Dometic Corporation has announced NHTSA recall 13E019000, which involves WeatherPro motor-powered awnings with model designations starting with 805, 815, 825, 835, 845, 855, 885, and 905; 9100 Power Awnings with model designations starting with 910, 912, 913, 914, 915, 916, 917, and 918; and certain awning motor service kits with part numbers starting with 3307923 and 3310423. The awnings were manufactured from February 13, 2013, through April 9, 2013. They were sold in the aftermarket as replacement equipment or installed as original equipment on various motorhomes. The potential number of power awnings or kits involved is 27,098.
It is possible that the installer of the awning or motor service kit could unintentionally fail to follow the exact steps during the installation process. This could cause the motor assembly screws to shear off inside the roller tube. Should this occur, the awning fabric could possibly unfurl while the RV is parked or in transit. This increases the risk of personal injury or a vehicle crash.
A Dometic technician will inspect the awning and replace the affected motors with a design that is not subject to an out-of-sequence installation error. The repair is expected to take approximately 45 minutes. However, because of service scheduling times, the service department may need the vehicle for a longer period of time.
For more information about this recall, contact Dometic Corporation at (888) 447-0003. Owners are instructed not to drive their motorhome until the repair is made. Owner notification began April 2013.
Gulf Stream Coach Inc. has announced NHTSA recall 13V197000, which involves certain model-year 2001 Ultra, Conquest, Independence, Ultra Supreme, Yellowstone, and Cavalier motorhomes on floor plans 6316 and 8325 built from May 17, 2000, through December 31, 2000. The potential number of vehicles involved is 126.
On the affected motorhomes, a portion of the 110-volt-AC Romex electrical wiring routed from the floor to the ceiling through the refrigerator cabinet may not be properly secured. This condition may cause wear and potential heat development between the exposed Romex wiring and the exposed heated refrigerator coils. Possible wear due to vibration during vehicle operation over time could cause the Romex wiring to short circuit. This could cause the 110-volt-AC wiring to fail and possibly result in property damage, a fire, or bodily injury.
A Gulf Stream dealer will inspect the wiring for damage and secure it properly. The repair is expected to take approximately two hours. However, because of service scheduling times, the service department may need the vehicle for a longer period of time.
For more information about this recall, contact Gulf Stream Coach Inc. at (800) 289-8787. Owner notification was expected to begin in May 2013.
Prevost Car Inc. has announced two separate NHTSA recalls.
The first is NHTSA recall 13V055000, which involves model-year 1993 through 2013 H3-40, H3-41, H3-45, and H3-45 VIP coaches built from December 1993 through February 12, 2013. The potential number of vehicles involved is 6,120.
On the affected coaches, a bolt on the drag link adjustment collar may come in contact with the pitman arm. This could lead to a sudden drag link turnbuckle fracture, which could result in loss of vehicle control and potentially lead to a crash.
A Prevost dealer will inspect the drag link and, if needed, replace the part. For vehicles made before the modification to collar positioning, the turnbuckle will be replaced if it has been repositioned in service and interference was possible. The inspection is expected to take approximately 30 minutes and repair, if needed, is expected to take approximately 90 minutes. However, because of service scheduling times, the service department may need the vehicle for a longer period of time.
Owner notification for this recall began in April 2013.
The second is NHTSA recall 13V150000, which involves model-year 2006 through 2011 XLII-45 coaches; model-year 2006 through 2013 XLII-45 Entertainer and H3-45 VIP coaches; and model-year 2012 and 2013 X3-45 VIP coaches built from November 15, 2005, through February 6, 2013, and equipped with window part numbers 790612, 790613, and 790614. The potential number of coaches involved is under investigation.
The affected coaches may have decals that list an improper sequence of steps to exit the vehicle through the emergency exit. In the event of a crash, the incorrect label may result in difficulty opening the emergency windows, which could increase the risk of personal injury.
A Prevost dealer will replace the incorrect emergency window decals. This repair is expected to take approximately 15 minutes. However, because of service scheduling times, the service department may need the vehicle for a longer period of time.
Owner notification for this recall was expected to begin in June 2013.
For more information about these recalls, contact Prevost Car Inc. at (418) 883-2888.
Winnebago Industries has announced NHTSA recall 13V161000, which involves model-year 2012 through 2014 Winnebago Minnie Winnie, Chalet, Aspect, Sightseer, Adventurer, and Journey motorhomes, and model-year 2012 through 2014 Itasca Spirit, Cambria, Sunova, Suncruiser, and Meridian motorhomes built from January 10, 2012, through April 5, 2013. The potential number of vehicles involved is 1,927.
On the affected motorhomes, a missing range enclosure may allow the gas range flame to be extinguished as a result of airflow. In such a case, propane gas will continue to flow without a flame. In the presence of an ignition source, it may suddenly combust and lead to a fire that could result in property damage and personal injury.
A Winnebago Industries dealer will install a range enclosure. The repair is expected to take approximately 45 minutes. However, because of service scheduling times, the service department may need the vehicle for a longer period of time.
For more information about this recall, contact Winnbago Industries at (641) 585-3535. Owner notification was expected to begin in June 2013.