As if Nick's hitch adventure wasn't bad enough, here's something from another forum I monitor:
Yesterday our motor home caught fire while driving on I285 around Atlanta.
The good news is everyone is O-K. The bad news is the coach, a 2001
National Tradewinds LTC and contends are a total loss.
Lessons learned, when you pull off the road with guard rails , do not pull
all the way off the road. You can't open the front door. My Grandson was
able to squeeze out. I however have a slightly larger mid-section and had a
great deal of difficulty getting out of the burning coach.
The question I'm sure your all asking is what caused the fire. While not
100% positive, however based on the location where the fire appeared to be
burning when we pulled over and got out, was near the exhaust exit which ran
though the fiberglass coach body. The exhaust pipe was the flex pipe from
the muffler to the chrome exhaust tip. It may have rusted and opened a
leak, allowing the hot exhaust gas to blow on the fiberglass body works on
the passenger side of the coach. It is my Recommendation: if you have
flexible exhaust piping, Check it's condition before every trip and
possibly during the trip. We had only gone 45 miles when the coach caught
fire. In the future I will not purchase a coach with the flex exhaust pipe
or will replace it soon after purchase.
We have friends who had a fire 2 years ago in the same make and model. We
called them last night and told them about our fire and what I thought might
have caused it. They told us they had their flex pipe repaired just before
the fire and believe it was the cause of their motor home fire.
Based on the location of the fire I'm not sure a fire suppressant system
would have worked. With wood and fiberglass water is the best suppressant.
The toad, a 99 Jeep Grand Cherokee was connected to the back. I was able to
get the tow bar disconnected, however the heat from the fire became to
intense to remove the safety chains. Fortunately a tow truck had pulled up
and he was able to pull me aware from the burning coach, ripping the chains
from the mount on the Jeep. the front grill and headlight covers of the Jeep
melted plus bubbling of the hood paint. Looks like we will also be in the
market for a new toad.
After the insurance investigator inspects the charred remnants of our coach
I'll give the group an update.
Hope you have a better weekend,
2001 Tradewinds LTC (demised)
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1984 310 Limited Motorhome
Courtesy Parking (W/S/E/Wi-Fi) on I-5 in Northern California, 70 miles from Oregon border