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Old 04-29-2014, 03:07 PM   #1
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Motorhome Fire

I drove past this on Friday morning, I-70 Eastbound just East of I-435 in Kansas City, KS, I could see the black smoke from 8 miles away. According to the media no injuries which is wonderful. It appears from the pictures and seeing it live it started in the rear? I personally know how devastating it is to watch your motorhome go up in flames. I wish them luck in recovering from this experience.

RV fire snarls traffic on EB I-70 near 78th Street | Local News - KMBC Home
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I experienced this recently and discovered a weakness in the safety of some dual ac systems. My system has dual ac units, controlled by and Intellitec controller. The Intellitec unit is fused, and the two ac units are on a breaker, but I had a short on one of the control boards inside of the rooftop air conditioner and it shorted the wires between the rooftop unit and the Intellitec controller and started a fire that dripped wire insulation down on the mattress, catching it on fire as well. I'm still making the repairs now, but while doing so, I'm adding fuses in between the main control unit and rooftop unit control board. That way, if there's a short in the future, the fuses will blow, killing power and saving me a lot of work and money. I was lucky. I saw the smoke and caught the fire before it got out of hand and fortunately discovered a weakness in design that could have endangered my family.
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My greatest fear is one of our RVs catching fire and losing our four cats. All our material stuff can be replaced - but they're like our children.
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Sounds like there have been three [reported] MH fires already this year. All starting in the rear, not the usual mid-coach place we all love to talk about. At least 2 of these were DP. What are the most common causes of a rear-end DP fire? \ken
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I experienced this recently and discovered a weakness in the safety of some dual ac systems. My system has dual ac units, controlled by and Intellitec controller. The Intellitec unit is fused, and the two ac units are on a breaker, but I had a short on one of the control boards inside of the rooftop air conditioner and it shorted the wires between the rooftop unit and the Intellitec controller and started a fire that dripped wire insulation down on the mattress, catching it on fire as well. I'm still making the repairs now, but while doing so, I'm adding fuses in between the main control unit and rooftop unit control board. That way, if there's a short in the future, the fuses will blow, killing power and saving me a lot of work and money. I was lucky. I saw the smoke and caught the fire before it got out of hand and fortunately discovered a weakness in design that could have endangered my family.
thanks for sharing this with us. what make/model/year is yours? isn't a breaker for a/cs which will act in that situation?
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Sounds like there have been three [reported] MH fires already this year. All starting in the rear, not the usual mid-coach place we all love to talk about. At least 2 of these were DP. What are the most common causes of a rear-end DP fire? \ken
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