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2012 Coachmen Catalina - 5ZT2CAVB1CA- Rochelle, VA: May 30th, 2012
My family was just leaving a campground after a nice memorial day weekend camping trip. We were about 1/2 mile outside the campground when we lost a wheel causing the axle to hang down. Luckily my husband was able to safely get the camper to the side of the road. This was due to a faulty wheel baring that had come loose. Thankfully, no one was injured,but i would like to ask the company lippert, who manufactures frames. Jacks, axles, bearings,etc. For many rv companies,"what would have happened if we were traveling down the interstate at 60 mph not 25 mph? Or, do you even care that you are manufacturing faulty equipment that put peoples lives in danger? " apparently there are several recalls for lippert products, none of which i have received notification about by mail, email, or phone.


2001 Coachmen Sportscoach - 4UZ6XFBA0YC- Cabot , AR: February 29th, 2012
The contact owns a 2001 coachmen sportscoach rv. The contact stated that while driving approximately 60 mph on a mountainous road, the engine stalled without prior warning. The engine restarted after several attempts but the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer on the third occurrence where the technician inspected the vehicle and noticed that the engine wires were disconnected. The dealer reconnected the wires however, the failure persisted. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 30,070.


2007 Coachmen Chaparral - 1TC3B430171- Accokeek, MD: February 1st, 2012
I believe the fire started by a recalled refrigerator that we were not aware of, the make of refrigerator was a dometic.


2011 Coachmen Freedom Express - 5ZT2FEVB3BA- Middletown, NY: October 12th, 2011
Traveling down highway pulling camper. Stopped in rest area and observed that rear axle had bent and right side tire was at approx 20-25degree angle. After that had been repaired. 2 days later the leaf spring on right side in front of front axle snapped. The vehicle was less than 1 year old. The axle manufacturer eventually sent heavier duty axles to warranty them, refused to cover damage caused by their bent and defective axle. When the manufacturer of the camper was contacted, it was referred back to the axle manufacturer and doing nothing for the cracked spring, which was repaired at my expense, even though the vehicle was still covered under the original warranty. *kb


2006 Coachmen Velocity - 1TV2B300566- Columbus, NE: August 5th, 2011
We were driving home on highway 81 from yankton, sd into nebraska. We noticed debris flying off the tire & then the hub cap flew off of our 2006 coachmen velocity travel trailer. We stopped immediately & noticed there were flames between the 2 tires on the passenger side. Within minutes, the entire camper was engulfed in flames. Luckily some people assisted in unhooking the propane tanks and truck from the camper. If not for that, or if we had not noticed the flying debris, this could have turned out to be even worse of a tragedy. It seems odd that a blown tire would cause this to happen. *tt


2001 Coachmen Catalina - 1TC2B041411- Milford, PA: July 5th, 2011
The contact owns a 2001 coachmen catalina equipped with a dometic rm2652. The contact stated that the refrigerator was included in the recall associated with nhtsa campaign id number 08e032000 (equipment). An authorized dealer was notified, and informed the contact of the repair procedures. The contact declined to have the refrigerator repaired because she believed the repairs were insufficient. The contact stated that the repairs would not prevent the failure from occurring, but only contain the possible fire damage. The manufacturer was made aware of the situation, but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was unknown.


2004 Coachmen Roadmaster-mm - 1RF51346741- Mckinney, TX: June 2nd, 2011
The contact owns a 2004 coachmen roadmaster-mm rv. The contact stated he had to change the brakes on the vehicle three times since it was purchased. The vehicle was in the dealers possession to be repaired. The manufacturer became bankrupt and they advised the contact that his vehicle was an orphan coach. The failure mileage was 5,300 and the current mileage was 42,000.


2005 Coachmen Clipper Spirit - 1TC1C495555- North Port, FL: March 2nd, 2011
The contact owns a 2005 coachman clipper spirit rv. The contact stated that the roof lift system failed and can collapse without warning. The contact then located a recall for the failure under nhtsa campaign id number: 05v364000 (equipment:recreational vehicle) but was advised by the dealer that the original manufacturer (coachman) no longer owned the vehicle and would not cover the cost or recall repairs. The vehicle was not repaired. Updated 03/31/11*lj updated 05/19/11


2002 Coachmen Santara - 1FDXE45S02H- Fresno, CA: February 11th, 2011
The contact owns a 2002 coachman santara rv equipped with a dometic refrigerator, model number rm2652. The contact noticed that the dometic refrigerator had become inoperable and there was fire coming from the exterior of the vehicle where the refrigerator was housed. The contact was able to extinguish the fire and contacted an independent repair shop. The contact was then advised that there was a gas leak coming from the refrigerator and had caused the fire. The refrigerator was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was unavailable. The vin was unavailable.


