March 2023 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 18 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?

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 18 recall notices during March 2023. These recalls involved 16 recreational vehicle manufacturers—Forest River (2 recalls), Thor Motor Coach (2 recalls), Jayco (1 recall), Tiffin (1 recall), Winnebago (1 recall), Roadtrek (1 recall), Airstream (1 recall), Grand Design (1 recall), Par Nado (1 recall), Newmar (1 recall), Newell (1 recall), Eveland’s (1 recall), Kibbi (1 recall), REV (1 recall), Alliance RV (1 recall), and Keystone (1 recall).

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Forest River

Potential number of units affected: 19

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2013 Coachmen Cross Country and 2023 Coachmen Sportscoach Motorhomes. 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 10, 2023. Owners may contact Forest River Customer Service at 1-574-825-8212. Forest River’s number for this recall is 310-1603.

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Forest River

Potential number of units affected: 272

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2020-2023 Palomino Solaire 320TSBH travel trailers. These vehicles may be missing the rearward and forward supports for the freshwater tank, which may cause the tank to become dislodged.

Dealers will install rearward and forward supports for the freshwater tank, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed April 12, 2023. Owners may contact Forest River Customer Service at 1-269-432-3271. Forest River’s number for this recall is 400-1605.

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Thor Motor Coach

Potential number of units affected: 1,969

Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain 2015-2023 Palazzo recreational vehicles. The front lower cap brackets that support the front fiberglass panel may become loose and detach from the vehicle while in motion.

The remedy is currently under development. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed April 15, 2023. Owners may contact TMC customer service at 1-877-855-2867. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000291.

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

Thor Motor Coach

Potential number of units affected: 1,836

Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain 2018-2021 Hurricane and Windsport recreational vehicles. The driver and front passenger overhead cabinets may detach.

Dealers will inspect and reinstall the overhead cabinets, if necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed April 21, 2023. Owners may contact TMC customer service at 1-877-855-2867. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000290.

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Jayco

Potential number of units affected: 2,467

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2022-2023 Entegra Accolade, Accolade XL, Anthem, Aspire, Cornerstone, Emblem, Esteem, Expanse, Expanse LI, Odyssey, Qwest, Reatta, Reatta XL, Jayco Alante, Greyhawk, Greyhawk Prestige, Melbourne, Melbourne Prestige, Precept, Precept Prestige, Redhawk, Redhawk SE, Seneca, Seneca Prestige, and Seneca XT recreational vehicles. The certification labels may be missing the rear Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

Dealers will install a new corrected certification label, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed March 27, 2023. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9903583.

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Tiffin

Potential number of units affected: 243

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. (Tiffin) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Cahaba recreational vehicles. The rear Sumo Springs may be the wrong size and the front Sumo Springs may have been installed in an incorrect location.

Dealers will inspect and replace the rear Sumo Springs and relocate the front springs, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed April 21, 2023. Owners may contact Tiffin customer service at 1-256-356-8661. Tiffin’s number for this recall is TIF-128.

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Winnebago

Potential number of units affected: 22

Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling certain 2023 Adventurer, Vista and Itasca Sunstar motorhomes. The motorhomes may be missing the rear reflectors. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”

Dealers will install the reflectors, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed April 28, 2023. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-641-585-6939 or 1-800-537-1885. Winnebago’s number for this recall is 173

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Roadtrek

Potential number of units affected: 54

Roadtrek Inc. (Roadtrek) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Zion, Chase, Zion Slumber, Play, Play Slumber, Zion SRT and Play SRT recreational vehicles, 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 March 1, 2023. Owners may contact Roadtrek customer service at 1-888-762-3873. Roadtrek’s number for this recall is NHTSA Recall 23E002.

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Airstream

Potential number of units affected: 6,827

Airstream, Inc. (Airstream) is recalling certain 2021-2023 Basecamp, Bambi, Atlas, and Interstate 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.

Dealers will install a regulator support bracket, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed April 29, 2023. Owners may contact Airstream Customer Service at 877-596-6111 (Travel Trailer ext. 7491) or (Touring Coach ext. 7401).

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Grand Design

Potential number of units affected: 105

Grand Design RV, LLC (Grand Design) is recalling certain 2023 Imagine AIM travel trailers. The Federal Certification Label incorrectly states the tire size and inflation pressure requirement. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.”

Dealers will install a new corrected label, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed March 17, 2023. Owners may contact Grand Design customer service at 1-574-825-9679. Grand Design’s number for this recall is 910033.

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Par Nado

Potential number of units affected: 1,098

Par Nado Inc (Par Nado) is recalling certain 2021-2024 Alto R1713, R1723, F1743, F2114, A2124, and F2414 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 still under development. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed March 27, 2023. Owners may contact Par Nado customer service at 1-418-426-3666. Par Nado’s number for this recall is 2023-001.

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Newmar

Potential number of units affected: 147

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain 2023 Bay Star, Bay Star Sport, and Canyon Star motorhomes. 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 May 1, 2023. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300. Newmar’s number for this recall is 597R.

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Newell

Potential number of units affected: 28

Newell Coach Corp. (Newell) is recalling certain 2023-2024 P50 motor coaches. The brake lights may fail to illuminate unless the brake pedal is fully depressed.

