Forest River Recalls Shasta Airflyte Reissues

Shasta RV parent company Forest River is recalling 249 of the 1,941 (12.8% of production) Shasta Airflyte reissued trailers due to incorrect Federal Certification Labels, according to RV Pro magazine. The labels incorrectly state the trailer tire size, gross axle weight rating, gross vehicle weight rating and cargo carrying capacity. Incorrect labeling opens the door for the trailer to be overloaded and thus increasing the risk for tire failure. DSC_0291

Forest River will notify affected customers and dealers will install the correct label at no cost to them, with the recall starting sometime this month. To find out if your Shasta Airflyte is affected, owners can contact Forest River at (574)825-8717, and mention recall number 54-06052015-0047.

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  1. Kimberly

    About 250 trailers will need this new label.
    Luckily many of these owners are in the original/official
    Shasta Wings Club ~ 1961 Shasta Airflyte Reissued in 2015 at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1961ShastaAirflyteReissuedin2015
    We were able to share this information months ago as we posted the correct information to our members. If you are a reissued Airflyte owner please join our club :)

    • Jill

      A new “free label” does not correct the serious safety issues/concerns of the Shasta Airflyte reissue campers. Many owners have inappropriate wheel well clearance. Also, passenger vehicle rated tires that were used by Forest River versus trailer rated tires are a safety concern.

      • Mic Tod

        No. But common sense and a reading of the warning letters, accompanied by correct labels does. It’s not like an airbag that explodes and drives shrapnel into the face of the driver. Be reasonable.

        • Deb

          My daughter purchased one of these reissues, and I’ve been so excited for her. They truly are darling and I can’t wait to camp with her in it!
          I am concerned, however. I know she purchased with an aim to do some serious camping in it, not just hang out in the trailer park or her driveway. She wants to full time in it in a few years when she retires as we do. It seems pretty careless for Shasta to not have accurately assessed the weight requirements, and that is indicative of a general lack of foresight during design followed by quality control on the production line.
          Even a novice RV and motor enthusiast like myself (my husband handles these things, but I’ve learned a thing or two over the years!) understands that using improper tires on a vehicle could have disastrous effects. Mic’s comment was likely meant to use exaggeration to categorize the one above it as over-dramatic, but a tire blow-out could cause an accident and roll-over that could indeed have such a dramatic end result. No one wants that, but it is better to be educated on the mechanical aspects involved and seek out solutions to potential problems before they occur and ruin these lovely campers, or worse, any lives.
          Thank you for this post bringing these issues to light.

        • TrueAmerican

          All fun n games until you blow a tire and it takes out half the interior of these cheap trailers or worse yet causes you to lose control and leave the road…be especially careful if you are in the south with excess road heat on those Coker tires 😉

  2. Safety Concern

    FYI…the Coker Classic tires are NOT trailer rated!!!! They are passenger rated and are NOT recommended for trailer use as per the Coker Tire Co.

    • Safety Concern

      Also, the FB “Shasta Club” run by Kim is very selective in what she allows on the page….she kisses Shadta’s A** by not allowing members to post anything negative toward the trailers or Shasta…what a joke of a company that refers you to a FB page for information.

      • William Wickwire

        I posted that I thought it might be a good idea for owners to get together and threaten a class-action lawsuit. After all, lives could be at stake.
        Kimberly Luckett, administrator for what builds itself is the official Shasta owners group, contacted me privately, and told me that she thought that the site was better for for positive thoughts. I told her that it should be a form for all issues related to the trailers, positive or not.

        She accused me of accusing her of hiding defects. Then, as administrator she kicked me out of that group and blocked me so I no longer can have access to any of the information.

        Obviously her action speaks for itself and proves that she wants to hide negative information rather than promote safety and enjoyment of the trailers. I have all the messages and I can prove what I say.

  3. Carol Jo

    Wouldn’t this mean that owners would need to get new titles and have them relicensed? All the states I have lived in, the trailer weight is listed in the title, and licensing fees are effected by the gvw.

  4. Donna Tucker

    Let’s not forget the very salient fact that Forest River committed fraud by advertising a trailer that could carry a specific payload then after the buyer has already purchased the trailer, announcing that the trailer can only carry a lot less. BTW, the tires are not trailer tires they are passenger tires which makes them much more prone to blowouts. They do not have the lateral stability of a trailer tire. The rims also cannot carry the weight advertised on the trailers. Hence, the cheapo way out. Change out the labels.

  5. Michael

    Passenger tires must be derated by 10% as per the NHTSA. (Part 571.110 Paragraph S4.2.2.2)
    This leaves the tires combined weight to 3408. On my trailer axle the tag shows 3500 lb. Looks like the tires are less than adequate for the axle the factory installed.
    Not to mention passenger tires have little sidewall support by design. In addition, the GVWR(3635 lb) of my trailer is higher than the GAWR (3500lb).
    Forest River (Shasta) had a good idea, too bad their implementation of said idea was highly questionable.

