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RV Recalls July 9, 2018

The following is the latest RV recall list compiled by the National Highway Safety Association (NHTSA). Click here for more information and to check your RV VIN number.

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling 5,107 2018-2019 Keystone Cougar recreational trailers equipped with an outdoor propane grill. The outdoor propane grill is installed in a wooden assembly that may not have enough clearance from the heated area.

Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling 691 2019 Thor Four Winds, Chateau, Freedom Elite, Majestic, Outlaw, Quantum and Vegas motorhomes built on modified Ford E-450 chassis. The U-bolts on the rear axle that hold the leaf spring and rear axle together may have been insufficiently tightened.

Forest River Inc. is recalling 152 2019 Forest River Salem and Wildwood recreational trailers. These vehicles are equipped with an axle equalizer that can allow the axle to contact the chassis.

Spartan Motors USA (Spartan) is recalling 102 2016-2019 Spartan Specialty Vehicles K2 and K3 motorhome chassis. The tag axle tire may become damaged due to contact with the Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) fill mounting bracket.

Newmar Corp. is recalling 77 2018-2019 Newmar Mountain Aire, London Aire, Essex, and King Aire motorhomes. These vehicles are equipped with windshield wipers that may have an incorrect bend, possibly preventing the wiper arms from properly contacting the windshield. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 104, “Windshield Wiping and Washing Systems.”

Northwood Manufacturing Inc. is recalling nine 2019 Northwood Nash 24M and Nash 29S travel trailers. The tires may rub against the shocks and cause damage to the tires.

 

Why is an RV inspection important?

We all have heard the saying, buyer beware. We inspected this 5th wheel today as a young traveling nurse bought this (at night mind you) and the park she is in was concerned it wasn’t safe to live in. They were right.

Kitchen island drain was cracked, furnace wouldn’t work, it had a propane leak, pin box was damaged and the list goes on and on and on. Laura and felt bad that a dealer would sell this unit to her as it had been totaled and they pieced it together to sell it. I found it on the web.

https://carsbidshistory.com/make/292-ROCK/7477-TRVL_TRLR/2016_ROCK_TRVL_TRLR_21902628_4X4FRLE23G1868956c

I am glad we could help her but I wish she would have got to us before she bought it. So the saying is true, buyer beware.

RV Recalls June 11, 2018

The following is the latest RV recall list compiled by the National Highway Safety Association (NHTSA). Click here for more information and to check your RV VIN number.

Tiffin Motorhomes Inc. is recalling 5,871 2013-2018 Allegro Open Road motorhomes. Insufficient strength of the frame rail may allow the tow hitch to detach from the motorhome.

Motor Coach Industries (MCI) is recalling 1,105 2011-2016 D4500, D4505, D4000, D4005, and D4000 ISTV motor coaches equipped with ISX engines. Due to vibrations, the exhaust bellow pipes develop a hole.

Keystone RV Co. is recalling 313 2018 Keystone Montana fifth-wheel trailers. The switch for the slide-out room may not have circuit-protection.

Keystone RV is recalling 94 2019 Keystone Cougar fifth-wheel trailers, models 28SGS and 27RLS. The propane compartment may not have been sealed properly during manufacturing, which if there were a propane leak, could allow the propane gas to seep into the living quarters.

Newmar Corp. is recalling 96 2016-2018 Newmar Mountain Aire motorhomes. The Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) tank bracket may contact the tag axle tire, possibly causing tire damage.

Forest River Inc. is recalling 32 2019 Coachmen Viking recreational trailers, models T17BHS and T17FQS. The Federal Placard states that the tires have an inflation pressure of 65 PSI, when the tires actually require 75 PSI. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims

 

A Customer Testmonial

Hi Al,

Your report was invaluable to us. I just wanted to thank you for all you did for us here. If we weren’t able to rely on a service like yours I’m not sure what we would do in trying to purchase such a vehicle from so far away.

I did have some questions on the report, but they’re really not that important now since we ended up backing out of the deal.

Based on your report we just felt there were too many issues that pointed to the coach not having been taken care of that well, and quite frankly wondered if it had been through one of the hurricanes last year and that’s where all the water in the light lenses came from as well as a few of the other issues you pointed out.

Thanks Again!

Tom and Pam

RV Recalls June 04, 2018

The following is the latest RV recall list compiled by the National Highway Safety Association (NHTSA). Click here for more information and to check your RV VIN number.

Jayco Inc. is recalling 998 2018 Jayco Alante and 2018-2019 Jayco Precept vehicles. The windshield wiper system motor on these vehicles may fail when being operated in heavy snow or ice situations, thereby reducing driver visibility. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 104, “Windshield Wiping and Washing Systems.”

