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Filling up a diesel motorhome in Arizona? Watch out for fuel police!

October 14, 2014 by chuck | Comments Off | Filed in Misc.

You could be in for a heap of trouble in Arizona just for fueling up your diesel motorhome. A law has been on the books for several years that states that tax on gasoline (motor vehicle fuel) is 18 cents per gallon. However diesel fuel is taxed at two rates. If the fuel is used in the “propulsion of a use class motor vehicle” on a highway in this state, the tax rate is 26 cents for each gallon, said Jim Koca, advocacy director of the Escapees RV club.

HERE’S AN UPDATE TO THIS ARTICLE with more complete information.

A “use class motor vehicle” means a motor vehicle that uses use fuel on a highway in Arizona and is either a road tractor, truck tractor, truck or passenger carrying vehicle having a declared gross vehicle weight of more than 26,000 pounds or having more than two axles, he said.

“What this means is those who have a vehicle that has three or more axles or a declared gross vehicle weight rating of at least 26,001 pounds are required to use the truck lanes at a gas station and pay the higher fuel tax. The regular diesel tax is 18 cents. Filling an RV at the regular pumps will subject RVers to a citation with a steep fine.” Koca said that Arizona has a fuel tax evasion unit that monitors the filling of vehicles at fuel stations.

SOURCE: Escapees RV Club and RV Daily Report

RV Travel YouTube channel tops 20,000 subscribers

October 12, 2014 by chuck | Comments Off | Filed in Misc.

youtube survey 659 300x208 RV Travel YouTube channel tops 20,000 subscribersEDMONDS, Wash., Oct. 14, 2014 — America’s most-watched YouTube channel about RVing topped 20,000 subscribers on Saturday. The RVtravel.com channel has received more than 6.7 million page views to date and is growing at several hundred thousand a month.

“YouTube has become a big deal for us,” said RVtravel.com editor Chuck
Woodbury. “It’s driving traffic to our websites and we’re seeing an increasing number of subscriptions to our newsletters coming from our channel.”

A survey last month by RVtravel.com revealed that nearly one-third of the website’s readers are watching more videos online now than a year ago. “Add that to about the same number who have been watching online videos all along and that’s a lot of eyeballs getting information from YouTube.com and other video channels,” said Woodbury.

Woodbury noted that while some traditional RVing-related broadcast and cable-TV programs routinely boast of “audience reaches” in the millions, the potential reach of the RVtravel.com channel is in the billions. “A billion people watch YouTube in a single month,” he said. “If you consider our videos will be seen for years, the potential “reach” of our channel dwarfs any programming about RVing on broadcast or cable TV.”

The RVtravel.com channel features nearly 500 videos. It is currently running a six-part series by RV journalist Chris Dougherty titled “The Green RV Project.” The idea, explained Woodbury, is to show RVers easy, affordable ways to make their RVs more environmentally friendly, and in most cases save money in the process.

The RVtravel.com YouTube Channel is at http://YouTube.com/rvtravel

September RV recalls reviewed

October 1, 2014 by Russ De Maris | Comments Off | Filed in Misc.

Washington – Here is a summary of recalls by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration for the month of September 2014. This is not a complete list of all recalls, but ones we feel are of interest to the RVing community.

Recreational Vehicles

Entegra Coach (Entegra) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Cornerstone motorhomes manufactured January 21, 2014, through March 25, 2014 and equipped with certain Villa ABTS driver and passenger seats. The seat belt attachment may be incorrect and the seat belt may fray if it rubs along a steel bracket in the seat, reducing its strength. As such, these seats do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 209, “Seat Belt Assemblies.” The weakened seat belt may fail to properly restrain the seat occupant in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Entegra will work with Villa to notify owners, and dealers will inspect and repair the seat with proper fasteners and inspect the seat belt webbing for fraying and replace the seat belt assembly, if necessary, free of charge. The recall began in June 2014. Owners may contact Entegra customer service at 1-800-945-4787.

