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DSteiner51

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Posted: 06/20/13 01:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Approximately three weeks ago a local RVer lost her husband. She decided to get away in the Motorhome that she and her husband enjoyed for a number of years together. Yesterday morning she left west bound on US 30 and made it to Mansfield (approx 35 miles) where she had engine trouble. The tech was called and it was determined she had gotten contaminated fuel.

She decided that the local (approx 2 miles south of her home) truck shop that her husband had used for the service work in the past would be the best place to get the service done. She called the local towing company (approx 4 miles west of her home) to get it towed back to Wooster.

While towing the motorhome back, the tow truck driver noticed smoke coming from the right side in his mirror and pulled over to see what was up. The inner duel had apparently gone flat and the tire went up in flames as soon as he stopped.

Right front, not much noticeable damage.



She said I could go inside to take pictures. She and her son spent all this morning attempting to salvage what they could and said they were done inside and just had the outside storage compartments to do.



Taken from the top of the entry stairs. I didn't want to get my riding jacket sooted.



Picture taken thru the right side wall of the rear bedroom. I asked if it would be ok to take a picture as it was too high to see in and she said, "sure, you can go inside as we are done in there and take any pictures you want." "We just got the outside compartments to unload."



The fire moved thru the axle area to the left side and into the engine compartment.



It goes to show one needs not go far from home for catastrophe to strike.


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Justus4

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Posted: 06/20/13 01:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How terrible. Looks like it is beyond repair. Gosh, sometimes it doesn't rain, it pours. I hope her insurance fully covers everything.

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Posted: 06/20/13 01:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That "Bites"!! I hope her insurance takes care of her and she gets back on the road some day soon.


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DSteiner51

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Posted: 06/20/13 01:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I didn't ask many questions as her and her son were loading a pickup of items from the motorhome and didn't want to be a hinderance. The info I got was what she volunteered.

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Posted: 06/20/13 02:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How tragic.

I passed a Patriot Thunder MH on a trailer last weekend heading East on I-90 in Eastern WA that was in a similar condition.

I don't ever want to experience a MH fire.


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Posted: 06/20/13 02:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This sure is a tragic loss, but on the up side thank God it happened on the back of the tow truck and not while they were driving it.

Have to ask if anyone knows. When you lift up the front of a MH that size and weight to tow it, it sure must put a ton of weight on that rear axle. If the tow truck driver lifted it 'too high' would that have put 'more than the acceptable weight' on the rear axle?

I saw a Monaco being towed at a high rate of speed down the interstate where they had it up so high the stainless steel mud flap was shooting sparks and burning up the surrounding rubber part of it and the side of the MH.


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Posted: 06/20/13 03:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wonder why the front slide was extended? Actually surprised the slide would still work.


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skipnchar

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I have to tell you that I, for one REALLY feel for the lady. This is the 3rd anniversary of my wifes passing and in our discussions about "what if" she had indicated that she hoped she could continue traveling with our RV if I passed away first. Didn't happen that way but it would break my heart to think of her in a similar situation. Hope her insurance policy was set up right but it can't restore her memories she made with her husband while in that RV.


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Posted: 06/20/13 03:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not doubting the OP's reporting, but it seems rather strange that the LF slide is open. A fire of that nature would surely compromise wiring, thereby preventing the electrical system from energizing the slides.

One would think that the fire had to begin while the unit was parked somewhere in order for the slide to be open. Towing a coach of that size down the highway with the slide open would be absurd.





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skipnchar wrote:

I have to tell you that I, for one REALLY feel for the lady. This is the 3rd anniversary of my wifes passing and in our discussions about "what if" she had indicated that she hoped she could continue traveling with our RV if I passed away first. Didn't happen that way but it would break my heart to think of her in a similar situation. Hope her insurance policy was set up right but it can't restore her memories she made with her husband while in that RV.


My gosh Skip, i remember reading about your wife passing when it happened and it sure doesn't seem like 3 years. I hope your doing well. Yes this situation is truly sad i i hope that poor lady is able to get back to what she enjoys soon.

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