    • TrueAmerican

      Agreed, the Coker Tire Co. emailed my inquiry stating that the Classic tires are NOT for trailer use. Shasta emailed my dealer back regarding the issue and Shasta told me to go to that Re issue FB club page…how unprofessional can you get? Too bad Shasta placed profit over safety :-( We are ordering the proper 8 ply tires from Diamond Back Tires rated for trailer use (with 2-1/2″ white walls)

    • TrueAmerican

      BTW, we entered a safety concern with the NHTSA regarding the tires…keep on them!

    • Wayne

      Michael, The GVWR is the sum of the GAWR for all the axles and tongue weight. In this case it is a single axle trailer so you add the one GAWR and the tongue weight to get the GVWR. The GAWR is not the 3500 that the axle is rated at but the number you will find on the side of the trailer on the white label under the furnace ( probably 3235 in your case, because it looks like Shasta uses 11% tongue ). Take the GAWR (3235), add the tongue weight ( 11% of 3635 which is 400) and the total of that is the GVWR (3635).

      To verify the tire load, take the GAWR value on side of trailer divide by 2 and you get 1635. The Coker website states the capacity is 1874 ( normal use). To degrade by 10%, take 1874 subtract 10% as you stated and you get 1686. Tires are adequate, and have been signed off by NHTSA

      Next time do some research as to what you are posting about, your post was designed to scare people and not helpful to the discussion.

      BTW, the only way to reach the GVWR is to carry almost 900 pounds of gear.

  6. Jill

    Mic Tod, my “common sense” tells me to not hand feed the bears. Thank you Deb for elaborating so articulately my exact sentiments. Many Shasta Airflyte Reissue owners are taking safety matters into their own hands, and wallets, to correct said safety concerns with these adorable campers. This is due to Forest River falling short in their engineering design, with their quality control during production, and with their willingness to cover these issues under warranty. The limited “approved fixes” by Forest River have also proved to be lacking which has left owers to research and seek out their own best modifications in order to be safe on the road. And that is not even discussing the extensive list of other problems such as the A/C. The issues are many and widespread among numerous owners with their brand NEW campers. So, “common sense” says that Forest River should have put a better product on the market and should work harder to correct the problems with these one-of-a-kind RVs.

  7. Donna Tucker

    It isn’t just the Shasta Airflyte. Forest River is facing millions of dollars of fines for safety violations.
    http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/business/forest-river-faces-up-to-million-in-penalties-for-safety/article_438c07ba-2639-11e5-b0c2-d362c238099e.html

  8. Unhappy camper

    I don’t understand why they used passenger car tires when white wall triler tires are out on the market! And for shasta to tell people to go to a facebook page for updates and safty info that deletes members when they post there problems and is called a debbi downer or some one who bums everyone out is very stupid!! If your a Facebook club for the reissue owners then the only reason to not have a person or delete someone is not owning a reissue camper… The camper industry needs serious reform and harder laws and quality control… On one hand I love my camper on the other I wish I had NEVER bought it.. Had my camper sent back to he factory hey did fix the leak it had but it came back with more stuff broken and scratched up with my AC Exhaust fan not wired in so the heat and exhaust air from unit was blowing into my camper making it like we had the heat on instead of air, pointed screws ends exposed in my wheel wells pointed towards my tire! How could that leave the factory messed up a second time!!!
    And I still have gaps in my wheel wells , after the shakle fix I have 2.5″ between tire and wheel well on passenger side and a little less than 2″ on driver side and that’s sitiing on level ground

    I do get lots of compliments but once people come in and see my camper and the quality they say what a shame I guess they don’t make them like they use to….
    The caper was a great idea but poor execution and would have have been the camper of my dreams but instead has been a hot box of a nightmare

  9. Ace

    Kimberly I wish it was true that most of the people were in the club. But since you kicked most of the people out of the club for not falling in line like the rest of the sheep. I guess we will have to find out the official way and not through your alienated club.

  10. Ace

    To all owners my trailer towed very poorly it swayed and bounced as I went down the road. I have replaced the leaf springs and install real trailer tires. It now tows as it should have if it was built properly. These repairs cost me over $800 out-of-pocket. I have attempted to retrofit my AC but I’m afraid to because I feel it’s a safety hazard possibly causing a fire due to excessive heat.

  11. Pat

    Note to all replying to this thread:

    While I understand the frustration of everyone who’s expressed their concern and disappoint over the Shasta Airflyte reissue, I politely ask that everyone refrain from going after any individual here.

    While you may not be able to express your concerns through other avenues, I encourage you to discuss the good and bad here, as I want to provide a platform for those of you who have been denied that avenue elsewhere.

