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Old 05-21-2016, 11:42 AM   #1
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Avoiding a minor disaster

My fellow RVers, campers. etc. here's a lesson worth noting whether you are full timers, part timers or sometimers:

A neighbor at our current RV park found out the hard way about securing items in place before and after traveling. He had parked his rig, set up outside and then began opening his slides. The fire extinguisher was not secure and fell, lodging in just the right place to get squashed between the slide and inner wall. As you can imagine, the discharge of dry chemical in such a small confined space created a catastrophic mess.

It was so bad, a professional restoration crew had to be called in to clean it up. The crew arrived at 8 AM with some super cleaning equipment and here it is noon and they are still at it. They loaded all the bedding and clothes into trash bags to be cleaned or replaced and set them outside. That chemical went onto every surface and into every vent, drawer, crack and crevis.

You can bet I checked the security of my extinguishers and several other items I hardly ever use or pay attention to. I hope if you're an RVer, boater, camper, off-roader, etc. that you'll do a similar imspection of your vehicles or equipment and avoid an accident or event such as this one. Summer and vacation time is almost here, get ready now so your next trip out will be a success!

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It's always good to be reminded of these things. Thanks for the post.


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Old 05-21-2016, 11:48 AM   #3
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Good tip, thanks for the post. You never know what can come loose with all the road vibrations and jarring you get. I always do a good check over when we get ready to travel anyway, but some things you just don't think about......Thanks
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Old 05-21-2016, 12:33 PM   #4
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I'm pretty sure the fire extinguishers in my toy hauler are original. Making them at least 5 years old if not 6. I need to look for replacements very soon. ABC chemical combination will most likely fry the electronics when discharged. I'd be surprised if they can salvage anything with an open circuit board like TVs and blueray players.
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Thanks for the heads-up!
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That is a horrible disaster. They'll be probably be cleaning for years. I feel sorry for them.
Thank you for the posting the info.

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Old 05-22-2016, 08:53 AM   #7
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The powder is not bad if kept dry.

A good vacuum and lots of time.

Dry powder type in vehicles not optimum as the vibration packs the powder.

We have gas types for this and the mess avoidance reasons.

Shop is full of co2 and halon compatible types as we got a good deal on them...free...

There are some pros on forum who could provide good suggestions regarding fire protection.

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