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Old 10-22-2018, 04:17 PM   #1
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New Essex Burns Up........

I hope no one was hurt! https://mynbc15.com/news/local/vehic...k_LKIksrZj9B3c
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Old 10-22-2018, 04:31 PM   #2
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Old 10-22-2018, 07:11 PM   #3
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That’s heartbreaking. Hopefully that is the owners watching so they got out okay.

Wondering if it started in the coach or the towed vehicle.
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Old 10-22-2018, 07:22 PM   #4
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News video showed owners and they are fine. Said fire started at toad and motorist flagged them down. Tried to get toad inhooked but fire was too hot. Took delivery of MH in Mar/Apr this year. Glad everyone was okay
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Old 10-22-2018, 07:34 PM   #5
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from the audio it appears that it started in the toad and spread....

they couldn't unhook the toad to save the coach.....

EDIT : looks like NWIP and i posted at the same time...
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Old 10-22-2018, 07:55 PM   #6
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Glad to hear the Essex owners are OK, but I would say the coach and toad will be totaled. Don't know if a automatic fire system would have have saved these Newmar owners from a total loss but this is just another RV fire that happens almost every day with a total of over 6,000 a year. We had a small fire with our Essex from the automatic transfer box in 2012. In June of 2018 we had another small fire in our 2018 London Aire at the Newmar Kountry Klub rally in Gillette this time from the power cord reel. Either of these could have been much more then just a small fire in the electrical control cabinet.
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Old 10-23-2018, 02:13 AM   #7
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I was there a year ago. My toad caught fire but was able to get stopped and the Colorado unhooked before it spread to the KStar. I can tell you it was scary to say the least.
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Was the cause due to leaving the emergency brake engaged?

How many of us use a locking hitch pin on the coach side of the tow bar? I do. May want to reconsider for a quick disconnect option.
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Was the cause due to leaving the emergency brake engaged?

How many of us use a locking hitch pin on the coach side of the tow bar? I do. May want to reconsider for a quick disconnect option.
Actually Neal, I think this is a great observation. I made this decision a few years ago to ditch the locks on my Blue Ox. (Especially when the pressure of the connection would "blow them off") I mean what real purpose did they serve anyway.
If I have to disconnect in an emergency, I don't want to be fumbling for a key or a lock!
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Old 10-23-2018, 05:46 AM   #10
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Never have used locking pin's, hitch or tow bar. If I feel the need , I put the TOAD in gear and sightly push forward to put a load on all the pin's and tow bar, non of them can be removed and the tow bar can not be released. Make a note and put it on the steering wheel in the Coach..........
In the mad rush and confusion of a fire like this, there also might be a load on the pin's from just pulling over to the side of the road and they might not just pop out, then this adds to the rush........
Keep good insurance, don't risk getting hurt, just do what you can and then stand clear!
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Was the cause due to leaving the emergency brake engaged?

How many of us use a locking hitch pin on the coach side of the tow bar? I do. May want to reconsider for a quick disconnect option.
I do as well and was thinking the same thing.
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I just removed my locking hitch pin to put in the non locking one. It didn't come out easy, I needed pliers to rotate it to break it free and then it took some wiggling to get it out. When I started out I even had locking pins on the toad side of the tow bar, I will now do away with all locks.
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Im going to do the same thing - I can't even remember if my BlueOx came with pins on the toad side
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OTOH, if the towed is on fire, do you really want to be that close to it? And, if you use a "hitch tightener" as we do, a locking pin is the least of your problems.

If I can safely get close enough to the front of the towed, pulling the two pins on the arm attachment points and removing the two safety cables on our Roadmaster Sterling All-Terrain tow bar is an option. It is probably nearly as quick as pulling the hitch pin. But, I'm not going there if I can't do it safely.

I certainly agree with the thought of having a plan in place to disconnect in an emergency if you can. And, having good insurance and a good, 5# ABC-rated fire extinguisher handy is part of our plan as well.

Glad no one was hurt. "Things" can be replaced, lives can't.

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