    I typically try to stay somewhat on the neutral side of things without giving too much negative opinion, but having had new trailers myself that’ve required repairs shortly after manufacture, I can say that the flaws the Airflyte owners have experienced are not anything new. To be honest, manufacturers are putting as many RVs out as fast as they can like Dominos makes pizzas. Unfortunately it boils down to a bottom line issue where quality gets cut in the name of units produced. I’m on my 3rd trailer in the past 6 years, and I’m confident in that statement. Basically what I’m saying is that based on my experience is that even if you have a new trailer, problems should be expected. It’s a sad statement to have to make, but from what I see it’s the rule and not the exception. And no, that shouldn’t make it a pill that’s easier to swallow, nor should consumers have to.

    Again, thank you all for understanding and please let’s keep the dialogue civil.

    Regards,
    Pat Bremer
    smalltrailerenthusiast.com Founder

  12. Sharon

    This is all very upsetting to me as a new Shasta owner…I knew something wasn’t right with the tire clearance in the wheel well which is only about an inch if that! I could not even get my hands over the top to put on the tire protector covers! I wrote to Forest River and was told to contact the dealership (warranty dept) They told me it was designed that way in keeping with the “vintage” look and design! I’m not ok with that…not to mention these other issues posing safety hazards in towing…the first time I took her out I discovered two receptacles were inop….the one over the fridge the wires were not even connected and the one outside which I have no idea what that entails to fix! Then the shoddy workmanship on the a/c cover….that popped off on the 1st outing because they screwed it into the gap in the spacers so basically there was nothing to hold it in. I also found a couple screws just lying in the frame of the back window. Its very disappointing and upsetting to me that they do not take pride in their work or the product they put out… But then again…seems the world we live in these days!!! How sad is that!! I really think we should push the issue and have them recall and replace the tires as well and make it right otherwise they could have many law suits on their hands for putting on faulty tires on these little darlings and risking our safety!

    • Bill North

      Take some engineers who have no practical experience designing camper trailers, but will work cheaply, give the plans to manufacturers who can make the parts,shoddyly but cheaply, give the parts to assemblers who have no experience or pride in their work, but work cheaply, distribute this mish-mash through distributers who just want to make a buck, you get the idea.

  13. As Pat mentioned, this thread isn’t really the place to re-hash all these issues. However, some Airflyte re-issue owners have created a similar forum over at http://www.airflytehacks.com where everyone is welcome to come and share their experiences and learn from each other. Stop on by if you’re interested. I hope you don’t mind me referring people over there Pat!

  14. Courtney

    Hey we were considering the 19ft Shasta reissue. We were all set to pick it up this Friday but after finding out all the negative feedback we are strongly second guessing ourselves. We did contact Kim and she stated the 19ft didn’t have the same reussues. That they have been resolved just to ask our dealer about the a.c. May I ask which one did you guys purchase? The 16ft or 19ft?

  15. Pat is right. All campers have issues in the marketplace today. It is really sad. Consumers need to be sure to report critical safety items. Ignoring issues and saying “the industry is messed up” won’t change things or keep anyone safe. Every camper owners manual references safecar.gov for reporting issues. Before buying a camper go on safecar.gov. Read the consumer complaints, recalls, etc for the model you are considering. This will prevent you from purchasing a camper with a “known” issue that the manufacturer and/or dealer has not addressed. The best advice I can offer is to learn about the camper from other owners, reputable dealers and develop a pre inspection checklist for the model you are buying. If you are planning to purchase a Shasta reissue, get in the know and check out the pre-inspection check list with detailed fix information on the Facebook group Shasta Glampers in the Know. This PDI is used by a number of dealers. The group is just a group of owners that wanted to talk about Glamping (for the Shasta) but out of necessity we collaborate on quality & safety information. Not a club. No affiliation with the manufacturer. No rallys. No dollies either. The owners in this group will tell you which dealers you can depend on. Just straight talk from owners and previous owners. We have humor, sarcasim and a great amount of Glamping (Glamour + Camping or fancy camping). https://www.facebook.com/groups/shastaglampers/

  16. Ross

    When I originally saw the news about a re-issued Airflyte on a MCM blog, I was ready to buy. Then an RV repair man warned in the announcement comments that RVs today are not built with the quality of RVs in the 60s. The president of Shasta insisted on the same blog quality was a top priority. So I slowed down and watched to see what happened, and I’m so glad I did. I joined the officially sanctioned FB group and watched as those who were first to receive delivery report whole windows crashing out, poor craftsmanship, and numerous defects. If that level of problems is an industry accepted norm, that industry needs to be reformed and it certainly shouldn’t be condoned. Those trying to have honest conversations communicating about the problems they were encountering were shamed and shut down if not kicked out. For an ‘official’ page, that was all the warning I needed that this was not a company I wanted to do business with. So Pat, while I appreciate your calls to civility, an honest and non-hyperbolic accounting of what happened and someone’s troubling behavior is not attacking them, it’s warning to others.

  17. Kevin

    Wow! Now I am nervous! My wife and I just purchased a reissued Shasta (2015). We will be going to a Michigan dealership to pick it up this Friday. May 20, 2016. Should I back out? Have these issues been fixed? HELP!!

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