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Old 08-08-2014, 09:11 PM   #1
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Question What are the weakest spots catching fire on class A?

ever since reading the post Motor Compartment Fire on I8, i have been pursuing a quality video monitoring system to be installed on my rig. now i bought it and waiting for its arrival. it will come with 4 cameras and a monitor. at any given time, 4 live videos will be displayed on the monitor concurrently.

it is my intention to mount one camera at the engine compartment, another at the back of fridge (dometic); these two are primary spots to start fire. i need two more locations to mount the remaining two cameras - one could be at the area of water heater? i am not sure about this... please share your thoughts/directions, and where else?

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Not sure of cost comparison but think I would have spent the money on automatic extinguishers for the engine compartment and behind the frig......wonder how the cameras will hold up in the heat of the engine compartment??????
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Are we a bit paranoid?? Been around rv's for better than 45 years and never had or been around anyone thats had a fire….
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With a multi-camera system, would you be looking at all the video feeds while driving?
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I think a much better use of your money is smoke detectors. The ones that would do what you want are linked by rf. If one detector goes off it alerts the other one and they all go off. You can mount one in all the compartments you are worried about ( For Sure Engine, Behind refrigerator etc. Put one up by the drivers seat. If there is a fire anywhere when that smoke detector detects the fire it will alert the one by your seat and you know there is a fire somewhere.
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Mount one on the roof.....that way you will see if low hanging limbs, low bridges, garages doors, etc will hit your rig. Mount one looking under the chassis. That way you can look for leaking fuel or water, overheated brakes, blown tires, road debris, clearance to chassis if on a inclined driveway or ditch.
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thank you all for the great ideas.

i plan to place the monitor on dash in front of driver seat. it's a 7" lcd, won't block my line of sight and i can glance it while driving. the fridge camera will be active when fridge is on, all others can be on upon key-on. the cameras will sustain 266f heat so it should be fine in engine bay.

gemini5362, the idea of rf linked smoke detectors is so great; i will look into it. it would be cool to have it as a secondary monitoring system, especially i can be alerted while sleeping if fridge starts an incident.

pasdad1, the up and bottom approach is brilliant, i have never thought about it and really like it. with those in places, i feel i am better protected and have a greater control

i shall update when i get it done. regards.
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We have inside smoke detectors and make sure escape windows work. Once we are out safe, i might fan the fire a little to make sure it will be a total when i call the insurance.Just my thought.
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I guess I wonder how much fire a camera will extinguish? What good will a camera do while your sleeping ??

Better smoke detection & fire extinguisher in the engine department would be my thoughts.

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Are we a bit paranoid?? Been around rv's for better than 45 years and never had or been around anyone thats had a fire….
Our rig. Fully loaded and ready to leave for a trip that day. Pictures are 16 minutes apart! Fire started in the area of the Dometic refrigerator and the electrical switching compartment.

If you smell smoke, or alarms go off, GET OUT! You don't have much time.
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Are we a bit paranoid?? Been around rv's for better than 45 years and never had or been around anyone thats had a fire….
Same thing I was thinking. I can't imagine enjoying any trip if I was concerned about spontaneously combusting. Just make sure your insurance is up to date and let whatever happens, happen.
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Our rig. Fully loaded and ready to leave for a trip that day. Pictures are 16 minutes apart! Fire started in the area of the Dometic refrigerator and the electrical switching compartment.

If you smell smoke, or alarms go off, GET OUT! You don't have much time.
outch, that hurts. glad everyone got out in time.
i have read reports on rv fire like this quite often. though the probability is low, a single occurrence is too many to an individual.
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How about a camera for each tire? Just in case one goes flat? You can watch them as you drive. Then you could put one camera facing forward so you can see where your going while your watching the engine, fridge and tires.....

Seems silly to me but to each his own. Be safe!
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i well be making me own system with a arduino and high temp sensors that well have alarms to go off .. and well be a auto system that is on at all times

it well all so have a LCD to show temps
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