Forest River recalls some RVs for wrong weight label

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Coachmen Crossfit Class B motorhomes. The Federal Placards on the vehicles incorrectly list a rear axle Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) that exceeds the GAWR assigned by the chassis manufacturer. The incorrect GAWR may cause the operator to overload the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Forest River has notified... Read More

Soapbox: RV industry continues to disappoint

By Chuck Woodbury EDITOR It’s Friday. Gail and I drove yesterday (my usual writing day) from Wichita Falls, Texas, to Ponca City, Oklahoma, for a quick stay before heading on to Missouri. We are on our way to the RVillage Rally in Elkhart, Indiana, in mid-May, where several RV Travel staff members and I will speak to the estimated 1,000... Read More

Forest River recalls RVs: Door may open during travel

(April 27, 2018) — Forest River is recalling approximately 600 model year 2018-2019 Forest River FR3 and Georgetown motorhomes. The entry door latch may not engage fully, allowing the door to open unexpectedly while the RV is moving. The door frame is not sufficiently supported in the striker bolt area. Forest River had changed suppliers for its Georgetown and FR3... Read More

Motorhome doesn’t slow at exit. Terrible crash. See video

Here’s yet another reminder to drive carefully. We don’t know the make or model of the motorhome that crashed after failing to slow at a highway exit, then rolled over several times near Coalinga, California. A woman passenger in the motorhome was ejected from her seat and died. The driver, 74-year-old Robert Littlejohn, was transported to a local hospital with major... Read More

New FMCA magazine is disappointing

By Chuck Woodbury FMCA, the Family Motor Coach Association, which for 52 years was a “motorhome-owners-only” organization but now accepts towable owners, debuted a new monthly magazine yesterday (Friday) which it calls familyRVing (or Family RVing online). I have waited months to see what the organization would come up with to make it more appealing — perhaps a magic bullet... Read More

In the past few years have high winds forced you off the road?

Have winds ever forced you off the road with your RV? High, gusting cross winds are the worst, and the evidence of what can happen shows up often on YouTube videos and elsewhere.  So what’s your experience? Please leave a comment if you’ve had any memorable experiences (hopefully, no bad accidents, but if that’s happened, please explain and maybe save... Read More

Is RV industry president out of touch with RVers?

By Chuck Woodbury We posted an article earlier this week from a periodical called SGB Executive. It quotes the president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), Frank Hugelmeyer.  In the article, Hugelmeyer offers his thoughts about the 2018 North American Camping Report, a survey commissioned by KOA that shows that more than six million new households have taken up... Read More

Which repellents keep mosquitoes away best?

Summer is on the way. For many RVers and other campers that means some unpleasant encounters with mosquitoes. Heaven knows there are plenty of repellents to keep the little blood suckers away. But which ones work? In this four-minute segment from the TV show “Inside Edition,” mosquito experts try out several different sprays and other products that promise to keep... Read More

RV education conference adds to faculty

Walter Cannon, Executive Director of the RV Safety & Education Foundation, (RVSEF), has announced the addition of Chris Dougherty to the faculty member and teaching staff for the upcoming 2018 RV Technical Education & Safety Conference. The annual event will be held September 27 through October 1 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, at the Pritchard Community Center. Chris is an RV industry journalist, an... Read More