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Old 07-05-2008, 06:29 AM   #1
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Check out this link to videos that Chuck Woodbury has put together. It is scary!

http://www.motorhomesonfire.com/

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Old 07-05-2008, 07:54 AM   #2
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It is a bit of a stretch to call a motorhome a rolling bomb.

But from the quality standards being used by the industry, I am surprised that there are not more fires. You look at the mess of wires and hoses just strung under, through and over things and not adequately protected, it really make me sick to see such a poor attitude by the RV industry in general.

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Old 07-05-2008, 10:01 AM   #3
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Wow!! Thanks for posting this...makes me think again about a quick MH movement plan when parked "rally type close"....ie jacks up...MH keys placed on steering wheel..awning stowed..
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Old 07-05-2008, 10:25 PM   #4
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Thanks for the link....I guess.

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Old 07-06-2008, 05:45 AM   #5
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So what does everyone think caused the fires in the motorhomes specifically? While the videos are disturbing, I hope everyone just got out safely. I would like to learn though what to look for, if possible, that might lead to a potential fire hazard. No fire extinguisher is going to help with these type of fires. I look at mine as something to put out a stove fire if they were ever to happen. We are out of here if the actual motorhome catches fire...nothing else matters.

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Old 07-06-2008, 06:04 AM   #6
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Kyle241:
So what does everyone think caused the fires in the motorhomes specifically? While the videos are disturbing, I hope everyone just got out safely. I would like to learn though what to look for, if possible, that might lead to a potential fire hazard. No fire extinguisher is going to help with these type of fires. I look at mine as something to put out a stove fire if they were ever to happen. We are out of here if the actual motorhome catches fire...nothing else matters.

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I wish we could get fire investigator's report for that info..I understand MH coach manufacturers...unlike auto manufacturers are not required to track or report to Feds fire incidents in their product line..

Purely my speculations on video. My observations

1. Two apperared to be rear engine diesel/fires with toads. I understand at least one coach manufacturer has undisclosed number of rear engine fires due to faulty coolant radiator...that caused leaking coolant to catch fire..Personal conversation with Gary Swaim seems to indicate his fire investigators pointing to that type defective radiator.

http://swaimquest.com/Coach_Fire.aspx

2. Several RVs appeared to be older models with the refrigerator near the center of the coach..
Again...older model Dometic-Norcold fire prone refrigerators could have been the cause.

http://irv2.infopop.cc/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/2486094452/m/22410146541
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Old 07-06-2008, 05:19 PM   #7
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Read what macthefireguy.comrecommends to reduce risks of a fire in a MH. The vast majority of RV fires are MH fires, most of those fires begin in the engine compartment. It's all on the website for anyone to read.
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Old 07-07-2008, 04:48 AM   #8
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Ray,IN:
Read what macthefireguy.comrecommends to reduce risks of a fire in a MH. The vast majority of RV fires are MH fires, most of those fires begin in the engine compartment. It's all on the website for anyone to read. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Thanks ..great stuff.
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Cars catch fire every day. RV fires are just more spectacular and news werthy.
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Old 07-07-2008, 05:36 AM   #10
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When I look at the pictures and think of some of the parks I have parked in, where coaches were packed in like sardines in a can. Makes me wonder what the "H" is wrong with my thinking. Besides fuel, oil and electrical fires there is Propane which normally blows. We have them all.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Homer:
When I look at the pictures and think of some of the parks I have parked in, where coaches were packed in like sardines in a can. Makes me wonder what the "H" is wrong with my thinking. Besides fuel, oil and electrical fires there is Propane which normally blows. We have them all. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

and the BBQ...and neighbor's BBQ..and the cigarette smoker next to you putting the butts out on the dry grass ground..seems like parks should be covered by ordinance...as to the minimum distances between parked rigs...Rally's would have a tough time with this one..also..based on Rally attendance...local firetrucks should be located on rally site..when you enter and register...a handout with emergency evac traffic flow should be part of registration..signs posted along drive ways should be posted for emergency evac flow...
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Old 07-07-2008, 12:12 PM   #12
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I am just curious. Since this is a Winnebago Forum, and the fire pictures are spectacular, how many of these fires occured in Winnebago products? I am driving under the general impression that W'go does a pretty good job of engineering their circuits, tying their harnesses, routing and mounting their gas lines and venting important cavities.

Other than that, I see maintenance and equipment cleanliness as the most important factors along with just plain vigilence.

Of course, some things just happen, like running over something in the roadway that flies up and causes damage.

Still, what an ordeal to go through.

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When I bought my SeaBreeze I went through it pretty good and found the area around the generator packed with everything a field mouse could find to make a nice nest. The wire screen vents were packed solid. Took an air compressor and shop vac to get the area cleaned out. Generac rep confirmed that is common area above screens for rodent home. Wonder if that debris could have caused a fire if things got real hot while running generator?
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Old 07-07-2008, 03:57 PM   #14
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I read Mac the Fire Guy's web site and still am a little confused about fire extinguishers. What are your takes on the subject? Is it a good idea to replace the existing fire extinguisher with a foam extinguisher. And, add fire extinguishers to the kitchen, bedroom and tow vehicle. It seems reasonable to me, however, I am still questioning what type of extinguisher is best.
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