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Faulty Slides Could Extend While Vehicle in Motion

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Three manufacturers, Heartland, Highland Ridge and Forest River, issued recalls due to faulty slides that could lead to the room extending while the vehicle is in motion, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Heartland RVs is recalling certain model year 2016 Big Country, Bighorn, Cyclone, Edge, Elkridge, North Trail, Prowler, Road Warrior, Sundance XLT, Torque, Wilderness and 2015-2016 Landmark 365 fifth wheel and travel trailers .

In the 252 affected Heartland units, the bolts that attach the expanding room to the sliding mechanism chain may fail allowing the room to extend unintentionally.

Heartland will notify owners, and dealers will replace the defective bolts, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Heartland customer service at 1-877-262-8032. Heartland’s number for this recall is 99-01-21.

Highland Ridge issued a similar recall affecting certain model year 2015-16 Roamer, Mesa Ridge, Light, 3X, and Journeyer travel and fifth wheel trailers.

In the affected vehicles, the screws that attach the expanding room to the sliding mechanism cable may fail allowing the room to extend unintentionally while the vehicle is in motion.

Highland will notify owners, and dealers will replace the slide room mechanism attaching screws. The recall is expected to begin April 27. Owners may contact Highland customer service at 1-260-768-7771.

Forest River had a similar recall that affects about 35 units, model year 2015 Georgetown GT335, FR3 FR30, Pursuit 31BD, and 29SB, and 2016 Cardinal CAF3825FL and Tracer TRT270AIR and TRT3200BHT fifth wheel and travel trailers.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will replace the slide room mechanism cable attaching screws. The recall is expected to begin in April. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-0437. Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-0331201501.

Heartland RVs, is also recalling certain model year 2015 Bighorn, Cyclone, Edge, Elkridge, Landmark 365, Road Warrior, and Torque fifth wheel and travel trailers due to faulty quad entry steps.

In the 863 affected vehicles, a rivet for the quad entry steps may shear and fail, causing the steps to give when being used.

Heartland has notified owners, and dealers will replace the defective rivets with bolts. The recall began on April 13. Owners may contact Heartland customer service at 1-877-262-8032. Heartland’s number for this recall is 99-01-20.

Keystone is recalling certain model year 2015 Keystone Sprinter trailers, models 252RLS, 269RLS, 295RKS, 298RLS, 299RET, 31BH, and 313BHS, and 2015 Dutchmen Denali trailers, models 2461RK and 262RLX.

In the affected trailers, the studs that are used to attach the wheels to the axle hubs may break. The recall affects 25 units.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will replace the wheel hubs, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2015. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 15-230.

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