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Old 05-16-2015, 10:06 PM   #1
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Not a good day

The pictures below are of a friend of mine, happen last week. Don't know the full story but they had been on the road about 45 minutes going east from Tulsa. They had some trouble getting our of there yard when they were leaving so don't know if something broke then or later.
Makes you think about how quick you can disconnect from your toad in case of a fire. They said there was a two mile debri field behind them and no one signaled them there was a problem. No one was injured.
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Old 05-16-2015, 10:13 PM   #2
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Oh my! Really lucky his whole rig was not engulfed in flames. How did he unhook his toad with that type of heat? Tire blow on the tow?
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Ouch! What caused the fire/front end failure?
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Old 05-16-2015, 10:15 PM   #4
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Looks like our 2000 Dutch Star we traded in on the 2002.
Jeep look to be sitting funny in the first picture, drivers side looks low and tire on the passenger side seems to be splayed out at the bottom.
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Old 05-16-2015, 10:18 PM   #5
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happened to my in laws a few years back except they lost their coach...salvaged the toad
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Oh my. I am so sorry. Glad no one was hurt.
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Old 05-16-2015, 10:23 PM   #7
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On my rig I could pull the two pins that attach my towbar to the car and pull the coach forward.

I think I would just leave the power cord and brake away cable attached and rip them out as my wife pulled the coach forward.

I have to assume that's how that guy got the car detached.

I do carry five fire extinguishers but knocking down a fire that far along would be pretty hard.

Looks like a pretty scary experience.
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Well Sir, one of the considerations of some folks when picking out a tow bar is, how it connects to the coach and the toad. For some, like your buddy, that kind is the kind that stays on the toad. And for some, they like the kind that stays on the coach. Lucky for your buddy, it was easier and seriously safer, (in that particular situation) to have the type that stay on the toad. All he had to do was lift the locking latch for the ball and, drop the chains and, away with the coach.

But, on the ones like I and a few zillion others have, the kind that stays on the coach, getting that burning little Liberty off the back of the coach, might not be that quick of a job. That's not to say one can't disconnect that type in a hurry but, it can be a bit more of a pain. I know ours does at times. Those pins, that hold it to the toad, can get quite a bind on them, even on flat land, not always but, at times.

Being a retired FD, I've been on just a few of those "vehicle fires" in my career. A vehicle fire in and of itself is dangerous enough, based on fuel in the tank, composites of upholstery, oils, hydraulics, plastics and more. But, one of the things that we were most conscious of when not only thinking about extinguishing it but, the approach from the front. You see, those "5-mile-an-hour" bumpers can cause some serious damage to a human body if and when the cartridges explode which, can cause that front bumper to jettison straight forward quite a few feet. There's reports of firemen's legs being broken because of it.

So, in a situation like that, it's at best, IFFY! Just something to ponder over if and when something like that happens to anyone else. Very, very glad no one was hurt and, the coach was able to pull away undamaged. Outstanding!
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Good advice....makes me want to re think using the hitch pin couplers that lock.....think I'd just step away and let it burn to the ground
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Not good at all except everybody was OK.
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I too am relieved that there was no reported serious injury.

I am just an ordinary guy...and have been the first responder to two automobile wrecks involving fatalities. I never gave a thought to the bumper. Thank you!!! I certainly will now! If I am in the position to assist again, i will do so willingly...however I will keep your "bumper lesson" in mind.

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In that first picture something doesn't look right about the front wheel and the bumper looks like it pulled right out. Is it possible that they had the brake on the toad locked or something? In any event it's good that nobody got hurt and the MH didn't get damaged, it could have been much worse. It's always a good idea to check your rear camera often after departure.
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FIRE UP said:

"You see, those "5-mile-an-hour" bumpers can cause some serious damage to a human body if and when the cartridges explode which, can cause that front bumper to jettison straight forward quite a few feet. There's reports of firemen's legs being broken because of it"

Thanks for the heads up, I hadn't even thought of that. Might just let it burn if it's that far along.
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A miracle that he was able to disconnect in that heat!
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