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Post Info TOPIC: An RVer's worst Nightmare!


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An RVer's worst Nightmare!


Interesting, but eye-opening, article/video highlighting the risk of a fire occurring while RVing.  This RV happened to be a Newmar, Dutch Star.  We have decided on a DP as well, so I'll be interested to see the facts revolving around this fire while traveling down the highway.

Ross Thompson, identified by the article as the Good Samaritan, who is also known as the "RV Doctor" for his RV business, is credited for helping save this family.  He simply stated, "I'm just glad I was there. I think God put me there in the right time at the place to help those people out.”

http://www.fox10tv.com/story/28721208/fl-man-rescues-mother-daughter-from-burning-rv

Stay safe everyone!

 



-- Edited by Jake62 on Tuesday 7th of April 2015 08:26:28 AM

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Way to go Ross! What a scary situation that must have been for everyone involved.



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Yes there has been a lot of scary disasters in the past. Good thing they came out of it uninjured.

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Glad everybody is safe.  I don't think we'll find out what the causes were in the rig post mortem.  I'd suspect underinflated tire or overloaded. A low mileage old tire is not beyond possibility either. Time to go inspect the tires. Spend a few minutes at the start of a trip and at every stop, save a lifelong heartache.

Brian



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In another forum (Escapees) it was suggested that a dragging/sticking brake causing the wheel to over heat to the point of the tire catching on fire could have been the cause.

Some other thoughts expressed were, if there was low tire pressure or a flat tire on the right front tire (the tire which caught fire) wouldn't the driver have felt the MH pulling to the right? Of course to me, the brake on the RF wheel dragging should have given significant pulling to the right.

I guess we will never know unless some is able to interview the driver.

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On my first rv I had a 35' fifthwheel pulled with medium duty Freightliner . I was driving through Wind Creek Canyon in Wy. in '08 when my Pressure Pro alarmed to high pressure. I put my hand near the rear wheel of the FL and it was extremely hot. It could have caught fire had I not been warned ,Praise God. It turned out to be a brake caliper had broken and was dragging. The pressure monitor paid off.


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I always check my tires whenever we stop for a break. I use an infrared heat gun which will give me a digital read out by pointing it at my tires, rims, breaks, bearings or anything else you might want to check. Along with the tire pressure monitoring system on all truck and 5ver tires, I have some peace of mind while traveling.

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Another RV fire, this one in my home town.  Looks like where a propane tank might be housed?  



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Propane tanks are located in different spots on different vehicles. Also looks like the area where the refrigerator is located.

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