Forest River Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Georgetown, Sunseeker, Forester, Cross Country, Pathfinder, Cardinal, Blue Ridge, Cedar Creek, and Brookstone recreational vehicles manufactured March 11, 2013, through April 26, 2013 and equipped with certain Frigidaire Convection Microwave models CFMV152CLB and CFMV154CLS. The microwave may start on its own and begin heating when unattended. If the microwave starts on its own and there are contents inside, a fire could result. Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will repair the membrane/keypad component, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-800-353-7383.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2012-2015 Coachmen 2150LE Prism motor homes manufactured July 2011 to May 2014. Due to the welds being in an improper location, the liquid propane (LP) tank support braces may not be secure, allowing the LP tank to drop and fall off the vehicle while in transit. If the LP tank drops or falls off the vehicle while in transit, there is an increased risk of fire or explosion. Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a repair kit, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during October 2014. Owners may contact Coachmen customer service at 1-800-353-7383.

Grand Design RV, LLC (Grand Design) is recalling certain model year 2014 Momentum 355th, 380th, and 385th fifth wheel trailers manufactured June 24, 2013, to March 21, 2014 and built with 8,000lb capacity axles. The affected trailers may have been built with suspension bolts that can shear. These bolts connect the axle springs to the frame, and after they shear, the axle spring may detach from the frame hanger or “shackle”. A spring that detaches from the hanger may result in a loss of control of the trailer, increasing the risk of a crash. Grand Design will notify owners, and dealers will replace the suspension bolts with ones that have a shorter thread depth, free of charge. The recall began in August 2014. Owners may contact Grand Design customer service at 1-574-825-9679. Grand Design’s number for this recall is 910002.

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Seneca motorhomes, manufactured May 7, 2012, through February 12, 2014, and equipped with an entrance door that includes a TriMark Keyless Entry System. Water infiltration into the back of the TriMark Keypad at the entrance door may cause corrosion on the electrical components of the keypad. Corrosion due to water infiltration could result in an electrical short, increasing the risk of a fire. Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will add a 5amp fuse to protect against a short circuit, free of charge. Additionally, a remedy to prevent the ingress of water is being developed. The recall began in September 2014. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267.

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 White Hawk Summit 27RBOK travel trailers manufactured November 12, 2013, through July 10, 2014. One of the tires may rub against the outrigger while making sharp turns. A tire that rubs against the outrigger may result in premature wear of the tire or tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash. Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the outrigger and position it correctly if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267.

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2015 Seismic 19A, 19E, and 19F fifth wheel trailers manufactured June 2, 2014, to July 24, 2014. The affected vehicles may have incorrect cargo carrying capacity (CCC) information printed on the CCC Label. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims and Motor Home/Recreation Vehicle Trailer Load Carrying Capacity Information For Motor Vehicles With a GVWR of 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) or less.” If the user overloads the trailer by following the incorrect information on CCC label, it could affect drivability and cause premature tire wear or tire failure, increasing the risk of of a crash. Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will replace the existing CCC Label with a corrected CCC Label, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014. Owners may contact Jayco customer service at 1-800-283-8267. Jayco’s number for this recall is 9901219.

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2014 Dutch Star motorhomes manufactured April 14, 2014, to June 20, 2014. An incorrectly wired headlight wiring harness may have been installed in the affected vehicles. As a result, if one of the two headlight circuit breakers fails, both headlights and both fog lights may go out. If the headlights and fog lights go out, there is an increased risk of a crash. Newmar will notify owners, and dealers will install an auxiliary headlight harness, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

ShowHauler Trucks, Inc. (ShowHauler) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Motorhomes, Garage Coaches, and Toterhome recreational vehicles manufactured October 2009 through January 2014 and equipped with a Suburban-brand SF-30 FQ furnace. In the affected vehicles, the plastic furnace intake fan may melt which can cause the furnace to overheat causing other plastic pieces to melt from the lack of air flow. The melting and overheating could result in a fire. Showhauler will notify owners of the issue. The remedy for this recall campaign is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact ShowHauler customer service at 1-574-825-6764.

