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2005 Workhorse W22 - 5B4MPA7G843- Riverforest , IL: August 16th, 2012
The contact owns a 2005 workhorse w22 rv. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, he smelled burning from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic who stated that they needed to replace the brake caliper assemblies. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that the vin was not included in nhtsa campaign id number: 09v110000 (service brakes). The failure and the current mileage was 25,000.


2002 Workhorse P320032 - 5B4LP57G523- Monroeville, AL: May 18th, 2012
2002 motor home workhorse chassis p30. Consumer writes in regards to safety recall notification #51101-c *tgw the consumer was informed his vehicle identification number was not included in the recall, even though the rv was built during the correct period. *jb


2002 Workhorse P320032 - 5B4LP57G323- Vestal, NY: July 29th, 2011
I own a 2002 landau by georgieboy class a motor home workhorse chassis which is having the exact brake failure problems described in recall campaign 09v193000 workhorse numbers w20, w22 and w23 units. I have a p32 which is not included in your recall for workhorse. I contacted workhorse and was told that my unit is not covered in this recall. I had complete brake failure while driving on highway (boiling brake fluid). Why, if, it is not covered by recall why am i having this safety problem??? The unit is equipped with bendix brakes and not bosch as stated in recall.


2002 Workhorse P320032 - 5B4KP57GX13- Dedham, MA: February 7th, 2011
The contact owns a 2001 damon daybreak with a workhorse p30 chassis(na). While driving approximately 4-45 mph, the caliper froze suddenly in the open position. The rv dragged and the contact smelled a burning odor. The contact engaged the brakes but the pedal extended to the floorboard. The brake light illuminated on the instrument panel after the failure. The contact used the emergency brake to stop. The contact called the manufacturer who offered no assistance. The vehicle had not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were 14,102. Updated 04/07/11*lj


2008 Workhorse W22 - 5B4MP67G683- Ahwahnee, CA: February 2nd, 2011
2008 winnebago on a 2008 w22 workhorse chassis has 26838 miles, required replacement of the front rotors and all of the brake pads. Rotors were actually cracked but not burned requiring replacement *tgw the consumer stated the calipers seized. Also, several brake repair technicians stated the problem was not due to normal failure, but more likely due to the defective calipers. The consumer stated the front seals, rotors, front and rear pads and seal oil cap were replaced. *jb updated 03/10/11. *jb


2006 Workhorse W24 - 5B4MPA7G063- Rapid City,, SD: January 15th, 2011
Workhorse w-24 park brake one time use for emergency then fails without warning who was the idiot that approved such a system most of the general motors coaches are without any emergency or park brakes ,you can not repair crap that will not wok as designed with a failure rate of 100% within three years. I think you have taken or just do not have the balls to apply the laws that you sponsored thru congress. Repair parts are not readily available only new part from workhorse. 1 the failure one time use item,it does not say that in any written material from workhorse2my battery power cable to my coach failed,the power loss opened all contacts so no power to brake lights,emergency flashers everything dead... I had to use the toad flashers to hold traffic at bay till a tow truck arrived. My parking brake worked on level ground but when i parked on a hill it was a scramble to apply the brake with engine off. From a motorhome to rolling crap in 2 seconds with no warning 3 the fix is to purchase the new---new park brake assembly from workhorse,not in the near future, this system is also in bus frames that carry our children to school. You guys blew this one, confess up, and fix it.


2000 Workhorse P30 - 5B4KP37J8Y3- Saluda, VA: January 7th, 2011
The contact owns a 2000 thor hurricane rv equipped with a 2000 workhorse p30 chassis. While the contact was driving approximately 55 mph, the brakes locked and immediately the vehicle began exhibiting a violent bouncing motion. The contact was able to drive to the side of the road, and the vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where they replaced the abs, and lube the front passenger side calipers. The identical failure occurred at a different time and the front and rear driver side calipers would need to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 52,000. Updated 5/2/11 *cn updated 12/30/11 *cn


2006 Workhorse W22 - 5B4MP67G363- Bainbridge , GA: October 18th, 2010
The contact owns a 2006 fleetwood bounder equipped with a workhorse w22 chassis. The contact stated that the front passenger side calipers locked suddenly while he was driving 35 mph. He pulled over using the emergency brake and unlocked the caliper. The contact called the dealer who stated that they would replace the calipers according to recall 09v110000 (service brakes, hydraulic) but would not replace the rotors and brake pads which were also damaged. The contact called the manufacturer who stated that he could submit invoices for the other parts but they would not guarantee reimbursement. The current and failure mileages were approximately 17,000.


