Monday

Starcraft RV is recalling its 2016 Launch Ultra Lite trailers because the entry steps may be improperly installed

SUMMARY:
Starcraft RV (Starcraft) is recalling certain model year 2016 Launch Ultra Lite trailers, model 31BHT, manufactured June 23, 2015, to September 29, 2015. The entry steps may have been installed without using the proper bolts, possibly resulting in the steps loosening or separating from the trailer.
CONSEQUENCE:
Loose steps or steps that drop when weight is applied may cause the user to fall, increasing their risk of injury.
REMEDY:
Starcraft will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the step installation, correcting the mounting as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 29, 2016. Owners may contact Starcraft customer service at 1-800-945-4787. Starcraft's number for this recall is 9902292.


 

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Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2008-2016 Puma recreational trailers because the may contact the wheel well

SUMMARY:
Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2008-2016 Puma recreational trailers and toy haulers, models PT20RDC, PT21FBC, PT22RBC, PT26RLC, PT26FBSC, PT21TUC, PT25FBC, PT22RB, PTH21TFU, PTH24THS, PTH25TFS, PTH27SBU, PTH27RLSS, PTH25TFQ, and PTH21TFB, manufactured from June 25, 2007, through March 23, 2016. When the trailer hits a bump, the tire(s) may contact the floor or wheel well and result in tire damage.
CONSEQUENCE:
A damaged tire could deflate and cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a lift kit to add additional clearance to the vehicles, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on, or about, May 27, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-0607. Forest River's recall number for this campaign is 420-06092015-0050.

 

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Forest River, Inc.is recalling certain model year 2015-2017 Georgetown recreational vehicles because they are missing the secondary egress window

SUMMARY:
Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2015-2017 Georgetown recreational vehicles, model GTA369XLF, manufactured from December 8, 2014, through March 22, 2016. A vented window was installed in the rear wall of the vehicle instead of a secondary egress window.
CONSEQUENCE:
Without a secondary egress window, occupants may be trapped in the event of an emergency, increasing the risk of injury or death.
REMEDY:
Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will remove the vented window and install an egress window, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on, or about, May 27, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-206-7600. Forest River's number for this recall is 15-03232016-0151.


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Forest River, Inc.is recalling its 2013-2016 Puma recreational trailers because when the trailer hits a bump, the tire(s) may contact the floor or wheel well and result in tire damage

SUMMARY:
Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2013-2016 Puma recreational trailers, models T12RBC, T15UDC, T17QBC, and T18FBC, manufactured from January 1, 2013, through March 1, 2016. When the trailer hits a bump, the tire(s) may contact the floor or wheel well and result in tire damage.
CONSEQUENCE:
A damaged tire could deflate and cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a lift kit to add additional clearance to the vehicles, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on, or about, May 27, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-0607. Forest River's recall number for this campaign is 420-06092015-0050SA.


 
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Wednesday

Forest River, Inc. is recalling its 2016 Cherokee Grey Wolf recreational trailers because the Federal Placard incorrectly indicates the tire and rim size

SUMMARY:
Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2016 Cherokee Grey Wolf recreational trailers manufactured from March 23, 2015, through March 9, 2016. The Federal Placard incorrectly indicates the tire and rim size as ST205/75R15/C Tire(s) with 15X5.0JJ rims. However, the trailer is equipped with ST205/75R14/C Tire(s) with 14X5.5JJ rims. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, "Tire Selection and Rims."
CONSEQUENCE:
Incorrect information on the Federal Placard may lead to the operator overloading the vehicle, increasing the risk of a tire blowout and the possibility of a crash.
REMEDY:
Forest River will notify owners and will send them a corrected Federal Placard, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on, or about, May 16, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-541-995-3447 extension 4013. Forest River's recall number for this campaign is 64-03112016-0147.

 

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Monday

Winnebago Towable is recalling its 2016 Instinct trailers because of a misprinted trailer VIN plate

SUMMARY:
Winnebago Towable (Winnebago) is recalling certain 2016 Instinct trailers manufactured January 12, 2016, to February 29, 2016. The affected trailers may have an inadvertent "I" stamped as the fifth character in the VIN number.
CONSEQUENCE:
No direct safety risk exists but an accurate VIN is required to verify trailer applicability for any future safety recalls.
REMEDY:
Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will install a new VIN plate over the incorrect VIN plate, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-574-825-5250.


