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Old 02-01-2014, 02:59 PM   #1
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Motorhome Fire

Has anyone heard about a Coach that burned in Arizona somewhere in the last week or so. I seen on Face book that a couple we know lost their new to them coach (Big Monaco) and Harley to a fire. I have watched a couple forums and haven't seen anything about it.
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Old 02-01-2014, 06:25 PM   #2
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Here is a recent News Article about a 2001 Monaco in AZ. The Desert Hills Fire Department fire crews worked the scene of a motorhome fire that caused $256,000 estimated damage Tuesday morning on eastbound Interstate 40 a few miles from the State Route 95 exit on I-40.
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DHFD fights ‘stubborn’ RV fire on I-40 Tuesday - Havasu News: News

Engine fires are common in diesel pushers. Those with pushers should have their engines and compartment steamed cleaned regularly depending upon hours as a fire prevention measure. But also pusher owners should install a Engine Fire suppression system like the SS100/ SS200 Foam Vertical or Horizontal Extinguisher.
This 2 or 3 liter extinguisher is designed for mounting in the engine compartment.
It has two different dispensing head configurations for ease of mounting (specify 90degree as shown or straight head).
It has a 286°F temperature-triggered automatic firifiring head (Nascar specifications) and has a pressure monitor gauge.

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RVers who do not know Mac the Fire Guy should plan to attend a seminar of his when they can and ALSO check out his website and Safety Video's. They may save your life and others.http://macthefireguy.com/
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Here is a recent News Article about a Monaco in AZ. The Desert Hills Fire Department fire crews worked the scene of a motorhome fire that caused $256,000 estimated damage Tuesday morning on eastbound Interstate 40 a few miles from the State Route 95 exit on I-40.
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DHFD fights ‘stubborn’ RV fire on I-40 Tuesday - Havasu News: News

Anyone heard of what caused the fire. We are big on prevention and was wondering if this could have been prevented. Horribly sad thing it is...
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Doggy Daddy,

That's old news back in April 2013.

The article states that it started in the rear engine area.

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Engine fires are common in diesel pushers. Those with pushers should have their engines and compartment steamed cleaned regularly depending upon hours as a fire prevention measure. But also pusher owners should install a Engine Fire suppression system like the SS100/ SS200 Foam Vertical or Horizontal Extinguisher.

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Engine fires are common in diesel pushers. Those with pushers should have their engines and compartment steamed cleaned regularly depending upon hours as a fire prevention measure. But also pusher owners should install a Engine Fire suppression system like the SS100/ SS200 Foam Vertical or Horizontal Extinguisher.

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It is not BS. Fire statistics prove the two most common fires in RV's are diesel engine fires and Refrigerators (primarily Norcold). Check with MAC the Fire Guy if you don't believe me.
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^^^^ Is it possible BS are the posters initials?? Looked that way to me.

Hard statistics on MH fires are available where exactly?
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30 yrs in the fire service ; dp fires from the eng are incredibly rare. Almost always caused by electrical issue or exhaust issue ; like something touching that has moved. This is pure sensationalism. My humble opinion. Car fires on the other hand whether on purpose or not are as common as dirt and nobody gets excited about them.
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Only a quick look but that site looks just like it did a year or two ago to me.

Anyone in their right mind takes fire seriously and Mac is the guy. Still looking for actual stats though. It is a tragedy when it happens - but happens less than one would be lead to believe.

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Fires may be rare unless you are the one that it happens to. Better to be prepared than not.
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30 yrs in the fire service ; dp fires from the eng are incredibly rare. Almost always caused by electrical issue or exhaust issue ; like something touching that has moved. This is pure sensationalism. My humble opinion. Car fires on the other hand whether on purpose or not are as common as dirt and nobody gets excited about them.


Hmmm.. let's think about this...

99.99999% of cars and trucks have the engine in front.
While one is driving - if a fire starts it blows - Hmmmm - backwards towards driver.
The fresh air vents also allow air - smells and whatnot to entire the passenger compartment.
The above can help a driver know that there is a fire happening and more times than not it is not those in a passing car that tells the driver such things.
Also a car or truck has more than one door or at least one door for each passenger to get out of "faster".

On the other hand:

DP and or GP = 100% have the engine in the back.
Drivers are taught to keep their eyes on the road while driving.
Driver of a DP or GP are usually the "last" to know they have an engine fire.
Why = cause the engine is in the back, they are mainly looking forward and the smells from a fire do not entire the MH as one is driving forward.
The driver is busy keeping an eye on the road and traffic conditions.
Plus a MH usually has one door while it has more than one or even two people travelling in it.
A DP or GP can have a mattress over the engine with sheets, blanket and clothes can be stored nearby and all that will fuel to a fire.

IMHO - A HM is a home - treat it as such & value those loved ones and pets in your life that are travelling with you!
Even if you don't value your own life and think a given fire or someone's agenda is "sensationalism". Life is short as it is and no one knows when our time is up!

It is cheap insurance to be prepared for a fire...
Heck all us mechanical guys spend lot of time and Money$$$$ doing or getting PM on our HMs...
It is silly, or call it stupid, to not do the same for that one possible fire you may or may not have in your HM!!!!

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Dont get me wrong ; no one knows more than me how serious it is. There are pics here of my motorhome that burned up at 2 am. I believe in being prepared but I'm not paranoid about what if. Of course I will never sleep in another mh with a norcold refer.
I think its because of my career why I have a different view than most.
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Thanks for the replies but this one happened in the last couple of weeks or so it said on face book.
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