Newell will rewire the brake switch, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed March 14, 2023. Owners may contact Newell customer service at 1-888-363-9355.

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Eveland’s

Potential number of units affected: No number given

Eveland’s Inc. (Eveland’s) is recalling certain 2022 Scamp Trailer 13ft travel trailers, equipped with certain 2-burner Cooktops. The burner control valves may become damaged, causing a gas leak.

No remedy has been established at this time. The manufacturer has not yet provided a schedule for recall notification. Owners may contact Eveland’s customer service at 1-218-947-4932.

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Kibbi

Potential number of units affected: 63

Kibbi, LLC (Kibbi) is recalling certain 2022-2023 Renegade RV Classic, Explorer, and XL Motorhomes. 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 7, 2023. Owners may contact Kibbi customer service at 1-574-966-0196.

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REV

Potential number of units affected: 479

REV Recreation Group (REV) is recalling certain 2023 Fleetwood Bounder, Flair, Flex, Fortis, Southwind, Discovery, Discovery LXE, Frontier, Frontier GTX, Pace Arrow, Holiday Rambler Admiral, Eclipse, Invicta, Vacationer, Armada, Endeavor, Navigator, Nautica, and American Coach American Tradition motorhomes. The entry door latch may fail and not allow entry or exit.

Dealers will inspect and if necessary, replace the door latch, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 12, 2023. Owners may contact Rev Customer Service at 1-800-509-3417. Rev’s number for this recall is 230224REV.

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Alliance RV

Potential number of units affected: 57

Alliance RV, LLC (Alliance RV) is recalling certain 2023 Valor 21T15 travel trailers. The incorrect size wheel and tire assemblies were installed and may become overloaded.

Dealers will replace the wheel and tire assemblies, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 15, 2023. Owners may contact Alliance RV customer service at 1-574-218-7165.

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Keystone

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2022-2023 Cougar travel trailers. These vehicles may have been manufactured without an emergency exit window.

Dealers will inspect, and replace the window if necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 2, 2023. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 23-440.

Potential number of units affected: 276

Please Note: This is the 50th 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

The Truth about RVs

Untold stories behind Indiana’s RV boom

“You’re not going to buy an RV and drive it off the lot and have no hassles”

Elkhart, Indiana is to recreational vehicles what Detroit once was to automobiles. Four out of every five RVs in the U.S. roll-out of Elkhart, an area dominated by three major players the way Detroit was once dominated by Ford, Chrysler, and GM: Thor Industries, Forest River (owned by Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway), and Winnebago Industries. Unlike Detroit, however, Elkhart is union-free in a so-called “right-to-work” state. And unlike Detroit in past decades Elkhart has been ravaged by the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The result, as documented October 19, 2022, by the Indianapolis Star in a 15,000-word, four-part, multi-media series is an industry riddled with broken bodies and a record number of recalled RVs even as the major manufacturers all have been posting unsurpassed revenues and profit margins.

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Lockdowns that confined Americans to their homes in 2020 created a record demand for recreational vehicles, much of it from first-time buyers who were looking for a safe way to travel. But COVID also decimated the ranks of RV factory workers even as they were being pushed to increase production.

Already strenuous jobs suddenly required even more from workers whose earnings are largely dependent on how many RVs they push out the door. Several compared it to a football practice that lasts eight hours or more leaving a body battered at the end of every day. 

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RV workers say they were frequently allowed—and sometimes pressured—to show up while sick or injured to meet the demand for a luxury product, according to IndyStar interviews with two dozen current and former workers and several family members. Some faced steep pay cuts for missing work due to COVID. Others were fired. 

As factories became COVID-19 hotspots, companies raked in record profits. Manufacturers shipped out 48 percent more RVs in 2021 than the year before the pandemic.

Inside the factories where those RVs were made, workers shared stories about the human cost behind the record profits.

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From plywood and junk parts to luxury coaches

The RV industry in Elkhart County began with a man who built a travel trailer using plywood and junkyard parts for his family during the Great Depression. Milo Miller began building more trailers that he sold from a rented shed at a Mishawaka lumber yard, RV historian Al Hesselbart wrote in RV Capital of the World: A Fun-filled Indiana History. Other business-minded Hoosiers followed suit launching the first RV factories in the state. Those few factories turned into a few dozen then several hundred from RV manufacturers to parts suppliers, transporters, and repair shops.

Related article: RV Industry Surges amid Supply Chain Problems and Price Increases

Today, the industry dominates life in this manufacturing region just south of the Michigan border. Roads are typically congested as early as 3 a.m. as workers head to the factories. Restaurants are busy at lunch time when plants typically let workers out.

Across the factories in a county that’s home to blue-collar workers, grueling conditions are a long-accepted way of life. Calling in sick has always been seen as a sign of weakness, workers told IndyStar and many said they fear getting fired for taking too many sick days. 

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But problems in RV plants have been brewing long before the pandemic. Workers told IndyStar about injuries from lax safety rules and the fast pace, drug use, unfair pay structures, a disciplinary system that punishes workers for taking sick time, a lack of training, and quality issues with products that leave factories. 

Several RV workers said they and others inside the factories needed daily uppers such as energy drinks, Ritalin, or Adderall—even methamphetamine—to keep up with the pace. The most readily available option, energy drinks, can cause heart problems, worsen anxiety, and send workers to emergency rooms when abused.

