Can you imagine the excitement of buying a brand new luxury Newmar Essex Class A motorhome? (I can! I was beyond excited when I bought my new to me Newmar.) You are heading out on a trip so you hook up your new Ford Expedition to tow it behind you. You are on I-10 in Alabama and there are flames behind you! This happened yesterday and caused quite the back-up.
The fire started at the front of the tow vehicle so there was no way to disconnect from the RV. Early reports say the Expedition was not fully in neutral.
I towed a car behind my Newmar for the first time this past July. I did a ton of research, had an expert show me how to connect everything and was still nervous.
I made it all the way from Florida to Maine and almost back home without smoking my tires. I was hooking up to leave the last park before home. The Jeep Cherokee Trail Hawk was connected to my coach. Next step, make sure the car is fully in neutral. I USE MY JEEP OWNERS MANUAL EVERY TIME AND READ EACH STEP AS I PERFORM IT! I went through each step, got into my motorhome and put her in drive. I hear people say they “Don’t feel a thing” when they are towing. Well me and Irma are one when I am driving. I feel every little thing! I also watch behind me in the rear view camera. This time, I felt a tiny pull and saw my Jeep sliding a little bit sideways behind me. When I got out to investigate, I could see from the tread marks, that I was dragging the Jeep without the tires rolling! Lucky for me, it was only about two feet. The transfer case was not fully in neutral! If I had not been paying attention to every little thing, this could have been me!