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New app helps shoppers visualize RV awnings

March 26, 2015 by Russ De Maris | Comments Off | Filed in Misc.

dometic app screen shot 300x195 New app helps shoppers visualize RV awningsShopping for a new patio awning? For some, the choices can be difficult to visualize. The tiny swatches that many dealers use to help you “choose” your new awning are just too small to help you get a mental “picture” of what the finished installation will look like. Awning manufacturer, Dometic, is banking on their new mobile app to help you get a better vision of what one of theirs would look like on your rig.

Load the free Dometic Awning app onto your mobile device, and the “simulator” will walk you through choosing a typical image of your RV, be it motorhome, fifth wheel, or travel trailer. The app then places “your” RV in an outdoor setting. Pick any one of the offered colors and styles of awning and you instantly see how the awning looks on the sample RV. Want more information? Click for “details,” and provided you have an Internet connection, your device then takes you to the Dometic page for the product.

The app is free on both iTunes and Google Play stores; it requires about 30 megabytes of storage space, and requires only “permissions” for Photos/Media/Files.

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February 2015 US and Canada RV recalls

March 4, 2015 by Russ De Maris | Comments Off | Filed in Misc.

WASHINGTON/TORONTO Here is our monthly summary of recalled vehicles we feel of interest to our readers. This information has been gleaned from the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration and from Transport Canada. This is NOT a complete list of all vehicles recalled by either agency.

Airstream, Inc. (Airstream) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Land Yacht, Eddie Bauer, International, Flying Cloud, and Sport travel trailers manufactured August 1, 2013, to February 4, 2015. The screws that secure the tray for the liquid propane (LP) tanks may fail and the LP tanks may fall from the trailer. If the screws that secures the tank to the trailer fails, the tank can separate from the trailer becoming an object that can impact another vehicle on the road. There is also an increased risk of a fire. Airstream will notify owners, and dealers will install new attaching screws to secure the LP tank tray, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 2, 2015. The recall began on February 25, 2015. Owners may contact Airstream customer service at 1-937-596-6111.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2014 Rockwood and Flagstaff recreational vehicles manufactured June 26, 2014, to October 9, 2014, and equipped with the Chill Chaser option. In the affected vehicles, excessive foam insulation and/or loose wiring may touch the Chill Chaser heating element. If the foam insulation or loose wiring contacts the heating element, there is an increased risk of fire. Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the foam insulation and wiring, making any necessary repair, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on, or about, March 9, 2015. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-2640. Forest River’s number for this recall is SB111014.

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain model year 2015 Heartland Big Country 3800FL vehicles manufactured October 22, 2014, to December 16, 2014 and 2015 Heartland Big Country 3900FLP vehicles manufactured September 23, 2014, to January 12, 2015, 2015 Heartland Big Horn 3750FL vehicles manufactured September 3, 2014, to January 14, 2015, and Landmark 365 Charleston vehicles manufactured on December 24, 2014. In the affected recreational vehicles, the axles may be placed too far forward on the frame resulting in improper weight distribution across the axles. Improper weight distribution across the axles may result in poor handling, increasing the risk of a crash. Heartland will notify owners, and dealers will move the axles rearward to help with weight distribution on the Big Horn, and 3800 FL Big Country, and will add a ballast to the pin box to improve handling the 3900 FLP Big Country, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 16, 2015. Owners may contact Heartland customer service at 1-877-262-8032. Heartland’s number for this recall is 99-01-19.

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Newmar King Aire, and Essex vehicles manufactured December 9, 2013, to December 16, 2014, equipped with certain Wabco Quick Release Valves with Double Check. In the affected valves, the rubber diaphragm may be damaged by sharp edges on the valve seat ribs, reducing the available air pressure in the air tanks. The reduced air pressure levels may reduce braking performance and/or the parking brakes could reapply, increasing the risk of a crash. Newmar will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the valve, free of charge. The recall began on February 26, 2015. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2015 Essex motorhomes manufactured March 13, 2014, to November 13, 2014, built on Spartan chassis. Due to the steering column having inadequate spline engagement at the steering gear, the steering shaft may disconnect or slip. If the steering shaft disconnects or slips there would be a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a crash. Spartan will notify owners on behalf of Newmar, and dealers will replace the steering shaft, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300.
Tires:

Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. (Toyo) is recalling certain Open Country M/T tires, size 40X15.5R22 127Q, manufactured October 26, 2014, to November 1, 2014 (week code 4314). During production, the affected tires were made with their belts off center which may result in tread separation and/or loss of inflation pressure. Tread separation or loss of inflation pressure may increase the risk of a crash. Toyo will notify owners, and dealers will replace the tires, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in February 2015. Owners may contact Toyo customer service at 1-800-442-8696.
Other Vehicles:

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2010-2013 Ford Taurus vehicles manufactured December 1, 2009, to July 31, 2010, and 2011-2013 Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured June 1, 2011, to October 31, 2011. In the affected vehicles, the interior door handle return spring may unseat, resulting in interior door handle that does not return to the fully stowed position after actuation. If the interior door handle return spring is unseated, the door may unlatch in the event of a side impact crash, increasing the risk of personal injury. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect all four of the interior door handles and either repair or replace them, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 16, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s number for this recall is 15S02.

Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai) is recalling certain model year 2008-2010 Elantra vehicles manufactured June 1, 2008, to April 30, 2010, and 2009-2010 Elantra Touring vehicles manufactured November 1, 2008, to April 30, 2010. The electronic power steering (EPS) electronic control unit (ECU) may sense a discrepancy in the steering input signals and, as a result, disable the steering power assist. If power steering assist is lost, greater driver effort would be required to steer the vehicle at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash. Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will verify the proper operation of the Electronic Power Steering and update the EPS control unit, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Hyundai customer service at 1-855-671-3059. Hyundai’s number for this recall is 127.

Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC (Land Rover) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Land Rover Range Rover vehicles manufactured August 23, 2012, to February 5, 2015, and 2014-2015 Range Rover Sport vehicles manufactured June 16, 2013, to February 5, 2015. In the affected vehicles, a light weight adult front seat passenger may be improperly classified by the occupant classification system (OCS) and, as a result, the front seat passenger air bag may be disabled. If the front passenger air bag is disabled during a vehicle crash, there is an increased risk of injury. Land Rover will notify owners, and dealers will update the OCS software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 17, 2015. Owners may contact Land Rover customer service at 1-800-637-6837. Land Rover’s number for this recall is P059.

Kia Motors America (Kia) is recalling certain model year 2016 Sorento vehicles manufactured October 27, 2014, to January 29, 2015. Due to an improperly soldered component in the accelerator pedal assembly, the driver may not be able to accelerate the vehicle. If the vehicle is unable to be accelerated, there is an increased risk of a crash. Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the accelerator assembly, free of charge. The recall began on February 19, 2015. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542. Kia’s number for this recall is SC115.

Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2008 Infiniti EX35 vehicles equipped with the power tilt/telescope option included in the premium package, manufactured June 29, 2007, to April 25, 2008, 2009 Infiniti FX35 and FX45 vehicles manufactured October 31, 2007, to April 16, 2008, and 2009 Nissan GT-R vehicles manufactured March 14, 2007, to April 25, 2008. The steering column outer tube may not be round, resulting in extra stress being applied to the upper steering bearing. This stress may cause the bearing retainer to fracture, creating extra play in the steering wheel or a possible loss of steering. Extra play in the steering wheel or a loss of steering may increase the risk of a crash. Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering shaft on the Infiniti EX35, FX35, and FX45 vehicles, and will replace the steering column assembly on the Nissan GT-R vehicles, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Infiniti owners may contact customer service at 1-800-662-6200. Nissan owners may contact the GT-R hotline at 1-866-668-1487.

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2014 FJ Cruiser vehicles manufactured August 7, 2013, to August 20, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the intermediate steering shaft which connects the steering wheel and the steering gear box may have an inadequate weld. If the intermediate steering shaft weld fails, there would be a loss of steering control, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the intermediate steering shaft, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.

Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Toyota Avalon vehicles manufactured February 9, 2010, to October 22, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the sub-woofer speaker located in the trunk may experience an intermittent electrical short which may cause damage to the integrated circuit (IC) in the audio amplifier. In some cases, the damaged IC may allow a constant electrical current flow to the sub-woofer. A constant electrical current flow may cause the sub-woofer to overheat, increasing the risk of fire. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will provide a remedy for the audio system, free of charge. Until the remedy is available, Toyota will mail an interim notice and dealers will disconnect the sub-woofer. Toyota issued an interim notification to owners on February 23, 2015. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371.
Canada Recalls (recreational vehicles only)

FOREST RIVER FLAGSTAFF, 2014. FOREST RIVER ROCKWOOD, 2014. Recall Date 2015/02/25. Manufacturer Recall Number: n/a. Units Affected The number of vehicles or components affected by the recall. Category: Travel Trailer Recall Details: Certain travel trailers equipped with the Chill Chaser option may have been manufactured with loose wiring and/or excessive insulating foam around the opening of the Chill Chaser’s heating element. If the foam insulation or wiring were to come into contact with the heating element, it could melt, and could potentially result in a fire causing injury and/or damage to property. Correction: Dealers will inspect and ensure that the foam insulation and wiring are secured away from the heating element.

FOREST RIVER, XLR,2015 Recall Date 2015/02/18 Manufacturer Recall Number: n/a Units Affected The number of vehicles or components affected by the recall. 9 Category Travel Trailer Recall Details: On certain travel trailers, The nozzle of the fuel dispensing system may come into proximity with a fuel burning appliance. As a result, the fuel vapor from the nozzle could be ignited by a fuel burning appliance pilot, burner or heating element. This could result in an explosion or fire causing injury and/or damage to property. Correction: Dealers will move the fuel dispensing station towards the rear of the unit.

GULF STREAM CONQUEST SE, 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014. GULF STREAM KINGSPORT, 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014, GULF STREAM TRAILMASTER, 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014. Recall Date 2015/02/18, Manufacturer Recall Number n/a. Units Affected The number of vehicles or components affected by the recall. 260 Category RV Chassis. Recall Details: On certain vehicles, the certification and tire and loading information labels do not contain correct tire dimension and tire pressure information. The labels incorrectly indicate a tire size of ST225/75R15D with 65 PSI while the correct tire size is ST205/75R15D with 50 PSI. As a result, the tire may inadvertently be overinflated and the vehicle may be fitted with incorrect replacement tires. Overinflated tires may lead to poor vehicle handling characteristics and increase the risk of tire failure, which could result in a crash causing injury and/or damage to property. Correction: manufacturer will mail updated labels.

DISCLAIMER: This is not the complete list of recalls by either Canada or the U.S. but only a partial list of units we feel may be of interest to our readers.

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Check your fire extinguisher — 5 million on recall

February 16, 2015 by Russ De Maris | Comments Off | Filed in Misc.

kidde recall 199x300 Check your fire extinguisher    5 million on recall WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of nearly five million Kidde disposable plastic fire extinguishers. The extinguishers have been widely sold throughout the U.S. and Canada through outfits like Home Depot and Walmart.

The units in question include 31 different models, all of which are equipped with a black plastic valve. Kidde says it has received 11 reports of these extinguishers not working as expected. And a fire extinguisher maintenance company in Palm Springs, California reports that a motorhome owner told employees there that his unit had allegedly exploded in his rig, possibly due to high heat.

The models under recall include 10BC, 1A 10BC, 1A 10BCW, 2A10BC, 5BC, 5BCW, FA10G, FA110, FA5B, FC10, FC110, FC5, FH/ RESSP, FX10, FX10BC, FX10K, FX210, FX210R, FX210W, FX340GW, FX340SC, FX5II, KFH Twin, M110 Twin, M5 Twin, Mariner 10, Mariner 110, Mariner 5, Mariner 5 G, RESSP, and XL 5MR.

The recalled extinguishers are red, white or silver and are either ABC or BC rated. The ratings can be found to the right of the nameplate.  Manufacture dates included in the recall are July 23, 2013 through October 15, 2014. A 10-digit date code is stamped on the side of the cylinder, near the bottom. Digits five through nine represent the day and year of manufacture in DDDYY format. Date codes for recalled units manufactured in 2013 are XXXX 20413 X through XXXX 36513 X and 2014 are XXXX 00114 X through XXXX 28814 X

If your fire extinguisher is on this recall list, contact Kidde for a replacement at 855-283-7991, or online at www.kidde.com.

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and kesq.com.