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Old 05-15-2019, 08:15 PM   #1
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March 21st, the worst day in the kingdom of everdome.
Spent a week off and on in final packing for the second journey, this time to Florida to board a cruise ship and hopefully up towards or all the way to NYC and maybe Niagara.
4 and a half hours later passing thru a very southwestern piece of arkansas, we felt a blowout and by the time I got to the door, I already knew the rear mid to passenger side was on fire underneath.
Prior to this by probably 45 minutes, my engine light comes on, goes off etc. I was getting ready to want to stop for the night anyway and dont typically associate my engine light with anything but engine which is up front 37 feet away.
Fuel tank is on the side of the glow of the fire but the blowout feeling seemed to come from the rear drivers to middle (mine had a 6 pack in the back, 2 and 2 then 1 single).
What happened?
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March 21st, the worst day in the kingdom of everdome.
Spent a week off and on in final packing for the second journey, this time to Florida to board a cruise ship and hopefully up towards or all the way to NYC and maybe Niagara.
4 and a half hours later passing thru a very southwestern piece of arkansas, we felt a blowout and by the time I got to the door, I already knew the rear mid to passenger side was on fire underneath.
Prior to this by probably 45 minutes, my engine light comes on, goes off etc. I was getting ready to want to stop for the night anyway and dont typically associate my engine light with anything but engine which is up front 37 feet away.
Fuel tank is on the side of the glow of the fire but the blowout feeling seemed to come from the rear drivers to middle (mine had a 6 pack in the back, 2 and 2 then 1 single).
What happened?
You're asking us?

I mean, we're not there, you are. I was waiting for the answer as you got out and took a look to see what happened. ?
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Old 05-15-2019, 09:35 PM   #3
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Your check engine light came on and you kept going? You didn't stop to see what was going on with it?


Year, make and model of RV would help along with chassis and engine type.


What happened you ask....I assume the motorhome burned to the ground.
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Not sure how to reply to this one.
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Wild guess.

Engine light comes on because of a fuel pressure issue due to a leak in the system that is spraying fuel into the engine bay. Eventually, enough fuel coats the area and ignites from contact with hot exhaust components. Resultant fire/ heat spreads rapidly causing blowout. You escape.
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Since you had so much drama with the generator and installation, where was the generator in relation to the tire that "blew".
How many tires did your coach have as I am not under standing the "six pack" reference or the " (mine had a 6 pack in the back, 2 and 2 then 1 single)" line up. I know you had two on the steer axle, but did you have a tandem axle and a pusher axle?
Are you sure that you did have a blowout.. "but the blowout feeling" ? Was there rubber chucks in the roadway and non fire related body damage when you got out of the coach? What was the age of your tires?
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Since you had so much drama with the generator and installation, where was the generator in relation to the tire that "blew".
How many tires did your coach have as I am not under standing the "six pack" reference or the " (mine had a 6 pack in the back, 2 and 2 then 1 single)" line up. I know you had two on the steer axle, but did you have a tandem axle and a pusher axle?
Are you sure that you did have a blowout.. "but the blowout feeling" ? Was there rubber chucks in the roadway and non fire related body damage when you got out of the coach? What was the age of your tires?

Where does it say anything about a generator or 6 pack?
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OP - Sorry you had this experience! Sounds like you have Dual's with Tag and you call this a 6 Pack? Also sounds like you have a front engine gas HR?

Engine light could have been caused by a lost of pressure of fuel being fed to the engine. Perhaps a leaking fuel line, which was could have hit a hot exhaust muffler. The fire could have been going long enough to cause a tire to blow.

All speculation. But if the passenger side is badly damaged by the fire, could be difficult to figure out now.

Glad your safe, and best to you,
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Where does it say anything about a generator or 6 pack?
From post #1..
Fuel tank is on the side of the glow of the fire but the blowout feeling seemed to come from the rear drivers to middle (mine had a 6 pack in the back, 2 and 2 then 1 single).
What happened?

The generator question comes from a previous 457 posting thread initiated by the OP about installing a construction generator in her coach generator bay. She eventually had a RV generator installed. I got a great deal on a Generac Champion Generator today
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What happened? The perfect ending for a camper. Going out in a ball of fire. You donít have to worry about disposal and the camper doesnít become a neglected eye-sore sitting until eternity.
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and dont typically associate my engine light with anything but engine which is up front 37 feet away.
I'm still trying to imagine what kind of RV has an engine "up front 37 feet away" from the driver.
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March 21st, the worst day in the kingdom of everdome.

What happened?
A band of renegade aliens from the planet Farout, who happened to be having a picnic of roasted road kill in the rest area along side the incident. And, coincidently, were discussing the upcoming elections for Premier of the city state Pendaction. Raced toward the smell of burning recreational vehicle, thinking that a tasty snack might be in the offing. When they reached the blaze, they all stripped off their outer beta suits, and stepped immediately into the fire, as none of them had had a decent bath in centuries. Stop wondering, NOW, you know.........
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I'm truly sorry for the loss of your rig and your pets. I followed many of your posts from when you bought it early 2017 till about fall 2018. I recall you having numerous issues with gasoline leaks, propane leaks and electrical problems. add that to inexperience at repair and limited resources. Not a good situation. 28 years is a long time for a vehicle there is so many things that can go wrong and yours was not in that great of a shape when you bought it.

Here is a couple of your threads dealing with a gasoline leak and a propane leak, all in the same area that you say the fire occurred in.
Still deciding whether to keep her or not....

Strong fuel odor after running at first

I don't think a tire blowout caused your problem.
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I'm still trying to imagine what kind of RV has an engine "up front 37 feet away" from the driver.
The fire was in the rear, 37 feet away from the up front engine.

OP, sorry to hear about your trouble on the road. It's kinda sad seeing the "trying to be funny" remarks here as I know you put in a lot of effort, on a tight budget, getting your rig going. I'm taking it that the whole rig went up but I hope my assumption is wrong, and that the fire was maybe contained before too much damage occurred..
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