 


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Winnebago Industries, Inc. is recalling its 2015 Winnebago Adventurer and 2015-2016 Itasca Suncruiser vehicles because the hitch attachment bolts are not properly torqued

SUMMARY:
Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling certain model year 2015 Winnebago Adventurer vehicles manufactured January 16, 2016, to March 8, 2016, and 2015-2016 Itasca Suncruiser vehicles manufactured January 6, 2016, to March 8, 2016. In the affected vehicles, the bolts that attach the hitch to the frame were not properly torqued.
CONSEQUENCE:
Improper torquing of the hitch bolts could cause the hitch to detach, increasing the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, where necessary, replace the hitch attachment bolts free of charge. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-641-585-3535. Winnebago's number for this recall is 140.




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Thor Motor Coach is recalling its 2014-2016 Hurricane and Windsport motor homes because heat from exhaust may melt storage compartment

SUMMARY:
Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Hurricane and Windsport motor homes manufactured January 30, 2013, to March 6, 2015. In the affected motor homes, the vehicle exhaust is located near a storage compartment where heat may build-up, causing the compartment to melt.
CONSEQUENCE:
Heat build-up in the vehicle storage compartment increases the risk of fire.
REMEDY:
TMC will notify owners, and dealers will install a heat shield to prevent heat build-up in the storage compartment. The recall will begin in March 2016. Owners may contact TMC customer service at 1-877-855-2867. TMC's number for this recall is RC000112.


 


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Forest River, Inc. is recalling its 2016-2017 Dynamax Rev recreational vehicles and 2016-2017 Coachman Orion recreational vehicles because of intermittent loss of ignition switch contact

SUMMARY:
Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Dynamax Rev recreational vehicles manufactured from April 1, 2015, through February 15, 2016, and 2016-2017 Coachman Orion recreational vehicles manufactured from May 18, 2015, through December 10, 2015. These vehicles, built on RAM ProMaster chassis, have an ignition switch that may have an intermittent loss of electrical contact.
CONSEQUENCE:
An intermittent loss of contact can result in a vehicle stall and/or a partial or complete loss of air bags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and/or instrument panel cluster. Loss of functionality with any of these safety systems can increase the risk of crash and/or increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
REMEDY:
Forest River will notify owners, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) dealers will replace the ignition switch contact holder block, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on April 29, 2016. Owners may call the FCA Recall Assistance Center at 1-800-853-1403 or contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-262-3474. Forest River's number for this recall is 51-022242016-0138.




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Friday

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling its 2016 Eagle Half Ton fifth wheels and Eagle travel trailers because the battery positive cable may short

SUMMARY:
Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2016 Eagle Half Ton fifth wheels and Eagle travel trailers manufactured April 8, 2015, to February 19, 2016. In the affected trailers, the positive cable (B+) connecting the battery box to the roof-mounted solar panel preparation package may not be protected by a circuit breaker.
CONSEQUENCE:
Without circuit protection, the wire may short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire.
REMEDY:
Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will tie the unprotected circuit into a 30amp circuit breaker, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2016. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco's number for this recall is 9901286.


 

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Open Range R.V. Company is recalling its 2012-2014 Mesa Ridge and Roamer trailers, and 2013-2014 Light trailers because the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating is incorrect

SUMMARY:
Open Range R.V. Company (Open Range) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Mesa Ridge and Roamer trailers, and 2013-2014 Light trailers manufactured March 23, 2011, to March 20, 2014. In the affected fifth wheel and travel trailers, the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) calculation on the label may be incorrect, which may result in the overloading of the vehicles.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the owners load the trailers based on the incorrect labels, the trailers may be overloaded, resulting in tire failure, and increasing the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Open Range will notify owners and will provide a label with the corrected weight information, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during March 2016. Owners may contact Highland customer service at 1-260-768-7771. Open Range's number for this recall is 9905283.




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Forest River, Inc.is recalling its 2016 Coachmen Galleria because the Federal Placard is incorrect

SUMMARY:
Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2016 Coachmen Galleria motorhomes manufactured from October 30, 2015, through February 15, 2016. The Federal Placards on the affected vehicles incorrectly lists the number of seatbelts as zero. Additionally, the placards did not factor in the fresh water capacity in the vehicle weight calculation and the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is missing from the label. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, "Certification."
CONSEQUENCE:
Without the GVWR listed on the label, the operator may overload the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a corrected Federal Placard, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 22, 2016. Owners may contact Forest River customer service 1-574-825-8628. Forest River's number for this recall is 225-02102016-0134.