Still, tens of thousands flock to the industry. Many cycle in and out, beaten down by the work but desperate for the fat paychecks. 

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A punishing pace takes heavy toll on workers

Abey Bonifield took her first RV job because she needed more money than she could earn cleaning houses. Bonifield worked for multiple RV makers over about six years. Every day, she hit the ground running long before the crack of dawn, sometimes working for 13 hours a shift. She installed windows alone. She hefted appliances half her weight over her head. She pulled a small RV on a dolly by herself.

“I mean, who can wake up at 3 o’clock in the morning and work themselves like that?” Bonifield said. “That’s not meant to be.”

She brought home enough to live a middle-class life without a college diploma and raise her two sons. In the process, Bonifield pushed her body past its limit. She worked even when she was sick or injured, sprinting in the summer heat to keep up with relentless production demand. She lived on energy drinks and caffeine pills, consuming an unhealthy amount each day. The faster she worked, the more money she made.

Related article: Forest River Workplace Safety Violations Top $250,000

But the breakneck pace gave her anxiety attacks as she scrambled to finish one RV unit and move on to the next. She stopped the energy drinks and caffeine pills only after developing kidney stones.

“The money is just not worth it,” she said. “Sometimes you can bring home two grand and that’s a lot of money for someone who didn’t finish high school or college. But emotionally dealing with that … no.”

Bonifield left the industry last year. And she doesn’t want to go back.

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Dreams go up in flames

Jenny Doman and her family stood beside a highway exit ramp watching helplessly as bright orange flames engulfed their brand-new RV.

Jenny Doman and her family had purchased the 40-foot-long Heartland Road Warrior, a fifth-wheel trailer and “toy hauler” made by a subsidiary of Thor Industries. The price tag was more than $100,000. Excited to enjoy the new luxury RV, they left their home in Oregon and hit the road for a trip to visit family in Utah.

But they only made it to Montana before flames engulfed their brand-new RV. The fire quickly transformed their dreams of a carefree life in their new home-away-from-home into a nightmare. The fire spread within minutes. Instead of spending the night in their new RV, Doman and her family found themselves standing near a rural Montana highway in the middle of a snowy winter night with nothing but clothes on their backs.

“There goes our fifth wheel, toy hauler, everything in it. Oh my gosh!” Doman said in a video she later posted on YouTube.

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Pandemic drove demand for RVs

The desire to get away from home yet remain isolated introduced a new kind of lifestyle for many people during the pandemic. Recreational vehicles and trailers like Doman’s offered a vacation anywhere with all the comforts of home but not the crowds, costs, or hassles of commercial travel.

The RV industry—one of the biggest manufacturing sectors in Indiana—was quick to capitalize on this new and unprecedented demand. Last year, more RVs were built and sold than ever. Profits also soared to record highs.

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Recalls up, quality down

Recalls became more and more common—in part because parts suppliers are also under pressure to build fast. Defective products that go to multiple manufacturers meant multitudes of recalls.

Recalls jumped even more during the pandemic years.

Related article: THOR Buys Tiffin Motorhomes: What Happens Next?

Since 2020, three of the biggest RV manufacturers in the country have recalled hundreds of thousands of their products, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Companies owned by Thor Industries, the largest RV maker in the country, recalled more than 156,000 RVs this year. Forest River recalled nearly 200,000 RVs this year. Winnebago Industries recalled more than 125,000 RVs this year.

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Among the problems that led to recalls: gas leaks, various electrical issues, increased propane pressure, and poorly installed awnings.

In its statement to IndyStar, Thor Industries said the quality of its units went up even as factories were producing more. The company cited its lower warranty claims for products sold during the pandemic compared to pre-pandemic years. But that doesn’t account for the recalls.

Forest River didn’t respond to requests for comment. Winnebago Industries didn’t answer questions about alleged quality issues.

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Shoddy work, unhappy buyers

A Hershey, Pennsylvania-based RVer bought a new 2022 unit valued at more than $100,000, only to have the generator and some other items stop working. After six weeks passed, he had no resort but to call the corporate office as he couldn’t get the manager to return his calls. Finally, he was told his warranty may have expired. After multiple calls, his unit was delivered to him in early June, but alas, not in acceptable condition. As you might expect, he wants a full refund. He’s still waiting.

Others, like John Kucharski, face a steady stream of issues that are not as devastating but add up to far more than just inconveniences. Kucharski, a longtime camper, had spent years saving enough money to buy a brand-new RV. He planned to spend his retirement years traveling the country with his fiancée.

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So in December, he bought a brand new Keystone Cougar, a 40-foot trailer, and paid the full price of $80,000. But problems became apparent as soon as he brought the RV home to Mesa, Arizona.

Among a long list of more than a dozen problems: The slide-outs aren’t sliding out properly. There’s a rip on the kitchen floor. The frame of the back window is bent. The bolts that hold one of the couches together are stripped so the back of the couch falls off. The drawers aren’t opening properly.

RVMH Hall of Fame, Elkhart, Indiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“All these things are fixable and at some point in the trailer’s life will go wrong,” Kucharski said. “But when you buy brand new—and we’re talking about a lot of money … And to get home and see all this shoddy work.”

