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Settlement in sight for Norcold refrigerator lawsuits

September 14, 2014 by Russ De Maris | Comments Off | Filed in Misc.

norcold logo 300x156 Settlement in sight for Norcold refrigerator lawsuitsTwo class-action law suits against RV refrigerator manufacturer, Norcold, filed in California appear to be close to settlement. Norcold (a subsidiary of Thetford, Corp.), announced that provided the court approves, it will pay out $33 million to put the cases behind into the “closed” file.

The suits stem from allegations that Norcold knew of potential fire hazards associated with some RV refrigerators that it manufactured, but tried to hide the facts from both customers and federal regulators by simply initiating limited recalls of the refrigerators. Under the to-be-settled suits, as many as 569,000 refrigerators could be covered.

Refrigerators claimed in the lawsuits were Norcold 1200 series units, built between January 1, 2002 and October 1, 2012; also included are Norcold Series N6 or N8 units manufactured between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2013. Spokesmen for Norcold say the settlement is not an acknowledgement of any of the allegations of the lawsuits, but rather a way to close the matter, and limit the “uncertainty, risk, expense and distraction of further class action litigation.”

Under terms of the settlement, if approved, attorney fees and administrative costs would see a payment of $8.23 million. Plaintiffs will need to approve the settlement before the court can finalize the matter.

Of the refrigerators manufactured in the time frame mentioned in the lawsuit, Norcold says 82 percent of the units have been located and retrofitted; it wants to find the other 18 percent.

RV maker to build trailer at RV show

September 10, 2014 by chuck | Comments Off | Filed in Misc.

POMONA, Calif., September 10, 2014 – For the first time ever at an RV show, consumers at the 2014 California RV Show in Pomona will have the opportunity to watch a 19-foot-long toy hauler trailer being built from the ground up while attending the October event.

genesis 655 RV maker to build trailer at RV showNo other RV show organizers, until now, have asked a manufacturer to build a trailer on location. But that’s exactly what the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), which puts on the RV show, asked toy hauler manufacturer Genesis Supreme RV to do.

“I want people to see for themselves how RVs are constructed because they most often only see the finished product,” said Tom Gaither, western show director. Pablo Carmona, president of Genesis Supreme RV, will be part of the team building the trailer and answering questions from RV enthusiasts. The staff at Genesis Supreme will be fully prepared with all the materials and tools ready to begin construction.

The task includes preparing the chassis, setting the flooring, installing the wiring and plumbing, followed by building all the cabinets, installing appliances, and then finishing up with the side walls and rooftop. Gaither will apply the final RVIA seal as the finishing touch.

The first stages of construction will be done on the following days: Oct. 10, 11, and 12 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.. This will be prepping the chassis with flooring, placing the electrical, installing the plumbing, appliances and cabinet building. On Wednesday, Oct. 15 the sidewalls and windows will be prepped for mounting. Then on Oct.17, 18 and 19 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) the sidewalls and overhead cabinets will be installed. A special walk thru for attendees will be held on Saturday between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to witness close-up the details of the build. On Sunday, the final graphics will be applied, the Genesis Inspection Team will approve the final build, and Gaither will apply the RVIA seal.

SOURCE: Genesis RV news release and RVtravel.com

Thor showcases 2015 motorhomes at Hershey RV Show

September 9, 2014 by chuck | Comments Off | Filed in Misc.

The following is based on a Thor News Release

Hershey, Penn. – Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is showcasing new luxury diesel pushers, Class A, Class B+ and Class C motorhomes currently underway at the Hershey RV Show in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

The Class A Tuscany 40DX luxury diesel pusher makes its public debut. This new single rear-axle model is fully equipped with features like fully reclining theater seating, retractable 60-inch LED Smart HDTV, master-style rear bathroom, and buffet dinette that seats four comfortably.

Tuscany XTE Class A diesel-powered motorhomes upgrade this year to all new high-gloss glazed cabinetry and the choices for interior decors are fresh and exciting. The new Resort Cherry and cabinetry looks the same as that you’d find in units retailing in excess of $400,000, but the Tuscany XTE does it at a fraction of the price.

Luxury Class A gas-powered Challenger motorhomes are showcasing a new bunkhouse floor plan 37TB. This triple slide-out combines a bath-and-a-half design with a convertible bunk bed area intended to provide years of enjoyment, even after the kids leave the nest. Space is thoughtfully created with bunks that transform into a sofa or full length wardrobe when not in use.

The A.C.E. Class A Motorhomes combine the best of a Class A and Class C RV and continue its impressive line-up with the new 29.3. It’s the first A.C.E. to offer campers looking for an exterior kitchen and an abundance of living space with a full wall slide-out. Focusing on how owners use their coach, the booth dinette has been purposely located on the camp side.

Axis and Vegas Recreational Utility Vehicles (RUV) continue to impress both seasoned and new RV-ers with the new 25.1 model. The second floor plan is a traveler’s delight, with a large L-shaped sofa and entertainment area in the back of the unit. The front half of the coach has an oversized dinette with seating for four.  For those who need plenty of spaces to sit while traveling, the new 25.1 is a perfect fit.

Look no further for the ultimate motorhome as both the Class A & Class C Outlaw Toy Haulers sport a full rear garage. These lifestyle haulers offer the most flexibility of any motorhome today. The Outlaw is ready for anything from a mobile office to pet grooming business or even a hunter’s ultimate hideout.

Bunk beds are in high demand this year and TMC responds with the new Super C. The diesel-powered 35SB is built on a Ford® F-550 chassis and contains a diesel engine. Automatic hydraulic leveling jacks, full wall slide-out, and 5500-watt LP generator are some of the features operated wirelessly with Rapid Camp™. An exterior kitchen is optional for those who love the smell of the grill.

All models including ACE, Axis, Challenger, Chateau, Citation, Four Winds, Hurricane, Miramar, Outlaw, Palazzo, Siesta, Tuscany, Tuscany XTE, Vegas and Windsport motorhomes have something new to offer during Hershey. Power patio awnings with LED lighting, Rapid Camp™ easy set-up and stunning HD-MAX™ exteriors are just the beginning. The choices are endless and it’s definitely an exciting time to buy the motorhome that’s “Made to Fit”!