After 8.5 years of full-time RV living in Florida in a 2010 Carriage Carri-Lite 5th wheel, our automatic transfer switch melted yesterday totally changing our perspective on RVing.
Now, here’s the thing. We didn’t know we had a transfer switch or where it was. And it was poorly placed–hidden under the floor and had plywood around it (making it a tinderbox situation), 2 feet from our bed! (This is what it looked like after we unscrewed and removed two wood panels.)
Yes, even when we opened our basement (underneath) storage, there were plywood panels that had no labels on them as to what was behind them.
I got out the RV owner’s manual and there was nothing diagramed or documented about it! And the RV manufacturer went out of business a year after we bought the 5th wheel, so there’s that.
The dealer we bought it from, Lazy Days in Seffner, Florida near Tampa, has never stood behind anything that’s went wrong with this coach since day one!
Yesterday, an electrician who just happened to be at our mobile home / RV park, and my husband literally had to sniff to find it (I couldn’t smell anything burning but they did). This was after our power went completely off. No AC power, no DC.
Could have burned
We shudder to think we could have been killed in this rig.
And we have no recourse!
I found there was a recall on the transfer switch, but nobody notified us! I say the dealer is culpable!!!
And nearly 600 people are potentially also living in a death trap!
Reading from the nhtsa.gov PDF about the recall it states:
Manufacturers voluntarily initiate many of these recalls, while others are either influenced by NHTSA investigations or ordered by NHTSA via the courts . If a safety defect is discovered, the manufacturer must notify NHTSA, as well as vehicle or equipment owners, dealers, and distributors . The manufacturer is then required to remedy the problem at no charge to the owner . NHTSA is responsible for monitoring the manufacturer’s corrective action to ensure successful completion of the recall campaign .
What is this quality inspection good for?!?
Thus, this experience has us rethinking our living situation.
Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions as to what we should do? Legal recourse?
Be careful out there!
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