RV Manufacturers Issue Recalls

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

Blue Bird is recalling 58 Wanderlodge 450LXi motorhomes
equipped with ArvinMeritor and TRW tie-rod ends. The front axle curb
weight may exceed the specified 16,000-pound weight rating. Failure to
follow proper vehicle loading specifications or a misprinted label could
increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the left- and
right-hand front tie-rod ends along with a certification label stating
the correct weight limits. The manufacturer has not yet provided an
owner notification schedule. 07V586

Fleetwood is recalling 238 model year 2004-2005 American
Eagle and American Tradition Class A motorhomes built on Freightliner
chassis and equipped with ZF Model 8018 steering gears. These gears may
have been assembled with the incorrect recirculating ball spacer. This
could potentially allow the recirculation balls to escape from the
recirculation ball circuit, resulting in a loss of steering. The
operator may notice higher required steering wheel inputs, or the need
for more steering wheel adjustments while driving in a straight line in
combination with metallic cracking noises prior to a loss of steering.
Loss of steering could result in a vehicle crash. Fleetwood is working
with Freightliner and ZF to replace the steering gear (please see 07V343
and 07E049). 07V583

Four Winds is recalling 1,174 model year 2004-2008 Mandalay
motorhomes built on Freightliner chassis and equipped with ZF Model 8018
steering gears. These gears may have been assembled with the incorrect
recirculating ball spacer. This could potentially allow the
recirculation balls to escape from the recirculation ball circuit,
resulting in a loss of steering. The operator may notice higher required
steering wheel inputs, or the need for more steering wheel adjustments
while driving in a straight line in combination with metallic cracking
noises prior to a loss of steering. Loss of steering could result in a
vehicle crash. Four Winds is working with Freightliner and ZF to replace
the steering gear (please see 07V343 and 07E049). 07V584

Freightliner is recalling 10,053 model year 2005-2006 XC
motorhome chassis 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. Dealers
will replace the affected filters with a larger filter. The recall is
expected to begin on or about February 1, 2008. 07V570

Keystone RV is recalling 223 model year 2007-2008 Challenger
and Everest fifth-wheel travel trailers. A liquid propane (LP) line for
the slide room may be too close to the tire. This could cause an
increased risk of property damage and possible fire. Dealers will
reroute the LP line away from the tire. The recall is expected to begin
during January 2008. 07V585

Monaco Coach is recalling 107 model year 2007-2008 Holiday
Rambler Arista and Safari Passage Class A motorhomes built on Ford
chassis. The front run panel has an exposed terminal post on its side,
which allows the oil dipstick to potentially make contact when checking
the oil level. The location of the exposed terminal post is under the
front engine access hood. When the oil level is checked, it may be
possible for the dipstick to contact the exposed wire terminal stud and,
if the other end of the dipstick is grounded, could result in an
electrical shock or a spark that could create a fire. Dealers will
remove the wire from the terminal and install boot covers, then
reinstall the wire and slip cover over the connection. The recall is
expected to begin during January 2008. 07V582

Monaco is recalling 96 model year 2008 Dynasty, Executive,
Signature, Holiday Rambler Imperial, Navigator, Beaver Marquis and
Patriot Class A motorhomes equipped with TRW steering gears, Models
TAS85 and RCS85. These steering gears contain potentially defective
sector shafts with an incorrect gear tooth that may interfere with the
rack-piston teeth, resulting in a stick or bind condition. This
condition has the potential to cause the steering gear to stall and
restrict the steering turning angle of the vehicle, which could result
in a vehicle crash. Monaco is working with TRW to replace the defective
steering gear (please see 07E101). The recall is expected to begin
during January 2008. 07V590

Sprinter is recalling 6,101 model year 2007 Dodge and
Freightliner Sprinter 2500 and 3500 utility vans. The crankshaft sensor
in certain diesel engines could fail due to separation of bond wires
from the lead frame in the sensor. This results in an interruption in
the electrical connection in the chip housing of the sensor. When this
happens, the vehicles may lose power rather than enter a limp-home mode.
In addition, the vehicle cannot be restarted after failure of the
electrical connection in the sensor, increasing the risk of a crash.
Dealers will replace the crankshaft sensors. The recall is expected to
begin during February 2008. 07V594

Winnebago is recalling 1,972 model year 2004-2008 Vecta and
Itasca Horizon motorhome chassis equipped with ZF Model 8018 steering
gears. These steering gears may have been assembled with the incorrect
recirculating ball spacer. This could potentially allow the
recirculation balls to escape from the recirculation ball circuit,
resulting in a loss of steering. The operator may notice higher required
steering wheel inputs, or the need for more steering wheel adjustments
while driving in a straight line in combination with metallic cracking
noises prior to a loss of steering. Loss of steering could result in a
vehicle crash. Winnebago is working with Freightliner and ZF to replace
the steering gear (please see 07V343 and 07E049). 07V577

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

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