Starcraft RV (Starcraft) is recalling certain model year 2015 16RB Launch travel trailers equipped with the Extreme Package Option, manufactured April 16, 2014, to April 21, 2014. The information on the Federal ID label incorrectly indicates an 80psi cold tire inflation pressure instead of the correct pressure of 50psi. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 120, “Tire selection and rims and motor home/recreation vehicle trailer load carrying capacity information for motor vehicles with a GVWR of more than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds).” If the user inflates the tire to the incorrect psi noted on the label, a tire blowout could occur, increasing the risk of a crash. Starcraft will notify owners, and dealers will remove the incorrect labels and replace them with a new label with the correct information, free of charge. The recall began in late August 2014. Owners may contact Starcraft customer service at 1-800-945-4787.

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. (Tiffin) is recalling certain model year 2014 Allegro Bus recreational vehicles equipped with certain Villa International ABTS driver and passenger ABTS seats. The seat belt attachment may be incorrect and the seat belt may fray if it rubs along a steel bracket in the seat, reducing its strength. As such, these seats do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 209, “Seat Belt Assemblies.” The weakened seat belt may fail to properly restrain the seat occupant in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury. Tiffin will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, repair the single link system with fasteners and re-attaching the seat belt bracket, free of charge. The recall began in August 18, 2014. Owners may contact Tiffin customer service at 1-256-356-8661.

Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling certain model year 2015 Winnebago Vista and Itasca Sunstar motorhomes manufactured April 26, 2014, through June 27, 2014. The affected vehicles may be missing a damper plate on the inside air conditioner shroud. This damper plate is to help prevent disruption of the range flame by air discharge from the roof air conditioner. If the air conditioner blows out the range flame but the propane gas continues to flow, an ignition source may ignite the leaking propane, resulting in a fire. Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will remove the current diverter and replace it with a damper plate, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014. Owners may contact Winnebago customer service at 1-800-537-1885. Winnebago’s number for this recall is 131.
Other Vehicles

American Honda Motor Company is recalling certain model year 2015 Honda Fit vehicles manufactured April 11, 2014, to June 9, 2014. The affected vehicles, which are equipped with side curtain air bags, may have been assembled with an A-pillar interior cover designed for vehicles without side curtain air bags. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the side curtain air bags, the incorrect A-pillar interior cover may adversely affect the performance of the side curtain air bags, increasing the risk of occupant injury. Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the A-pillar interior cover and install the correct A-pillar cover, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on September 25, 2014. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009. Honda’s number for this recall is JF9.

Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured January 5, 2010, to July 20, 2011, and equipped with either a 3.6L or 5.7L engine. In the affected vehicles, the fuel pump relay inside the Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM-7) may fail, causing the vehicle to stall without warning. A vehicle stall increases the risk of a crash. Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump relay with one external to the TIPM, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on October 24, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is P54.

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2005-2008 Ford Escape hybrid electric vehicles manufactured October 13, 2003, to June 20, 2008, and 2006-2008 Mercury Mariner hybrid electric vehicles manufactured June 10, 2005, to June 20, 2008. The coolant pump for the hybrid system may fail resulting in the hybrid electronics overheating. If the hybrid electronics system overheats, it may shut down the powertrain, resulting in a stall-like condition, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the original Motor Electronics Coolant (MEC) Pump with an improved brushless pump, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on October 27, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 14S19.

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Escape vehicles manufactured October 5, 2011, to April 1, 2013, and equipped with 2.0 liter engines and Focus ST vehicles manufactured February 14, 2012, to October 14, 2013, and equipped with 2.0 liter engines. Insufficient compression in the engine wiring harness splices to the Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor may provide incorrect signals to the powertrain control module (PCM). The incorrect signals could cause the vehicle to hesitate or the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the current crimped splices with new splices, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin September 29, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford’s number for this recall is 14S17.

