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22,000 RVers unaware of LP gas danger in their RVs

By Ron Burge
RV LEMON LAW.COM
Eight RV manufacturers, 37 models and 22,021 RVs from model years 2021 and 2022 have dangerous RV cracked and porous LP gas fittings that can lead to a fire, and they don’t know it. Worse yet, almost all of the RV factories say they will not send notices to tell dealers or the public about it until July 1st.

The recalls were quietly announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but virtually all factory warning letters to the RV dealers and owners of these RVs will not go out until July 2022, according to filings with federal safety regulators. Meanwhile, they say 100% of certain models of Cruiser RV, DRV, Heartland, Highland Ridge, Jayco, KZRV, Thor, and Starcraft have cracked gas fittings on recall.

Federal Recall personnel at NHTSA, the federal agency in charge of vehicle safety recalls, announced the fittings were made by Texas-based Flex Tech, which has a plant in Goshen, Indiana, with contaminated brass that can result in LP gas leaks, which can lead to a fire.

While the brass fittings may appear perfectly normal, the contamination created “porosity” in the metal is such that when you torque down the fitting, it can crack and LP gas may escape.

When one company makes the same exact part for many RV manufacturers and they make it wrong, the defect can affect thousands of RV owners. The higher risk here is that recall notices are not even scheduled to go out until July 1, putting thousands of RVers at risk in the meantime.

If your RV is involved (see the full list below), call your RV dealer for more information.



Here’s the full list of recalled units by make and model number:

Make / Model / Model Years

KZRV CONNECT 2021-2022

KZRV SONIC 2021-2022

KZRV SPORT TREK 2021-2022

KZRV SPORTSMEN 2021-2022

KZRV SPORTSMEN CLASSIC 2021-2022

KZRV SPORTSMEN SE 2021-2022

KZRV SPORTSMEN SPORTSTER 2021-2022

KZRV STRATUS 2021-2022

DRV FULL HOUSE 2022

DRV MOBILE SUITES 2022

CRUISER SHADOW CRUISER 2022

HEARTLAND FUEL 2022

THOR MOTOR COACH CHATEAU 2022

THOR MOTOR COACH COMPASS 2022

THOR MOTOR COACH DELANO 2022

THOR MOTOR COACH FOUR WINDS 2022

THOR MOTOR COACH GEMINI 2022-2023

THOR MOTOR COACH GENEVA 2022

THOR MOTOR COACH MAGNITUDE 2022

THOR MOTOR COACH QUANTUM 2022

THOR MOTOR COACH RIZE 2022

THOR MOTOR COACH SANCTUARY 2022

THOR MOTOR COACH SCOPE 2022

THOR MOTOR COACH SEQUENCE 2022

THOR MOTOR COACH SYNERGY 2022

THOR MOTOR COACH TELLARO 2022

THOR MOTOR COACH TIBURON 2022-2023

THOR MOTOR COACH TRANQUILITY 2022



JAYCO NORTHPOINT 2021-2022

JAYCO PINNACLE 2021-2022

JAYCO SEISMIC 2021-2022

STARCRAFT SUPER LITE 2022

STARCRAFT SUPER LITE MAXX TT 2022

HIGHLAND RIDGE MESA RIDGE 2021-2022

HIGHLAND RIDGE MESA RIDGE LITE 2021-2022

HIGHLAND RIDGE MESA RIDGE XLT 2021-2022

HIGHLAND RIDGE OPEN RANGE 2021-2022

HIGHLAND RIDGE OPEN RANGE LIGHT 2021-2022

HIGHLAND RIDGE OPEN RANGE ROAMER 2021-2022

Ron Burge is the nation’s best-known RV Lemon Law Attorney and has fought for RVers’ rights for years. He can be reached at RvLemonLaw.com.


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Terry Rodriguez
3 days ago

What is the largest propane tank to be installed on a twenty foot RV.

Scott Q
8 days ago

Just found this looking for why my open range 2022 rear propane port stopped working. Fine one day and now nothing comes out of it. Slight propane smell in the tank area. Cannot be without my home so wondering what to do…..

Ken
10 days ago

So with all the talk about the quick fittings, why hasn’t anyone mentioned the product serial numbers that are defective. Come on people, you want to report something defective…give us the information instead of beating around the bush.

J J
11 days ago

This definitely affects some FR models. Here is one: https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2022/FOREST%252520RIVER/XLR%252520TOYHAULER#recalls

Click the + sign and you’ll see that almost 100,000 Forest River RV’s are potentially affected, so far:

Potential Number of Units Affected 98,406

Summary

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2021-2022 Coachmen Adrenaline, Apex, Catalina, Freedom Express, Spirit, East to West Alta, Della Terra, Silver Lake, Forest River Cedar Creek, Cherokee, Columbus, Flagstaff, Impression, Ozark, Rockwood, Sabre, Salem, Sandstorm, Shockwave, Stealth, Stealth Evo, Vengeance, Vibe, Wildwood, XLR Toyhauler, Palomino Puma, Prime Time Avenger, Crusader, Lacrosse, Sanibel, Shasta Oasis, 2022 Coachmen Cross Trail, Prism, Forest River Aurora, Rainier, Wildcat, Work and Play, Prime Time Tracer, 2021-2023 Coachmen Leprechaun, and 2022-2023 Coachmen Freelander fifth wheel and travel trailer recreational vehicles.

J J
11 days ago
Reply to  J J

The quick disconnect fittings in the LP gas system may be cracked, causing a gas leak.”

