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RinconVTR

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Posted: 07/22/18 02:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

time2roll wrote:

Too heavy? No, I don't buy that.


Nope. Me either. No amount of stress an owner can put on an un-modified vehicle should ever result in a fire.

If anything, fail safe measures should shut down the event when excessive temps are present...like the Ecoboost motors and most (if not all current) diesel engines.

At the very least, if the driver didnt have any idiot lights flashing or red-lined gauges, the failure and resulting fire was beyond the drivers control.

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Posted: 07/22/18 02:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Should have thrown the rock collection overboard before the pass. [emoticon]





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Good idea to have a fire extinguisher that's easy to get to. They could have lost the TT also.


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blownstang01 wrote:

3/4 ton truck, doubt that TT was too heavy. Cats get hot on long hills catches carpet on fire all the time, even when not towing.


I think if the cat caught on fire that you would hear it screaming. [emoticon]

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

There should be enough baffles and insulation between the exhaust and the floor to keep the carpet from catching on fire. I can't imagine a manufacture building a vehicle that would not have those safeguards in place. Maybe back in the 70's when they first started building vehicles with them. But, not since then.

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When my car caught fire several years ago, several people came up with handheld extinguishers. They had to get very close to use them. Effect on the fire was nil.
Eventually a fire truck arrived, pointed a truck-mounted nozzle in the general direction, and whoom, the fire was out.
I'd stop for a good think before I approached a truck fire with a handheld extinguisher.


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Depending on where the truck lives heat shields could have been missing. Around here it's quite common to see them laying in the road or hear them rattling on vehicles in drive troughs.


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SailingOn wrote:

When my car caught fire several years ago, several people came up with handheld extinguishers. They had to get very close to use them. Effect on the fire was nil.
Eventually a fire truck arrived, pointed a truck-mounted nozzle in the general direction, and whoom, the fire was out.
I'd stop for a good think before I approached a truck fire with a handheld extinguisher.


Ditto this. If you don’t have a large extinguisher of the proper type, and get it on the fire quickly, the odds are against you. The little extinguishers most people carry haven’t been maintained or even touched in years. Get what’s important to you, and get away.


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Transmission fluid will burn, brake fluid too. I've had both flash fire before when spilling on hot exhaust in my more careless younger years.

It is totally plausible the transmission was pushed to a extreme fluid overheat condion where fluid was misting/spraying out of the fill tube and lit off.


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The mega cab gave that fire plenty of room to spread out.


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This wouldn't even be a conversation if the TV was a Range Rover.
Everyone would just say" Yup. Figures"

The last 3 road side bonfires that I have seen have been Range Rovers on their way past my town going to cottage country.

They don't need to tow anything...they just need Lucas: Prince of Darkness.

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