2008 Workhorse R20 - 5B4MGF7G273- Spotsylvania, VA: October 11th, 2010
Driving to workhorse service center (jim price chevy truck center, charlottesville va) for a different matter the dash warning lights started blinking for brakes, abs, atc and parking brake. Service center hooked up computer and determined that the meritor/wabco hydraulic compact unit (hcu) which is the major part of the hydraulic power brake (hpb) system malfunctioned. I learned that these units are on many international brand school buses as well as my workhorse ufo chassis rv and other vehicles and that the hcu is failing on a regular basis on these and other vehicles and that meritor/wabco has redesigned the internals and extended the warranty on same. Workhorse arranged to have a redesigned unit from meritor/wabco overnighted and installed the next day. However, since it is a critical brake part why has there not been a recall by meritor/wabco? Our school children are at risk! Please investigate immediately. The newspapers would love to get this first. Please get out in front of this quickly. Updated 10/20/10 *bf updated ivoq 10/26/10*jb


2002 Workhorse W22 - 5B4MP67G713- Simi Valley, CA: September 21st, 2010
The contact owns a 2002 fleetwood bounder with workhorse w22 chassis. While driving approximately 50-55 mph he engaged the brakes and smelled the brakes burning. He drove onto the emergency lane and allowed the vehicle to cool off and was forced to allow the vehicle to cool down several times before he reached his residence. The vehicle was taken to a local rv mechanic who replaced the entire brake assembly. He stated that the repairs were done in 2006. He received a recall letter 09v110000, service brakes, hydraulic from the manufacturer in 2009. The manufacturer refused to reimburse him because of the date of the repairs and advised him that they were not responsible for repairs before november 2007. The failure mileage was 8,960 and the current mileage was 10,525.


2001 Workhorse P320032 - 5B4KP57G613- Cumming, GA: September 13th, 2010
Vehicle stopped dead no electrical smoke came from under dash. Would no start after that.


2004 Workhorse Chassis - 5B4LP57G033- Madison, AL: August 24th, 2010
2004 sightseer, -model# wfd30b. I'm having problems with the mr just slowing down as if the brakes are being applyed. I had the engine scoped and all was well. I have been told it could have been the brakes, but workhorse said my model was not on the recall list. Have been told 1. Wrong catalytic converter 2. Fuel filter 3. Brakes getting hot and grabbing. 4. Parking brake not releasing. I had to stop for 30-40 minutes, then could drive for 2-3 hours, then the loae of power occured again? Help!


2001 Workhorse W22 - 5B4MP67G413- Longwood, FL: August 9th, 2010
The contact owns a 2001 workhorse w22 chassis. The contact stated that the brakes malfunctioned and locked while he was driving which caused the abs sensor to melt. The brakes were replaced twice but the failure continued to occur. The contact referenced recall 09v110000 and stated that when he called the manufacturer, he was told that repairs were not scheduled to be performed until october 2010. He was also told that if the problem occurred again, he should continue pumping the brake pedal to activate the braking system. The contact felt that it was a safety concern which could cause a fire or crash to occur. The current mileage was approximately 31,000. The failure mileage was unknown.


2006 Workhorse W21 - 5B4MP67G853- Everett, WA: July 29th, 2010
The contact owns a 2006 monaco monarch rv equipped with a workhorse chassis w21. While driving approximately 35 mph, the brake pedal was engaged and the anti-lock brake system warning light illuminated. The contact smelled a burning odor and noticed smoke emitting from both front wheels. The vehicle was pulled over to the side of the road. The vehicle was able to resume operation. A recall notification was received on may 21, 2009 associated with nhtsa campaign id number 09v110000 (service brakes, hydraulic). The repair part was unavailable and the manufacturer was unable to provide an arrival date for the part. The contact had concern of the safety risk involved and the uncertainty of the part availability. The failure mileage was approximately 5,000.