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The RV was sitting in a repair shop just three weeks after Kucharski bought it.

By August, a day before Kucharski was about to go on a six-day road trip, he saw the roof was coming off and large air bubbles had formed on its outer layer.

As some problems were fixed, new ones piled up.

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

“I don’t even know where to begin. I would be so outrageously angry if I wasn’t so disgusted,” Kucharski said in a scathing email he sent last month to Keystone RV and the dealership.

Keystone RV did not respond to a request for comment.

But no matter how angry he becomes, Kucharski said he knows not much will change.

“Manufacturers and dealers expect consumers to fall in line to buy RVs. So why make them better?” Kucharski said. “You just know you’re going to buy crap.”

Worth Pondering…

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

—Martin Van Buren

October 2022 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 16 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.

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 16 recall notices during October 2022. These recalls involved 11 recreational vehicle manufacturers—Forest River (3 recalls), Keystone (2 recalls), Newmar (2 recalls), Jayco, (2 recalls), KZRV (1 recall), Riverside (1 recall), Starcraft (1 recall), Highland Ridge (1 recall), Thor Motor Coach (1 recall), Winnebago (1 recall), and Sunset Park (1 recall).

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Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Salem, Wildwood, and Ozark travel trailers. The fresh water tank may dislodge from the vehicle and fall to the ground when full or overfilled.

Dealers will inspect the fresh water tank for straps. and install straps as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed November 9, 2022. Owners may contact at Forest River Customer Service at 1-574-534-3167. Forest River’s number for this recall is 72-1559.

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Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2022-2023 Coachmen Beyond, Galleria, and Nova recreational vehicles, equipped with certain Multiplex Electronic Control Modules (ECM). The ECM software may cause the awning to unintentionally extend or retract when the vehicle is parked.

Dealers will update the Electronic Control Module (ECM), free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a schedule for recall notification. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-825-4995; Firefly customer service at 1-574-825-4600; or Coachmen customer service at 1-574-825-6319 or 574-825-6225. Forest River’s number for this recall is 225-1538.

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Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2023 Prime Time Avenger AVT32BHS travel trailers. The supporting brackets for the rear bunkroom flip-up bunks may not be installed properly, which can cause the bunk to fail.

Dealers will reinstall the brackets, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed November 16, 2022. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-862-1025. Forest River’s number for this recall is 50-1566.

Clerbrook RV Park, Clermont, Florida © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Keystone

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Crossroads Redwood, Dutchmen Voltage, and Yukon trailers. The U-bolts on the axles may have been improperly tightened, causing the bolts to loosen and the axle to slide.

Dealers will tighten the axle spring U-bolts, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed November 17, 2022. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 22-436. This recall expands NHTSA recall number 21V-015.

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

Keystone

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2021-2023 Alpine, Avalanche, 2020-2023 Fuzion and Impact travel trailers. The hydraulic leveling leg foot pads may become loose and separate from the vehicle.

Dealers will inspect the mounting bolt and reinstall with thread locking adhesive, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed November 22, 2022. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 22-437.

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Newmar

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain 2020-2023 Super Star motorhomes. The Federal Certification label may indicate the incorrect tire size information for the rear tires. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 120, “Wheels and Rims-Other Than Passenger Cars.”

Newmar will provide new labels, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on December 6, 2022. Owners may contact Newmar’s customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

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Newmar

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain 2023 Dutch Star motorhomes. The adjustable brake pedal may come into contact with the dash panel, resulting in unintentional brake engagement, which can cause the brakes to overheat and fail.

Dealers will trim the dash panel to add more clearance at the brake pedal and dash panel, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on December 6, 2022. Owners may contact Newmar’s customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

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Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2023 Seismic and Seismic Luxury trailers. Fuel cap does not fit properly on the filler fuel neck for the cargo fuel tank.

Dealers will inspect and replace filler fuel neck as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed November 14, 2022. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number to this recall is 9901581.

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Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Jayco Jay Feather, Jay Flight, and Jay Flight SLX travel trailers. The cooktop flame may invert when the stove and furnace are operated at the same time.

Dealers will install sealant and plywood panels to seal the area, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed November 21, 2022. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901582.

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KZRV

KZRV, L.P. (KZRV) is recalling certain 2023 Durango travel trailers. The living room slide out window may be missing the emergency exit.

Remedy

Dealers will inspect and install an emergency exit as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed December 8, 2022. Owners may contact KZRV customer service at 1-800-768-4016 ext. 154 or 153. KZRV’s number for this recall is KZ-2022-05.

Spartanburg Northeast/Gaffney KOA, Gaffney, South Carolina, South Carolina © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Riverside

Riverside RV (Riverside) is recalling certain 2023 Riverside Retro, Intrepid and Xplorer travel trailers. The electric retractable awning has a welded seam on the fabric that may separate, potentially allowing the awning to drop beyond normal operation.

Dealers will repair or replace the awnings, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed in October 2022. Owners may contact Riverside customer service at 1-260-499-4511.

Padre Island National Seashore, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Starcraft

Starcraft RV (Starcraft) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Autumn Ridge Outfitter travel trailers. The cooktop flame may invert when the stove and furnace are operated at the same time.

