Reese Hitch Shank Recall

I wanted to inform my RVing friends of a recent Reese hitch recall. This recall involves certain Reese (P/N 54970) and Pro Series (P/N 63970) Weight Distribution Shanks.  This recall is only for the shank of the hitch (the part that the hitch head attached to/the part that slides into your receiver on the tow vehicle) Please read the information that is provided below and please check your hitch shanks for your serial numbers.  Safe travels and Happy RVing!

Information about the Reese Weight Distribution Hitch Shank Recall.

What Products are Involved? 
This recall involves Reese Part No. 54970 and Pro Series Part No. 63970 weight
distribution shanks marked with the following serial numbers:
TD100435, TD100451,TD100456, TD100511 or TD100617. These parts were sold both individually and as a component in certain Reese and Pro Series weight distributing kits.
What is the Problem?

As a result of a production error, some weight distribution shanks were not manufactured to the correct specifications.  As a consequence, the shank may fracture when subjected to load during installation or use, potentially causing a crash.

What You Should Do?
Please follow these instructions to determine if you own one of the recalled shanks.

1. Locate the serial number on the shank, as shown in Figures 1 and 2:

Reese Hitch Recall

Serial Number Location

Reese Hitch Recall

Serial Number Location - Close Up

If the serial number is TD100435, TD100451, TD100456, TD100511 or
TD100617, or if the serial number cannot be read, please contact Cequent
Customer Service at 1-877-208-2573 to coordinate pickup and replacement of

the shank.

DO NOT CONTINUE TO USE THE SHANK.

A replacement shank will be provided free of charge.

If you have any questions about this recall, please call Cequent Customer Service at 1-877-208-2573.  For the most up-to-date information concerning this recall, please visit
http://www.cequentgroup.com/wdshank.pdf.  If you are unable to obtain a remedy without
charge within a reasonable time, you may submit a complaint to:  Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, D.C.
20590; or call the toll-free Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4326 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153);
or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

Protecting your Fur-child from harm while RVing.

Camping is for the dogs at Lerch RV

Camping is for the dogs...

RVing/camping is a family experience, and that includes our furry friends or better known to some as our ‘fur-children’.  If you RV with a pet, then you know how much they add to the camping experience.  Whether it is added security, or just a reliable companion, your pets need to be protected as much as possible.  While there are many things to take into consideration when caring for your pets on the road while traveling, there are three main concerns that you must keep in mind at all times.

Here’s the big three pet dangers from RV Basics:

      1. Disease
        Perhaps the top danger of the road is disease. Regardless of what type of pet a person brings with them, that pet comes in contact with a wide variety of germs, most of which the pet’s immune system has no resistance against. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to completely circumvent this danger, especially with animals like dogs, which tend to have a very curious nature. The best a watchful owner can do is make certain that the drinking water and food being supplied is fortified with vitamins and minerals. Many brands of pet food offer ‘Immunity’ lines, which offer food especially designed to enhance the pet’s immune system. This does not mean that it is permissible for a pet owner to neglect their pet’s health; animals should still be kept under a watchful eye, especially when in outdoor areas, and animal feces should be cleaned quickly from the RV, or other areas where the pet might stay. It is also important that owners know where the nearest vet is in the event of a pet emergency.
      2. Aggressive Behavior
        A close second in way of dangers is other animals. While any animal can be targeted by aggression from strays, predators, or prey, dogs and cats that have not been neutered are most susceptible to the dangers of other animals of the same species, as they tend to attract members of the opposite gender. This can lead to complications such as pregnancy in female animals, or fights for dominance in the case of male animals. In order to circumvent this, it is highly advisable that road-ready pet owners make a point of spaying or neutering their pets. If this is not a viable action, use excessive restraint and caution when in areas that other animals frequent. With all pets, neutered or natural, it is advisable to keep them on leashes, and keep a close eye on all suspicious activities within the surrounding area. An alert owner is often the best preventative measure against harm to their pet.
      3. Dehydration
        Finally, the third most prevalent danger on the road is dehydration. While the air conditioning may make an RV comfortable while people are in it, many turn off the engine to save gas and battery life while inside stores, or stopped for the night. At times, this can create an extremely hot and dry atmosphere, causing havoc on a pet’s body. Any time a pet must be left alone in an RV, it is important to make sure that they have plenty of water available. To this end, non-spill designed bottles are often recommended.

The above list is not necessarily in numerical order. There are many more things to be concerned with, I just thought to point out what I believe to be the top three while camping.  Please keep your furry family member safe at all times. So be sure to keep your pets healthy and happy, and it is sure to make your life on the road a lot better as well.  If you are looking for a new travel trailer or fifth wheel dealer that is pet friendly, be sure to check out Pennsylvania’s largest travel trailer dealer, Lerch RV.

Safe travels and Happy RVing!

