2019 RVIA Economic Impact Study

RVs Move America infographic

RVs Move America Economic Impact Study was released June 3, 2019 at the RVIA annual meeting.

It revealed the RV industry has an overall economic impact on the US economy of $114 billion, supports nearly 600,000 jobs, with more than $32 billion in wages, and pays more than $12 billion in federal, state, and local taxes.

The announcement was made by Garry Enyart, RVIA chairman, and Onan/Cummins Director of Mobile Generator Sales & Coach Care.

For more information on the $114 billion total economic impact and what it includes, click here.

NHTSA Announces RV Recalls

Mon Dec 2, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

157530038511142.pngThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announces the following new RV recalls:

Daimler Vans USA is recalling certain 2019 Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter vehicles equipped with diesel fuel systems. The bayonet lock between the fuel pump and the fuel tank may not have been closed and locked during manufacturing. As a result, a leak between the fuel pump and the fuel tank could occur. In addition, a gas station fuel pump may not automatically stop once the tank fill level is reached, potentially causing the fuel to overflow. A diesel fuel leak can cause slippery road conditions, increasing the risk of a crash.

The units involved in the recall are 2019 Freightliner Sprinter 1500, 2500 and 3500 units as well as 2019 Mercedes Benz Sprinter 1500, 2500, 3500 and 4500 units.

The remedy is that Daimler Vans USA will notify owners and dealers will inspect the bayonet lock on the fuel pump, locking it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 20, 2019. This recall potentially affects 4,987 units. DVUSA's number for this recall is VS3KRAFMOD.

Daimler Vans USA is also recalling certain of its 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Freightliner vehicles. A seam on the height adjuster for the front seats may have been insufficiently welded. In the event of a crash, the weld seam may break and shift forward, increasing the risk of injury.

The remedy is that Daimler Vans USA will notify owners and dealers will replace the tilt adjuster for the front seats, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 20, 2019. The number of potential units affected by this recall is 3. DVUSA's number for this recall is VS3SITZVER.

Keystone RV Company is recalling certain 2014 Springdale 253FWRLLS trailers. The Federal Identification Tag may have the incorrect tire, rim and axle size. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, "Certification." An incorrect label may lead to the unintentional overloading of the trailer, increasing the risk of a crash.

The remedy is that Keystone RV Company will notify owners and dealers will replace the Federal Identification Tag, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 2, 2019. This recall potentially affects 10 units. Keystone's number for this recall is 19-364.

KZ Recreational Vehicles is recalling certain of its 2019-2020 Connect and Sportsmen trailers equipped with an optional Rock Run flip-up rear storage rack. The racks may detach from the trailer when loaded. The rack and all items secured to it may detach from the trailer, becoming a road hazard and increasing the risk of a crash.

The remedy is that KZ Recreational Vehicles will notify owners and dealers will inspect and replace the mounting brackets. If the existing rack is damaged, it will be replaced with a redesigned version, free of charge. The number of units potentially affected by this recall is 1,122. The recall is expected to begin January 4, 2020. KZ Recreational Vehicle's number for this recall is KZ-2019-02.

Newmar Corporation is recalling certain of its 2020 Mountain Aire motorhomes built on a Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) chassis. The low beam bulbs may not remain illuminated when the high beam bulbs are activated. If both beams are not illuminated as intended together, the driver may have decreased visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.

The remedy is that Newmar will notify owners, and DTNA dealers will repair as necessary to ensure the low beam bulb will illuminate along with the high beam bulb, free of charge. The potential number of units affected by this recall is 6. The recall is expected to begin January 14, 2020. NHTSA’s campaign number for this recall is 19V816000.

Thor Motor Coach is recalling certain 2014-2017 Tuscany XTE (models 34ST, 36MQ, 40AX, 40BX, 40EX and 40GQ), 2013-2018 Tuscany (models 38SQ, 40DX, 40KQ, 40RX, 42GX, 42HQ, 42WX, 44MT 45AT and 45LT) and 2016-2020 Venetian (models A40, B42, F42, G36, J40, L40, M37, R40, S40, and T42) motorhomes. The rear reflectors within the taillight lens may be too high, reducing the vehicle's visibility. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, and Associated Equipment." The incorrectly positioned reflectors may make the vehicles less visible to others on the road, increasing the risk of a crash.

The remedy is that Thor Motor Coach will notify owners, and dealers will install adhesive reflectors, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 3, 2020. This recall potentially affects 1,785 units. Thor Motor Coach's number for this recall is RC000180.

Winnebago Industries Inc. is recalling certain 2017-2020 Itasca Vista, Sunstar and Adventurer 35F motorhomes. An electrical connector was mounted directly on the floor instead of to a standoff bracket as intended. If the floor gets wet where the electrical connection is mounted, there is an increased risk of electrical short and fire.

The remedy is that Winnebago Industries will notify owners and dealers will correctly mount the electrical connector onto a metal standoff bracket, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. The number of units potentially affected by this recall is 638.Winnebago's number for this recall is 160.