Dealers will install sealant and plywood panels to seal the area, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed November 21, 2022. Owners may contact Starcraft RV customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Starcraft’s number for this recall is 9902582.

Gulf State Park, Alabama © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Highland Ridge

Highland Ridge RV (Highland Ridge) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Highland Ridge Olympia, Olympia Sport, Open Range and Open Range Lite travel trailers. The cooktop flame may invert when the stove and furnace are operated at the same time.

Dealers will install sealant and plywood panels to seal the area, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed November 21, 2022. Owners may contact Highland Ridge customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Highland Ridge’s number for this recall is 9904582.

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

Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain 2023 Magnitude and Omni vehicles. The Occupant and Cargo Carrying Capacity (OCCC) Label states the incorrect number of seat belts indicating that there are more seat belts available than there actually are. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 120, “Wheels and Rims – Other Than Passenger Cars.”

Dealers will replace the label, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed December 10, 2022. Owners may contact TMC customer service at 1-877-855-2867. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000281.

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

Winnebago

Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling certain 2020-2023 View and Navion vehicles. The LP fuel line is routed near the rear wheel well, which may allow the fuel line to contact the tire and become damaged, resulting in a gas leak.

Dealers will secure the LP line with secondary cable ties, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed December 2, 2022. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-641-585-6939 or 1-800-537-1885. Winnebago’s number for this recall is 170.

Tucson/Lazydays KOA, Tucson, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Sunset Park

Sunset Park & RV Inc. (Sunset Park) is recalling certain 2022 Sunset Park & RV Sun Lite and Rush travel trailers. The welded seam on the fabric may separate, allowing the awning to drop beyond normal operation.

Dealers will inspect and repair, or replace the awning, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed November 17, 2022. Owners may contact Sunset Park at (260)-214-4557. Sunset Park’s number for this recall is 22E-055.

Please Note: This is the 45th 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

September 2022 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 13 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 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 13 recall notices in September 2022. These recalls involved 8 recreational vehicle manufacturers—Forest River (3 recalls), Jayco (3 recalls), Winnebago (2 recalls), DRV (1 recall), Wayfarer (1 recall), Roadtrek (1 recall), REV (1 recall), and Keystone (1 recall).

Pechanga Casino RV Park, Temecula, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2023 Rockwood and Flagstaff fifth wheels. The Federal Placard states an axle rating of 5,200 lbs when the correct axle rating is 5,000 lbs.

Dealers will replace the Federal Placards, free of charge. Dealers were notified on August 26, 2022. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-8943. Forest River’s number for this recall is 10-1549.

Terra Haute KOA, Terre Haute, Indiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2022-2023 Forest River Inc. Impression Fifth Wheel recreational vehicles. These vehicles were manufactured without a secondary emergency exit.

Dealers will inspect and install an egress window, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on October 12, 2022. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-825-4995. Forest River’s number for this recall is 83-1554.

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

Forest River

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2022-2023 Coachmen Freelander, Leprechaun, and 2023 Coachmen Prism motorhomes. The auxiliary LPG quick disconnect may be improperly tightened, causing a gas leak.

Dealers will inspect the quick disconnect, and tighten it if necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on October 26, 2022. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-825-8602. Forest River’s number for this recall is 210-1556.

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

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Entegra Qwest, Jayco Melbourne, and Melbourne Prestige motorhomes. The shim on the torsion bar was incorrectly installed between the nut and the torsion bar, rather than between the ball stud and the torsion bar.

Dealers will replace the torsion bar linkage and correct the position of the shim, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on October 3, 2022. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is MB 22V-131.

Spartanburg Northeast-Gaffney KOA, Gaffney, South Carolina © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2021-2023 Entegra Anthem, Aspire, Cornerstone, Reatta, Reatta XL, and Jayco Embark motorhomes. The engine air intake box may not have a water drain installed, which can cause water to build up inside the air intake box.

Dealers will inspect and install a drain if necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on October 3, 2022. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9903580.

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

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2022-2023 White Hawk travel trailers. The refrigerator LP gas line may have been improperly routed and concealed in the underbelly of the trailer.

Dealers will reroute the refrigerator LP gas line, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on September 30, 2022. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901579.

Seawind RV Resort, Riviera Beach, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Winnebago

Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling certain 2022-2023 Winnebago View, Era, and Itasca Navion motorhomes. The retractable awning may extend unintentionally during transit.

The remedy is currently under development. Owners’ notification letters are expected to be mailed on November 11, 2022. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-641-585-6939 or 1-800-537-1885.

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

Winnebago

Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling certain 2019-2023 Winnebago Travato motorhomes. The retractable awning may extend unintentionally during transit.

The remedy is currently under development. Owners’ notification letters are expected to be mailed on November 11, 2022. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-641-585-6939 or 1-800-537-1885.

Sundance 1 RV Resort, Casa Grande, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

DRV

DRV Suites (DRV) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Mobile Suites’ fifth wheels. The tail, stop, and turn lights may have been incorrectly placed, with the top portion of the lights above 72 inches high. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment.”

Dealers will inspect the light heights, and install additional lights as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed October 26, 2022. Owners may contact DRV customer service at 1-260-562-3500.

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

Wayfarer

Wayfarer (Wayfarer) is recalling certain 2017-2020 Tiffin Wayfarer motorhomes. During the recall repair for recall number 21V-514, the wheel lug nuts may not have been properly tightened, which can cause the wheels to come loose.

