February 21, 2022. Owners may contact Grand Design customer service at 1-574-825-9679. Grand Design’s number for this recall is 910026.

Seven Feathers Casino RV Park, Canyonville, Oregon © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Tiffin

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. (Tiffin) is recalling certain 2020-2022 Allegro Red motorhomes. The patio awning may have been improperly installed, allowing it to detach.

Dealers will inspect and secure the awning, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on April 1, 2022. Owners may contact Tiffin customer service at 1-256-356-0261. Tiffin’s number for this recall is TIF-121.

The Barnyard RV Park, Lexington, South Carolina © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Tiffin

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. (Tiffin) is recalling certain 2018-2022 Allegro and Allegro Breeze motorhomes. The buss bar may be improperly secured, which can cause electrical components in the DC Distribution Panel to overheat.

Dealers will replace the buss bar with a cable, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on April 8, 2022. Owners may contact Tiffin customer service at 1-256-356-0261. Tiffin’s number for this recall is TIF-120.

Related: January 2022 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 11 Recalls Involving 8 RV Manufactures

Badlands National Park, South Dakota © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain 2022 ACE, Freedom Traveler, Hurricane, and Windsport motorhomes. The rear ladder may have been installed on the wrong side of the motorhome.

Dealers will inspect the location of the rear ladder, and reinforce or relocate the ladder as needed, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on April 10, 2022. Owners may contact TMC customer service at 1-877-855-2867. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000255.

Sun Outdoors Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Tennessee © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain 2020-2021 Omni and Magnitude motorhomes. The LP gas line may have been incorrectly routed through the rear suspension leaf springs, which could damage the line and cause a gas leak.

Dealers will re-route the LP line as needed, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on April 18, 2022. Owners may contact TMC customer service at 1-877-798-855-2867. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000256. This recall is an expansion of NHTSA recall 21V-754.

Buckhorn Lake Resort, Kerrville, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Newmar

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain 2020-2022 Super Star and Supreme Aire motor homes built on Freightliner M2 chassis. The tire valve stem extension for the inner wheel may come into contact with the outer wheel rim opening and become damaged.

Dealers will inspect and replace the valve stem extension as necessary and install a valve stem extension stabilizer, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on April 1, 2022. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

Smokiam RV Park, Soap Lake, Washington © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Keystone

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Raptor and 2021 Montana vehicles equipped with certain Sailun tires, size 235/80R16G. Due to a manufacturing issue, the tires may experience a belt separation.

Dealers will inspect the tire DOT codes, and replace the tires as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on March 22, 2022. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 22-420.

Tom Sawyer RV Park, West Memphis, Arkansas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Highland Ridge

Highland Ridge RV (Highland Ridge) is recalling certain 2022 Avalon, Olympia, and Olympia Sport recreational vehicles. The metallic electrical box may not be grounded.

Related: On the Road Again: Summer Road Trip Safety Tips

Dealers will add a bare copper grounding conductor to the metallic electrical box, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on April 4, 2022. Owners may contact Highland Ridge customer service at 1-260-768-7771. Highland Ridge’s number for this recall is 9904574.

Capital City RV Park, Montgomery, Alabama © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Roadtrek

Roadtrek Inc. (Roadtrek) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Zion, Zion SRT, Zion Slumber, Chase, Play, and Play Slumber recreational vehicles. The propane line may not be attached to the water heater.

Dealers will inspect and attach the propane line, as necessary, and test the propane system, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on February 21, 2022. Owners may contact Roadtrek customer service at 1-888-762-3873. Roadtrek’s number for this recall is 2022-01.

Leaf Verde RV Park, Buckeye, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Holiday House

Holiday House, LLC (Holiday House) is recalling certain 2019-2021 27RQ, 24TB, and 18RB travel trailers, equipped with Winntec model 6020 two-stage propane regulators. The regulator may fail, causing an increase in propane pressure.

