Tuesday, November 28, 2023


How fast an RV burns up

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
A series of dramatic photographs and two videos from Chilliwack, British Columbia, shows just how fast an RV burns up. It also underscores the need to GET OUT of your rig if it catches fire.

On May 15, Chris Gadsden, a local man, was on his morning drive when he came across a trailer parked outside of a residence. He immediately phoned for the fire department, then began shooting photos as the fire progressed.

In just a matter of minutes, despite the best efforts of the fire department, the trailer was reduced to frame and ash. How fasts an RV burns up! As we’ve frequently underscored, if your rig catches fire, head out the door. Don’t waste time trying to pick up valuables, GET OUT, and don’t try to go back inside.

Check out a video of part of this tragedy here. Here’s Part 2 of that video.

All photos by Chris Gadsden


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Ken (@guest_127555)
2 years ago

Taking pictures is all you can do in that situation. Did WEB even read the comment from TOM?

WEB (@guest_127497)
2 years ago

That is our society now, just stand back and take pictures.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  WEB

Hi, WEB. They had already called the fire department, and I think I saw the owner with a hose. So there wasn’t much else they could do. Have a great day! 😀 —Diane

Derek (@guest_127785)
2 years ago
Reply to  WEB

WEB, Your comment is ignorant. How about reading the article thoroughly before letting your ignorance take control again.

Tom (@guest_127171)
2 years ago

Ouch! RV was parked too close to the house, allowing the fire to jump to the house. My RV is parked about 20 feet from the house making this final event harder.
My rule is get out of RV with spouse and pets. Let it burn. You can always get another one. A friend, whose burned up 3 years ago, fought the fire with 2 fire extingushers to no avail.

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