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Old 10-18-2012, 12:10 AM   #15
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I visited Colaws RV Salvage in Carthage, MO last week. They had LOTS of DPs on the back lot that came to their end with an engine fire. Really makes one think about what and why this would happen. These were fairly new units, too. The next biggest cause of fires on the lot was refrigerators. Makes you think about the practice of running down the road with the fridge on propane. I know everybody does it, but if you were to see how many rv's had their sides burned out, you might rethink it.
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Old 10-18-2012, 12:39 AM   #16
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Makes you think about the practice of running down the road with the fridge on propane.
I agree with you about running down the road with propane on.......but most refer fires were caused not by propane, rather the electric side of the unit. This was the big recall by Norcold. If the fluid (amonia?) would escape for whatever reason, the electric unit would continue to try and heat the fluid and not stop heating. Eventually fire. The recall put a thermal switch that turned off the electric so it would not overheat and catch fire. Unfortunately a lot of coaches caught fire before the recall was performed on their particular coach.
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:57 AM   #17
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... and BIG question ... with the fire in the rear where the engine and most systems are ... will the front door still open easily??? Is it a manual system or hydraulic or something that might be compromised by a fire in the rear?

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Still concerned about possible malfunction of escape route. Anyone out there have any info on that?



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Well our MH has a regular type RV door. Raise the handle and the door opens. We have a Newmar Ventana diesel pusher so I don't know about the high end ones but ours just opens, no tricks, hydraulics, or electronics. We also have an escape window in the living room area which is not easy to get out of but...
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Still concerned about possible malfunction of escape route. Anyone out there have any info on that?



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I think the answer is yes, the entry door is manual and will open even without electrical or hydraulics. To my knowledge, I've only seen pneumatic entry doors on megabuck coaches... and I'll bet they have a manual handle which works in case of emergency.

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Whew! Nice to know.

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Just changed my fuel filter and noticed the "the water in oil" sensor had a bare wire. If it shorted the same time fuel seeped out....fire.

My slobber tube over the years caked up my CAC. That could cause of fire. Along the same lines the same oil was putting a light film on the engine. Another potential fire.

The last fire I saw was a Winnebago parked in the same park as our FMCA group. It was the norcold.

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