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Old 04-01-2014, 02:11 AM   #1
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My motorhome have several small fire extinguisher. indicator dial is not on "GREEN", Is there a place I can get this recharge? should I throw it away and get new one? what is consider proper way of disposing them?
What do you folks normally do?

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Stop by a fire department if you have a questionable extinguisher and ask for advice. By new one when it is bad or empty.

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Those small fire extinguishers are generally NOT rechargeable or refillable. They have to be replaced. Ask at the fire department about where to junk old ones.
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As Medico said, most of the RV fire extinguishers are not rechargeable. I would recommend you replace it with a unit from Lowes or Home Depot that is larger and designed to be recharged.
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Dan, you may be well served to check out the website of Mac The Fire Guy http://macthefireguy.com

Great perspective on fire control

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Also look at THIS thread.

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Another option for supplies is Fire Fight Products supplemental fire systems
They specialize in AFFF type fire extinguishers. We purchased an SS300 for the engine compartment and an SS200 for the generator as well as two of the SS45 to replace the little OEM dry by the door and add one for the bedroom.
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If the head on the bottle is plastic, then no it cannot be refilled.
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Personally I would toss them (recycling) Around Mpls you can go to your county's Recycling drop offsite, to get rid of them.
I replaced those little one's with 2 - 5lb A B C extinguisher. I have them in the house,garage, both cars. Don't skimp. Once a year take off wall and turn over and tap a few time with a rubber Dead Blow. Check that it's gauge is still in the green, Clean the dust off and Re-hang. I walked the Company Service extinguisher guy that we hired too do them all. (like Hundreds took a whole day to do them all) Once a year and 28 years doing it.

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I would recommend you attend one of Mac McCoy's RV fire safety seminars/demonstrations. I assure you, you would toss the factory installed powder units and equip yourself with foam extinguishers.

In addition your CO detector, and smoke alarms were all chosen by RV manufacturer due to price, not there effectiveness in an RV application. For a small investment you can greatly increase your safety in these areas also. Shame on the manufacturers for how they cut corners with these items.
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Thank you everyone. very good information.

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