Manufacturers Issue Recalls(4)

National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration — Recalls, Defects and Complaints Databases: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov

Coachmen is recalling 145 model year 2007 Cross Country and
2007-2008 Sportscoach Encore and Pathfinder Class A motorhomes built on
Freightliner chassis. The fasteners that attach the steering arm or
tie-rod arms to the spindle may be over- or under-tightened. Incorrectly
tightened steering-arm fasteners may fatigue and fracture, which could
cause a crash without warning. Coachmen is working with Freightliner to
repair these vehicles. Owners may contact Freightliner at 1-800-547-0712
or Coachmen at 1-574-825-5821. 08V192

Coachmen is recalling 961 model year 2005-2007 Cross
Country, Sportscoach Elite, model year 2005-2006 Cross Country SE, and
model year 2006 Sportscoach Encore Class A motorhomes built using inline
power-steering filters, Part No. 14-16829-000. The filter can plug due
to failure of the screen adhesion to the filter housing, causing a rise
in return line pressure. This can lead to hose separation from the
filter or steering gear fitting, resulting in a sudden loss of steering
fluid and power assist. Sudden loss of steering assist without warning
involving a motorhome could be a problem for certain drivers, increasing
the risk of a crash. Coachmen is working with Freightliner to replace
the affected filters with a larger filter. Owners may contact
Freightliner at 1-800-547-0712 or Coachmen at 1-574-825-5821. 08V193

Fleetwood is recalling 80 model year 2008-2009 Pulse and
Icon Class C motorhomes. The entry step attachment cradle/support may
bend, causing the step to become unsafe. Insufficient structural
material strength could increase the risk of personal injuries and
vehicle and/or other property damage. Dealers will inspect and reinforce
the entry step attachment cradle/support free of charge. 08V164

Ford is recalling 3,331 model year 2008 E-350 vehicles
built with a 138 inch wheel base. The drive shaft may have been
manufactured with a slip yoke that has cracks. The effect of the cracks
on fatigue performance is variable, but on some yokes with cracks, the
performance is reduced below design specification. Cracks in the slip
yoke would progress over time and the slip yoke could fracture without
warning while the vehicle is being driven, allowing the drive shaft to
separate from the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers
will have the drive shaft inspected for manufacturing date and replace
it free of charge. Owners may contact Ford at 1-800-392-3673. 08V165

Four Winds is recalling 120 model year 2006-2007 Valencia
motorhomes built on Freightliner chassis. The chassis contain steering
filters that can plug due to failure of the screen adhesion to the
filter housing, causing a rise in return line pressure potentially
leading to a hose separation from the filter or steering gear fitting,
resulting in a sudden loss of steering fluid and power assist. Sudden
loss of steering assist without warning involving a motorhome could be a
problem for certain drivers, increasing the risk of a crash.
Freightliner is conducting this recall and will replace the affected
filters with a larger filter. Owners may contact Freightliner at
1-800-547-0712 or Four Winds at 1- 800-860-5658. 08V194

Four Winds is recalling 104 model year 2008-2009 Chateau
Sport, Dutchmen Express, and Four Winds 5000 motorhomes. These
motorhomes may have improper routing of the propane gas line within the
slide-out room. Continued operation of the slide-room may result in a
rupture of this propane supply line potentially causing a gas leak, fir
or explosion, resulting in serious injury or death. Four Winds will
instruct owners to immediately turn off the propane supply valve,
suspend use of propane appliances, and take the motorhome to their
nearest Four Winds dealer or service center for repair. Dealers will
reconfigure the propane supply line to allow proper movement of the line
without binding or chafing. The manufacturer has not yet provided an
owner notification schedule for this campaign. Owners may contact Four
Winds at 1-800-860-5658. 08V189

Monaco is recalling 811 Monarch, Lapalma Rear Gas and
Lapalma Diesel, Holiday Rambler Admiral, Vacationer Rear Gas, Vacationer
Diesel and Safari Simba motorhomes with the inverter option. The
optional inverter is not protected by a fuse, as the result of a
production error. The fuse should be installed in the battery
compartment in the rear of the passenger side of the motorhome between
the battery source and the inverter. The inverter is to be a protected
appliance by code requirement. With no fuse installed, a vehicle fire
may result from failure of the inverter. Dealers will install a 125-amp
fuse to protect the inverter free of charge. Owners may contact Monaco
at 1-800-685-6545. 08V179

Sportsmobile is recalling 6 model year 2003-2006 Sprinter
Van 2500 Class B regular body and extended body recreational vehicles
equipped with a two-door refrigerator manufactured by the Dometic
Corporation. The refrigerator may have a defect in the boiler tube.
Pressurized coolant solution could be released into an area where an
ignition source (gas flame) is present. Release of coolant under certain
conditions could ignite and result in a fire. Sportsmobile will be
working with Dometic in order to repair these refrigerators. Dometic
will repair these refrigerators by installing a secondary burn housing, a
thermal fuse, and a melt fuse free of charge. Owners may contact
Dometic/Stericycle at 1-888-446-5157 or Sportsmobile at 1-512-835-4409. 08V173

National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration — Recalls, Defects and Complaints Databases: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov

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