 


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Keystone RV Company is recalling its 2016 Sprinter because the television may fall out of the wall mount




SUMMARY:
Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain model year 2016 Sprinter vehicles manufactured July 28, 2015, to November 19, 2015, and equipped with a Haier television, model 55E2500, mounted to the wall. These televisions may break off of the wall mounting inside the vehicle.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the television falls while people are in the vehicle, there would be an increased risk of injury.
REMEDY:
Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will replace the television, free of charge. The recall began February 23, 2016. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone's number for this recall is 16-247.





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Highland Ridge RV is recalling its 2015-2016 Highland Toy Hauler, Light, Mesa Ridge, and Roamer because the vehicle weight calculation is incorrect

SUMMARY:
Highland Ridge RV (Highland) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Highland Toy Hauler, Light, Mesa Ridge, and Roamer travel and fifth wheel trailers manufactured May 6, 2014, to August 31, 2015. The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating calculation on the label may be incorrect, which can allow the vehicle to be overloaded.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the vehicle is overloaded due to incorrect Weight Rating information on the label, tire failure may result, increasing the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Highland will notify owners and will provide a corrected label, free of charge. One model, the HT31RGR Highland Toy Hauler will require two heavier axles installed and five larger tires as well. These repairs will provided free of charge. The recall began on March 22, 2016. Owners may contact Highland customer service at 1-260-768-7771. Highland's number for this recall is 9904283.









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Thursday

Starcraft RV Is Recalling Its 2016 Solstice and Travel Star Fifth Wheels For A Water Heater That May Scald The Operator

SUMMARY:
Starcraft RV (Starcraft) is recalling certain model year 2016 Solstice and Travel Star fifth wheel trailers manufactured July 31, 2015, to September 14, 2015 and equipped with Atwood on demand water heaters. The affected water heaters have a water and gas valve that may cause the water heater to overheat the water in the hot water supply tap.
CONSEQUENCE:
The overheating of the water may result in the release of steam, possibly causing the operator to scald themselves, increasing the risk of injury.
REMEDY:
Starcraft will notify owners, and dealers will install a water flow adjustment stop key that prevents the recall condition from occurring, free of charge. The recall began on March 9, 2016. Owners may contact Starcraft customer service at 1-800-945-4787. Starcraft's number for this recall is 9902282.



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Airstream is recalling several of its models of travel trailers for a possible propane gas leak.

SUMMARY:
Airstream, Inc. (Airstream) is recalling certain model year 2016 Classic, Flying Cloud, International, Sport, Eddie Bauer, and Land Yacht recreational trailers manufactured August 3, 2015, to November 13, 2015, and equipped with Auto Changeover Propane Gas Regulators. Propane gas may leak into the plastic gas level indicator window of the regulator causing it to degrade and crack.
CONSEQUENCE:
If the indicator window cracks, propane gas may leak out, increasing the risk of a fire.
REMEDY:
Airstream will notify owners, and dealers will replace the propane regulator and the required hoses, free of charge. The recall began on December 16, 2015. Owners may contact Airstream customer service at 1-937-596-6111 extension 7401 or 7411.

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Foretravel is recalling its 2008 Nimbus Motorhomes for Electric Entry Steps that may be Unstable.

SUMMARY:
Foretravel, Inc. (Foretravel) is recalling certain model year 2008 Nimbus motorhomes manufactured July 9, 2007, to March 25, 2008. The affected vehicles are equipped with certain Lippert-brand Coachstep Double Electric Steps. These steps use a bolt to attach the fan gear assembly to the steps. This bolt may fracture allowing the fan gear to disengage from the steps. As a result, the steps may not remain in the expected position and may be unstable.
CONSEQUENCE:
Unstable entry and exit steps increase the risk of injury.
REMEDY:
Foretravel will notify owners and dealers will install a retainer bracket to reinforce the operating mechanism, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 22, 2016. Owners may contact Foretravel customer service at 1-936-564-8367, or Lippert customer service at 1-574-537-8900.

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Tiffin is recalling several of its motorhomes for Electric Entry Steps may Become Unstable.

