225-1696 – Propane Leak from Fill Gauge – 2024 Coachmen Nova Class B Motorhomes

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January 22, 2024 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 24V034000

Propane Leak from Fill Gauge

A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 24V034

Manufacturer Forest River, Inc.

Components EQUIPMENT

Potential Number of Units Affected 24

 

Summary

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain 2024 Coachmen Nova Class B motorhomes. The liquid level remote fill gauge on the propane tank may leak when in the “Open” position.

 

Remedy

Dealers will replace the bleed valve on the propane tank, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed January 31, 2024. Owners may contact Forest River Customer Service at 1-574-825-6225. Forest River’s number for this recall is 225-1696.

 

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.nhtsa.gov.

 


TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETIN

Date: January 4, 2024

Product Group: ASME LP Tanks
Model: 8×31” 5.9 gallon remote fill ASME LP Tank
Manufacturer Name: Industría Gutierrez, S.A. de CV (INGUSA)
Manufacture Year: 2023

Serial Number Range:
U-188979 to U-189178; U-189179 to U-189378; U-189379 to U-189618
U-189923 to U-190231; U-190232 to U-190331; U-190332 to U-190562

 

Subject: Liquid level remote fill gauge has potential to leak in the OPEN position.

This bulletin provides information on diagnosing and/or repairing the potential of the liquid level gauge during initial air test of the LP Tank.

 

Observation:

After purging according to NPGA #133-89(a) and during the filling process, the liquid level gauge will be in the open position. Initially, the compressed air in the tank will exit through the intended outlet, followed by excess LP vapor. When the tank is full, the liquid level gauge in normal installations in closed. There are no observed instances in the closed position.

In some instances, LP vapor has been witnessed around the stem of the liquid level gauge when in the open position.

 

Identification: Subject liquid level gauges will have part number 11045B stamped on the side, with a discharge hole in the hand wheel manufactured by Grand Gas.

 

Replacements: Grand Gas Model 11045B with no hole in the hand wheel, or Cavagna Model 66-1377 with hand wheel in shape of a triangle shown below – Gauges are available for replacement, if necessary

 

WARNING

Fuel vapors are flammable. Death or serious injury can result if they are ignited. Make sure there are no open flames or smoking in the area of the repair. Adequate ventilation is necessary to prevent a build-up of fumes which could ignite, causing fire or explosion.

 

Diagnosis

  1. Using information on the tank’s data plate, confirm the capacity, dimensions, manufacturer, and serial number range.
  2. Check the part number on the installed liquid level gauge – insure it is marked as 11045B and an outlet hole on the hand wheel.
  3. Prior to first fill, qualifying tanks should be pressurized with a minimum of 100 PSI of air prior to filling to perform leak test in indicated area around the valve stem.
  4. Open the liquid level gauge to the open position and spray the liquid level with soapy water. Insure no leaks.

 

Replacement

  1. If diagnoses reveals leakage in the open position, empty air from tank.
  2. Remove old liquid level gauge
  3. Replacement gauges should be doped with PTFE tape prior to installation.
  4. Apply SAE cap to close side outlet, or, reattach the SAE fitting connected to outlet hose but insure external liquid level gauge is closed.
  5. Fill to at least 100 psi of compressed air.
  6. Open the tanks liquid level gauge.
  7. Perform leak check to insure repair is complete.
  8. Fill with LP and perform additional leak test as required before putting into service.

For replacement parts contact:

 

Worldwide Distribution, LLLP
9905 Old St. Augustine Rd, Suite 105 Jacksonville FL, 32257
Tel: 01-904-268-4921 Fax: 01-904-880-5958
www.worldwidemfg.com

 

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January 2024

This Notice applies to your vehicle VIN listed above.

Dear Forest River Customer:

This notice is sent to you in accordance with the requirements Motor Vehicle Safety Act. This notice is also sent in accordance with the requirements of the United States’ National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Forest River has decided that a defect, which relates to the motor vehicle safety, exists in certain 2024 Coachmen Nova Class B Motorhome Recreational Vehicles. This is to inform you that your vehicle may contain a defect that could affect the safety of a person.