Civil War 150th Anniversary Photo Contest

Civil War Trust Photo Contest
It has been 150 years since the opening shots of the Civil War sounded, and since then snapshots of the battlefields have transported people into history, inspiring many to visit these sites, to walk on holy ground. The Civil War Trust is looking for today’s best photos of these sites during its 2011 Annual Photography Contest, currently underway through August 21,2011. Winners will be announced in September. Please visit www.civilwar.org/photos for rules and full details about the photo contest.

Many civil war sites offer great RV and camper parking.  Although some battlefields require auto tours, so making those in a motor-home could be cumbersome to say the least. However you travel and enjoy the RVing lifestyle. Please take time to visit these great places that helped to shape our nation.  And while you are there, stop for a moment to think about the thousands of men and women, that gave their lives during these great conflicts. And also for the ones who continue to do so till this day.

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

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Let us help you find the cheapest gas in town in one click…

Gas Buddy.com logoWhile gas prices are starting to slip from the nearly $4.00 national average, they are still quite high, and no one knows this more than an RVer.  Whether you are towing your camper or driving your car, when you are filling up at the gas station and those numbers keep on spinning by, you wonder if there was cheaper gas just around the corner.  Well, you can take that guess-work away with the help of a very useful website.

Gasbuddy.com is a great resource for any driver, but it will come especially useful to RVers who are driving through new areas without the knowledge of knowing where the cheapest gas in town usually is.  It works like Google Maps or Mapquest, all you have to do is enter the ZIP code into the box and it will bring up the gas prices in the area. There is an iPhone app also.

The only snag will be that it posts the prices from the last 48 hours, so there may be a small dip or rise in price, but it is great at giving you a general idea of which stations offer the best prices.  Next time you are in a new town while going across the country, this website will become an invaluable tool to help save you a little green during the busy travel season. You can even try using it  in your home town, it is very accurate as well.

So do not worry about not always getting the best fuel price,   just remember to keep making those family memories by enjoying the RVing lifestyle. Keep camping and do not let the summer pass you by.  And while you are out and about, feel free to stop by Pennsylvania’s largest tow-able travel trailer dealership, Lerch RV.

gas buddy.com screen shot

Sprinter travel trailers by Keystone RV

Sprinter by Keystone RV

Now shipping in your 2012 Sprinters

  • New 32-inch LCD TV
    We make it easy to watch your favorite movies and sporting events on a larger scale!
  • New Skylight in Shower/Tub
    Enjoy more natural light with the increased headroom…7-feet to be exact.
  • New Bedroom Roof Vent
    Maximize air flow and enjoy the night breeze while you rest.
  • New Full Neo-Angle Glass Shower Enclosure
    Feel right at home with this full enclosure glass shower.
  • Dream Collection’ Mattress
    Finally! A mattress that is not only light weight, water resistant and anti-microbial, but most of all comfortable.
    Sweet Dreams!
  • New Residential Front Bedroom
    Just like home…two full length shirt closets, increased overhead storage, his and hers personal drawers, and his and hers cubbies all in one beautiful design!
  • Quilted Bunk Mattresses
    Performance core construction and more complete and fitted look.
  • Easy-View Rotating Entertainment Center
    We have made a few changes creating more space between the bed and the entertainment center. We also added to bi-fold doors which allow you to keep the doors open when watching TV in the bedroom.

Come see why your Central PA RV Dealership is now Pennsylvania’s largest travel trailer dealer. Step inside a Sprinter travel trailer and see how they continue to make camping easy!
Give us a call at 800-722-1236. Or visit us on Facebook

Lerch RV Summer Sale Weekends

It is time once again for our Annual Summer Sale Weekends.
Come visit PA’s largest travel trailer dealer during
the weekends of July 7-9 & 14-16.
For great food, give-aways and as always, GREAT SALE PRICES!

Lerch RV Summer Sale Weekends July 7-9 & 14-16, 2011

Join us for two huge weekends of low SALE PRICES!

Plan a weekend get-away to the Big Valley Area of Central PA during one of our Summer Sale Weekends. Come see what this beautiful area has to offer besides the lowest travel trailer and fifth wheel prices around. Our area is rich in history both state and national (did you know the Soldiers and Sailors Monument located in downtown Lewistown has the only stone ever removed from Lincoln’s tomb? The stone is the corner-stone of the monument) And we can not forget about the rich Amish culture of the Big Valley Area.

Plan a trip to come visit our area, and while you are here, see why we have become PA’s largest travel trailer dealer, with travel trailer prices starting at $9,995. As well as the state’s largest Keystone RV and Open Range RV Dealership. And if you are looking for a family friendly campground nearby, check out Buttonwood Campground. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Remember we make buying EASY…

P.S
Do not forget to stop by for your free Lerch RV hat! (and free summer food)