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Old 10-17-2010, 10:31 AM   #1
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Possible Dometic Fire

This post applies to any camper with recalled Dometic Fridge. A few days ago while at a mini-rally at Mims Florida, a Motorhome caught on fire and burned up in less than 30 minutes. The campers got out safely thank God but destroyed mostly everything. The fridge did have the recall work done in December. I am posting this because maybe we should all evaluate our egress procedures including re-checking our extinguishers. I the pix you can see what is left of the fridge by the slide.
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Old 10-17-2010, 10:48 AM   #2
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Ouch! Thanks for the reminder. Good advice.

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Old 10-18-2010, 03:59 AM   #3
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Refrigerator or water heater (lower right) looks like it could have been the source. Always be prepared for an emergency. That is one reason I have so many fire extinguishers around and keep a rope ladder under the bed in case we need it at night and might get trapped in the bedroom.
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Old 10-18-2010, 06:49 AM   #4
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I bought a shop vac from Lowe"s $24.95 it has a side mount for the wall of your compartment. The vac is small in size but has good suction. I always vac out the fridge vent and heater ducts once a month. Also never run the fridge on propane if the coach is not level when parked.
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Thanks for your comments. The owners were asleep and were awaken by an explosion. They didn't have time to think and evaluate, just get out. I think I will put some kind of ladder/rope at my emergency bedroom exit. Maybe buy an extra extinguisher for the bedroom. Turn propane off when parked. Hope we get more ideas on this. Think I will post a few more pixs.
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Ok here are some more.
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I realize there are times that you can do nothing due to the speed a fire starts, BUT, I learned a valuable lesson years ago. Buy a good fire extinguisher and put it alongside your bed! If a fire starts the extinguisher will be on your side of the fire and readily available without having to look for it! You pay big bucks for your rig so help yourself by spending another $40-$50 to protect it. The fire dept can only help you after they get there. By that time it may be too late to salvage anything.
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Thanks Nitehawk,

I was thinking an extinguisher in the bedroom would help. If for nothing else just to clear a path to get to the front entrance. I may have prolems getting DW out the bedroom excape.

I think I must establish a routine for checking my detectors more often also. Like before, during and after a trip.
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Only use that fire extinguisher to give you time to exit or help you exit. Do not stay there and try and fight the fire. When you open that escape window you are going to feed oxygen to the fire. The MH is insured and is replaceable. You and your loved ones are not.

If that was an explosion in that MH in the middle of the night then there is not much chance that they could have put the fire out with a fire extinguisher.

On my previous motorhome I found the black rubber gas lines cracked. When I moved them they hissed at me. While changing the lines I found the regulator to be loose. If your rubber hoses are cracked then it is time to change them.

It is amazing how fast you can jump out a small window if your rear end is being kissed by a flame. Twenty six years of flying in Navy planes will teach you that.
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Thanks Mike.

In other words when you open that window be prepared to get bit.

Have some AF flying time too. In B-47s it would take less than 10 seconds to egress. In 135s quite a bit longer. Not sure about the MH. The escape bedroom exit will probably give some injury on egress. I wish it was a pop outwindow/door that you could just jump out of instead of slithering out.
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It is the same way with a house fire. If you open the window the fire is going to get more oxygen and going to get bigger so you better to be ready to jump. I am sure that neither my wife or I would slither out of the excape window. She is going first and she better not hesitate (lol). I hope I don't land on top of her. It is a long way down from my bedroom window but a broken arm is better than trying to go through the flames.

You had an ejection seat in the B-47 but it wasn't nice to go downwards if you were too low or on the runway. Flew in one once out of Iceland just for the fun of it. Yea, a 135 would take you about the same time to get out of a P-3C Orion.
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Our downward ejection had fiberglass hatches. Pull the armrest depressurized the capsule and cut the glass. Pull the seat ring and everything was else automatic. The 135s had over the wing doors and an aft door. Then we had two escape chutes. Many fire extinguishers.

The thing that bothers me is that in our old trailer the entry door was between the heater or fridge and the bedroom. A better chance on egress. Now that I have the MH I have to go right by the fridge to get to the entrance door. I can see we could be in a death trap. Wish we had an excape door.
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Doesn't one of your rear side bedroom windows unlatch from the bottom and swing out for an emergency exit?
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Yes it does. After I posted here last I lifted up the blinds and inspected it. The escape window is actually larger than I thought and I can make a safe quick egress but I would still have a problem getting DW out. Still got my thinking cap on about that. I can't leave until she is out.

On thing that might be a good thing to do is close the bedroom door before opening the window. It might give me a few additional seconds.
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