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RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

Latest NHTSA RV Recall Notices for Nov. 29, 2017

Wed Nov 29, 2017

151035653950557.pngThe NHTSA issued the following recall notices:

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain 2018 Prowler and Trail Runner recreational trailers. The wires for the electric brakes may get caught in the spring hangers during axle movement, possibly resulting in the wires being severed. As a consequence, a severed brake wire would reduce braking capability, increasing the risk of a crash. Approximately 77 units may be affected. Heartland has notified owners, and dealers will clamp the wires out of the area of the spring hanger and shackle, free of charge. The recall began on November 14, 2017. Click here for NHTSA bulletin.

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain 2018 Pioneer recreational trailers. The liquid propane (LP) manifold block may be mounted too close to the center shackle, allowing the shackle to hit the LP hose fitting and cause a propane leak. The notice states that a leaking LP system can increase the risk of a fire. Approximately 561 units may be affected. Heartland has notified owners, and dealers will re-locate the manifold block further from the shackle area, free of charge. The recall began on November 14, 2017. Click here for NHTSA bulletin.

Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain 2018 Ace, Axis, Hurricane, Windsport, and Vegas motorhomes. The wiring for the trailer lights may have been inserted into the wrong locations of the trailer lighting socket causing the trailer lights to not function properly. 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." Approximately 36 units may be affected. Thor has notified owners and dealers will re-wire a new connector, free of charge. The recall began on November 21, 2017. Click here for NHTSA bulletin.

REV Recreation Group (REV) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Fleetwood Jamboree and Holiday Rambler Vesta motorhomes. The hydraulic leveling system lines may not be properly secured allowing them to contact the axle or the chassis drive train components, possibly resulting in a hydraulic fluid leak. The notices states that a leaking hydraulic fluid line can increase the risk of a fire or a crash. Approximately 395 units may be affected. REV will notify owners, and dealers will secure the hydraulic lines with insulated clamps as necessary, replacing any damaged hydraulic lines, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 29, 2017. Click here for NHTSA bulletin.

Entegra Coach (Entegra) is recalling certain 2016-2018 Aspire, Anthem, Cornerstone, and Insignia motorhomes. The vehicles have lights that do not include reflectors and the vehicle does not have separate reflectors. 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 notice states that without the required reflectors, the motorhome may be less visible to other drivers, increasing the risk of a crash. Approximately 1,598 units may be affected. Entegra will notify owners, and dealers will install compliant reflectors, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 21, 2017. Click here for NHTSA bulletin.

Jayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain 2016-2018 Jay Flight SLX recreational trailers equipped with a 35 amp power converter. The electrical circuit from the battery does not have overcurrent protection such as a fuse or circuit breaker. As a consequence, in the event of an electrical short, the unprotected circuit increases the risk of a fire. Approximately 9,930 units may be affected. Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will install a fuse harness assembly with a circuit breaker for overcurrent protection, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 21, 2017. Click here for NHTSA bulletin.

Highland Ridge RV (Highland Ridge) is recalling certain 2018 Light recreational trailers, models 312BHTS and 275RLS. The safety chains on these vehicles may be rated for a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 7,600 lbs, however the trailer has a GVWR of 11,700 lbs. As a consequence, the lower rated safety chains may fail if the trailer detaches from the tow vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Approximately 118 units may be affected. Highland Ridge will notify owners, and dealers will replace the 7,600 lb chains with 11,700 lb chains, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 21, 2017. Click here for NHTSA bulletin.

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2018 Puma recreational trailers. The Federal Placards indicate incorrect tire load range and tire pressure (PSI) information. The placard states a tire size of ST205/75R15/D requiring 50PSI, however the installed tires are size ST205/75R15/C, requiring 50PSI. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, "Tire Selection and Rims," and they also fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, "Certification." As a consequence, The incorrect tire information can cause the operator to over-inflate the tires, which can cause premature tire failure, increasing the risk of a crash. Approximately eight units may be affected. Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a corrected Federal Placard, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 2, 2018. Click here for NHTSA bulletin.

(UPDATE: Additional NHTSA RV Recall Notices were added to this report on Nov. 29, 2017)