Wednesday, November 30, 2022


Heartland recalls trailers: brake cable could be severed


Heartland Recreational Vehicles is recalling 1,085 model year 2018 Prowler and Trail Runner travel trailers. The wires for the electric brakes may get caught in the spring hangers during axle movement, possibly resulting in the wires being severed.

The electric brake wires were not installed so that they dropped over the axles but rather closer to the center axle hanger. This puts the brake wires close to the shackles that the wires could be caught by the spring hanger movement, severing the wire.

If the brake wire were to be severed for one of the axles, braking would be lost on that axle and would reduce the trailer’s braking and stopping distance.

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. Owners may contact Heartland customer service at 1-877-262-8032. Heartland’s number for this recall is 99.01.36.


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4 years ago

Brake wires run from a “fixed” point in your RV to a floating part (axles) of your RV. I have a Heartland trailer and the wires run beside the leaf springs and actually touch the springs. Every time the spring would flex, the leaf spring would rub on the wires. It hasn’t caused a wear-thru yet, but I covered the wire with some clear plastic tubing to prevent chafing.

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