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Old 06-22-2014, 07:12 PM   #1
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Unhappy!!! Forest River you need to read this

Pulled into Flaming Gorge this weekend and put out the slides getting set up. walked out of the trailer and 5 mins later the DW inside is screaming FIRE!!!

I raced to the door and got everyone out. Smoke everywhere and flames coming from the inside of the switch panel. Long story short, we had a slide switch short out, and the Short Stop protection that Forest River installed was put in incorrectly so it didn't cut the power from the battery to the switch.

The shorting wires were glowing they were so hot, and sparks were flying off the batteries. I was able to pull the cables off the stop the power flow, but the wires had melted everything they touched. Heat ducting under the coach, the wires all around them were melted, the wires even melted through the underbelly material of the coach and were hanging on the ground.


Spent the next 3 hours manually pulling in the slides and jacks so we could head home.
The next 4 weekends are booked with non refundable trips that we now won't make.

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Old 06-22-2014, 07:15 PM   #2
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Were both wires on the same terminal?
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Old 06-22-2014, 07:35 PM   #3
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Yes the wire coming off the battery hit the Short Stopper but then they continued off that same terminal to the slides, so the circuit never terminated as it should have.
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Yes the wire coming off the battery hit the Short Stopper but then they continued off that same terminal to the slides, so the circuit never terminated as it should have.
Wow. What a mistake!
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Old 06-22-2014, 07:42 PM   #5
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The ShortStop didn't work...

Forest River connected the thing wrong. From battery to terminal then from same terminal to slide switches. This is the post after it popped out.
And my mangled burn melted mess.
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Old 06-22-2014, 08:49 PM   #6
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So are you still covered by warranty? Or is this something insurance will cover and then go after FR, getting the smell of burnt electrical wiring is tough to get rid of, glad you are all safe.
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Old 06-22-2014, 09:05 PM   #7
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Since I am an electrical genius(research some of my posts), I want to ask, if things were hooked up wrong, why didn't things go bad before now?
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Since I am an electrical genius(research some of my posts), I want to ask, if things were hooked up wrong, why didn't things go bad before now?
Being an electrical genius I would have thought you would know.
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Old 06-22-2014, 09:57 PM   #9
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The slide switch fouled out and the + and - inside contacted. Thus the circuit completed. The short stopper is in place to prevent what happened next and was miswired. But u knew that already since your the genius you are.
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DDC thanks, all are ok and no the warranty ended 3 months ago. (Imagine that right!?)
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