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Old 04-17-2010, 01:46 PM   #15
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How does everyone seem to know/ think this was started by a tire failure? I just did not see that here.
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Man that sucks just gad that no one was injured our prayers will be with them

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Old 04-18-2010, 08:32 AM   #17
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Max - the tire was blown, ripped apart and on fire when I passed by and when I tried to put the fire out. So I saw the tire burning first hand.

To all - I did speak with the 5th wheel owner last Saturday. Insurance provided him with a check already for about 1/2 the value of the motorhome. Hopefully he will get more as the RV cost him over $200k in 2008 (he bought it right before Teton went out of business). A friend also lent him an unused trailer so they have some temporary living quarters. He spent two full days going through the burnt remants looking for his personal items. A long road back but he is walking in the right direction. Keep your prayers coming!
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Old 04-18-2010, 11:17 PM   #18
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Max, it is easy to set fire from a tire to the siding of trailer and the winds and drafts just cause those flames to fly. The tire gets so hot and rubber burns very hot. We hear of fires like this occurring to cars, trucks and buses. Low tire pressures, dragging brake heat up the drums and away we go. Next thing you know you look in your mirror and sure enough, there is smoke or flame. Sure hope the folks get the rest of their settlement for their loss. Glad they got away alive, and have the guts to get things going again. I'm sure they feel very low about their loss.
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Old 04-18-2010, 11:51 PM   #19
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Did they save the truck, or was it also damaged or destroyed in the fire?

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