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Old 07-27-2015, 03:08 AM   #15
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The important thing is you and yours are safe. Check back in when you find out what caused the fire.

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Old 07-27-2015, 03:19 AM   #16
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My goodness.. how awful. So glad you both are safe.

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Old 07-27-2015, 03:45 AM   #17
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Glad you got out OK. Sorry for the loss and hope the insurance company treats you right.
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Old 07-27-2015, 04:57 AM   #18
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DARN - Sorry to see this

What chassis was this? My neighbors Ford did the same thing, burnt to the ground sitting in his drive.

Ford has a recall for vehicles with cruise control to add a small fuse harness to the brake switch. The brake switch shorts out internally and starts melting the wiring, then its flames. Take your VIN number to a ford dealer, they will tell if its part of re-call.
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Old 07-27-2015, 08:54 AM   #19
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Wow -- Sorry for the loss, but as said many times above, all of the really important things (people. pets) were saved. Best of luck --
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Old 07-27-2015, 09:00 AM   #20
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So sorry about your misfortune! Sure glad everyone is OK!
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Old 07-27-2015, 09:30 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by G Shaw View Post
Wait until the Dometic fridge people see this one
PS glad you are safe and sound
He said it started in the engine compartment, not the fridge.
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Old 07-27-2015, 09:44 AM   #22
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Sorry for the loss. Just kiss the DW and puppy every night. Glad you are all OK.

Looks like the toad made it.
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Old 07-27-2015, 09:45 AM   #23
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At a loss for words on the coach, but glad your ok.
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Old 07-27-2015, 10:04 AM   #24
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Add to the crowd that are glad you are all safe. The rest will work itself out.

And yes to fire safety, in all RV's, trailers, fivers, truck campers, B's and C's - etc.

I would welcome and participate in a thread that could become a Sticky, on Fire Safety Best Practices in general. Maybe a Moderator could step in and tell us if that is something we can do in a structured way?

In the meantime, for those that read this and wonder. Yes, be sure you have the proper fire extinguishers, do maintain them, and do the them positioned in the right location. Notice this fire started in the front. If you were asleep in the rear and woke up to a fire alarm and a coach full of hard to breath in smoke - do you know how to get out, and have talked out, rear window emergency exit of your coach? Do you keep a 'bug out' bag of important items ready to go? (My DW, bless her, brings back key items from the front cabinet of the door, to the rear of the coach, each night, and returns them to the front each AM.)

OP - Again, main thing is you're all safe. And thanks for sharing this sobering reminder to us all, that safety is not an accident, it takes work and planning and refresher 'What do do if?' review.

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Old 07-27-2015, 10:19 AM   #25
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very nice points, smitty. looking forward to the post in sticky for the topic. we could never raise the awareness enough on rv fire.
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Old 07-27-2015, 10:27 AM   #26
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Oh.. it's not a complete loss.. you have a nice mound of junk to clean up.. AND, you don't have to clean out the rig after your trip!

Sorry about the loss.. Glad you and your house are ok.
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Old 07-27-2015, 10:30 AM   #27
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Glad everyone made it out safe. Fires are one of my big fears. I have 3 extinguishers and extra smoke detectors inside. Just checked them all recently along with emergency window.
But stuff happens in areas beyond your control. So always keeping a watchful eye.
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Old 07-27-2015, 11:05 AM   #28
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According to the fire report, the fire started in the engine compartment. No further details.

We would like to know what caused the fire of course, but the damage was so extensive, I don’t know if they would have been able to locate the source. The aluminum frame in the walls melted and created (aluminum) puddles on the driveway. The magnesium engine cover also melted. I included a close up of the engine.

This experience added some new requirements and questions for the next coach, like the location of the door, multiple fire extinguishers at different locations, annual wire harness/electrical system, check-up (there was a NHTSA wire harness recall, which stated that it could touch a heat shield under the MH). I think a more accurate heat sensor system for the engine and transmission might also be a good thing…

It will take a while for us to process this event, but we’ll be fine.
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