RV shipments hit record high in September

RVs continue to roll out of factories at a record pace according the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). The association’s September survey of manufacturers found RV wholesale shipments totaled 43,598 units, an increase of 29.4% over the 33,704 units shipped last September. September 2017 shipments are the best September on comparable record. RV wholesale shipments have climbed to 378,006 units through... Read More

Ford recalling more than a million F-series trucks

Ford Motor Company is recalling more than 1.3 million 2015-2017 Ford F-150, and 2017 F-250, F-350, F-450, F-550, F-650 and F-750 Super Duty trucks. The doors on these vehicles may have a bent or kinked actuation cable or the door latches may freeze after water gets into the latch. Either condition can result in the doors opening while driving although... Read More

Forest River recalls some Coachmen Express travel trailers

Forest River is recalling 594 model year 2013-2014 Coachmen Freedom Express RVs. The frames on the trailers may not have had reinforcement stiffeners welded onto the exterior I-Beam in the axle area, allowing the axles to be misaligned. The frame supplier, Lippert Components, Inc., indicated that based on manufacturing records it did not install the chassis stiffener from February 1,... Read More

Mexico bound? Be prepared for (possible) permit requirements

By Russ and Tiña De Maris RVers planning to travel into Baja, Mexico, may – or may not – run into a bit of unexpected permit hassles on their entry. According to a story that appeared on sandiegoreader.com, some travelers have recently been hit by border officials with the need to purchase Travel Import Permits (TIP) and pay refundable deposits... Read More

Airstream announces new European-styled trailer

Airstream has announced a new trailer, the 27-foot Globetrotter. According to a news release, the new Globetrotter uses Airstream’s classic bullet shape and adds “European touches.” In collaboration with the UK-based design studio Astheimer Limited, the Globetrotter features a minimalist interior of aluminum walls, panoramic windows, wrap-around upholstery, recessed speakers, and backlighting throughout. It’s available with either walnut or elm... Read More

Keystone recalls some Raptor toyhauler RVs

Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling certain 2008-2009 Raptor toyhaulers, models 3110 and 3018, equipped with IOTA ITS-50R transfer switches. These transfer switches may fail when exposed to elevated electrical loads in higher ambient temperatures. If the transfer switch fails, it can increase the risk of a fire. Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will replace the transfer switch, free... Read More

Some 2016 Sprinter 2500 and 3500 vehicles recalled

Daimler Vans USA, LLC (DVUSA) is recalling certain 2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500/3500 vehicles. The affected vehicles were manufactured without a driveshaft catch strap, allowing a loose driveshaft to strike the fuel tank. A loose driveshaft may strike and puncture the fuel tank, resulting in a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire. DVUSA will notify owners, and dealers will... Read More

Recall issued on 2,500 Fleetwood Bounders, Southwinds

REV Recreation Group (REV) is recalling more than 2,500 model year 2013-2015 Fleetwood Bounder and 2013-2016 Fleetwood Southwind motorhomes. The welds attaching the battery tray may be insufficient. As a result, the tray may separate from underneath the chassis. An unsecured battery tray can cause a battery acid leak or an electrical short, increasing the risk of fire or injury.... Read More

Northwest city fed up with Zombie RVs

Portland, Oregon, has had it with Zombie RVs — old, beat up vehicles that are unfixable with malfunctioning waste systems. In 2016 and 2017, the Portland Board of Transportation (PBOT) received more than 8,000 complaints about the derelict and abandoned vehicles. Officials and community members have both witnessed RVs leaking sewage or dumping sewage in public spaces. According to a... Read More