SUMMARY:
Tiffin Motorhomes (Tiffin) is recalling certain model year 2007-2015 motorhomes manufactured May 1, 2007, to December 31, 2014, equipped with certain Coachstep Double and Triple Electric Steps. The bolt that attaches the fan gear assembly to the steps may fracture allowing the fan gear to disengage from the steps. As a result, the steps may not remain in the expected position and may become unstable.
CONSEQUENCE:
Unstable entry and exit steps increase the risk of injury.
REMEDY:
Dealers will install a retainer bracket on the double step assemblies and the Coachstep Linkage Assembly will be replaced and a retainer bracket will be installed on the trip step assemblies. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Tiffin customer service at 1-256-356-8661, or Lippert customer service at 1-574-537-8900.
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Friday

The Dirty Little Secret of Rv Warranties



What is "limited" is your legal rights.
When you buy a new Rv and it turns out to be a lemon, you should get your money back. Why doesn't it work that way when Rv's cost a lot more than cars and trucks? Because most new rv warranties have a dirty little secret buried in the fine print. And it can cost you big time.

In fact, you would be better off with no written warranty from most Rv companies instead of the fancy but worthless written warranty you often get, buried in all that owner manual package of paperwork that you find in the rv after you drive it home.

Most of new factory rv warranties are now "repair only" warranties. That means the manufacturer only gives the buyer one promise - that they will fix what goes wrong if it is the factory's fault. That sounds okay at first, but what happens if they can't get it fixed right at all, in spite of weeks of trying on multiple repair trips back and forth to and from your dealer and maybe even other dealers? What then? Well, it gets worse.

Some of them, like many Thor rv warranties, now say that if they can't get it fixed then all you get is their promise to pay someone else to fix it. They even have a name for it; they call it their "back up" warranty.

Well if your Thor dealer can't fix the Thor rv, what makes you think that Bill and Bob's Rv Repair Shop in Podunk, Iowa, will be able to? 

Now, we aren't saying that Bill and Bob aren't good mechanics. Some independent rv repair shops are, frankly, even better than some rv dealer shops. But rv dealers have the advantage of direct lines to the factory help desk and can get attention and assistance that independent shops can only wish for. But if the factory can't get a problem fixed once and for all, and the factory dealer can't either, what makes you think that anyone else can?

So why do some rv manufacturers give you that "we'll pay someone else to fix it" promise? Simple. Because then if that other shop doesn't get it fixed, the factory can say "well we paid them to do it so now your fight is with them and not us." And you? Well, the big company sticks you in the wallet again.

The simple fact is that in most states if the factory did not give you any written warranty at all on that big, shiny new $100,000 + rv, your state law would probably give you an automatic 4 year warranty anyway. It's called an implied warranty of merchantability and fitness for use, and it would actually give you more legal rights and more protection than what the rv manufacturer wants you to have - and certainly more than many of them are now giving you. 

So this is one instance where the fancy-looking factory warranty actually hurts you - you get less than you think even though it looks like you are getting more than you need.

Fancy rv warranties from rv companies that won't stand behind them, and the lawyers they hire to write nice sounding warranties that actually don't give you much at all - and all the while they are making tons of money from building bad rv's that they sell for big profit with little warranties. Warranties that have a dirty little secret hidden within. Warranties that don't give you rights but spend their time taking away the rights you already would have.

Before you buy your next rv, insist on getting and reading a copy of the factory warranty. And don't buy an rv that only gives you a "repair only" warranty promise. Yes, maybe that means you don't buy a Thor next time. Or a Winnebago. Or maybe some other brands too.

There are some rv manufacturers that actually care about quality control and their customers. And then there are the rest.


What do you really get for your money?
Tell the dealer you want an rv that the factory will stand behind and will put it in writing in their warranty. And if the factory won't do it, then how come the dealer won't either? 

Tell the dealer that you want them to write on the sales contract that if their brand new rv is in the repair shop for more than 30 days in the first year then the dealer will refund your money. If the dealer won't do that, then what does that tell you about the quality of what the rv dealer is trying to sell you? It ought to worry you enough to go somewhere else.

If enough people demand a fair rv warranty and fair treatment, the industry might finally change and give it to you. But if no one complains, well, that's how they dig into your wallet and how you can be wasting your money.

If you get a lemon rv, we're right here. Helping rv owners get their money back is what we do.

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Wednesday

Jayco is recalling its Eagle Fifth Wheels for a Missing GVWR Warning Labels.f

SUMMARY:
Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2016 Eagle Half Ton (HT) fifth wheel trailers manufactured May 19, 2015, to October 8, 2015. The affected vehicles do not have warning labels on the towing hitch to identify the maximum gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) for towing, maximum tongue weight and towing vehicle braking information.
CONSEQUENCE:
A vehicle operator could unknowingly overload the trailer, which may result in tire or axle failure and increase the risk of a crash.
REMEDY:
Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will apply the proper warning label, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco's number for this recall is 9901265.

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