2008 Workhorse W22 - 5B4MP67G973- Glenn Heights , TX: July 26th, 2010
The contact owns a 2008 workhorse w22 chassis. The contact stated while exiting a parking lot at low speeds, the brakes were depressed and the pedal fell into the floorboard. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where they advised that the hydraulic fluid had overheated and leaked out of the vehicle. The dealer also advised that it would take approximately five days before the parts needed to repair the vehicle would arrive. Instead, the repairs were performed with the same defective parts that were initially on the vehicle. The dealer advised that the new calipers were not yet available to install on the vehicle. The contact stated he would no longer operate the vehicle until repairs were completed due to the nature of the failure. The contact did not feel safe driving the vehicle. The failure mileage was approximately 10,000. The current mileage was approximately 11,000.


2008 Workhorse W22 - 5B4MP67G083- Rapid City, SD: June 30th, 2010
2008 holiday rambler 34'. Consumer states problem with 2008 w22 workhorse gas tank *tgw the consumer stated the chassis has a 75 gallon gas tank and it was designed to be used as a left or right fill. Since his is a left fill, the manufacturer capped the right side. The consumer stated the cap began to leak. Workhorse paid to have the hose replaced. The consumer believed the hose material was never meant to be used for gasoline. *jb


2001 Workhorse P320032 - 5B4LP37J9Y3- Loveland , OH: June 22nd, 2010
The contact owns a 2001 workhorse allegra rv with a p32 model chassis. The contact stated while attempting to brake from 35 mph, the brakes would not engage. The vehicle was moved off the roadway where the contact found that the rear calipers and rotors had overheated. The failure caused the brake hoses to collapse and leak excessive amounts of brake fluid from the reservoir. The vehicle was taken to a repair facility where the brake line hoses, calipers, rotors, brake pads and wheel sealer was replaced. The manufacturer stated there was no recall for the vehicle and would not provide any assistance. The current and failure mileages were 27,000.


2001 Workhorse W22 - 5B4MP67GX13- Fairhope, AL: June 14th, 2010
Letter from senator sessions on behalf of constituent re brake failures on his motorhome (dot/i#2010-1141)*tgw 2001 workhorse w22 chassis. The consumer stated the first time he lost braking he was descending a narrow twisting mountain road. The consumer was able to bring the rv to complete and safe stop using the hand brake and downshifting. The consumer discovered the front wheel was smoking and nearly caught on fire. The rv was towed the next day, to the nearest workhorse facility. The dealer replaced all the burned parts, which included the calipers, abs sensors, pin kit, rotor, oil seals and pads. Workhorse was aware of the design problem in the brakes related to a type of plastic instead of steel component in the caliper pistons that expanded with heat which prevented the brake from releasing from the braking position. In january 2004, the consumer again lost braking ability, narrowly avoiding a rear end collision with an 18 wheeler by swerving into the emergency lane. Again, the rv was to towed the dealer. Upon inspection, they determined both rear calipers had stuck which caused overheating of the brake fluid to a gel. The consumer stated at least three times, the brakes have overheated due to stuck calipers requiring removal of the wheels and lubricating the caliper pins. It wasn't until july 2005, two years after the consumer experienced a near fatal accident due to brake failure, that workhorse sent him copy of a dealer bulletin 50401-c describing a defect involving brake caliper hanging in a partial apply position that can get extremely hot causing severe damage to brake parts. Workhorse has denied the consumer reimbursement twice. *jb updated 09/09/11. *jb


2003 Workhorse W22 - 5B4MP676733- Obrien, FL: June 8th, 2010
The contact owns 2003 damon intruder rv. The vehicle was equipped with a workhorse chassis w22. While the contact was driving approximately 5 mph, backing into a parking space, the brakes failed without warning. The emergency brakes were engaged to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer for diagnosis and repaired for the failure. The brakes and computerized system were replaced at an estimated cost of $5,000. Also, the calipers were replaced on a separate occasion. There was a recall under the nhtsa campaign id number 09v110000 (service brakes, hydraulic. However, the part was unavailable for the recall remedy repair. The contact had concern of the lengthy period of time and uncertainty of the part availability for the repair. The failure mileage was 18,000. Updated 11/15/10 *cn the consumer stated the rv was repaired on october 2010. Updated 11/26/10*jb


2004 Workhorse Chassis - 5B4LP57G843- Mount Vernon, OH: May 27th, 2010
The contact owns a 2004 workhorse chassis p32 rv. The contact stated he was unable to remove the gear shift selector out of the park position. He attempted to apply pressure to the brake pedal to release the gear shift lock but to no avail. The vehicle had not been taken to an authorized dealer. The failure and current mileages were 8,000.