Dealers will check the lugs, and tighten them to specification, if necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on October 28, 2022. Owners may contact Wayfarer customer service at 1-256-356-8661. Wayfarer’s number for this recall is WAY-104.

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

Roadtrek

Roadtrek Inc. (Roadtrek) is recalling certain 2022 Zion, Zion SRT, Chase, and Zion Slumber motorhomes. The front seat mounting bolts may be improperly tightened. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) No. 207, “Seating Systems.”

Dealers will inspect the bolts, and tighten them if necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on September 6, 2022. Owners may contact Roadtrek customer service at 1-888-762-3873. Roadtrek’s number for this recall is 2022-05.

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

REV

REV Recreation Group (REV) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Fleetwood Jamboree, 2020-2023 Fleetwood Southwind, Bounder, Flair, Fortis, Holiday Rambler Admiral, Invicta, Vacationer, 2021-2023 Fleetwood Discovery, Discovery LXE, Holiday Rambler Navigator, Armada, Nautica, 2023 Fleetwood Flex, Holiday Rambler Eclipse, 2021 Fleetwood Pace Arrow LXE, 2018 Holiday Rambler Vesta, 2022-2023 Fleetwood Frontier, 2021-2022 Fleetwood Pace Arrow, Holiday Rambler Endeavor, and 2019 Holiday Rambler Augusta motorhomes. The hydraulic lines may have been improperly routed, secured, or protected, which can result in a hydraulic fluid leak.

Dealers will inspect the hydraulic hoses for chafing or heat damage, and install hose protection, or replace them as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on October 28, 2022. Owners may contact REV customer service at 1-800-509-3417.

Columbia River RV Park, Portland, Oregon © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Keystone

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2023 Dutchmen Aspen Trail, Coleman, and Kodiak travel trailers. The switch for the electric stabilizer jacks may not be waterproof from the back side of the switch, which can result in an electrical short.

Dealers will replace the jack switch, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed on October 25, 2022. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 22-435.

Please Note: This is the 44th 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

May 2022 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 22 Recalls Involving 15 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.

Spartanburg Northeast/Gaffney KOA, South Carolina © 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 22 recall notices during May 2022. These recalls involved 15 recreational vehicle manufacturers— Jayco (3 recalls), Tiffin (2 recalls), Winnebago (2 recalls), Cruiser RV (2 recalls), Heartland (2 recalls), Triple E (1 recall), Alliance (1 recall), KZRV (1 recall), DRV Suites (1 recall), Thor Motor Coach (1 recall), Starcraft (1 recall), Highland Ridge (1 recall), Grand Design (1 recall), and Braxton Creek (1 recall).

Arrow Campground, Wall, South Dakota © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Northpoint, Pinnacle, and Seismic fifth wheel travel trailers. The quick disconnect fittings in the LP gas system may be cracked, causing a gas leak.

Dealers will replace the quick disconnect fittings, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 1, 2022. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-617-776-0344. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901577.

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2020-2022 Jayco Precept motorhomes. The heat shield beneath the storage compartment may not be long enough, which can allow the heat from the exhaust system to melt the storage compartment.

Dealers will extend the heat shield, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 1, 2022. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267.

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

Jayco

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Jayco Greyhawk, Greyhawk Prestige, Redhawk, Entegra Esteem, and Odyssey recreational vehicles. An inadequate connection between the power steering pressure line and the brake Hydroboost unit may result in a sudden loss of power steering fluid.

Dealers will inspect the connection between the power steering lines and the Hydroboost unit, and replace the power steering lines, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 1, 2022. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 22V-089.

Related Article: April 2022 RV Manufacturer Recalls: 15 Recalls Involving 8 RV Manufactures

Tiffin

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. (Tiffin) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Allegro motorhomes. The slide-room may extend out 6 to 8 inches while parked or possibly while moving, due to defective seals in the hydraulic cylinders.

Dealers will inspect and replace the hydraulic cylinders, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed June 20, 2022. Owners may contact Tiffin customer service at 1-256-356-8661. Tiffin’s number for this recall is TIF-122.

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

Tiffin

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. (Tiffin) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Tiffin Cahaba motorhomes. The wiring for the 110-volt electrical system may have been installed improperly, resulting in unsecured wiring.

Dealers will inspect and tighten the wiring, as necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 1, 2022. Owners may contact Tiffin customer service at 1-256-356-8661. Tiffin’s number for this recall is TIF-123.

Winnebago

Winnebago Towable (Winnebago) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Winnebago Voyage, Micro Minnie and Micro Flex travel trailers. The quick disconnect fittings in the LP gas system may be cracked, causing a gas leak.

Dealers will replace the quick disconnect fittings, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 3, 2022. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-574-825-5280 ext. 5220. Winnebago’s number for this recall is CAM0000023.

Frog City RV Resort, Lodi, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Winnebago

Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling certain 2021-2023 Ekko vehicles. The quick disconnect fittings in the LP gas system may be cracked, causing a gas leak.

Dealers will replace the quick disconnect fittings, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 1, 2022. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-641-585-6939 or 1-800-537-1885.