Dealers will replace the regulator and test the propane system for leaks, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on March 16, 2022. Owners may contact Holiday House customer service at 574-206-0016.

Rio Bend RV and Golf Resort, El Centro, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Lance Camper

Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. (Lance Camper) is recalling certain 2022 Lance 1685 and 1985 travel trailers. The liquid propane (LP) hose may not be properly secured to the frame, allowing the hose to contact the leaf springs, which can cause a gas leak.

Dealers will properly secure the LP hose, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on April 14, 2022. Owners may contact Lance Camper customer service at 1-661-949-3322.

Please Note: This is the 37th in a series of posts 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

January 2022 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 11 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?

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.

Flag City RV Park, Lodi, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

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 11 recall notices during January 2022. These recalls involved 8 recreational vehicle manufacturers—Forest River (4 recalls), Heartland (2 recalls), KZRV (1 recall), Cruiser (1 recall), Jayco (1 recall), Carson (1 recall), and Keystone (1 recall).

Rain Spirit RV Park, Cottonwood, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Coachmen Catalina and Forest River Aurora travel trailers. The panel that isolates the cooktop from the furnace was not properly sealed during manufacturing, which could result in an inverted cooktop flame.

Dealers will seal the furnace from the cooktop, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on February 16, 2022. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-825-8657. Forest River’s number for this recall is 203-1454. This recall is an expansion of recall 21V-828.

Coastal Georgia RV Park, Brunswick, Georgia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2020-2022 Cardinal fifth-wheel recreational vehicles. The generator compartment may not be sealed properly, allowing carbon monoxide to enter the vehicle.

Related: December 2021 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 3 Recalls Involving 3 RV Manufactures

Dealers will inspect the generator compartment for proper sealant and apply sealant if necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on January 26, 2022. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-296-7700. Forest River’s number for this recall is 15-1444.

Lakeside RV Park, Livingston, Louisiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2022 Cherokee Toy Hauler vehicles. The Tire and Loading Information placard label may indicate incorrect rim information. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard numbers 120, “Wheels and Rims-Other Than Passenger Cars” and 567, “Certification.”

Forest River will mail a replacement Tire and Loading Information placard, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on February 23, 2022. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-260-499-2100. Forest River’s number for this recall is 73-1457.

Ivy Acres RV Park, Greenville, South Carolina © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Prime Time Sanibel, Crusader, Forest River Cardinal, and Continental Cargo fifth-wheel trailers, equipped with certain Sailun tires, size ST235/80R16/G. Due to a manufacturing issue, the tires may experience a belt separation.

Dealers will inspect the tire DOT codes, and replace the tires as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on February 16, 2022. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-825-4995. Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-1449.

Hilltop RV Park, Fort Stockton, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Heartland

Heartland Recreation Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain 2022 Sundance travel trailers. The Federal and Certification labels may indicate incorrect tire information. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 120, “Wheel and Rims-Other Than Passenger Cars.”

Heartland will mail replacement certification labels to owners, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on February 13, 2022. Owners may contact Heartland customer service at 1-877-262-8032. Heartland’s number for this recall is RC000156.

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

Heartland

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Cyclone, Fuel, Gravity, and Warrior vehicles equipped with certain Sailun tires, sizes ST235/80R16 and ST235/85R16. Due to a manufacturing issue, the tires may experience a belt separation.

Related: November 2021 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 15 Recalls Involving 7 RV Manufactures

Dealers will inspect the tire DOT codes, and replace the tires as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on March 18, 2022. Owners may contact Heartland customer service at 1-877-262-8032 or Sailun customer service at 1-844-281-9696.

Sonoran Desert RV Park, Gila Bend, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

KZRV

KZRV, L.P. (KZRV) is recalling certain 2022 KZRV Connect travel trailers. The propane supply line, routed through the wheel well, may be damaged by road debris.