 

WHAT IS THE DEFECT?

The Liquid level remote fill gauge has potential to leak in the OPEN position.

 

EVALUATION OF THE RISK TO THE VEHICLE AND OPERATOR(S) RELATED TO THE RECALL.

An LP gas leak may lead to an explosion and fire which may lead to property damage and personal injury.

 

WHAT IS FOREST RIVER AND OUR DEALERSHIPS GOING TO DO?

Forest River is notifying dealerships of the recall. You may have the recall corrected at any Forest River dealership. However, it is preferable if you have your selling dealership perform the remedy. Forest River completely covers your cost for the remedy; you will not receive any bill of sale for anything covered under the above recall number.

 

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

Please contact your dealer immediately and request a service appointment to schedule the free remedy. The bleed valve on the LP tank will be replaced. The vehicle Owner is responsible for arranging to have the work completed. Please state you have been notified by Forest River of having a recall in process for your vehicle and provide the recall number for the dealership. It is also helpful to the dealership to have a copy of this letter when you take your vehicle in for the recall remedy. You may also visit www.forestriverinc.com for dealer locations.

 

HOW LONG WILL THE REMEDY PROCESS TAKE?

The estimated time of repair is 2.0 hours. However, the dealership may need to keep your vehicle or schedule an appointment with you for a later date to fit into their regular service schedule.

 

WHAT IF YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY PAID FOR REPAIRS TO YOUR VEHICLE FOR THIS PARTICULAR CONDITION?

If you have already paid for a repair that is within the scope of this defect under recall, you still need to have this recall inspected and/or performed to ensure the correct parts and procedures were utilized.

Additionally, you may be eligible for a refund of previously paid repairs. Refunds will only be provided for within the scope of this defect under recall.

Please send the service invoice to the following address:

CRV Class B
Forest River, Inc
Attn: Warranty Manager
PO Box 30
Middlebury, IN 46540

 


Chronology :

On October 24, 2023, Forest River’s Office of Corporate Compliance (“OCC”) was notified by the manufacturing plant that the a bleed valve installed on the LP gas tank may be leaking under certain circumstances.

On October 25, 2023, the supplier of the LP gas tanks began collecting bleed valves for testing, which need to be sent to the valve manufacturer. OCC is awaiting to find out if there is a concern.

On November 20, 2023 OCC heard from the manufacturer/distributer that the bleed valve had been installed into LPG tanks out of the specification/rating for that valve. The distributer firmly believes that Forest River caught all suspect bleed valves prior to shipping, and the distributor had changed all bleed valves.

On January 15, 2024, OCC received initial information from the manufacturer/distributer in which some LPG tanks may not have had the valve changed as indicated on November 20, 2023. OCC was provided a “Technical Service Bulletin” from the manufacturer/distributer. OCC asked the manufacturer/distributer for a list of the LPG tanks’ serial number so OCC can verify if the tanks were actually installed into vehicles.

On January 19, 2024, Forest Rivers Corporate Recall Committee voted to recall.

 


1 Affected Product

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
COACHMEN NOVA 2024

 


7 Associated Documents

Recall 573 Report – 1/25/2024

RCLRPT-24V034-7568.PDF 214.834KB

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Miscellaneous Document – Technical_Service_Bulletin__8x31_5.9_Gallon_ASME_REV_010424

RMISC-24V034-5628.pdf 126.599KB

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Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-24V034-6723.PDF 214.492KB

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Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-24V034-6285.pdf 653.843KB

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Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-24V034-5420.pdf 262.631KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-24V034-7589.pdf 205.192KB

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ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-24V034-9334.pdf 241.44KB

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Latest Recalls Documents

For the Latest and Most recent Recall Information Visit the link below…

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=24V034&docType=RCL

 


 

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