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Old 04-21-2015, 12:12 PM   #1
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Kansas couple perish in RV crash

This young couple was from my hometown Lawrence, Kansas.. Please pray for their family.

Retired Kansas couple dies when RV crashes in Metro East, engulfs in flames : News

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Old 04-21-2015, 01:30 PM   #2
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That link just hijacks my browser and wants me to answer a survey before allowing me to read the story.

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Old 04-21-2015, 01:48 PM   #3
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Using safari and had no problems opening the link. My thoughts to the family.
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Old 04-21-2015, 04:15 PM   #4
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Also had no problems opening the link.
I'm wondering what are the safety measures the manufacturers are making to allow exits on RVs. I don't currently own one but researching.
Is there anything like a sprinkler system that could be added to the living quarters.
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Old 04-21-2015, 04:23 PM   #5
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I wonder if an open propane tank contributed to the fire
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Old 04-21-2015, 04:48 PM   #6
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No,an open propane tank did not contribute any significant amount to the fire.

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Just re read the article and I don't see how one can conclude that an open propane tank didn't significantly contribute to the fire. Very tragic but they were doing something they loved.
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This is another link without the survey. Kansas couple dies in fiery crash on I-64 | Metro-east news | News Democrat

Appears to be a DP, the front end took a hard impact, ejecting appliances.

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Man, that video was heartbreaking! Not much left. It said in the article that all the appliances were thrown clear of the wreck from the impact so that was a helluva collision. Not a simple sign post to do that much damage. Probably ruptured the fuel tank and sprayed everything in fuel.

Really makes you think.
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Old 04-21-2015, 05:44 PM   #10
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My thoughts and prayers to all involved. I have had a Motorhome Fire and was fortunate we all were able to get out and no one was injured.
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Old 04-21-2015, 07:53 PM   #11
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It doesn't look like all the appliances were thrown out. It looks like they're laying on the inside of the sidewall. The MH must have been going at highway speeds when he hit the post - a very forcefull impact. The car rammed into the engine in the rear.

Check your tires folks. The cost of new tires is minimal compared to this tragedy.

This type of accident doesn't just apply to motorhomes. We came across an accident shortly after it happened where a truck tire blew and the driver lost control and overturned. The 5th wheel broke away from the truck and careened down an embankment and burst into flames. The couple were also killed.
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I went to high school with Ervin. Such a loving, caring man!
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A terrifying reminder of the risks we all take when embarking within our homes-on-wheels upon the Interstate. Heartfelt wishes to all the family and friends.
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Propane tanks have a high flow shutoff valve, if a line breaks or even if you turn the propane on too fast it shuts the flow off. So it's very doubtful that the propane contributed to the initial fire. In fact it looks like the propane cyl laying on the ground, intact, in the ruins in several of the pictures. And it looks to be intact, so it didn't even blow up although it could have ruptured where it can't be seen.

The fuel tank on most DP's is right behind the front axle and generator. Hitting an abutment like that would push the generator back into the fuel tank and rupture it.

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