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Old 04-27-2020, 12:55 PM   #1
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Hello All, hope all are safe and healthy. I just found out about a new recall on my 19’ Essex for a “chassis fan cage”. Does anyone know any information about this recall? Safe to drive? Any info is greatly appreciated!
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Old 04-27-2020, 01:30 PM   #2
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This recall started back in the 2015 to today with the brackets that hold the fan drive assembly to the chassis. The welds and metal have been breaking which when it happens the fan usually damages both the radiator and CAC cooler. You won't be driving when this happens because the damage is heavy. This has happened to numerous High Line Newmar caches like MA, Essex and London Aire. Some have had it happen more then once. You should look at the bracket that holds the fan drive to see if any cracks are visible. If they are don't drive the coach. This isn't a issue with Spartan chassis and is one of the reasons now that Newmar only uses Spartan chassis for all their high line 40 to 45 foot chassis with either the 500 or 605 HP engines.
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Old 04-27-2020, 01:48 PM   #3
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Thanks Tom. Seems odd that this started in 2015 and my coach is a 19’. Do not have to state what the logical approach would be this. I will inspect it prior to driving it. Do you happen to know how they “fix” this?
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Mine was in the process of failing. I could not see a cracked or broken weld anywhere from on top. While parts were't available at the time, I scheduled the repair, and we made one more trip due to having funds committed. On this trip, I did not use the engine brake at all, in an effort to buy some time. As the technician told me it was very wise to do this since the engine brake causes a lot of stress to the fan and its support. Eventually, I began to see where the fan blades were wearing as they apparently were hitting the fan shroud at times. We made it home OK and at this time, the mileage was around 18K miles.
I have a friend with a 2017 Essex and you could see that one of his brackets was broken. When discovered, it had to be towed before any damage occurred. His mileage was in the same area.
I suggest you get it scheduled as soon as possible. The fix for our Motorhomes was a completely different set of brackets, with a much better design. I thought that the 2018's and up (605's) already had the improved brackets?
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Thanks Tizbad. Appreciate the response. Hopefully, I will be able to “see” any issues prior to driving to service center.
Have you had any additional issues since the repair?
I am trying to schedule the service now. Luckily, I am in South Carolina.

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Thanks Tizbad. Appreciate the response. Hopefully, I will be able to “see” any issues prior to driving to service center.
Have you had any additional issues since the repair?
I am trying to schedule the service now. Luckily, I am in South Carolina.

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No there have been no other issues since the repair. I hope all is well in this department now.

Safe travels!
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here is the recall, a few years late!!!,
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Thanks Tom. Seems odd that this started in 2015 and my coach is a 19’. Do not have to state what the logical approach would be this. I will inspect it prior to driving it. Do you happen to know how they “fix” this?

They replace the org tubular frame with a new design.
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Thanks Tizbad. Appreciate the response. Hopefully, I will be able to “see” any issues prior to driving to service center.
Have you had any additional issues since the repair?
I am trying to schedule the service now. Luckily, I am in South Carolina.

Thanks,

You should be able to get in easier than normal now. I was there a couple of weeks ago and they have a lot of cancellations. No one traveling right now.
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Old 04-28-2020, 12:29 AM   #10
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Hello All, hope all are safe and healthy. I just found out about a new recall on my 19’ Essex for a “chassis fan cage”. Does anyone know any information about this recall? Safe to drive? Any info is greatly appreciated!

I have a 2019 London Aire and I had the recall done about a month ago. It’s interesting the the recall has an expiration date so I would get it done sooner than later. If it breaks, it creates a whole lot of damage.
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THANKS for the feedback, this is very helpful. Hopefully, I can get into the shop and get this addressed. Appreciate it!
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Old 04-28-2020, 06:46 AM   #12
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Unfortunately, If things are still the same as when I inquired, FL will only replace the original brackets if they are cracked. Have things changed? I spoke with an owner two years ago that had a fan bracket go and he was down for repairs for weeks. FL stepped up and repaired everything but that did not help his travel plans being interrupted and having to stay in a hotel for three weeks.
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Old 04-28-2020, 06:49 AM   #13
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Its not a recall, but rather a service campaign.

It's not a failure or bad part, but a sub optimal part.

The damage is not from a poor design, but rather from the owners failure to maintain.


Same BS Newmar did in 2016 with the front axles on Dutchstar.
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Its not a recall, but rather a service campaign.

It's not a failure or bad part, but a sub optimal part.

The damage is not from a poor design, but rather from the owners failure to maintain.


Same BS Newmar did in 2016 with the front axles on Dutchstar.
Failure to maintain what?
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