Jayco Inc. (Jayco) is recalling 610 2018 Jayco Eagle HT fifth-wheel trailers equipped with certain 16K rotational rubber pin boxes. The spindle placement in the pin box may be incorrect, causing the bearing to be loose.

Jayco is recalling 236 2011 and 2013 Jay Series BB, BC and BD camping trailers equipped with a Lippert Power Roof Lift Mechanism. The manual over-ride feature on these power lifts may be misused, potentially resulting in torque from the drive motor damaging the lift mechanism.

Keystone RV Co. is recalling 156 2016-2017 Crossroads Redwood travel trailers. The ladder on the back of the vehicle may be blocking the secondary emergency exit window.

Daimler Vans USA LLC is recalling 153 2017 Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vehicles. These vehicles may be missing spot welds on the front side wall, connecting the door portal to the hinge reinforcements in the A-pillar area, possibly affecting vehicle strength in a crash.

Entegra Coach is recalling 109 2019 Vision and Emblem motorhomes. The windshield wiper system motor on these vehicles may fail when being operated in heavy snow or ice situations, thereby reducing driver visibility. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 104, “Windshield Wiping and Washing Systems.”

Starcraft RV is recalling 102 2011 Starcraft BC and BD and 2013 Comet BA, BB and BC camping trailers equipped with a Lippert Power Roof Lift Mechanism. The manual over-ride feature on these power lifts may be misused, potentially resulting in torque from the drive motor damaging the lift mechanism

Forest River Inc. is recalling 29 2018 Forest River Surveyor recreational trailers, model SVT241RBLE. The refrigerator in the slide room may not have an air cycling fan to cool the refrigerator parts, which can cause the refrigerator to overheat.

 

Should I buy a new RV or an older model?

Tough
question, right? Read this article below from someone that, well, didn’t have a
great experience with purchasing a new RV. Are all new RVs this way? Of course not but it might make you re-consider your decision.

From Mary.

“Today,
I have a comment about our experience at our home with our “brand new,
“out of the box”, Forest River Wildwood Travel Trailer model: Wildwood
230 BHXL,

Saw horses, Plywood, Masonite, Trim Molding, cable ties, Gorilla
tape, and a cart full of tools best describe the second day home with Forest
River Wildwood Trailer.

I thought that the trim around the bed frame (touching the
mattress) was steel. It is plastic with very sharp edges. I fixed it and the
frame has new molding, looks much better and is safe to handle.


All around the edges of both openings to access to storage below the dinette
seats were rough and unfinished. Major sliver territory. I put new trim around
the openings. Top not yet complete. Now smooth and accessible.

When I arrived home, the front and rear stabilizer wiring was
hanging down. Upon inspection, (which was easy because the under body liner was
torn front and rear), I found that neither the front or rear electric box that
the stabilizer wires went to, were attached to the trailer. There are two tabs
on the mechanism for screws. I have attached both front and rear items.

Underbody
liner was torn.

Bath
room tub faucet unit away from wall. I caulked this and tightened as best as
possible. Appears that there is no backing for screws to go into.

This
is the power panel, fuse box. Turns out that it is the “Remote control” brain
center. It is unattached, lying under the rear bunk. There are four mounting
holes on the bracket. ALL 15 TERMINAL SCREWS WERE LOOSE AND HAD TO BE
TIGHTENED.





Storage area below sofa was totally open. This would allow
critters and cold weather to enter the main living area. I removed the sofa and
installed insulation and plywood. It is now sealed.
Now plywood covered

The
base of both booth dinettes and bunk beds is made of rough particle board. This
would have torn up the upholstery in a heartbeat. It is now covered with nice
smooth Masonite.

Trial
and error to find which switch was for the Slide out and the awning. I had to
mark them myself.

There
is a “Channel” shaped plastic piece covering the edges of each door frame. There
is NOTHING holding the top, horizontal piece in place other than it is resting
on the vertical piece. No screws, no glue. I just reached up and pulled it off.
(No surprise how flexible it was. The vertical piece had one screw near the top
and bottom attaching it. It was totally loose. And, that was the same on both
doors. I took it off, glued everything and put it back together with more
screws.

I had a rear-view camera installed by the dealership. They told
me that for it to work, I had to have my running lights or head lights on. OK,
that made sense. The day after getting the unit home, I walked around the
trailer in the dark. The truck was disconnected. I notice that the camera light
was on (on the trailer). Apparently, it was hard wired to the 12 V system. Just
Great. Bad for the camera on all the time and my battery.”

Mary

As we perform RV inspections, It doesn’t matter if we inspect a 2018 model or a “70s” model, we inspect them like we are buying it ourselves. Our detailed inspection report, along with pictures, will give you the information to make an “eductaed” buying decision. The decision is up to you. We are always here to help at www.inspectmyrv.com.

