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Old 06-15-2010, 06:37 PM   #1
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Installing an extinguisher in the engine compartment?

Specifically in a Journey/ Meridian. I looked in there tonight and realized that's a really tight space. Certainly nothing can be mounted on the cover, and there is very little clearance on the sides. I'm stumped. Any ideas?
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Old 06-15-2010, 06:58 PM   #2
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With a Diesel it is probably a mute point but if you would feel more secure with a fire extinguisher, how about drilling a hole in the cover under the bed so that if there were a fire you could pull the plug that is in the hole that you drilled and unload the fire extinguesher into the engine compartment.
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:09 PM   #3
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HI Chuck,
I should have been more specific on the post... This is to mount an automatic release AFFF extinguisher. If something ever gets going back there, there is absolutely no possible way to kill it off, as there is zero access. That's why I'm looking for mounting and install options for an auto-release.
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:13 PM   #4
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Check out the "NHRA" funny cars......They have those pricey units under the engine/body's....
Ain't going to be cheap tho.

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Check out the "NHRA" funny cars......They have those pricey units under the engine/body's....
Ain't going to be cheap tho.

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I know what I want to install, but don't have the room of a funny car (yeah, it's the same thing tho). I'm hoping someone has done the install on this model.
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Specifically in a Journey/ Meridian. I looked in there tonight and realized that's a really tight space. Certainly nothing can be mounted on the cover, and there is very little clearance on the sides. I'm stumped. Any ideas?
check these folks out. their extinguishers are pretty small. i don't have one yet, but plan on one for my engine and genny.

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I know who they are and have been talking to Ralph at length about engine and fridge experiences. BUT.... there appears to be no room to install anything by the engine, hence the question if anyone has already done this; where did the bottle go, and where did the head mount?
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(later that same year...)

Just finished mounting a 3L AFFF bottle in the coach in a place that was almost made for it and so out of the way it never occurred to me. I really wasn't too interested in mounting it under the coach being exposed to FOD, and the other 2 options were to mount it behind the radiator or under the bed and losing storage. Until..

Sitting on the floor looking at the engine I noticed the HVAC filter return cavity underneath the dresser, and it had an open space 7" wide; exactly the width of the bottle! After building a bracket to lift it over some wiring harnesses it fit like a glove. One hole into the engine compartment, and done.


Here's the return duct:



Finished with grille back on:



Discharge head over the CAT:



And if someone doubts this won't do the job, here's a "oops" trip:



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Hopefully I won't ever be reporting back how it performed......
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Good install. As you know, I put my cylinder under the coach along the frame rail since I really had no room inside the coach. Like you I hope to never find out how well it works but it gives me some peace of mind to know it is there. I also put the small Halon unit in the fridge compartment.
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That is a nice install. I'm just not sure I would want to go back if there were a fire underneath and have to access the tank to open the valve.

Same thing about the engine compartment access. I'd have to unlock two locks, same with accessing the hole in the BR.

I think I would just walk away and let the professionals handle it, and the insurance company.
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That is a nice install. I'm just not sure I would want to go back if there were a fire underneath and have to access the tank to open the valve.

Same thing about the engine compartment access. I'd have to unlock two locks, same with accessing the hole in the BR.

I think I would just walk away and let the professionals handle it, and the insurance company.
It's an automatic system and it's now fully charged.

I also added Halon to the fridge:



And this one because I was told to




SMLRANGER: That was probably your install the Ralph sent me tucked alongside the A/C?
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Fascinating. Question, how hot does the senser have to get to break the glass and activate the auto charge? I imagine it can get pretty hot down in the desert pulling up a hill a 10k lb trailer.
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I would be surprise if you couldn't recoop some of the money you spent through an insurance discount.
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That is a nice install. I'm just not sure I would want to go back if there were a fire underneath and have to access the tank to open the valve.

Same thing about the engine compartment access. I'd have to unlock two locks, same with accessing the hole in the BR.

I think I would just walk away and let the professionals handle it, and the insurance company.
Not sure what you mean about having access to open the valve if there were fire underneath. Once the stainless hose is attached to the tank and the dispensing nozzle, the valve lever is opened which charges the system. My valve is open and will stay that way. It will dispense automatically in the event of a fire.
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"SMLRANGER: That was probably your install the Ralph sent me tucked alongside the A/C?"

Yes, it was. He asked me to send him a pic.

"Fascinating. Question, how hot does the senser have to get to break the glass and activate the auto charge? I imagine it can get pretty hot down in the desert pulling up a hill a 10k lb trailer."

I believe the engine compartment nozzle is set at either 245 or 265 degrees. They instruct you not to install the nozzle near the exhaust or the turbo. It should be mounted near/over the fuel injectors since they are the most common source of a fire in a diesel.
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The idea behind an RV Automatic Fire System is "it's AUTOMATIC" and made for an RV. The idea of putting a dry powder extinguisher with a hose on it through a hole and then fireing it by hand. WOW that might put one in a very dangours situation. Are you sure the dry chemical extinguisher will do the job that you just risk your life for? Using Race Car systems that have to be modified for an RV might cost more then just getting a motorhome automatic extinguisher.

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Fascinating. Question, how hot does the senser have to get to break the glass and activate the auto charge? I imagine it can get pretty hot down in the desert pulling up a hill a 10k lb trailer.
285 Degrees IIRC. I believe it's a NASCAR spec.
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The idea behind an RV Automatic Fire System is "it's AUTOMATIC" and made for an RV. The idea of putting a dry powder extinguisher with a hose on it through a hole and then fireing it by hand. WOW that might put one in a very dangours situation. Are you sure the dry chemical extinguisher will do the job that you just risk your life for? Using Race Car systems that have to be modified for an RV might cost more then just getting a motorhome automatic extinguisher.

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I think it is the foam system but I believe he has attached the hose but has not opened the handle to 'charge' the line. In his pic, it looks like the handle is still in the closed position. If so, it is not automatic.
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I think it is the foam system but I believe he has attached the hose but has not opened the handle to 'charge' the line. In his pic, it looks like the handle is still in the closed position. If so, it is not automatic.
It's on now.. Camera came before hand
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