2008 Coachmen Freelander - 1FDXE45S87D- Crescent City, CA: December 8th, 2010
The contact owns a 2008 coachman freelander 3150 ss-f rv. While the vehicle was parked he noticed that the hideaway bed blocked the exit door when it was open. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated that the manufacturer would need to authorized the repair or replacement of the hideaway bed. The manufacturer refused to replace or repair the bed and stated that it was how the vehicle was manufactured. The failure mileage was 2,500 and the current mileage was 6,000.


2005 Coachmen Catalina - 1TC2B467953- Sebring, FL: September 21st, 2010
In june 2010 we went to move our rv and when we opened the door there was a strong smell of ammonia. We discovered the dometic rv refrigerator model rm2652 serial #42708236 was not operating. We turned the refrigerator off and removed all spoiled food. Within a few weeks of this happening we heard from friends who have a rv just like ours that a recall had been made on this model refrigerator. We received a copy of the recall information from them and our refrigerator had all problems listed on the recall list. We contacted dometic by phone was issued an id#28302359 and then told our refrigerator did not qualify for replacement. We followed up with a letter on july 13, 2010 and ask them to reconsider since our unit had all problems listed on there recall list, but we have not had any response from them as of this date. Since our friends unit had not completely shut down they are repairing, but will not do anything for our unit.


2008 Coachmen Freedom Express 31 - 1FDXE45S27D- Port Orchard, WA: August 16th, 2010
The contact owns a 2008 coachman freedom express 31 motor home. The slide room on the passenger side of the vehicle independently released, causing it to extend while the vehicle was in motion. The vehicle was previously repaired under nhtsa campaign id number: 07v539000 (electrical system: wiring) yet the failure recurred. The dealer advised the contact to bring the vehicle in and it would be traded with another vehicle. The dealer later reneged and would not provide any further assistance. The contact did not feel safe driving the vehicle to the dealer and it was not repaired. He was awaiting a return call from the manufacturer for further advisement. The failure mileage was 8,000.


1998 Coachmen Trailer - 1TC3B228XW1- Newbery , NH: July 28th, 2010
The contact owns a 1998 coachmen catalina lyte 259rk trailer. The contact was stopped when he noticed smoke from the rear driver side tire. He then found that the tire was protruding from the wheel assembly and not aligned. The dealer sent a mechanic to replace the rear wheel bearings. The contact was then able to drive the vehicle to the dealer where he was advised that the axle and the bearings were not suited for the trailer. There were no further repairs. Four years later while traveling at 50 mph, the failure recurred on the front driver side tire. The wheel became extremely hot. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic where the axle, wheel assembly, and brakes were replaced. The failure recurred within one year. The dealer informed the contact that the axle and bearings were not the correct size for the trailer. The wheel barings were re-packed during the diagnosis. The failure mileage was 10,000 and the current mileage was 20,000.


2001 Coachmen Catalina - 1TC2B040811- Petluma, CA: July 19th, 2010
The contact owns a 2001 coachmen catalina equipped with a dometic refrigerator, model rm2652. The contact stated that his refrigerator was included in the recall associated with nhtsa campaign id number 06e076000. Equipment:recreational vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that they could not perform the recall remedy because the failure had already occurred and the repair would not fix the refrigerator.


2005 Coachmen Clipper Classic - 1TC1C530755- Livonia, MI: June 29th, 2010
The contact owns a 2005 coachmen clipper classic. The contact stated that while the vehicle was sitting in the parked position, with two passengers sitting on the slide out assembly on the rear of the vehicle, the assembly bent downward. The sticker on the slide out assembly reads that it can support up to 1000 pounds of weight and the two passengers weighed approximately 270 pounds. The vehicle had not been taken to be inspected for the cause of failure. The failure and current mileages were 1,000.