Dealers will reroute the propane supply lines, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on February 4, 2022. Owners may contact KZRV customer service at 1-800-768-4016 ext. 154 or 153. KZRV’s number for this recall is KZ-2021-08.

Wind Creek Casino RV Park, Atwood, Alabama © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Cruiser

Cruiser RV (Cruiser) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Shadow Cruiser and 2022 Twilight travel trailers. The Federal and Certification labels may indicate incorrect tire information. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 120, “Wheel and Rims-Other Than Passenger Cars.”

Cruiser will mail owners replacement certification labels, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on February 13, 2022. Owners may contact Cruiser customer service at 1-574-206-7920. Cruiser’s number for this recall is RC000157.

Leaf Verde RV Park, Buckeye, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2022 Alante Class A and Entegra Coach Vision Class A motorhomes. The main chassis harness may be positioned too close to the exhaust manifold, causing the wiring to melt.

Related: October 2021 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 27 Recalls Involving 15 RV Manufactures

Dealers will inspect and secure the harness as necessary, or replace the harness if damage is found, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on February 18, 2022. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267.

All About Relaxing RV Park, Theodore, Alabama © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Carson

Carson Trailer, Inc. (Carson) is recalling certain 2018-2020 Fun Runner FC20 trailers equipped with Dometic 3-burner cooking stoves. The saddle valve securing bolt may be overtightened, possibly damaging the o-ring seal and causing a continuous gas leak.

Carson will work with Dometic, and dealers will install a remedy kit of gaskets, washers, thread locker bolts, and two round orange labels, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on January 10, 2022. Owners may contact Carson customer service at 310-516-6046. Carson’s number for this recall is Recall4.

Eagle View RV Park, Fort McDowell, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Keystone

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2022 Alpine and Avalanche vehicles. The vehicles may be equipped with an exterior ladder that is not properly secured to the rear wall of the vehicle.

Related: How to Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in your RV?

Keystone dealers will properly attach the ladders to a backer in the rear wall, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on March 11, 2022. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 22-419.

Please Note: This is the 36th in a series of posts 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

December 2021 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 3 Recalls Involving 3 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.

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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.

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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.

Related: November 2021 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 15 Recalls Involving 7 RV Manufactures

NHTSA announced 3 recall notices during December 2021. These recalls involved 3 recreational vehicle manufacturers— Roadtrek (1 recall), Winnebago (1 recall), and MCI (1 recall).

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Roadtrek

Roadtrek Inc. (Roadtrek) is recalling certain 2021 Play, Play Slumber, and Zion Slumber recreational vehicles. The Federal Placard and Tire Pressure labels state the incorrect tire size. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.”

Roadtrek will send owners replacement labels, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed on December 9, 2021. Owners may contact Roadtrek customer service at 1-888-762-3873. Roadtrek’s number for this recall 2021-03.

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Winnebago

Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling certain 2022 Ekko vehicles. The shower and sink drainage system may leak and allow water to infiltrate nearby electrical components, which could cause an electrical short.

Related: October 2021 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 27 Recalls Involving 15 RV Manufactures

Dealers will replace the shower and sink drainage pump system, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on February 3, 2022. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-641-585-6939 or 1-800-537-1885. Winnebago’s number for this recall is 165.

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MCI

Motor Coach Industries (MCI) is recalling certain 2019-2022 D4000 ISTV, D4500, 2021 D4000, D4520, 2020-2021 D4505, D4005, 2020-2022 D45CRTLE, and 2019-2021 J4500 vehicles equipped with certain Cummins X12 diesel engines. The fuel tubes between the fuel rail and the injectors for cylinders four, five, and six may fatigue and crack, which can result in a high-pressure fuel leak.

Related: September 2021 RV Manufacturer Recalls

On engines with 75 miles or less, Cummins dealers will install vibration isolators to the fuel tubes. Engines with more than 75 miles will receive new fuel tubes with vibration isolators. Repairs will be performed free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a schedule for recall notification. Owners may contact MCI customer service at 1-800-241-2947. MCI’s number for this recall is R21-028.

