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Old 07-30-2014, 12:21 PM   #15
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I have similar ones in the MH and each car, even one by the S+B bbq. Plus larger ones in the MH and house. Haven't used them so no comments on their effectiveness.
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Old 07-30-2014, 12:34 PM   #16
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Mac the Fire Guy demonstrates how inadequate our stock RV powder fire extinguishers are. The foam extinguishers Mac recommends are far superior. I am glad that I saw Mac McCoy's seminar on fire safety and now have foam extinguishers aboard.
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Old 07-30-2014, 02:14 PM   #17
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I have Fire Gone extinguishers in my home, my car, my office building and my mh. Small, simple to use, much less damage than powders to electronics, and put fires out quickly. I bought them after watching a demonstration at a rally - the guy put out a grease fire, a campfire, demonstrated an rv situation in a big box, engine fire - every one was out in a few seconds. No issue like with powders packing in the extinguisher. Just aim for the base of the fire. I didn't buy them from him because I wanted to check into it more. Well, while going to the Freightliner class in Gaffney SC, Mike the teacher pulls out a can of Fire Gone and said, buy this for your mh - it really works. I bought a lot!
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I have a ( dumb) neighbor who put grill ashes in his plastic trash can and went to bed, can you guess we're this is going. We'll the fire went right up the side/ end of his house right in the attic total lose. The good news is him and his dog got out safe.
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Old 07-30-2014, 03:01 PM   #19
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Jay, glad you two are OK!

I think you had a defective extinguisher. All the good extinguishers I have ever used (I was a volunteer firefighter for most of my life) would cut off when you release the trigger.

I would get one of the large, rechargeable units at Lowes or HD. You should pay about $40 for it. The one I bought is Kidde rated at 3A, 40BC, which will put out a LOT of fire!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 07-30-2014, 03:02 PM   #20
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I'm really tempted to order a six pack of the Fire Gone extinguishers but I'm hesitant because of the storage requirements. According to the MSDS the temperature range is 35 to 120 degrees F. I doubt that the interior of my coach ever gets to 120 F but it certainly gets to below 35 F in the winter. I guess as long as I remember to remove them when winterizing it should be OK. Ideas?
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I would not have any fire extinguishers that are not foam. With the foam ones, you can even safely douse yourself with it to reduce or prevent you/loved ones (including fur kids) from being burned should flames be too close or you have to exit through flames. The powder extinguishers are toxic & leave a mess only a haz-mat unit can safely clean up. In our coach we have 5 foam extingushers: 1 in the bedroom, 1 under the kitchen sink, 1 at the exit door, 1 on the floor next to my copilot seat & 1 in the propane bay. There's also 1 in the Jeep (our toad). The propane bay has one of those red "Fire Extingusher" signs on it so anyone outside will know there's one there in case of a fire if we're not around.

As to the escape ladders, in a panic you are not going to have the wits about you to get that out of wherever you're keeping it, get the window open & propped, then get it attached & out the window for you to begin your exit. As a matter of fact, by the time I wrote that last sentence, you'd be dead from the smoke by now. Get yourself a 24" stick (cut a broom handle) & keep it on the floor below your exit window. Then use your bedspread/comforter to throw over the window edge once you get the window open.

If you have never opened your bedroom exit window, be prepared to have to put up a fight to get it open. Ours was never opened for the 1st 4 years we had it. After our first Mac the Fire Guy seminar, we tried it & it took quite a bit of force to get it unstuck.

Another tip I learned from Mac's seminar, close your bedroom door when you go to bed. Should a fire/smoke start in the front of your coach, having your door closed can provide valuable seconds for you to escape because a closed door will block (for a while) the smoke infiltration. Same goes if you have a S&B home.

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Storing extinguishers in freezing temperatures

When shopping for extinguishers that will be kept in areas where temperatures may drop below freezing, their label should indicate that they can tolerate freezing temperatures. Here in Colorado, the ski resorts have extinguishers placed outside during the winter season. Dry chemical and carbon dioxide (CO2) extinguishers will usually work in below-freezing conditions. Another good idea is to purchase them from folks that teach you how to use them, plus they can give more, better advice on what is best for your application. My coach has heated compartments, but I do remove them when winterizing. I hope this helps, I do not represent any extinguisher companies, and only base this info on my experiences. I am hopeful that others with more knowledge will add their advice. Bruce
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Dsurette, I have had Fire Gone in the basement of my mh for 3 years with temps going down to 19 for several days in a row in AL. I also have some in my barn at the farm with no problems and the barn isn't heated or air conditioned. If you are in the North, then yes, I would probably pull them out for the winter.
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You may want to check out Mac The Fire Guy and the fire extinguisher products he carries. Less mess than dry powder but still puts the fire. Maybe others will chime in on this system

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I just ordered the Fire Protection kit:
-SS 45 hand held rechargeable plus 3 SS 20 hand held
$155.00 + $25.00 HAZMAT Fee
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You may want to check out Mac The Fire Guy and the fire extinguisher products he carries. Less mess than dry powder but still puts the fire. Maybe others will chime in on this system

My Business - Products

I just ordered the Fire Protection kit:
-SS 45 hand held rechargeable plus 3 SS 20 hand held
$155.00 + $25.00 HAZMAT Fee
I have the same kit aboard. All RVers would learn valuable info attending one of Mac's free seminars. It is more important than what type of oil, what brand of tire, gas vs diesel, etc that we consume so much of out time/energies with.

The extinguishers and detectors included with a factory RV are placed there for budget reasons, not what is best to help save your life.
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Highly possible my FE was defective. It was a tad old, but 7 years shouldn't be too old for an FE
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