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RCMAN46

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Posted: 05/14/22 02:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Has anyone been notified of the recall described in the following YouTube video?

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Posted: 05/14/22 03:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I might believe this a little more.
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Posted: 05/14/22 05:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Although my unit (2021 Forest River Heritage Glenn 338BAR) is not on the recall list I did notice that I had this problem and had it fixed under warranty.

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I've read that initial article from Ron (referenced in the Youtube video). Yes, this is serious, however... He wrongly states that all 22,000 RVs have cracked/leaking fittings. In fact, he states that twice, in both the first and second paragraphs. Finally, in the 4th paragraph, he admits that these fittings "could" crack when owners torque them down. If they were all cracked/leaking, then the recall would already be under way. Not to downplay the seriousness, but over stating the danger is usually counter productive. The NHTSA is aware and is following the proper protocols; there is no reason to panic.

* This post was edited 05/18/22 10:57am by 4x4van *


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Posted: 05/16/22 04:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If this issue was as serious as the lawyer on YouTube insists, they would be telling owners of affected RVs not to use their propane systems.
Spreading FUD about RV manufacturers is good for his business.


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Posted: 05/16/22 05:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm on the NHTSA recalls mailing list, and get notices almost daily of various vehicle related recalls. RV's of various makes and models have been on the lists numerous times over the past several weeks for the cracked QD issue.


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Posted: 05/16/22 06:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

drsteve wrote:

If this issue was as serious as the lawyer on YouTube insists, they would be telling owners of affected RVs not to use their propane systems.
Spreading FUD about RV manufacturers is good for his business.


4x4van wrote:

I've read that initial article from Ron (referenced in the Youtube video). Yes, this is serious, however... He wrongly states that all 22,000 RVs have cracked/leaking fittings. In fact, he states that twice, in both the first and second paragraphs. Finally, in the 4th paragraph, he admits that these fittings "could" crack when owners torque them down. If they were all cracked/leaking, then the recall would already be under way. Not to downplay the seriousness, but over stating the danger is usually counter productive. The NHTSB is aware and is following the proper protocols; there is no reason to panic.


Believe it or not just because the fitting does not show cracks now, if the brass alloy used to manufacture the fitting has been contaminated by another incompatible material, cracks will eventually form due to break down of the brass in the fittings caused by the incompatible material. Over time the brass fitting will become weaker and very well could crack on it's own where threaded together since the threads are still under tension when they were originally screwed tightly together.

This break down is similar to what happens when welding stainless steel pipe and fittings, in which you use stainless steel welding rods or filler metal that has been contaminated with copper during the manufacture of the rods & filler metal. The copper will eventually migrate into the grain of the stainless pipe and fittings causing cracks and causing the metal to fail.

Just doing a visual inspection of the gas fitting may not detect cracks that have not yet reached the surface of the brass and the RV propane fittings on recall are used in the extremely low pressure part of the system measured in Inches of Mercury and not in pounds per square inch.

Besides the RV manufacturers who used the compromised fittings have known about this for months and have been trying to keep it quiet until it has to be announced. They are busy conducting record sales and don't need the embarrassment that any of their RV's are affected.

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Posted: 05/18/22 10:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm not arguing the potential failure of the parts, nor the danger that a cracked fitting would present. But the author of the original article that the Youtube video refers to claims that 22,000 RVs have fittings that ARE leaking. That's a lie. And he makes that claim twice. And until the NHTSA actually announces a recall (along with the commensurate fix), it is premature for the manufacturers to "announce" anything. That's not "trying to keep it quiet", but rather following protocol and waiting till the full situation/remedy is known.

Dutch_12078 wrote:

I'm on the NHTSA recalls mailing list, and get notices almost daily of various vehicle related recalls. RV's of various makes and models have been on the lists numerous times over the past several weeks for the cracked QD issue.
If that's the case, then it would seem that owners of these RVs are indeed being notified, and the fittings will indeed be replaced. Again, exactly the way the system is supposed to work.

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Posted: 05/18/22 02:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The info is also wrong in that the recall notice was a batch release. It included other items not related to the gas issue. So, not all the manufactures mentioned had gas issues, some were cracked insulation on electrical wires or a mounting screw that could cause a part to come loose. This is borderline sensationalism reporting for the panic effects.


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