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Old 10-02-2018, 10:34 AM
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Default Minn Kota Riptide Fire!!!!

Minn Kota caught fire! Open flames.
Garbage!!!!!! After 2 min. deployed it sparked, sent 1ft. flames and had to be extinguished.
Fuse never blew and plugs never got hot. Absolutely should never happen on a boat. Built in failsafes should never allow open flames.

Called the company and they said SORRY, OUT OF WARRANTY. - Long story short

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Old 10-02-2018, 10:39 AM
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If you need a motor guide I have one in my garage, free to get you back on the water, I am near Winter Park, Fl.

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Did it not trip your 50 or 60 amp resettable circuit breaker?
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I wonder what caused such catastrophic failure, Capt? I've never heard of flames from a trolling motor. Was it damaged before the sparking?
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Originally Posted by malty falcon View Post
I wonder what caused such catastrophic failure, Capt? I've never heard of flames from a trolling motor. Was it damaged before the sparking?


Fire on Wireless Trolling Motor

https://www.ohiogamefishing.com/thre...r-fire.233081/


Alot of talk about the circuit board in the base catching fire without CB tripping on multiple TM's in this thread.

https://www.walleyecentral.com/forum.../t-185941.html
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Old 10-02-2018, 11:13 AM
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I understand the rant and frustration but what happened. If they are not going to warranty it then take it apart (or give it to someone that will) and find out what happened. Do you have a circuit breaker by your batteries. its hard to believe that didn't trip if there was a big enough short to cause a fire. Its usually determined to be a faulty fuse. Id bet your breaker is corroded shut.
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Originally Posted by mwgoldman View Post
I understand the rant and frustration but what happened. If they are not going to warranty it then take it apart (or give it to someone that will) and find out what happened. Do you have a circuit breaker by your batteries. its hard to believe that didn't trip if there was a big enough short to cause a fire.
good thoight. Or maybe there was some sort of accelerant around there. Or maybe his mistress got mad and sabotaged his boat.

None the less very concerning and very concerning with warranty claim
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He says they are junk so everyone needs to stop buying them No issues with the past 3 that I've owned!!!
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Originally Posted by jeff7y28 View Post
Did it not trip your 50 or 60 amp resettable circuit breaker?
^ This. If it didn't have one, then likely improper installation on someone's part.
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Originally Posted by mdees88 View Post
Fire on Wireless Trolling Motor

https://www.ohiogamefishing.com/thre...r-fire.233081/


Alot of talk about the circuit board in the base catching fire without CB tripping on multiple TM's in this thread.

https://www.walleyecentral.com/forum.../t-185941.html
Read the thread that is in this post. The guy had pretty much the same thing happen to him. It turned out to be a defective fuse installed by the boat builder. Minnkota did him right on the damagevand a new motor also.
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Old 10-02-2018, 11:54 AM
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I am shocked, shocked I tell you, to hear of a high current draw electrical device catching on fire. Who would have ever thunk it could happen?
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Unfortunately I'm not closer, I would have gladly taken your junk.
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Originally Posted by OKAZAY View Post
He says they are junk so everyone needs to stop buying them No issues with the past 3 that I've owned!!!
Lol, that's what I was thinking when I first read it. He has a legit issue I understand him being pissed about the situation but he came off like an angry teenager who just got grounded. I couldn't tell if he was a bad review writer or a bad motor guide salesman. I do hate it for him though...
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Old 10-02-2018, 01:59 PM
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If we are not allowed to buy Suzuki outboards because of lost thrust washers on brand new ones, I think it is only fair to be prohibited from buying Minn Kotas because they can start fires after their warranty has ended.


This internet makes it so easy to buy stuff, but then it also makes it so easy to learn what you are not allowed to buy. Damn the irony.
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Old 10-02-2018, 02:17 PM
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You can start a fire like this without blowing the fuse or breaker. Generally some component or connection overheats and you are off to the races. The issue is that everything around the problem or the component itself burns. That is what you blame on the manufacturer. Either built it not to burn or internally protect lower current circuits that can fail like this. One reason to purchase electrical devices with UL listings, I just don’t think UL has a standard for trolling motors.
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Originally Posted by First Light View Post
^ This. If it didn't have one, then likely improper installation on someone's part.
Triple this
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So now finding multiple stories of the same issue. It is always a Minn Kota Riptide too. Seems to be a common theme.


To answer everyone's concerns/questions:
No corrosion at all.
No damage and haven't even scraped the paint off the lower unit.
The fuse is good and all run with heavy gauge wire.

Im taking it to another service center and see what they say and do. Unfortunately delayed a little since work / career is pulling me away.
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Fire on Wireless Trolling Motor

https://www.ohiogamefishing.com/thre...r-fire.233081/

A few more fires on Minn Kota
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These reports of fire have my interest. I'm planning to install a GPS "spot lock" trolling motor on my boat soon. Seems these Minn Kota's may have an issue with the circuit board that allows it to create a fire without tripping the main breaker. Not something I want to deal with 30 miles offshore.
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Your boats insurance may cover this. Mine did.
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