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Please Note: This is the 35th in a series of posts 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

RV Industry Surges amid Supply Chain Problems and Price Increases

With this latest report, 2021 officially becomes the year the RV industry built more RVs than ever before—and that is with two months left in the year

The recreational vehicle industry has done what many U.S. businesses did in the face of this year’s epic shortages and surging inflation: Churned out more products and made more money than ever before.

Winnebago Industries Inc reported record fiscal 2020 revenues in October—up over 50 percent from the previous year. On Friday it is expected to post its second straight quarter of sales over $1 billion and a 33 percent increase in earnings per share, according to analysts’ estimates compiled by Refinitiv.

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Thor Industries Inc, the largest producer, last week reported record results for its fiscal first-quarter while noting its backlog as of the end of October was over $18 billion—a 100 percent increase over a year ago.

Michael Happe, chief executive of the Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago, said in an interview that his company’s retailers have “been able to optimize retail pricing in a way they have not been able to do in a long, long time.”

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The RV industry is a prime example of how many U.S. producers have been able to thrive despite COVID-related shortages—and the related price increases in raw materials from steel and plastic to electronics and foam. The surge in RV sales began early in the pandemic as worried Americans looked for ways to travel without the risks of staying in hotels or riding in airplanes.

Related Article: Why are RVs So Popular?

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All types of outdoor-oriented industries have boomed during the pandemic. Sales of swimming pools, boats, and all-terrain vehicles all surged after initial lockdowns.

Labor shortages also are bedeviling the industry which has struggled to fill jobs in production hubs like northern Indiana where Thor is based.

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Despite all these barriers, the industry is producing and shipping more than ever. Results for the RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) October 2021 survey of manufacturers determined that total RV shipments ended the month with 57,971 units, an increase of 22.5 percent compared to the 47,326 units shipped during October 2020; this October was also the best on comparable record with shipments surpassing the October 2017 total of 48,926 units by over 18 percent. This month’s total was also the highest production total on comparable record for any month, surpassing last month’s record of 55,014 units by more than 5 percent.

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Wholesale shipments of RVs in North America are expected to hit a record 602,200 units this year—a 40 percent increase over 2020 and 19 percent higher than the last record high set in 2017, according to an analysis prepared for RVIA. The analysis, by ITR Economics, is projecting a smaller increase of 2 percent in 2022, to 613,700 units.

Related Article: RVs Move America

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Jon Ferrando, CEO of RV Retailer LLC—a Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based retailer with 90 stores in 26 states as of the end of this year—said pricier raw materials, together with higher labor and transportation costs to move motorhomes and trailers across the country from factories to his stores—has meant multiple price increases passed along to consumers rather than the normal once-a-year adjustments.

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“Certainly, this year, there are more frequent price adjustments,” he said. But he added that the increases have not curbed the appetite of buyers.

“To the extent we have pressure to raise prices, consumers have great ability to trade down and get the price point they want,” he said.

To be sure, the price tags on RVs range widely. RV Retailer sells everything from $10,000 teardrop-shaped tow-along campers to $1 million diesel motor coaches.

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Jason Lippert, chief executive of LCI Industries, the largest parts supplier to the RV industry, said he expects supply chain problems to continue. But he does not see rising prices softening consumer demand any time soon.

Related Article: RV Sales Continue to Soar and Here Are the Reasons Why

“If you’re a first-time buyer, you’re not looking at what you could have bought in 2018 or 2017,” he said. “People buying their second or third RV will likely think about the price a little more.”

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One aspect of rising prices could ultimately add headwinds for the industry: gas prices which have soared this year.

But James Boyle, a spokesman for the RVIA, said the industry does not expect current prices at the pump to curb business anytime soon, noting that many RVs are used for short trips and tailgating, rather than long road trips.

