Sunday, October 2, 2022



RV fires: They happen, and they’re not pretty!

By Chuck Woodbury
Just about every week in our Saturday newsletter, we post an RV Fire Safety Tip. The fact is, RV fires happen. And when an RV catches fire, it goes up fast. RV fire expert Mac McCoy (Mac the Fire Guy) advises that if you can’t extinguish a fire in 20 seconds, then concentrate on getting yourself out of the RV safely; forget about trying to save the RV. Watch this video with Mac where he explains more.

Tiny fire extinguisher in new RV. Like a pea-shooter in a war zone.

Mac suggests having five extinguishers on hand including one in an outdoor compartment. Watch this video where he explains. And be sure to know how to check those extinguishers to be sure they work. On most RV fire extinguishers that means tapping them on a hard surface (like concrete) every so often, maybe every three or four months.

And, as Mac stresses in the video above, be sure you have an emergency exit plan. Most RVers, he suggests, do not.

What baffles me is the puny little fire extinguishers you find in most new RVs. They’re as effective as a pea shooter in a war zone. But the RV industry, always eager to save a buck, doesn’t really like to talk about RV fires.

If you ever doubt the number of RVs that catch fire, just type RV fire into YouTube. Here is what you might find:

##RVT829 ##RVDT1405


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Gene Cheatham
3 years ago

Mac, is it feasible to have a reliable fire prevention company install a suppression system in an RV – both living space and compartments. I used to be involved in auto racing for years and requirements were made for on board suppression in the engine bay and cockpit. Thanks, hope to see your response.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
3 years ago
Reply to  Gene Cheatham

Gene, thanks for the great question. Sorry for the delay in responding. Mike Sokol, our electrical expert, is gathering information from a company which makes an RV fire suppression system and he hopes to write an article about it in the next week or so. Stay tuned… 😀 —Diane at

4 years ago

I replaced my Little PEA SHOOTER, (STILL HAVE IT), but put it in the Washer / Dryer Closet. This PEA SHOOTER is made by First Alert.

All new Extinguishers from KIDDE. I have 3 in my RV. Kitchen Area near the Exit Door, One in the Bedroom and One in the basement Area.

Steve Barnes, Kamloops, B.C.
4 years ago
Reply to  Jeff

Good idea Jeff. I will look in to adding decent sized extinguishers.
My escape window in 2015, new at the time, Reflection did not open. Dealer fixed once unsuccessfully then I rebiult it.
I also have a permanently installed hemp escape rope knotted every 18”, the subject of earlier rvtravel feature.
Watch Mac’s escape plan videos.

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