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Old 03-11-2014, 05:38 PM   #1
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Wow that some Scarry stuff. Thankfully they got out OK.
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Another reason to get an automatic fire ext.system installed in the engine compartment. All it takes is a little fuel or oil leak spraying on the exhaust system, and it won't take long to go beyond what a hand held extinguisher can handle.
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Old 03-11-2014, 06:36 PM   #4
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Look up "Mac the fire guy" online. He sells a number of different fire extinguishers and systems. I have one on mine with a nozzle that sits above the he engine.
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Another reason to get an automatic fire ext.system installed in the engine compartment. All it takes is a little fuel or oil leak spraying on the exhaust system, and it won't take long to go beyond what a hand held extinguisher can handle.
And you are going to tell me that the little "automatic fire ext.system installed in the engine compartment" is going to do anything at 70 mhp down the road with all the wind in the engine compartment.
Maybe if the extinguishing agent was directly at where the fire started you may have a chance to extinguish the fire.
Yes, sure anything is better then nothing & it certainly won't hurt.
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And you are going to tell me that the little "automatic fire ext.system installed in the engine compartment" is going to do anything at 70 mhp down the road with all the wind in the engine compartment.
Maybe if the extinguishing agent was directly at where the fire started you may have a chance to extinguish the fire.
Yes, sure anything is better then nothing & it certainly won't hurt.
It's about peace of mind, not effectiveness. You havent had enough consumer reeducation training.
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If you had halon in the engine compartment and were able to close off all air access it might help. Or 50 lbs of fire foam that would release out of several nozzels.
With that much air movement, I dont see anything that could be mildly effective. An engine that already has leaking fuel is a lost RV.
Extinguishers throughout the interior to just help you get out makes sense.
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If the extinguisher buys me a few extra seconds then it is worth it.
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And you are going to tell me that the little "automatic fire ext.system installed in the engine compartment" is going to do anything at 70 mhp down the road with all the wind in the engine compartment.
Maybe if the extinguishing agent was directly at where the fire started you may have a chance to extinguish the fire.
Yes, sure anything is better then nothing & it certainly won't hurt.
I am not going to try and convince you that having a large 2 or 3 liter AFFF foam fire extinguisher installed in your engine compartment would have helped but I will strongly suggest that you give Mac the Fire Guy a call and talk to him about engine RV fires. You may just learn something new.

I have a SS-200 AFF system in my engine compartment with the 286F nozzle located over the fuel system.

I am hoping that it never goes off.

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Can pricing, stats, model application and the science of this be revealed for the benefit and safety of the forum?
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Dave,

Here are the two most popular web sites for the purchase of fire extinguishing products for RVer's.

Mac The Fire Guy Products.

Fire Fight Supplemental Halon & AFFF Fire Suppression Systems.

Look over what they offer and their prices then decide for yourself whether they are suitable for you.

There are also some very expensive fully automated systems for a coach but I have steered away from those due to cost, usually in the $5,000 - $10,000 range but still a bargain if it puts out a fire soon after it started thereby saving your RV.

Halon ONLY works in a small enclosed confined area. AFFF works the best in all other areas that are open with lots of air.

AFFF is similar or the same as to what is used at airports to smother fuel and other types of fires.

Water is OK but it's used mostly for defense and takes a long time to pour enough water on the fire to put it out.

The ABC chemical fire extinguisher that you typically find in a RV is not the best but it will work OK providing that they WORK when you need it. Most of the time the chemical is caked at the bottom rendering the extinguisher useless. I have allocated mine to living in my rolling garage for any campfire or BBQ problems.

I am by far no expert so it's best to talk directly to Mac to get all of your questions asked. I did back in 2009 prior to leaving CA for extensive road travel.

There is also a member of iRV2.com named RVCruzer who has written up a great article about fires and types of fire extinguishers, etc. I would suggest everyone spend sometime and read through what he has to say. Some people, mostly the skeptics, could possibly learn something.

I have not been sorry for one second investing into the fire suppression systems that I now have installed in my coach and truly hope that I never see the day that they are needed.

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