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2002-2004 Saturn Vue vehicles manufactured September 11, 2001, to April 6, 2004. In the affected vehicles, it may be possible for the key to be removed from the ignition when the ignition is not in the “Off” position. If the key can be removed from the ignition when the ignition is not in the “off” position, the vehicle could roll away: (a) for an automatic transmission, if the transmission is not in the “Park” position; or (b) for a manual transmission, if the parking brake is not engaged and the transmission is not in the “Reverse” position. This potential for rollaway increases the risk for a crash and occupant or pedestrian injuries. GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicle to see if the key can be pulled out when the ignition is off. If it can, dealers will replace the ignition cylinder and keys, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Saturn customer service at 1-800-553-6000. GM’s number for this recall is 14506. Note: Until a vehicle has been remedied, owners and operators are advised that when exiting, to be sure that the vehicle is in “Park,” or in the case of a manual transmission, the vehicle should be in the ‘reverse’ position and the parking brake should be engaged.

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2009-2010 Chevrolet Aveo and 2009 Pontiac G3 vehicles. The vehicles may contain brake fluid which does not protect against corrosion of the valves inside the anti-lock brake system (ABS) module, affecting the closing motion of the valves. If the ABS valve corrodes it may result in longer brake pedal travel or reduced performance, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the ABS module, free of charge, in any vehicle that did not have its module replaced under a previous customer satisfaction campaign. The recall is expected to begin in mid-September 2014. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 1-800-762-2737 (Pontiac). GM’s number for this recall is 14505.

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2008-2014 FJ Cruiser and Tacoma vehicles equipped with accessory wheels and tires installed by Toyota or dealers prior to the vehicle’s first sale. The affected vehicles may list incorrect spare tire size and/or cold tire inflation information on the tire placard. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 110, “Tire Selection and Rims for Passenger Cars.” If the spare tire is inflated to the incorrect pressure provided on the placard, tire failure may occur while it is being driven on, increasing the risk of a crash. For the involved vehicles, overlay stickers to correct the tire placard will either be mailed to owners or provided to dealers for placement over the incorrect information on the placard. The recall is expected to begin in September 2014. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax and Double Cab vehicles manufactured July 29, 2013, to August 22, 2014. Due to the possible misinstallation of the upper tab of the B-pillar interior trim, the Curtain-Shield Air Bags (CSA) may not deploy properly in the event of a crash. If the Curtain-Shield Air Bags (CSA) do not deploy properly there is an increased risk of occupant injury during a crash. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the B-pillar interior trim installation and will replace it if it is not installed correctly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on September 30, 2014. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2013 Audi Q7 vehicles manufactured June 5, 2012, to November 29, 2012 and equipped with a 3.0L TDI engine. In the affected vehicles, a check valve in the engine may become contaminated with plastic debris and allow engine oil to leak into the brake booster. If oil leaks into the brake booster, the brake booster diaphragm may rupture causing a loss of power braking assist, and increasing the risk of a crash. Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will replace a vacuum line, free of charge. Dealers will also inspect the brake booster system for oil contamination and, if oil contamination is present, additional components will be replaced, free of charge. The recall began on September 24, 2014. Owners may contact Audi at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen’s number for this recall is 47L8.
Tires

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (Cooper) is recalling certain Wild Country Radial XTX Sport 265/65R18 tires manufactured June 1, 2014 to June 28, 2014. The affected tires may experience cracking and broken ply cords in the lower sidewall on the intended outboard side above the rim. Thus, these tires fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards No. 139, “New pneumatic radial tires for light vehicles.” If the tire experiences cracking or broken ply cords, this will increase the risk of a tire blowout and the risk of a vehicle crash. Cooper will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and test the suspected tires, replace the ones that need to be replaced, free of charge. The recall began in August 2014. Owners may contact Cooper customer service at 1-800-854-6288. Coopers number for this recall is 159.

TBC Corporation (TBC) is recalling certain Wild Country Radial XTX Sport tires, size 265/65R18, manufactured by Cooper Tire and Rubber Company from June 1, 2014, to June 28, 2014 (weeks 2214-2514). The affected tires may experience cracking or broken ply cords in the lower sidewall on the white sidewall side. As such, these tires fail to comply with the regulations of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 139, “New Pneumatic Radial Tires For Light Vehicles.” A tire with sidewall cracking and broken ply cords may have a sudden loss of air pressure, increasing the risk of tire failure and a crash. TBC will notify owners, and dealers will replace any affected tires, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact TBC customer service at 1-800-739-7698. TBC’s number for this recall is 159.