Originally Posted by mike837go
Got some BAD NEWS for ya...
Ain't no such gubbermint job. The industry created the RVIA years ago and the feds said "OK" and left it alone.
The same path that turned The Hayes Code (U.S. federally sponsored) into the MPAA ratings system.
Where's the balance point between a self-policing industry and the nanny-state?
Actually there is an agency in the Federal Government that is very interested in stupid things that RV manufacturers do. It is the National Highway Traffic Safety Agency and you can file a complaint here http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/contact.cfm
When I purchased a new Montana in 2014 the rear escape window latch broke within the first 500 miles. Dealers, and Keystone RV could not get replacement latches so many owners, myself included had to zip tie or wire tie these windows closed. This went on for months with Keystone saying they could not get the latches. Several folks filed safety complaints with the NHTSA including myself. A Federal Investigator telephoned me within a week of my complaint being filed to get additional information. They were also conducting an investigation because Keystone had let some fivers leave the factory with the ladder on the wrong side, thus totally blocking the escape window in back!
Anyhow, about a month after the investigation started and the NHTSA
notified Keystone RV, the latches became available. After a couple of conversations with the NHTSA investigator I am convinced that they take any safety complaint seriously. And I guarantee you that the RV maker takes the NHTSA seriously. Keystone Customer Service must have called me and emailed me 3 or 4 times to make sure my window was finally fixed and I was a happy camper.