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

Cruiser RV

Cruiser RV (Cruiser) is recalling certain 2022 Cruiser Shadow Cruiser 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 in July 2022. Owners may contact Cruiser customer service at 1-574-206-7920.

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

Cruiser RV

Cruiser RV (Cruiser) is recalling certain 2022 Shadow Cruiser trailers. The 12-volt mini breaker cover for the slide-out was not installed during production, leading to exposed studs that could cause electrical arcing.

Dealers will inspect the 12-volt mini breaker for the slide-out, and install a cover if necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 1, 2022. Owners may contact Cruiser customer service at 1-574-206-7920.

Heartland

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain 2022 Heartland Fuel 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 July 1, 2022. Owners may contact Heartland customer service at 1-877-262-8032.

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

Heartland

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain 2022 Sundance trailers. The 12-volt mini breaker cover for the slide-out was not installed during production, leading to exposed studs that may cause electrical arcing.

Dealers will inspect the 12-volt mini breaker for the slide-out, and install a cover if necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 1, 2022. Owners may contact Heartland customer service at 1-877-262-8032.

Triple E

Triple E Recreational Vehicles (Triple E) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Wonder W24RL recreational vehicles. The weight decal installed on the front driver-side baggage compartment door states an incorrect weight of 500 lbs, which exceeds the weight limit for the storage compartment.

Dealers will provide a new corrected weight decal, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed in April 2022. Owners may contact Triple E customer service at 1-877-992-9906. Triple E’s number for this recall is CA#10090-1.

Texas Lakeside RV Resort, Port Lavaca, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Alliance

Alliance RV, LLC (Alliance) is recalling certain 2022 Valor (36V11, 37V13, 40V13, 41V15, 42V13, 43V13); Avenue (30RLS, 31BHS, 32RLS, 33RKS, 36BRM) and Paradigm (295MK, 310RL, 340RL, 370FB, 372RK, 382RK, 385FL, 390MP, 365RD) recreational trailers. The quick disconnect fittings in the LP gas system may be cracked, causing a gas leak.

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

Dealers will remove the quick disconnect fitting and replace it with a plug, free of charge. Once new quick disconnect fittings are available, they will be replaced, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed June 22, 2022. Owners may contact Alliance customer service at 1-574-218-7165.

KZRV

KZRV, L.P. (KZRV) is recalling certain 2021-2022 KZRV SportTrek, Sonic, Stratus, Connect, Sportsmen, Sportsmen SE, Sportsmen Classic, and Sportsmen Sportster fifth wheel and travel trailers. The quick disconnect fittings in the LP gas system may be cracked, causing a gas leak.

Dealers will replace the fittings, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed June 30, 2022. Owners may contact KZRV customer service at 1-800-768-4016 ext. 154 or 153. KZRV’s number for this recall is KZ-2022-02.

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

DRV Suites

DRV Suites (DRV) is recalling certain 2022 DRV Mobile Suites and Full House fifth wheel recreational vehicles. The quick disconnect fittings in the LP gas system may be cracked, causing a gas leak.

Dealers will inspect and replace the fittings, if necessary, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed in July 2022. Owners may contact DRV customer service at 1-260-562-3500.

Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain 2022 Scope, Tellaro, Sanctuary, Delano, Sequence, Tranquility, Rize, Synergy, Quantum, Magnitude, Geneva, Compass, Chateau, Four Winds, and 2022-2023 Tiburon, and Gemini vehicles. The quick disconnect fittings in the LP gas system may be cracked, causing a gas leak.

Dealers will replace the quick disconnect fittings, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 4, 2022. Owners may contact TMC customer service at 1-877-855-2867.

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

Starcraft

Starcraft RV (Starcraft) is recalling certain 2022 Super Lite and Super Lite Maxx travel trailers. The quick disconnect fittings in the LP gas system may be cracked, causing a gas leak.

Dealers will replace the quick disconnect fittings, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 1, 2022. Owners may contact Starcraft customer service at 1-905-636-6888. StarCraft number for this recall is 9902577.

Highland Ridge

Highland Ridge RV (Highland Ridge) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Mesa Ridge, Mesa Ridge XLT, Mesa Ridge S-Lite, Open Range, Open Range Roamer, and Open Range Lite fifth wheel and travel trailers. The quick disconnect fittings in the LP gas system may be cracked, causing a gas leak.

Dealers will replace the quick disconnect fittings, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed July 1, 2022. Owners may contact Highland Ridge customer service at 1-260-768-7771. Highland Ridge’s number for this recall is 9904577.

Columbia River RV Park, Portland, Oregon © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Grand Design

Grand Design RV, LLC (Grand Design) is recalling certain 2022 Grand Design Imagine, Reflection, Momentum, Solitude and Transcend travel trailers. The quick disconnect fittings in the LP gas system may be cracked, causing a gas leak.

Dealers will replace the quick disconnect fittings, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 25, 2022. Owners may contact Grand Design customer service at 1-574-825-9679. Grand Design’s number for this recall is 910029.

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

Braxton Creek

Braxton Creek RV (Braxton) is recalling certain 2022 Bushwhacker, Bushwhacker Plus and Free Solo travel trailers. The quick disconnect fittings in the LP gas system may be cracked, causing a gas leak.

