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Old 10-05-2018, 12:39 PM
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pretty worrisome that minnkota doesnt even care to investigate...
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Old 10-05-2018, 03:05 PM
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Did you mount the motor or was it installed by a rigger or marine dealer?
From the looks of it that quick disconnect is destined to fail.
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Old 10-05-2018, 03:46 PM
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Most of the other threads posted are pretty old. I can’t believe it happened again! How old is the unit?
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Old 10-06-2018, 03:08 AM
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Originally Posted by 76 mako 23 View Post
most of the other threads posted are pretty old. I can’t believe it happened again! How old is the unit?
2014
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Old 10-06-2018, 03:10 AM
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Originally Posted by fastguy View Post
Did you mount the motor or was it installed by a rigger or marine dealer?
From the looks of it that quick disconnect is destined to fail.
Dealer in Florida.
The disconnect doesn't have anything to do with the failure that occurred. Whats wrong with the mount?
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Old 10-06-2018, 04:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Captbobnmb View Post
Dealer in Florida.
The disconnect doesn't have anything to do with the failure that occurred.
I think he was referring to the quick release bracket. It does not look like it's properly installed..... at all.
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Old 10-06-2018, 05:08 AM
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The same thing happened to my father's MK Riptide on his Beavertail had he not caught it in time the boat would've been destroyed along with my parents house.

Sometimes those units may not completely turn off when you turn the dial to "0". So it slowly pulls a small charge heating the board up before it finally catches fire. Many switches are designed to trip when there is a large and sudden surge of power.
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Old 10-06-2018, 07:25 AM
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Originally Posted by fastguy View Post
Did you mount the motor or was it installed by a rigger or marine dealer?
From the looks of it that quick disconnect is destined to fail.
What is wrong with the mount? Its through bolted and has a backer plate?
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Old 10-06-2018, 07:32 AM
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Mounting plate is only halfway on solid surface. Are there really FOUR bolts going into a backing plate that close to the edge of the bow? If so, really tight fitting! Good on ya.
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Old 10-06-2018, 07:36 AM
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I have not witnessed any goodwill from minn kota (johnson outdoors) personally or from any of my extensive local fishing friendships. I have been done with the company since last year.
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Old 10-06-2018, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by malty falcon View Post
Mounting plate is only halfway on solid surface. Are there really FOUR bolts going into a backing plate that close to the edge of the bow? If so, really tight fitting! Good on ya.
No worries. It will all be replaced anyway.
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Old 10-06-2018, 11:43 AM
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Was anything else going on at the time? Did you install new batteries? Could the polarity be reversed?
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Old 10-06-2018, 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Captbobnmb View Post
No worries. It will all be replaced anyway.
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When they replace everything throw that fuse in the trash and buy a blue sea 285 series circuit breaker. Might or might not have had anything to do with your circumstance but fuses are bush league for trolling motors.... Also with the CB you can manually break the connection when you get home. I do this every trip so there is not a parasitic drain on my TM batteries.
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Old 10-08-2018, 08:20 AM
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For OP - I can't believe you are trashing MinnKota when you have no idea what caused the fire. Could have been any of a number of things that aren't related to the unit itself. You wouldn't post this kind of trash if you owned a business.

Report it to your insurance company and let them investigate. It's what they do.
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Old 10-17-2018, 07:44 AM
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Internal failure caused the fire.


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Old 10-17-2018, 08:16 AM
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And now what does minnkota have to say?

Ive owned both motorguide and minnkota. I would have to say that as of now my minnkota is better than my motorguide. Granted this is not an apples to apples comparison. As the motorguide is an older unit and 25lb thrust vs the ipilot I have now (different boats). However the motorguide has given me YEARS of decent service and is still running. Not like it once did but still running.
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Old 10-17-2018, 09:16 AM
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In your first post you stated it caught on fire after 2 minutes of use, I think you meant to say 4 years and 2 min.
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Old 10-17-2018, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by GoneNdoneit View Post
And now what does minnkota have to say?

Ive owned both motorguide and minnkota. I would have to say that as of now my minnkota is better than my motorguide. Granted this is not an apples to apples comparison. As the motorguide is an older unit and 25lb thrust vs the ipilot I have now (different boats). However the motorguide has given me YEARS of decent service and is still running. Not like it once did but still running.
Answer:
Out of warranty.
Electronic parts sometimes fail.

(However their parts that fail have no fuse disconnect / fail-safe and cause open flame fire) - It also seems to be a theme with the Riptide. When you research everything out there is just them.
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Originally Posted by Captbobnmb View Post
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Out of warranty.
Electronic parts sometimes fail.

(However their parts that fail have no fuse disconnect / fail-safe and cause open flame fire) - It also seems to be a theme with the Riptide. When you research everything out there is just them.
lol my current model is a riptide. I dont agree with their assessment but see their point. However I think it would be good business practice on their part to request your motor and see what failed. If its their components that failed and not neglect then they should offer you some compensation. Maybe not a full replacement but a significant compensation.
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Old 10-17-2018, 10:42 AM
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You can't really have a low amperage fuse with a trolling motor because they sometimes need 50+ amps to run at full power. So you could have a short in the motor that is only pulling 30 amps but that's still plenty to cause a fire. It's not like your house is where it has ground fault interrupt safety or something. The same thing would happen if you had a short on one of the battery cables on your outboard. There's no fuse protection there whatsoever so if it grounds out something is going to catch fire.
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