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The new shipment report comes on the tail of a recently released survey showing more Americans plan on RVing in the next year than ever before. The survey showed 72 million Americans planning an RV trip in the next year in an RV they own, rent, or borrow—an 18 percent increase over the 61 million reported in the same survey a year ago.

Related Article: How COVID-19 Changed RVing

Worth Pondering…

I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.

—Louisa May Alcott, Little Women (1968)

Why are RVs So Popular?

RV sales have been steadily rising for the last decade but the numbers were supercharged by the pandemic

Recreational vehicles are hot these days, but for how long?

The truth is the RV business has been hot for almost 10 years. In fact, RV manufacturers are up over 24 percent from last year.

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As of March 2021, 11.2 million U.S. households owned RVs, according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). That’s up 26 percent since 2011.

What’s even more striking is that 9.6 million additional households say they are considering buying an RV in the next five years, says Monika Geraci, communications director at RVIA.

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The reasons? Wanting to spend more time outside, to take advantage of teleworking policies, and to travel safely despite pandemic risks, she said.

“People have just rediscovered the great outdoors, and that really spills over into the RV industry.”

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A record 57,971 RVs were produced in October (2021) or 5 percent more than the previous record hit just the previous month in September. The October production figure is a 22 percent jump from RVs that rolled off the line the same month a year ago.

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What’s more, the industry estimates that this year will see a 40 percent spike in the number of RVs produced—or 602,200—compared to 2020 and 19 percent more than the last record in 2017, when the industry produced 504,600 RVs.

Related: RV Sales Continue to Soar and Here Are the Reasons Why

So, what is driving this prolonged hot trend in RV popularity? It turns out that the reasons people are turning to RVing are as many and as varied as the people themselves. Let’s explore some of the most popular reasons folks of all ages and backgrounds are jumping on the RV trend.

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The changing financial climate

There is no question that recent economic concerns have played a huge role in the increased interest in RVs. Americans at every stage of life from retired empty nesters to millennials are looking for ways to downsize their lifestyle and reduce their living expenses. With more and more RVs now coming equipped with full-size appliances and furnishings crafted by the same big-name brands that populate home living rooms around the country, it has become easier and easier to see an RV as a true home on wheels.

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Some have turned to RVs as a more economical way to travel the country and explore new places without the high cost of airfare, rental cars, and hotel stays.

Others have gone all-in by trading in their permanent address for a full-time nomadic existence. This option has become increasingly popular with millennials looking for a low-cost alternative to a pricey mortgage and sky-high utility bills. Some RVs offer interior features like fireplaces, theater-style seating, LED televisions, and ceiling fans, just like a traditional home.

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An increase in remote work opportunities

Another key factor behind the rising popularity of RV life is the growing shift away from a static office-based work environment and into a more flexible, remote work system. This new style of work means Americans are no longer tethered to a particular location by their employer; they are now able to earn a steady income from anywhere they wish to be. As a result, more and more Americans are ditching the time clock and the crowded cities in favor of a more relaxed and peaceful RV lifestyle.

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Technological advancements

The last decade of technological advancements has expanded access to reliable, inexpensive network connections in nearly every area of the country. While the work is by no means complete, the groundwork has been established and there is at least some degree of connectivity available in all but the most remote of locations. Let’s have a look at some of the best options.

Related: Meet the RVs: Find the Right RV Class for Your Travel Style

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A mobile hotspot device can come in the form of an independent device provided by your cellular provider or it can be incorporated right into your mobile device, depending on your phone model and service provider. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon all offer inexpensive, reliable devices that are capable of providing a high-speed internet connection for multiple devices almost anywhere.

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A public Wi-Fi signal is provided by most RV parks and campgrounds. This is a solid option if you are going to be staying in a community or campground and it will help save your cellular data for more remote locations.

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A satellite internet service is by far the priciest of the internet connectivity options but it provides the most reliable and widely available service. Satellite internet service works by mounting an independent satellite receiver unit to the rooftop of your RV which is then programmed to receive satellite signals from the satellite internet provider of your choice. The provider choices have been fairly slim but as the popularity of RV living grows, the pool of providers is expanding, leading to a much higher quality of service overall.

