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RE: Electrical Fire -- WARNING TO KEYSTONE OWNERS

We own a 2013 Keystone Cougar 5th wheel model 331MKS. It is 11 moths old. Yesterday my wife and I left for a 3 day weekend camping by the Pacific Ocean in Washington State (about 2 1/2 hours from our home). When we got to the campground, we started setting up. The rig was only on 12V battery power. I had not yet connected to shore power. When I pushed the button to lower the landing gear, nothing happened. I tried the remote control, and nothing happened again. Thinking that the battery may have discharged, I went to get the power cord intending to plug it in. The cord was in the storage area in the front, under the hitch, where the battery is. When I opened the door, immediately SMOKE was billowing out. Then I saw the FLAME. It was coming from the circuit board above the battery. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I immediately got the fire extinguisher. After using it several times, the flame kept coming back. I called 911 for the fire department. While on the phone with 911, they asked about propane on board. The propane tanks are right next to the area burning. I immediately removed both of them. All I could think of was the possibility of an explosion. The dispatcher asked if there was anything else nearby that could burn. I said "yes, it is connected to my truck which is full of diesel." I could imagine everything going up in smoke. I turned off the battery, turned off all the circuit breakers, but the flame kept coming back after I kept using the fire extinguisher. My wife went for the campground ranger. I finally emptied the fire extinguisher and the flame came back. I had nothing else to try, so I reached in and pulled the wires out which were all melted at and around the circuit board. The fire finally went out. By the time the fire department came, it was out. The camp ranger told us that he had never seen anything like this before since it was not plugged into 110. Since the trip was ruined and since the warranty is good for a few more weeks, I drove the rig to the dealer (about 2 1/2 hours away). I called them in advance. Initially they sounded like they didn't believe me. When I got to the dealership, 3 men came out to look. They said that they couldn't believe what they saw and that they had never seen this happen before. They took pictures. Our 5th wheel is now at the dealer. They said they will be talking to Keystone on Monday to see what next steps there are. I am sharing all this: 1. To alert fellow 5th wheelers about this, particularly anyone with a 2013 Keystone Cougar 331MKS. This could have resulted in serious injury or even death. What would have happened if this fire started in the night? The bedroom is directly above the compartment that was burning. We could have been killed. Why are you trying to single out Keystone and this particular model? This could have happened to ANY rv and you have no idea what caused it. 2. The dealer said this is the first time they have ever seen this. Maybe that is true (particularly for that particular dealership), but perhaps this is a bigger or pervasive problem. The staff at the dealership said that the circuit breaker or fuses between the battery and the circuit panel that burned had not done anything. Clearly that is a huge problem if the safety devices do not work when they should. Huge problem? Once again...calm down you have no idea what caused it. 3. I think it is important that fellow RVer's inform others of such hazards. Perhaps Good Sam Club or other agency tracks this kind of serious problem. I did lodge a concern with Consumer Reports already. I don't know if there is a state or federal agency that should also be notified. Notify them of what? Once again you have no clue what caused it. How do you know it's a serious problem? 4. I don't know what the resolution with Keystone and the dealership will be at this time. Perhaps there is some type of advocacy that is available to help us. Why should Keystone be involved at all...sounds more like an insurance claim. The term advocacy makes me think you are looking to sue. Turn it in to your insurance and let themn do their job. BOTTOM LINE: If this can happen to us, it could happen to anyone. We were fortunate that no one was hurt or worse. But, maybe the next family will not be so lucky. You are right it could happen to anyone. Most people turn it in to their insurance. I appreciate this opportunity to share this scary and worrisome situation with all of you. Sorry for your situation, but the bottom line is at this point in time you know nothing...the fire could have been caused by any number of things. Contact your insurance company and let them sort it out. Thats what it's for. X2
ForestGump 04/22/14 03:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Mystery Crack In Rear Outer Wall of My Cougar

What's the rest of the story? How did it crack? The thread title says "mystery", but is there more info? Did you back into something? Looks like something hit the RV, rather than the RV hitting something. I'd vote for the auto body shop for a fix, but that depends on how picky you are on the final results. Let us know and post finished photos too please... Mystery to me cause I have no idea how it got there. I did not back into anything. I always use the DW as a guide when backing. I think some punk may have done it parked at my house
ForestGump 01/29/14 04:10pm Fifth-Wheels
Mystery Crack In Rear Outer Wall of My Cougar

http://i824.photobucket.com/albums/zz161/ForestRiver69/UNSET.jpg Any advice on how to make a reapair on my 2012 Cougar fiver? I was thinking a fiberglass patch.
ForestGump 01/27/14 03:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Puncture in Outer Wall

Location of puncture Messed this post up big time. Looking for advice on how to patch. I was thinking fiberglass
ForestGump 01/26/14 06:11pm Fifth-Wheels
Puncture in Outer Wall

Location of puncture
ForestGump 01/26/14 06:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Check This Out.........

LOL 10.1 MPG. Guess they lie as advertised. Hey at least it's running :B Another troll!
ForestGump 12/30/13 04:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2011 F-350 6.7 diesel – Coolant Nitrite Check?

coolant.....nitrite....test? is this because of dex-cool, or fords equivalent? are fords that fragile coolant tests are needed every so many miles? who in there right mind would buy one of these trucks? Hummmm another troll!
ForestGump 12/12/13 04:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford Recall for Ambulances Only

I smell a TROLL!
ForestGump 11/06/13 02:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Silverado "top truck"

Nice truck Chevor, congrats. Love the bed with your kind of work. But..... GM really needs to relocate that DEF tank, it looks hideous to me anyway. That tank alone would steer me away from buying one. Guess it makes putting DEF into it easier :W Again congrats and may it serve you well. We have a 5 Silverados in the Border Patrol and had to replace 3 tanks because of ground clearance........dumb idea big time!
ForestGump 09/22/13 07:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Silverado "top truck"

http://i40.tinypic.com/2rmxnq0.jpg That rag mag should have given the award to this guy.....Oh well looks better any way!
ForestGump 09/21/13 06:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Silverado "top truck"

Not fair....that rag mag should have given it to this truck!!!http://i40.tinypic.com/2rmxnq0.jpg Looks better any way
ForestGump 09/21/13 06:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Silverado "top truck"

I'm surprised that rag mag didn't give it to this truck. At least it looks better any way!https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/CTb--CbD7iIpJTiVZ7- height=367 width=207e it to the
ForestGump 09/21/13 06:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Comparaison test of the new 1/2 tons

This magazine is comparable to the rag Consumer Reports!:p
ForestGump 09/07/13 05:52am Tow Vehicles
High Pressure Propane Regulator

My red high pressure regulator developed a leak on the street side of my 2012 Keystone Cougar. I removed the old one with out marking the "In" and "Out" on the lines and hoses and now I have developed CRS and can't remember if the propane tank line is connected to the "IN" side or the "Out" side of the new regulator, thread size and diameter are the same as well. Need help please. TIA
ForestGump 08/26/13 02:59pm Fifth-Wheels
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