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Old 08-15-2016, 06:15 AM   #15
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It would be nice too have something to put in a safe.
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When we lost our first diesel coach to a fire, from the time we saw the smoke and called the fire department, till they got to us 13 minutes later, the coach was well engulfed as they say. Don't waste time getting "things" if you are inside when this happens. Just get out, and far away fast!

Picture is exactly 13 minutes after we saw smoke. Also right after three large explosions (probably tires) and a blow torch wall of flame that shot out 23 feet from the coach when the large propane tank vented. Notice how far away the fireman were?
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Interesting, but how many with the Nocold refers HAVE a fire suppression devise in the refer, it goes in the outside compartment. I did on the DP, and four fire extinguishers. One large in the entry, one in the kitchen, one in the hallway and one in the bedroom next to the bed. The liquid type you do not need to beat on a couple times a year like the powder ones. Plus being none toxic to us or animals, before during and after discharge. Mac the fire guy even in the demo sprayed his arm and tasted it, said you could spray exposed skin for extra protection as the spouse exited, might give you a few extra seconds for exit.

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If I was gonna have a safe in an RV, it would be fireproof!
According to what I have read most fireproof (fire resistant) safes are built for house fires which are generally not as hot as a MH. If one purchased a safe it should have the highest rating you can find/afford and be located as low as possible in one of the bays away from the fuel/propane tanks.
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When we lost our first diesel coach to a fire, from the time we saw the smoke and called the fire department, till they got to us 13 minutes later, the coach was well engulfed as they say. Don't waste time getting "things" if you are inside when this happens. Just get out, and far away fast!

Picture is exactly 13 minutes after we saw smoke. Also right after three large explosions (probably tires) and a blow torch wall of flame that shot out 23 feet from the coach when the large propane tank vented. Notice how far away the fireman were?
I can't imagine that happening. It must've been a terrible experience. I'm glad you were safely far enough away from the flames when it started. Do you know the cause of the fire?
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Not all fireproof safes will protect - especially in a hot RV fire. People don't use safes solely for money or jewelry. They use it to protect documents, perhaps the backup computer drive, etc. Friends had a fire and they opened their 'fireproof' safe and the papers were ash.

We were never concerned about burglaries - never heard of anyone full-timing and being burglarized but it probably happens occasionally. Our safeguard for fire was just a 'GO' bag setting behind the chair at the front door. It always contained our backup computer files. Our daughter also kept a copy so we really wouldn't loose much data. We didn't have jewels but kept some documents which would make it a lot easier to reconstruct our financial information, phone #'s, etc. We also kept a small amount of cash for a quick 'start-up' in case everything was destroyed. At night it was moved into the bedroom by the exit window. It could be grabbed at an instant and tossed outside as we also made our way outside. We've heard of many full-timers doing something like this and not relying on safes. That's the best and easiest way we could think of for an instant fire. RV fires don't give you much time.

http://www.nashvillesafehouse.com/fa...buying-a-safe/

Knowing someone who's life was instantly destroyed by a RV fire, it was always on our mind....and it's not only a refrigerator that could cause one.
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I can't imagine that happening. It must've been a terrible experience. I'm glad you were safely far enough away from the flames when it started. Do you know the cause of the fire?
Either the Dometic Refrigerator, or the electrical control switches/relays/circuit boards that were just below the refrigerator. We were fully loaded and getting the last minute things for the snow skiing trip. After the fire was out, the Fire Marshal looked at the warped frame and big pile of charcoal, and turned to me saying "any ideas?". I told him just what I told you, and he said "we will put it down as "electrical" and that should cover all bases".

Your comment "I'm glad you were safely far enough away from the flames when it started" struck a cord. We were standing about 85 feet from the burning coach when yet another explosion sounded and a curved chunk of smoking tubing flew past my head and hit the house behind me!
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Let me ask a question... This Spring we attended a gathering in Louisiana. As part of the "activities" there was going to be an "emergency evacuation" demonstration showing how to evacuate your RV in the event of a fire using one of the RVs "emergency" evacuation windows. As the demonstration progressed, the demonstrators went to open the "emergency evacuation" window... IT WOULD NOT OPEN... It was "frozen" in the closed position!! How many of you have checked your emergency exits to confirm they are operational?? And assuming the exit IS operational, how are you going to "dive" out the small exit without disemboweling yourselves on the window latches... (throw a blanket over the window sill before diving out). Something to seriously think about...
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Not all fireproof safes will protect - especially in a hot RV fire. People don't use safes solely for money or jewelry. They use it to protect documents, perhaps the backup computer drive, etc. Friends had a fire and they opened their 'fireproof' safe and the papers were ash.

We were never concerned about burglaries - never heard of anyone full-timing and being burglarized but it probably happens occasionally. Our safeguard for fire was just a 'GO' bag setting behind the chair at the front door. It always contained our backup computer files. Our daughter also kept a copy so we really wouldn't loose much data. We didn't have jewels but kept some documents which would make it a lot easier to reconstruct our financial information, phone #'s, etc. We also kept a small amount of cash for a quick 'start-up' in case everything was destroyed. At night it was moved into the bedroom by the exit window. It could be grabbed at an instant and tossed outside as we also made our way outside. We've heard of many full-timers doing something like this and not relying on safes. That's the best and easiest way we could think of for an instant fire. RV fires don't give you much time.

http://www.nashvillesafehouse.com/fa...buying-a-safe/

Knowing someone who's life was instantly destroyed by a RV fire, it was always on our mind....and it's not only a refrigerator that could cause one.

Good info! Thanks!
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I'm going to check mine right now! Regards
how to test it? if i just push it outward it could fall out and crash to the ground. need two persons one is in and one is out?
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Don't test the window with the "zip cord" unless you enjoy hours of swearing, putting it back together
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this appears to be one of the 'easy said than done's... does anyone have an idea how to make sure the emergency window works? inquiring mind wants to know...
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this appears to be one of the 'easy said than done's... does anyone have an idea how to make sure the emergency window works? inquiring mind wants to know...

You can look at the outside of the window and see if it has hinges at the top!
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You can look at the outside of the window and see if it has hinges at the top!
The window with a red latching lever inside has no hinges at outside. There are no pullers on the top of the window at inside either. I don't see any differences with other regular ones other than the color on the latch lever...
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