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Some RVs now come equipped with the new WiFiRanger Sky4 Wi-Fi router and signal booster as part of the standard equipment package enabling RV owners to enjoy a reliable, fast, and best of all secure internet connection using an available Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, or LTE signal.

Related: Meet the RVs: The Towables

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Pandemic related health concerns

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic at the start of 2020, followed by the subsequent quarantines and travel restrictions, has made many Americans more reluctant to hop on a crowded airplane for a cross-country flight. This health-related hesitancy is likely to remain for some time to come. RV travel allows vacationers to control every aspect of their environment at every step of the journey.

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There is no need to wonder who was staying in the hotel room before you or how well the surfaces were cleaned and sanitized before your arrival. There is no need to wonder if the rental car steering wheel or door handles were cleaned after the last use or who was riding in the back of the taxicab or shuttle before you. With RV travel, you have the assurance and peace of mind knowing that you and your family are the only ones to use your space.

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Social distancing is a cinch with RV travel. With thousands of RV parks, campground sites to choose from, you can easily select the level of social interaction you are comfortable with on any given day.

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A growing “YOLO” mindset

If the challenges and the triumphs of the last year have taught us nothing else, they have opened our eyes to the uncertainty of life. This epiphany has fueled the growth of the “YOLO” (You Only Live Once) mindset. RVing offers the financial freedom and the freedom of movement that allows Americans to truly get out there and experience everything that life has to offer right now instead of putting it off until some better time that may never arrive.

Related: RVs Move America

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Conclusion

The biggest driver of the recent surge in the popularity of RV ownership is a combination of many of the factors discussed above, all coming together to create a newfound urge to live life to the fullest while we have the chance.

Worth Pondering…

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

―Marie Curie (1867-1934), physicist and chemist

What’s so Different about Driving a motorhome?

7 tips for driving a Class A motorhome

Class A motorhomes are the largest motorhomes on the road. After all, you’re bringing all of the comforts of home with you. While these roomy RVs might seem intimidating to drive at first, it doesn’t take long to get the hang of it. Plus, many luxury motorhomes are already designed with ease-of-use and driver comfort in mind, so there isn’t as much of a learning curve.

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Still, it’s important to understand how to handle a vehicle of this size, especially when you drive one for the first time. To help you get started, I’ve compiled a top 7 tips for driving a motorhome to help you safely and confidently drive your diesel pusher motorhome to your next adventure. With these motorhome driving tips, you’ll be handling your RV like a pro in no time.

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1. Make Sure You Have the Right Class of Driver’s License

Depending on your state (or province), you may be required to get a Class A or Class B (commercial or non-commercial) driver’s license before you can legally drive a motorhome that weighs over 26,000 pounds.

A commercial driver’s license is a driver’s license required to operate large or heavy vehicles.

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Every state issues different types of licenses, so it’s not always as simple as, “Do I need a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to drive my RV that weighs over 26,000 pounds or not?” 

Related: Buying an RV

The question looks a little more like, “Do I need a special license, and if so, in what cases, and what kind?”

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Several examples follow:

  • In California you need a Class B non-commercial license to drive a vehicle weighing over 26,000 pounds
  • In North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, and Pennsylvania you need a Class B license for a single vehicle over 26,000 pounds; you need a Class A license to drive a combination of vehicles that weigh over 26,000 pounds
  • In Texas you need a Class B non-commercial license to drive a vehicle weighing over 26,000 pounds

Since regulations do change it is recommended that you contact your local DMV if your rig is close to 26,000 pounds or more.

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2. Know How and When to Brake

It’s important to understand that the larger and heavier the vehicle, the longer it can take to stop. You’ll need to plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to slow down and come to a complete stop, even in normal weather.

