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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 Dec. 12, 2017

Tue Dec 12, 2017

151035653950557.pngThe NHTSA issued the following RV and RV-related recall notices:

Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling certain 2017-2018 Grand Tour and Journey motorhomes. The battery cables and hydraulic lines on these vehicles may not be properly secured, allowing them to contact the driveshaft or exhaust system, potentially resulting in an electrical short or hydraulic fluid leak. As consequences, an electrical short can increase the risk of a fire. , and a hydraulic fluid leak can result in a loss of braking ability, increasing the risk of a crash. Approximately 58 units are affected. Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the battery cables and hydraulic lines, rerouting and securing them as necessary. Any damaged cables or lines will be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Click here for NHTSA bulletin.

Grand Design RV, LLC (Grand Design) is recalling certain 2018 Reflection travel trailers, model 297RSTS. These vehicles may have insufficient clearance between the tire and the ram that moves the slide out room. The tire can contact the ram for the slide out room while the trailer is being towed, causing tire damage or a possible tire blowout. As a consequence, tire failure can increase the risk of a crash. Approximately 114 units are affected. Grand Design will notify owners, and dealers will install a lift kit at each of the axle hangers, giving two additional inches of clearance. Tires that show evidence of damage will be replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 18, 2017. Click here for NHTSA bulletin.

Mazda North American Operations (Mazda) is recalling certain 2017 CX-5 vehicles equipped with an accessory trailer hitch wiring harness. This harness may be routed such that there is insufficient clearance between the harness and the exhaust muffler, allowing the wiring harness to contact the muffler. As a consequence, contact with the muffler may damage the trailer wiring harness, potentially resulting in the trailer lighting being inoperative, thereby increasing the risk of a crash. Approximately 1,076 units may be affected. Mazda will notify owners, and dealers will reroute the trailer hitch harness away from the muffler, replacing the harness if it is damaged, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 20, 2018. Click here for NHTSA bulletin.

Gulf Stream Coach, Inc. (Gulf Stream) is recalling certain 2018 Gulf Stream Coach 19FMB Breeze and Geo recreational trailers. The information on the Federal label lists an incorrect number of axles on the trailer. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, "Certification." The recall notice says the information regarding the trailer's gross axle weight rating (GAWR) for the front axle, tire, rim size and recommended tire pressure are correct, but there is only one axle, not two. Approximately six units are affected. Gulf Stream will notify the affected owner and dealers, and will send a corrected label, free of charge. Click here for NHTSA bulletin.

Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2017 F-53 stripped motorhome chassis and F-59 stripped commercial chassis, equipped with Antilock Brake Systems (ABS). The brake Hydraulic Electronic Control Units (HECU) on these vehicles may be missing valve block ball plugs, potentially causing a brake fluid leak or air ingestion during electronic brake distribution and/or ABS activation. As a consequence, a brake fluid leak or air ingestion can lengthen the distance needed to stop the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. Approximately 390 units may be affected. Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the HECU for missing valve block ball plugs, replacing the unit as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin January 22, 2018. Click here for NHTSA bulletin.

Additional Information: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls