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Alas, another RV burns to a crisp. How to avoid this happening to you

Here’s another example of an RV that has traveled its last mile, at least on its own power. We present this photo (that we spotted on Facebook) for our newbie RVer readers who are not aware that RVs burn about as fast as any product on earth, a perfect fuel.

RV manufacturers and dealers don’t talk about this because it might scare some buyers away.

To help ensure your own RV does not make its final trip atop a tow truck or trailer, remember a few things:

• Keep your RV in top mechanical condition.
• Be sure you have at least a couple of good fire extinguishers.
• Be sure those fire extinguishers work. Have them inspected every few years. Talk to your favorite firefighter for his or her advice.
• Be extra safe with propane. It’s best to turn it off at the source when you are driving or towing the RV.  Many RVers travel with it on, but it’s safer to keep it off.
• And be sure to have an exit plan should your RV catch fire. And that includes practicing a departure out your emergency exit window or door. The first step in this process is to be sure it actually opens, and is not stuck shut.

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DW/ND
4 months ago

A few years ago I got to wondering about that escape window. Tried to open – NO WAY! The former owner had sealed it with silicone! After 2-3 hrs I finally got it cleaned out and open. Now the question is how am I supposed to handle that 6′ drop to the ground? …and especially my wife with her COPD? Not going to happen. The window is also at the head of the bed!

There needs to be an industry change to put in a escape door – could be easily done out the back wall of a Class A – thru a closet or a shower stall? Stow some steps on the door if needed.

MrDisaster
4 months ago
Reply to  DW/ND

The best way to use the “escape” window is to throw a coat or blanket over the bottom of the opening and go out belly down and feet first. Alternatively would be to leave a ladder outside that window.

David carlson
4 months ago
Reply to  DW/ND

With the window at the head of the bed, try this, open window prop open with stick, place your blanket half in and out the window, lay on stomach and start sliding out the window feet first, let the weight of your lower body pull you out, ride the blanket down, grab the windowsill as you slide out to slow you down, your spouse can use another blanket or sheet for their trip out. Now you have something to cover yourself in. you can get more fire safety tips from the RV fire Marshal on you tube

Tommy Molnar
4 months ago

I’ll contact my “favorite firefighter” today. We all have one, don’t we?

Roger V
4 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I do! They also do my roofing and power washing in their spare time!

Tommy Molnar
4 months ago
Reply to  Roger V

Ha. Gee, what else does your “favorite firefighter” do? Clean house, mow lawns? Kidding!!!

Philip
4 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Thatching and aerating my lawn

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RV Staff
4 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Hi, Tommy. Right now I have a bunch of “favorite firefighters” — all of those 400-or-so heroes fighting the Bolt Creek Fire, some of which has been within a few hundred feet of my beautiful 18+ acres of undeveloped mountain property on Index Creek in the Cascades. Fire started Sat. morning and is approx. 8,000 acres. It’s about 2% contained. Hwy. 2 is closed, and the Air Quality Index at my property is at 189 right now. (It’s at 87 where I live, 40 miles west of my property, and it’s 94 in Seattle.) As soon as the road reopens, the fire is put out near (or on) my property, and the air clears, I’ll be going up there to see what’s left. Fingers crossed for all of the people with homes in the area, and for the safety of the brave, hard-working firefighters. Have a great day, Tommy. 😀 –Diane aka Mountain Mama

Tommy Molnar
4 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Good points. Luckily we haven’t had any wildfires in our neighborhood. A few miles up the road – yes.

I don’t personally know any firefighters. Or police. I WAS trying to make a ‘funny’ but apparently failed. Maybe next time . . .

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RV Staff
4 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

I got it, Tommy. I don’t personally know any firefighters, either (although Chuck was one when in college). I just used the opportunity to let you know about my property. Of course, others up there have homes in harm’s way, so that’s much more important than my undeveloped, and absolutely gorgeous, property with a (large) creek running through it. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane aka Mountain Mama

Tommy Molnar
4 months ago
Reply to  RV Staff

Your property sounds heavenly. Undeveloped or not, you don’t want to see one leaf damaged.

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RV Staff
4 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Thanks, Tommy. Yep, it truly is gorgeous – the property I’ve dreamed of owning for most of my 75 years. And I’m also concerned about all of the wildlife up there. I’ll take you up there sometime if you’re ever in the neighborhood. 😀 –Diane

Gman
4 months ago
Reply to  Tommy Molnar

Bad day?

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RV Staff
4 months ago
Reply to  Gman

What, because he’s joking? What an odd assumption. Have a good day, Gman. 🙂 –Diane

Leonard Rempel
4 months ago

Get rid of your propane fridge! I did after it caught on fire!

Tommy Molnar
4 months ago
Reply to  Leonard Rempel

We just went to an ac fridge after our RV fridge died. Works great – as long as we’re plugged in. We’ll see how we make out next month when we make the 2,000 mile trip home from Houston to Reno.

Craig T
1 year ago

Maybe keep an element fire stick, elementfire.com, along with a traditional fire extinguisher. Another option is to install a Blazecut fire suppression tube. I have classic Aircooled VWs and have the aforementioned items in them.

Lorraine A Gehring
1 year ago

In our old Itasca class A, once the escape window was opened, it had to be reinstalled by a pro. Don’t tell people to practice opening the window. Not everyone reads their manual.

Cheryl
1 year ago

In conversation with a fellow RVer, she was told by a safety officer to spray yourself with extinguisher foam and head out the door. This has a higher success rate then anything else. It make sense to me especially after seeing some exit windows in new rigs.

WEB
1 year ago
Reply to  Cheryl

Must have been April 1st when the ‘safety officer’ said that.

M J
4 months ago
Reply to  Cheryl

As an old firefighter myself. I can honestly say I have never seen an RV that carries a foam fire extinguisher. Almost everyone I have seen carrie’s powder fire extinguisher Which will do no good at protecting you and actually cause more headaches for any Healing process from burns you get trying to run through the fire. The best advice and item I have seen lately is a fireball extinguisher. You basically throw it in the room that has the fire in it it explodes removes the oxygen puts out the fire. It works on every type of fire, including burning metals, and leaves no residue. I keep one in the bedroom of the 5th wheel as well as in an outside compartment. And a Haylon type in the living area. No powder extinguishers for me.

John
4 months ago
Reply to  M J

Hanlon was outlawed in 1993. Do not get caught with any halon anything. It has a huge fine and or jail time

David V
4 months ago
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David V
4 months ago
Reply to  M J

“Removes the oxygen”…
Wouldn’t you also need something like an OBA for when you set off the fireball or the Haylon? Just curious…

Last edited 4 months ago by David V

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