Thursday, September 21, 2023


Bees and other pests could catch your RV on fire. Don’t let this happen

An RV owner in one of my Facebook groups asked, “Any idea what caused this?” One of the most important reasons why we write these articles is to help you and to help protect others in the campground. It is very important to learn all you can when it comes to RV maintenance and why… especially when it comes to preventing RV fires!

How pests can cause RV fires

So with that being said, let’s talk about propane. Did you know that LP gas has a garlic byproduct in it that attracts bees, spiders, mud daubers, and other pests into your appliances? This can cause damage to your appliances, and can even cause a fire.

This is caused by something getting into the burner chamber and causing it to incorrectly burn. I would advise that you take the unit in for service if you see any signs of this on your side wall.

RV owners groups are asking question online: Any idea what caused this?

Just like a chimney can catch on fire, so can your RV. So if you see this, please stop using your RV until you have it corrected.

It’s important to know what you own!

Should you need to troubleshoot or order any parts for your water heater, you’ll need to have the right information to take care of your investment. Check out the pictures to know your water heater basics:

  • Know your water heater brand.
  • Know where to locate your model and serial number.
  • Identify basic water heater parts.

It’s a good idea to take pictures of your appliance model and serial numbers and send them to yourself. This information is very important for you to get any replacement parts if needed.

Depending on your use, your water heater should be serviced every 6–12 months to keep it maintained and to prevent costly replacement and damage.

This RV water heater is catching on fire
WARNING: In this picture, the water heater is catching on fire! The gas and flame are back burning in the chamber, as well as the (safety) thermal cut-off has been removed.

This could have burnt the unit to the ground! It could be at your house or your favorite campground! Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for all your appliance services.

Our Facebook groups

These Facebook groups were created to help educate owners about parts, problems, repairs, fixes, and upgrades on RV units. We will be sharing videos that include WHAT’S IN THE SHOP? and SHOP TALK episodes with information on accessories and products that we use and install on the units from the shop.

We try and help as time allows to answer questions and problems. We encourage others to share their experience so we can build a resource page to help everyone.

Please follow us on YouTube, and see our published articles on and other social media pages.

Please feel free to share your stories, problems, and upgrades with us so we can build a resource page to help others.

Thank you,


Dustin Simpson
Dustin Simpson
I have worn many hats in the RV industry through the years. From an RV Technician, Warranty Administrator, Parts Administrator, Parts Manager, Service Manager and now Business Owner. I have even been deemed an RV Expert by the California court system, working on behalf of the customers, dealers, and manufacturers. My repair facility has been servicing customers at the same location since 2003. What sets us apart from the dealerships is we are here to fix and maintain what you have, and not sell you a new one. Whether you own a million-dollar unit or an entry level, my message to you will be the same, it needs to be maintained.



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