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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
     TIFFIN / ALLEGRO 2006-2010
     TIFFIN / ALLEGRO BAY 2006-2010
Manufacturer: TIFFIN MOTORHOMES, INC. Mfr’s Report Date: JUN 15, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V327000 NHTSA Action Number: PE12004
Component: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,304
Summary: 
TIFFIN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006 THROUGH 2010 ALLEGRO AND ALLEGRO BAY RECREATIONAL VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH BOSCH HYDRAULIC BRAKES. HYDRAULIC BRAKE EQUIPPED MOTORHOME CHASSIS EXPOSED TO LONG PERIODS OF TIME OF NON-DRIVING MAY EXPERIENCE DIAMETRICAL BRAKE CALIPER PISTON GROWTH AND REDUCED PISTON TO BORE CLEARANCE POTENTIALLY LEADING TO BRAKE DRAG AND OVERHEATING RESULTING IN REDUCED BRAKE PERFORMANCE.Tiffin Allegro Motorhome
Consequence:
REDUCED BRAKE PERFORMANCE MAY LEAD TO AN INCREASED RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy: 
TIFFIN WILL NOTIFY THE OWNERS, AND AUTHORIZED DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA (DTNA) DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND, AS NECESSARY, REPLACE THE BRAKE CALIPERS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE JULY 20, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DTNA AT 1-800-547-0712.
Notes: 
CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

The Mount St. Helens Ranger District is currently seeking volunteer campground hosts to work for part of the upcoming vacation season. They are looking for individuals or couples who have a motorhome or a travel trailer and will would be willing to spend part or all of their summer at the campground, according to a news release.

Photo of Lower Falls

Photo of Lower Falls

Volunteers are asked to make a commitment of at least 30 days and are required to be present every weekend. The position requires that the volunteers camp at Lower Falls Campground on the upper North Fork Lewis River along Forest Road 90. Volunteers would help the U.S. Forest Service with visitor information, restroom cleaning and light maintenance of the campgrounds.

Hosts are provided with a free campsite, an identifying sign, training materials and information brochures for public distribution. Laundry facilities are nearby and reimbursement for propane will be provided.

The Mount St. Helens Ranger District is part of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

“A helpful personality is perhaps the most important qualification for being a good campground host,” said Deputy District Ranger Diana Perez in a news release. “Other qualifications include an interest in the outdoors and a fondness for people. … Liking people and wanting to help not only affects the pleasure of campground users, but also enjoyment of being a host.”

Anyone interested in applying can contact Diana Perez at 360-449-7843.

“I was stunned. I called my wife and said, ‘Somebody stole my coach,’” said Larry Socha, recalling how he ran some banking errands with his 90-year-old mother the Saturday morning before Memorial Day, returned to the Walmart parking lot in Glen Ellyn where he had spent the night, and discovered that his luxury 40-foot, 22.5-ton RV with the safe full of cash and the 25-foot trailer for his Mustang GT had been towed away by order of the WalMart manager.

2000 Prevost Marathon XL MotorcoachSocha, who drove his 2000 Prevost Marathon XL from his home in New Jersey to visit his mom in Glen Ellyn and attend his 50th high school reunion, has parked at several Wal-Marts during his travels and also supports campgrounds. He parked at Walmart this time not to save 30 or 40 bucks but because it would have taken him more than two hours to drive to the nearest campground and back.

He said that last year he left the same motorhome in the same Walmart parking lot for three or four days during a visit as his dad was dying. He said he didn’t even see the signs this time reading: “No truck parking. Unauthorized vehicles will be towed away at owner’s or operator’s expense & liability. Towing enforced at all times.”

“The manager did knock on the door a couple of times before calling for the tow truck”, Walmart spokeswoman Kayla Whaling said. “Walmart values RV travelers and considers them among our best customers. Consequently, we do permit RV parking on our store lots as we are able,” reads a Walmart statement. “Permission to park is extended by individual store managers, based on availability of parking space and local laws. Please contact management in each store to ensure accommodations before parking your RV.”

Socha said he found the store on a website that lists free overnight parking, but Whaling said Wal-Mart doesn’t keep a list of what stores allow parking or how many people do park.

A Walmart customer and stockholder, Socha said he was upset that Walmart denied his claim to have the company pay his towing bill.

“Will I stop shopping there? No, I’m not a jerk,” Socha said. “I learned a lesson.”

He said he just wants to warn others and perhaps push Walmart to be a little more sensitive and communicative about this issue. There’s no use fighting over $872.50, which he said is basically “a tank of gas,” but he said he wouldn’t mind an admission that the situation could have been handled better.

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