Click on “6 Associated Documents” and you’ll see the attached PDFs. This one seems to indicate that FR actually is the company that originally found the problem and kicked off the recall for everyone:

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2022/RMISC-22V243-8461.pdf

J J
11 days ago
Reply to  J J

Second paragraph:

“On March 30, 2022, OCC visited the partner suppliers manufacturing plant in Goshen, Indiana. OCC was given a plant tour and offered feedback to the supplier. One thing in particular was noticed, an employee of the partner supplier was using an air ratchet to assemble a pipe nipple into the QD. OCC then witnessed another employee use a wrench on the body of the QD and thread it into an aluminum manifold block. When OCC questioned this procedure, OCC was told the assembler was supposed to use the pipe nipple to thread the QD into the manifold. Discussion of the possibility of the QD being over torqued by the air ratchet was had with the supplier.”

573 Reports are the notice of the defect. They often are revised so you just need to look at the higher revision. Most often the recall is expanded as more are found.

Hope this helps.

James Tilton
12 days ago

I’m sure there’s a YouTube video out there that can explain what fittings are cracking and how to replace them. My dealings with RV dealerships you’ll be put on a waiting list and be lucky to get to go camping this fall, myself I do 90 percent of my own repairs .

Stiv Ostenberg
12 days ago

Okay, here is an action item for y”all. Go to the NHTSA site and create a subscription for your vehicle to be notified of problems. You can also check for recalls by VIN.

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/nhtsa/subscriptions/create

Stiv Ostenberg
12 days ago

Ok, this article is worth knowing about, but lacks any useful data like “what is the part that failed so I can deal with it” or “Where can I find more information?”. I notice that Gary was accused of being part of the industry and therefore not credible. I would therefore note the article was written by a lawyer who makes a living suing RV dealers and therefore would also be a biased source though he IS presenting facts which are not biased.
In any case, I appreciate the notice, wish they had done the work to give us a course of action instead of just leaving this hanging out there. I suppose a lawyer would be more interested in the issue than in helping to solve it. I thank him for telling me though. I will do the extra work myself.

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
12 days ago
Reply to  Stiv Ostenberg

Hi, Stiv. Thank you for your comment. I think the main intent of this post was to notify owners of the RVs involved before they would otherwise be notified of the potential danger, and before something happens to their RV or them. At the bottom of the post it advises those with RVs on the list: “If your RV is involved (see the full list below), call your RV dealer for more information.” The RV dealers should be able to answer the specific questions you posed, which neither the author nor RVtravel.com is qualified to answer. Take care. 😀 –Diane

J J
11 days ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Forest River’s NHTSA filing says they plan to notify their dealers on May 23, 2022, 10 days from now. From a past experience, the dealer will deny any knowledge of a recall at all until the manufacturer formally notifies them.

I think the really large number is because the vendor did not track who assembled which manifolds incorrectly so they have no idea which ones are defective.

Larry Lee
12 days ago

Sure would be nice if the manufacturer or dealer would be responsible enough that they do what they tell us to do: put soapy water on the fittings to test for leaks. Really! It took them 2 years to notice!

Stiv Ostenberg
12 days ago
Reply to  Larry Lee

The problem looks like it is not a “leak” but the potential to leak or crack. Just because it is not leaking at the moment does not mean the part is safe.

J J
11 days ago
Reply to  Stiv Ostenberg

Exactly, plus not all were over-torqued during assembly so only some are actually defective.

Alice
13 days ago

We received a recall notice for this very same reason 6 months ago. Parts are on back order through the dealership. We ordered the part through Amazon & took care of it. Problem solved. Our 2020 Kodiak is not on the list either. The kicker is we have had it in for repairs 3 times because the fridge wouldn’t stay lit for multiple days in a row.. Guess what? Now it does.

Melissa H
11 days ago
Reply to  Alice

HI Alice. Thank you for your comment. Can you provide more information on the part you ordered and was it hard to repair?

P. Oed
13 days ago

Gary is obviously a part of the RV industry and is overly defensive. I can’t think of anything worse than an RV turns to crap in 6 months, then a hidden defect, then if you take it back to some gravel lot dealer, they keep it for ever while ignoring you communications. Then you get it back and they won’t pay for it and it is still not fixed, The cycle then repeats. Welcome to RVing.

Stiv Ostenberg
12 days ago
Reply to  P. Oed

First off Gary is correct that reading carefully is important. We take too much at face value, and are not devoting time and thought to properly processing data we receive. Doesn’t make him part of the RV industry, though he could be. He might also be somebody (similar to myself) who deals with electronic scams and thus has become more critical of data presented in any venue. This is a serious issue, I am looking into getting a jump on it, but it is not “all 22,000 of these RVs will explode”.

Nate
13 days ago

Wow I have a 2022 forest river cherokee 306mm and mine is cracked and I don’t even see forest river on the list

Jen
13 days ago

Off to buy a tent! Our rig isn’t on the list either, but we could possibly park near one of these models at a park. Our Grand Design is heading into the shop for a propane regulator.

Stiv Ostenberg
12 days ago
Reply to  Jen

🙂 Your RV will protect you better than a tent…. Unless you get one of those newfangled concrete bunker tents…. :p

Gary
14 days ago

If it was as critical as you claim, the recall notices would be sent out immediately. The reality is that the 22,000 fittings are not all cracked, as you claim in your first and second paragraphs, but rather “can” crack when torqued down (which you finally admit in your 4th paragraph). Over-stating the problem is nothing more than panic-mongering.

Bob p
14 days ago

Thankfully our 2020 Mesa Ridge is not on the list.