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Old 07-21-2016, 01:53 PM   #1
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Battery Fire While Towing

We were towing our 2012 Wildcat Sterling 29mk on our way home from vacation and the battery caught fire. The damage was contained to the "basement" and we were able to put it out thanks to a good samaritan waving us off the road. The damage was significant to the basement, slide hydraulics and wiring and only smoke in the interior. Has anyone else had or heard of anything similar happening? Also any advice on things to make sure we don't miss?

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Old 07-22-2016, 12:11 AM   #2
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Any idea what caused it? Any obvious wire failure? I'm thinking a poorly crimped lug coming undone causing wire to slip out of connection and short against the frame.

If that is what happened, catastrophic fuses may have prevented this event and why I recommend and use them on all of my campers.

Good luck and please let us know what insurance company will do.
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Old 07-22-2016, 12:33 AM   #3
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more specific info needed...

battery type? lead-acid? was it restrained and in a battery box?

did the battery burn or was it surrounding stuff overheated from a shorted wire from the battery?

battery fires happen alot to Lithium-ion lately...
I had a lead-acid explode on me some 30 years ago... but not catch fire.
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Old 07-22-2016, 07:49 AM   #4
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Any idea what caused it? Any obvious wire failure? I'm thinking a poorly crimped lug coming undone causing wire to slip out of connection and short against the frame.

If that is what happened, catastrophic fuses may have prevented this event and why I recommend and use them on all of my campers.

Good luck and please let us know what insurance company will do.

.... I will definitely ask for that to be installed if repaired, as far as cause nothing obvious was found. Jeff
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more specific info needed...

battery type? lead-acid? was it restrained and in a battery box?

did the battery burn or was it surrounding stuff overheated from a shorted wire from the battery?

battery fires happen alot to Lithium-ion lately...
I had a lead-acid explode on me some 30 years ago... but not catch fire.
It was lead acid, it was in battery box when we stopped it fell out the bottom of the trailer, it was 50-60% burned and flaming at that time. All the wiring was to the right of battery as your facing it and we have never stored anything in that area. Jeff
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Old 07-22-2016, 07:56 AM   #6
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.... I will definitely ask for that to be installed if repaired, as far as cause nothing obvious was found. Jeff
Nothing obvious? Did the fire appear to be inside the battery or the
surrounding wiring??
What did your insurance adjuster have to say?

This is rare as far as just my opinion from reading this group and it's not
often we hear about something like this- thankfully
We're really curious for more details, photos etc...
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My goodness! Scary to the max.

I have nothing to offer to help........out of my baliwick......but I do want to read this and see if you figured out what happened. This might be a very helpful thread for all of us.
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It is very unusual for a lead-acid battery to burn. It is more likely a short causing the wiring to catch fire. Was there anything loose in the battery box that could short the terminals?
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Never seen a lead acid battery on fire, nothing to burn really, seen quite a few explode though. I would surmise that it was a dead short near the battery because wire covering burns good.
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Wow, this is a new and rare one! Must've been a cable that came off and got shorted to metal by the battery.
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