I had posted about RVs catching fire over here.
Nothing to worry about, I thought. We do circle checks. We have a coach that is almost new. I mean, coaches don’t just catch fire for no good reason, do they? Newmar coaches wouldn’t just catch fire, would they?
I was browsing through the Newmar Owner’s Corner on iRV2 and I came across this thread.
Oh no, I thought, a Newmar caught fire. More concerning, a 2016 4369 Dutch Star caught fire. How could that happen?
Tom and Bella had recently started full-timing in their beautiful Newmar coach. According to news reports, Tom suddenly lost power steering and a nearby driver stopped and told Tom that his coach was on fire.
Both Tom and Bella are fine. The rear cap of their coach does not look so good (source of photo here).
What a heartbreaking experience for them.
They do post on the Newmar Motorhome Facebook group and they have been providing some updates. They posted a video of their coach on fire. So sad. They do not yet know what caused the fire.
The probability of a fire in a coach is very low based on the statistical evidence. However, seeing it just happen on the same year and model of our coach is more than a bit concerning. Is there a design flaw? A recall that we do not know about?
I will be watching this story carefully to see if there is anything Lorraine and I need to do on our coach. And I may pick up one of these products.
I hope that Tom and Bella’s insurance company helps out. And I hope that Newmar helps out.