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Old 05-09-2011, 08:37 AM   #15
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The problem may not be so much in the fuel, such as gas or diesel, but the propane tank is a catalyst should it go. Once the line ruptures, anything can happen.

I would rather err on the side of safety. Get as far away that is safe and let the professionals worry about it. That is what insurances are for, the unexpected accident or catastrophe. I can always rent a car, take a bus, or fly home. At least my baggage will be light.

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Old 05-09-2011, 11:41 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by wa8yxm View Post
That one I can answer.... I have seen lesser emergencies many times where a person will stand there screaming "Oh what do I do, Oh What do I do?" or words... Of course 9 times out of 10, what to do is obvious to a 3rd party (IE: YOU) and I'm trained to be that 3rd party even if it's my ____ that is involved (You can fill in the blank many ways).. I've talked wiht folks who have training not far removed from mine, but it tends to desert you when it is your ______.

I'm not soure how I'd react. So far, on lesser stuff. My training has held.

But most people, Just freeze.

lso... Most folks what they know of vehicle fires comes from Hollywood.

In hollywood, a vehicle catches fire, Gas or Diesel don't matter, KABOOM it blows up. ... Real life, Explosions are kind of rare.
You are right about how people respond to an emergency. People react in many ways. It's the way their brain is wired. Some folks react, some act. There is no right or wrong. It's just the way it is. When there is an emergency some people jump in and get involved and others stand back in shock. Neither reaction is right or wrong.
This same thing has come up on other subjects IE, what would you do if you see another camper act rudely ? The answers are always the same, some do not wish to get involved while others feel they should say something. Thats just the way it is !!

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Old 05-09-2011, 07:27 PM   #17
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I have been to dozens of car fires and what scares me is when a tire blows. I don't ever recall where I have seen a vehicle blow up. As we all can see in the U-Tube motorhomes burn very well.
Good point Driver on Car fires.. And what's worse than a tire blow out is a shock absorber (Bumper type) blow out. They can launch the bumper with about the same amount of force as a battleship's main gun launches the projectile. You don't want to be in the way of that. Of course motor homes don't have those (At lest not the ones I've seen)

So you ask what would I do?

Well, if the fire is in the motor home I'd drop the towed.. But fast as I could.. If the fire is in a car.. I do my very best to "Get out of dodge" as itwere.. That is be in a place that is protected shuld the safety devices go BANG.. Modern cars come with betwen 2 and 7 bombs installed after all (Idiots) I'll never understand how that makes them safer than proper seat belts.
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Modern cars come with betwen 2 and 7 bombs installed after all (Idiots) I'll never understand how that makes them safer than proper seat belts.
Your right, most people don't know that most modern cars have an explosive charge not only for the air bags, but also for the seat belt pre tensioners as well. Supposedly the pre tensioners take the slack out of the shoulder belt on impact.
I worked in the auto business when air bags were first introduced on American cars in the 80's. A lot of people were getting hurt on low impact accidents because the air bags deployed at the slightest hint of a collision.

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