RV Recalls – April 24th, 2018

The following is the latest RV recall list compiled by the National Highway Safety Association (NHTSA). Click here for more information and to check your RV VIN number.

Keystone RV Co. is recalling 876 2018 Crossroads Cruiser and Volante recreational trailers. The brake wire may have been improperly attached to the spring assembly on the axles, allowing the wire to be damaged and short circuit.

Keystone is recalling 423 2018 Keystone Carbon and Raptor recreational fifth-wheel trailers. These vehicles were manufactured without a protective barrier in the fuel station to prevent fuel absorption in the main floor

Motor Coach Industries (MCI) is recalling 195 2018 J4500 vehicles. The left rear taillight harness branch of the engine compartment wiring may contact the engine coolant tank causing a loss of power to the left taillight. 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

Forest River Inc. is recalling five 2018 Forest River Surveyor recreational trailers, model ORSVT247BHDS. The Federal Placard on these vehicles incorrectly indicate a tire size of ST225/75R15D needing 65 PSI and a rim designation of 15X6.0JJ, however, the vehicle is actually equipped with ST205/75R14C tires needing 50 PSI and a rim designation of 14X5.5JJ. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims.” As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

RV Recalls April 2nd, 2018

The following is the latest RV recall list compiled by the National Highway Safety Association (NHTSA). Click here for more information and to check your RV VIN number.

Keystone RV Co. is recalling 977 2018 Passport recreational trailers, models 153ML, 171EXP, 175BH, 195RB, 199ML, 217EXP and 239ML. The spare tire carrier may not have been mounted properly to the back wall of the trailer, and, as a result, the spare tire and carrier may detach from the trailer.

REV Recreation Group (REV) is recalling 600 2018 American Coach American Dream and American Revolution motorhomes, Fleetwood Discovery, Discovery LXE, Pace Arrow and Pace Arrow LXE motorhomes, Holiday Rambler Endeavor, Endeavor XE, Navigator and Navigator XE motorhomes and Monaco Marquis and Signature motorhomes equipped with an Aurora heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The wires for the HVAC system potentiometer may become disconnected from the quick connect terminals.

Forest River Inc. is recalling 448 2017-2018 Forest River Cherokee recreational trailers, models CCKT16BF, CCKT16BHS, CCKT16FQ, CCKT16GR, CCKT16GRH, CCKT17RP and CCKT18TO. These vehicles are equipped with Norcold N306 mini refrigerators that may have a loose or missing propane gas valve test port screw, allowing propane to leak out when the refrigerator is used in ‘gas’ mode.

Lazy Daze Inc. is recalling 109 2012-2017 24-foot Twin King (24TK), 24-foot Front Lounge (24FL), 24-foot Front Dinette (24FD), 27-foot Mid-Bath (27MB), 27-foot Rear Bath (27RB), 27-foot Rear Kitchen (27RK), 31-foot Island Bed (31IB), and 31-foot Twin Bed (31TB) motorhomes equipped with certain Plastic-Handle Fire Extinguishers or Push Button ‘Pindicator’ Fire Extinguishers. These extinguishers may become clogged, preventing the extinguisher from discharging as expected or requiring excessive force to activate the extinguisher. Additionally, in certain models, the nozzle may detach from the valve assembly with enough force that it could cause injury and also render the product inoperable.

Forest River Inc. is recalling 80 2018 Surveyor recreational trailers, models SVT248BHLE and SVT248BHLE-OR. The refrigerator in the slideroom may have been installed without an air cycling fan to cool the refrigerator parts, which can cause the refrigerator cooling tubes to fail.

Forest River Inc. is recalling 71 2018 No Boundaries recreational trailers, models NBT10.5 and NBT10.6. The spare tire mount may not be strong enough and the spare tire may detach from the trailer.

Forest River Inc. is recalling 71 2018 No Boundaries recreational trailers, models NBT10.5 and NBT10.6. The spare tire mount may not be strong enough and the spare tire may detach from the trailer.

RV Recalls March 19, 2018

The following is the latest RV recall list compiled by the National Highway Safety Association (NHTSA). Click here for more information and to check your RV VIN number.

Keystone RV Co. is recalling 1,992 2018 Keystone Passport, Summerland and Hideout, Dutchmen Aspen Trail and Coleman, and Crossroads Zinger recreational trailers. These vehicles are equipped with Norcold N306 mini refrigerators that may have a loose or missing propane gas valve test port screw.

Triple E Recreational Vehicles is recalling 752 2017-2018 Unity, Wonder, and Serenity motorhomes. The Occupant & Cargo Carrying Capacity (OCCC) and Tire labels may have been incorrectly calculated, resulting in an indicated a higher cargo capacity than actual.

Newmar Corporation is recalling 33 2018 Essex motorhomes. The taillights on these vehicles may loosen and detach from the vehicle while driving.