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It’s also important to keep in mind that hot brakes don’t work as well and they wear out faster. To keep your brakes from overheating, avoid riding your brakes and use your gears to downshift (engine brake) when driving downhills. If you do start to notice a smell coming from your brakes, pull over when it is safe to do so and give the brakes a chance to cool off before continuing your drive. This is especially important when driving in the mountains.

Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Choosing the Perfect RV for Your Family

A good rule of thumb is to descend a hill in the same gear (or one gear lower) than used to climb the hill.

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3. Leave Enough Following Distance

Since it takes longer to brake, you’ll also need to make sure you’re leaving sufficient following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. The general rule of thumb in normal weather is to leave one vehicle length for every 10 mph. So if you’re driving 60 mph, leave six RV lengths in front of you.

For a 40 foot motorhome, that means leaving 240 feet of space between you and the next vehicle on the road. However, you’ll need to leave even more space if driving during inclement weather like rain, snow, or fog. Even if the road doesn’t look slippery, it’s always best to slow down and leave plenty of room.

Related: Meet the RVs: Find the Right RV Class for Your Travel Style

Some RVs include technology to help the driver mitigate potential accidents. For example, some models are available with collision mitigation technology, adaptive cruise control, and adjustable following distance control—all to take the guesswork out of your drive.

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4. Stay in the Right Lane

Most motorhome drivers find themselves driving at slower speeds than the rest of traffic—and that makes sense. The ideal speed to drive an RV is around 55-60 mph—the so-called sweet spot for RV fuel efficiency. However, the speed limit on most US highways is between 65-75 mph. Traveling in the far right lane allows you to drive your RV at the optimal speed for your own safety and fuel economy while allowing other drivers to pass on the left.

Related: Meet the RVs: The Towables

Staying in your lane can be somewhat challenging for high-profile RVs which can be prone to drift when there are crosswinds. Newmar’s Comfort Drive feature prevents this type of drifting with adaptive steering that automatically adjusts to help you stay in your lane—without requiring a death grip on your steering wheel. That said, it’s always wise to keep both hands on the wheel.

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5. Understand Your Tail Swing

Once you get the hang of it, driving straight in an RV can quickly become second nature. Getting used to turning might take a bit more practice since you also need to take your tail swing into consideration.

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What is a tail swing? For every three feet behind your rear axle, you have the potential for one foot of tail swing heading in the opposite direction. So, if you’ve got 12 feet behind your back wheels and you want to take a sharp right turn, you need to be aware of what’s immediate to your left. When you’re just starting out, it can be helpful to have a spotter outside the vehicle to guide you as you practice turning and parking.

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6. Know Your Clearances and Plan Your Route Accordingly

Diesel pusher motorhomes aren’t just longer and heavier, they’re also taller and wider than any other cars or trucks you’re used to driving. Because of this, your RV may not meet the clearance requirements for certain overhangs and it may be more challenging to navigate narrow roads in older towns.

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Be particularly aware of low overhanging trees, the height of tunnels and overpasses, and the clearance at fuel stops. But don’t let that hold you back. It just means you’ll need to plan ahead and stay aware as you drive which are great things to make a habit of anyway, no matter what type of vehicle you’re driving.

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There are navigation tools and technologies available to help alleviate some of the planning for you. After inputting your coach’s dimensions, they can plan the best routes for you based on them.

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7. Don’t Drive Tired

When you’re driving a Class A motorhome, there’s a lot to be aware of as you’re driving including your following and stopping distances, your turn radius, your overhead clearance, and more. Plus, you’re probably driving long stretches at a time. Driver fatigue is one of the biggest dangers on the road especially when driving a big rig, so stay safe and avoid driving when you’re tired.

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Conclusion

Driving a recreational vehicle is an extremely rewarding experience. Now that you know these Class A motorhome driving tips, there’s no limit to where your RV can take you.

Worth Pondering…

Speed was high

Weather was hot

Tires were thin

X marks the spot

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