Dealers will install a plug in place of the quick disconnect, and replace the quick disconnect when available, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 16, 2022. Owners may contact Braxton Creek customer service at 1-260-768-7932.

Roosevelt State Park, Alabama © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Kuntry Kustom

Kuntry Kustom RV, LLC (Kuntry) is recalling certain 2017-2020 Rich Specialty Trailers Sanitation, Movie, Office, and Bunk House trailers, equipped with Winntec model 6020 two-stage propane regulators. The regulators may fail, causing an increase in propane pressure.

Dealers will replace the regulator, free of charge. Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed May 2022. Owners may contact Kuntry customer service at 1-260-593-2208.

Please Note: This is the 40th in a series of posts relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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).

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

RV Sales Continue to Soar and Here Are the Reasons Why

Do you ever drive past an RV dealer and wonder who is buying them? Turns out, lots of people!

While COVID-19 rattled much of the travel industry, it has been a boon for the recreational vehicle market. Over the past year, the RV industry has experienced high demand and sales that have not been witnessed in a long time. Pent-up wanderlust amid the pandemic has breathed new life into the industry. After being cooped up at home for long periods of time amid the virus scare, people can experience the much-needed freedom and fun with RV vacations.

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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on international travel has inspired an increasing number of Americans and Canadians opting to explore their own backyard when picking a vacation spot. This rising number of people hitting the road for their vacations is bolstering sales of recreation vehicles which hit a record high in September, the latest month reporting.

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According to the trade group, RV Industry Association (RVIA), the rising demand for the #VanLife and increased interest in a life on the road have boosted RV sales in recent months.

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

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As a result of this growing interest in homes on wheels, the trade group reported that shipments of RVs reached a record high of 55,014 in September, an increase of 32.2 percent compared to the 41,600 units shipped during September 2020. This September was also the best on comparable record with shipments surpassing the September 2017 total of 43,598 units by 26 percent.

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With the new report, the RV industry sets a new all-time high for the number of RVs shipped in any previous month and any previous quarter. The more than 55,000 RVs shipped this past month is a 1 percent increase over the previous single-month record set in March of this year. The record-breaking 152,370 RVs shipped in the third quarter (July-September 2021) inches past the previous quarterly record of 151,760 set last quarter (April-June 2021) and is also a 23 percent increase over the third quarter of 2020. It should be noted that the top three months for RV sales were all in 2021.

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“With research showing more and more people are camping than ever before, RV manufacturers and suppliers continue to meet the sustained demand for RVs from consumers looking to get outdoors and experience the many physical and mental benefits of living an active outdoor lifestyle,” said RV Industry Association President & CEO Craig Kirby.

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The latest sales figures showed that demand was split between towable and motorized RVs. Towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, ended the month up 33.4 percent against last September with 50,696 wholesale shipments. Motorhomes finished the month up 19.6 percent compared to the same month last year with 4,318 units.

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As travelers look for new ways to transport everything including the kitchen sink, the RVIA noted that demand for van campers is rising the quickest. Sales across the segment were up 108 percent on the previous year and reached 1,245 during September 2021.

The only RV category to decline in the period was mini motorhomes which fell just 7 percent to 1,816.

This data partially explains the demographic shift away from large, densely populated cities to smaller and mid-sized communities. Many of the cities on the receiving end are happy to see newcomers after decades of decline in their industrial base hollowed out over decades of deindustrialization largely resulting from globalism. And their transition is a loss for states like California and New York that are hiking taxes and driving more taxpayers away.

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The trend is also fueled by rising home prices and a shift toward a remote-work lifestyle.

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In the latest sign of this shift away from the more than decade-long shift of young people moving to big cities. Elkhart, Indiana, the “RV Capital of the World”, was the leading county in Realtor.com’s latest analysis of real estate markets. Elkhart County also topped the Wall Street Journal’s “Emerging Housing Markets Index” in Q3. The index claims to identify “the top metro areas for homebuyers seeking an appreciating housing market and appealing lifestyle amenities”.

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It should be noted that about 80 percent of the RVs manufactured in the U.S. are made in northwestern Indiana, centered in Elkhart and LaGrange counties.

According to a recent Go RVing RV Owner Demographic Profile study, 27 percent of all current RV owners are young families—those who are under 45 years old and have children living at home. This trend is driven by changes in technology that allow parents to work remotely and their children to learn online—as well as a desire to spend time relaxing together.

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Adventure is another motivator for young RV families and the study found that these families enjoy physical activities more than other demographics like mountain/rock climbing, motorsports (ATV, dirt bikes, motorcycles), water activities, hiking, and mountain biking. They often bring bikes, ATVs, boats, and kayaks along on their trips.

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Other distinctions among young family RV owners include:

  • 57 percent of current owners in this demographic grew up with RVs
  • The median number of days they spend traveling in their RVs is 19 per year
  • They are drawn to festivals more often than other demographics
  • They are more likely to travel with laptops, iPads and tablets, video game consoles, home hubs and smartphones, and streaming devices
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The most significant indicator of the longevity of this trend of RV ownership among young families is that 87 percent of current young family owners indicate that they plan to purchase another RV within the next five years.

Worth Pondering…

The minute I step foot in the motorhome, I feel at ease. I don’t have anything else to think about except taking care of my family.

—Actress Jennie Garth