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MH Fire!


Chalkie

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As we were coming up Raton Pass we were seeing smoke. After crossing the summit coming down to Raton, NM we rounded a bend and there it was. A green diesel pusher MH was nearly fully engulfed in the rear and their TOAD was on fire too. Sad and scary! Hopefully we will not find it is someone on the forums.

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I met someone who lost their DP and toad the same way. In their case it was a botched engine recall that allowed flames to leak out of the engine and set everything ablaze. The person putting the engine back together did not use a torque wrench and caused his employer to lose a lot of money after three years lawsuits.

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We ended up at a Ford dealership having a problem with our truck checked. Apparently while we were there the folks were brought there to rent a car (the Hertz place is collocated with the dealership). They appeared to be unhurt, but one of the techs told us their little dog had a slight injury. As bad as it looked to us going by, if it was just the MH and toad that were damaged, I figure in one way they came out ahead, people and pets can't be replaced, property can.

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You know being only long timers and not having as many road miles as full timers we have seen in our 8 years on the road many RV fires and that does not count the RV fires we have seen in campgrounds. I have never seen stats on RV fires but there seems to be a lot of them.

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18 years 911 call taking/dispatching, the last 10 covering 2 counties and in that time only 2 motorhome fires - both while parked for a lengthy stay and both were total losses and neither had injuries. They were spectacular fires though and got a lot of press at the time which is probably why it contributes to the perception of lots of mh fires. We all notice it even more since they are close to home for us, having a vested interest.

 

I don't believe we as a group are traveling in a more dangerous conveyance, nor suffering from more "incidents". Just that what does happen appears to be more news worthy and it always seems to grab our attention.

 

Glad to hear all were okay. I hope they find the cause and can get back on the road soonest.

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I would never live in a sticks & bricks! I see on the news all the time, home fires totally destroying someone house. Many times people DIE in these fires. Just a few days ago a house blew up. There was a natural gas leak. Just a little sarcasm here! :)

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