Forest River recalls some 2019 trailers for axle problem

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Forest River is recalling certain 2019 Coachmen Catalina and Apex travel trailers and Forest River Shasta, Wildwood, Salem, Vibe, Sierra, Sandpiper, XLR and Prime Time travel trailers. The axles may be missing inner bearing races on the hubs, which can cause the bearing to burnout or cause the hub to overheat.

The missing bearing race may cause premature hub bearing failure, possibly resulting in a separation of the hub from the axle, thereby increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will replace the defective hubs with new hubs or replace the axles, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin this month. For customer service, Catalina owners may contact Coachmen at 1-574-825-8657, Apex owners should call 1-574-358-0401, Shasta owners: 1-574-825-8717, Wildwood and Salem owners: 1-574-534-3167, Vibe owners: 1-574-296-2084, Sierra and Sandpiper owners: 1-574-534-4574, XLR owners: 1-574-642-0432, Prime Time owners: 1-574-862-1025.

Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-0851.

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My job for the last 10 years has been Continuous Improvement using Lean and Six Sigma techniques. These methodologies not only increase quality, but also reduce costs. I’m very surprised that a company like FR doesn’t implement LSS in their workplace. Yes, it takes a dedicated practitioner, but the benefits far outweigh the costs associated with the salaries for the expertise to implement this.

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So what company made The hubs?

robert austin
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robert austin

how in the world could anyone not put the bearing race in? Just blows the mind that they could be that poor at assembly.