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Old 11-06-2014, 01:59 PM   #1
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Smart Car Brake Fire

I had Camping World install my Blue Ox base plate and electrical hookup. I towed my smart car over 4,000 miles with no problem. However, one day my ABS braking system engaged while I was towing my Smart car and actually started a brake fire. After a complete brake replacement on all 4 wheels from Mercedes ($3000) I found out Camping World did not install a "Kill Switch" on my battery per the Smart Car manual instructions. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A KILL SWITCH INSTALLED to avoid this possible problem.

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Old 11-06-2014, 02:06 PM   #2
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Camping World , enough said. I am curious if CW is standing behind their work.

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Any idea why it took 4000 miles for the problem to appear?
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Old 11-07-2014, 06:24 AM   #4
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Looks like CW wasn't as smart as the Smart Car!
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Did camping world pay for the repair?
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Old 11-07-2014, 08:32 AM   #6
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CW followed the Blue OX instructions for base plate instal and electrical for brake lights/turn/stop/running.

It was your responsibility to read and follow the Smart Car manual on towing.
Kill Switch/gear to put in/key position/ etc.

Smart Manual says: The battery must be disconnected using the dealer-installed matching on/off switch on the battery terminal.

CW is not a Dealer for the Smart Car

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CW was supposed to install an ignition lock out when installing the Dometic powered awning and said they never do that.

Got in to an argument between CW and Dometic, Dometic says they are supposed to, CW said they never do that, on and on..I wound up putting a cover over the switch to keep it from accidentally being bumped or operated while traveling or in/out of the coach.

So even when CW is as an authorized installer from a manufacturer (which in this case with the Smart Car, they weren't) they have issues. Gotta keep on top of things every single minute.....

Sorry to hear this, what a mess SteveChris......
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I have had CW do two jobs on my coach.
1: An oil change, Requested synthetic, they put in Dino. (OPPS)

2: Inverter.. after inverter install I took a look at the breaker box,, Turns out both Air Conditioners had been moved to the same leg (50 amp).

Had to re-balance the power system myself (Thankfully easy to do and within my skill set but still..... Why did they not balance it?)

Moral: Double check anything they over charge you to do (Oh yes, Oil change was roughly 50% more expensive than the PROPER (Synthetic) oil change at an authorized Workhorse Service Center which was actually closer to my house).

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