2007 Coachmen Captiva - 1TC2B739471- Renton, WA: June 13th, 2010
Failure of the brake system by locking up, due to a piece of paneling left inside the brake drum at production. Took our r. V. In to get an awning replaced at kent valley rv as they were moving it to the shop to start repair service the brakes locked up on them and the rv would not move. After inspecting to make sure the emergency cable hadn't been pulled they took off the tire for further inspection to see why the brakes were locked up and found a piece of paneling wedged behind the electrical unit within the brake drum. Pictures were taken and paneling was removed, also brakes were inspected and everything looked like it was back in working order all other tires were also removed to make sure that there was no more pieces of paneling inside them. This could have been catastrophic and could have cost the lives of my family if this had happened while traveling. I thank the lord they discovered it there at the repair shop, i could only imagine what would have happened if we were going 55 mph down the freeway and our travel trailer locked up our car would have definitely been flipped over and who knows if we would have survived that's alot of weight behind us.


2010 Coachmen Blast - 5ZT3BK2B6AA- West Grove , PA: April 5th, 2010
1. The hose for the eureka central vacuum was run under the heating hoses and up under the steps. While running the heater we notices a burning plastic smell from under the steps and heat coming from the vacuum connection. I removed the covers only to discover that the hose was being melted by the heat runs that were laid over top of it i don't know if this could have started a fire, it clearly produced a unfavorable smell and concern. I have removed the hose from around the heat ducts and await a solution to the problem. 2. The microwave and ground fault in the kitchen bump out both blew after the first trip with the unit and we were unable to reset the breaker. The junction box under the slide out is not waterproof and that it was full of water. 3. Two piece of molding on the slides are not secured and have come out while driving. Luckily we have caught them and put them back on before they came completely loose and hit a car. The dealership said they glued them, but the top one came loose driving home after the repair it happens within 50 miles of travel.


1996 Coachmen Santara - 3FCMF53G5VJ- Darlington, SC: March 10th, 2010
The contact owns a 1996 ford coachman santara rv. While the vehicle was traveling at a speed of 35 mph the contact attempted to brake and noticed that the brake pedal had to be pressed to the floor in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic shop where the contact had the brakes repaired, however the contact is still experiencing the problem. The current and failure mileages were 17000.


2003 Coachmen Santara - 1FDXE45S62H- Tempe, AZ: December 13th, 2009
We purchased an 03 coachmen santara rv with the ford f450 triton v10 engine it had 28500 mil. When we bought it in oct. 08. We have not had any work done to it and the engine ran fine,we have taken a few trips in it and it has ran fine. We decided to take it to holbrook for the thanksgiving holiday it ran fine we decided to drive back on friday am on our way back the engine ran fine we got about 20miles outside of payson and without warning a loud bag crash!! Knock! Knock! Knock!! And we immediately lost power i veered off the side of the road i was able to get safely off the road. We had to be towed to a dealership, the dealership called me monday and advised that the spark plug had blown out of the engine head,i never heard of such a thing they tell me the engine head is faulty ok, then my warranty company states they won't cover a spark plug issue what!! ,well it just gets better, i go online to find hundreds of people complaining about the same thing and ford nor the warranty company's will do anything about the problem. We have a bumper to bumper warranty and they won't cover a thing. Stating it's a spark plug problem and ford states the same even after the mechanic's argue the fact that it is not a spark plug problem it is a ford design issue with the aluminum heads. If this would have happened while we were going up or down hill, my family and i may not be here and these issues have caused numerous fires. Something has to be done before loss of life happens. I just want a fair deal, if this was something i could've avoided or was do to something i did i could understand,however i/we have done nothing wrong and we are all having to pay for it. Ford cannot continue to say that there is a spark plug issue in the thousand of engines that this same thing is happening to. It's statistically impossible! I hope someone can shed some light on this major problem and help us all.


2008 Coachmen Chaparral - 1TC3B843481- Dayton, OH: December 10th, 2009
The contact owns a 2008 coachmen chaparral. The rear axle on the trailer was misaligned with the front axle. This condition caused abnormal tread wear on one of the rear tires. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership for inspection. The technician stated that the axles were within their tolerance limit, so they could not provide a remedy. The failure mileage was approximately 6,000. The current mileage was approximately 8,000.