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Old 01-12-2007, 02:38 PM   #15
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Not only an overloaded truck but it was probably not set up for this kind of weight on the rear of the truck from towing this size of trailer. Lot of heat built up in driving from Washington. Insurance nightmare.

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Old 01-12-2007, 02:49 PM   #16
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You have to wonder what he was selling at the flea market, concrete blocks? It would take an awful lot of weight on a truck like that to make the tires rub the body?????
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Old 01-12-2007, 02:59 PM   #17
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Maybe towing an equally overladen trailer contributed to the drag...

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Old 01-12-2007, 03:01 PM   #18
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Just have to wonder why he didn't smell it before it caught fire. Burning rubber has a pretty strong smell even with the windows up.
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Old 01-12-2007, 03:29 PM   #19
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Of course, it's just a guess...

but, having towed in the mountains quite a bit, the burning rubber smell (or brakes) is quite common on long downhills. If they were pushing to make it to the next flea market venue, driving too long/far and maybe not paying attention (I know, quite an understatement!) or thinking the smell was coming from a trucker...it could happen.

One can only guess at this point ~

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Old 01-12-2007, 03:37 PM   #20
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Doesn't look like an Airstream to me...maybe an Avion? I could be wrong, but the windows don't look like Airstream's...

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Old 02-10-2007, 08:27 AM   #21
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Is this the same truck ?

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Old 02-10-2007, 08:36 AM   #22
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No, that truck has a different grill, bumper, and running lights.

Still wondering how you could overload a truck so much the tires would burn off.
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The trailer made have contributed to the problem that caused the fire. They added about 1000# tongue weight to the very end of the truck with no weight-distributing hitch. This could have been the extra weight that caused the tires to contact the truck body.
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I don't think that the photo in post number 21 is the same truck as the fire photo. The grill and bumper configuration is different.
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Or it could have been a broken shackle.

I drove a similar truck with 10,000 lbs of liquid in the back and the tires didn't burn off.
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I don't think that the photo in post number 21 is the same truck as the fire photo. The grill and bumper configuration is different.
You are correct. I cleaned my glasses. The fire truck has Decals, and a vertical exhaust stack. The fire truck trailer trailer has jalousie windows. Close but no cigar.

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You have to wonder what he was selling at the flea market, concrete blocks? It would take an awful lot of weight on a truck like that to make the tires rub the body?????
This is a classic case of tail sag or droop....
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