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Old 09-16-2014, 05:44 AM   #1
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Burn smell from toad

We are towing a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee. For A day or two, after a road trip, there is a burn smell coming from the Jeep. We use a Break Master assist activated by air from the motorhome. Same thing when we towed a Chevy Eqinox. The smell will eventually disappear after driving the toed for several days. Any thoughts?
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Old 09-16-2014, 06:01 AM   #2
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Gsgarland ... I think this is normal. Happens to us every time we tow. Believe the toad just picks up a rubber/dirt coating on the engine and exhaust system from being towed ... the MH tires must throw it up from the road. As long as it keeps going away as you mention ... I think you are ok.

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If the smell is not noticeable when you get done towing and before you drive the Jeep I'd say FLSteve is right. Something is getting hot when the engine warms up. But if the smell is there before running the Jeep it may be something else.
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Gsgarland ... I think this is normal. Happens to us every time we tow. Believe the toad just picks up a rubber/dirt coating on the engine and exhaust system from being towed ... the MH tires must throw it up from the road. As long as it keeps going away as you mention ... I think you are ok.

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Gsgarland ... I think this is normal. Happens to us every time we tow. Believe the toad just picks up a rubber/dirt coating on the engine and exhaust system from being towed ... the MH tires must throw it up from the road. As long as it keeps going away as you mention ... I think you are ok.

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Yep, all answers are definitely correct. You see, when you drive a car and, things come in contact with the hot exhaust system, they are instantly burned off and, you never notice any smell. But, when you tow a vehicle, it accumulates debris, road dust, possibly "rubber dust" and anything else that gets deposited on that exhaust system and, then you disconnect the toad, start it up and start to drive it and, you have all that accumulated debris, now starting to burn off and you smell it. No biggie.
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Be careful. Check your brakes for thesmell. Just a slight mis-adjustment on the braking system can cause the brakes to drag. JM2...
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When we used a tow-dolly, we had the same problem on 4 different toads. Road debris coating the engine/exhaust and being burnt off later.

After switching to our Equinox 4-down, I haven't noticed it since...
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Yup, normal.

The first time I saw this brought up it was me, a number of years ago. Since that I see it come up on a regular basis. I think this is twice in as many weeks.
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:03 PM   #10
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I agree, normal. JKUR and WK2 both smell when we stop......
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I had two jeep libertys I towed and had the same problem. I tow a 2011 silverado now and I smell the same thing sometimes. I think this is a common problem.
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Had the same issue but found a different cause. Both coach and toad are brand new. Couldn't figure out why toad would smell hot (a little rubbery hot also). About third trip I was at the back of the coach, a diesel pusher, and smelled the exact same smell. I think now it was caused by the new engine (paint, new exhaust & muffler, etc) and the smell was simply getting "trapped" in the toad since it follows in the slip stream for hours. Never any problems and smell always cleared up after driving toad a few hours.
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I will join the road stuff on engine chorus. Then when you crank it up it burns off.

NOTE: this happens as you drive (normally) but it burns of before it's enough to notice.

Some of the road debris protection devices may help to divert SOME of it from the engine, but there is still that big long pipe that gets hot down there.
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Most agree that the smell comes from being towed behind the RV. We found the same smell, but I found a way to minimize or eliminate it. By setting the AC on MAX it closes all of the air flow doors preventing air from flowing through the passenger compartment while bring towed. After 2 years of making the AC MAX setting, we often realize no smell.
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