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Old 12-29-2014, 11:31 AM   #1
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RV Fire Extinguisher Safety Tip

The fire extinguishers in rvs are a powder base system. A lot of rver's don't know that if that powder gets hard from sitting to long then when you need to use it , it won't come out!

A 10 Min Safety Fix:

Once a year take the fire extinguisher out of it's holder , turn it upside down and pound on the bottom with your hand or rubber mallet until you can feel the powder loosen up and slide freely inside the canister. Also make sure the gauge is in the green. Now when it is needed, it will work.
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Old 12-29-2014, 11:34 AM   #2
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Thanks for the heads-up!
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Old 12-29-2014, 04:42 PM   #3
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Great tip.

I also carry a larger fire extinguisher in the back tucked in the space between the bedframe and cabinet. I can reach it in a matter of seconds if I'm in bed.

I also have a automatic fire extinguisher behind the Norcold refrigerator.

We check our fire alarm almost every time we cook, it is very sensitive.

Never can be too careful.
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Great tip.

I also carry a larger fire extinguisher in the back tucked in the space between the bedframe and cabinet. I can reach it in a matter of seconds if I'm in bed.

I also have a automatic fire extinguisher behind the Norcold refrigerator.

We check our fire alarm almost every time we cook, it is very sensitive.

Never can be too careful.
Good point, the OEM extinguisher is marginal at best.

I have a 5 Lb under the foot of the bed and another in the bay ahead of the battery bay. (In addition to the little OEM in the front entry)
Also have a smoke/C02 detector in the same bay, behind the passenger seat and in the bedroom.
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I have a couple, one in the bedroom, one behind the drivers seat and I put one just outside the coach door just in case someone outside sees I'm on fire before I wake up or if I'm not there. I also have an extra in one of the bins. I have had to use them before and they do not last very long. IMO you never have enough.
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Mac the fire guy sells some very nice multi-class Foam jobs, no powder.
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And unfortunately if the fire doesn't ruin the area, the powder in the cheap extinguishers will.
High Expansion Air Compressed Foam is state of the art fire suppressant we should all be using.
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And unfortunately if the fire doesn't ruin the area, the powder in the cheap extinguishers will.
High Expansion Air Compressed Foam is state of the art fire suppressant we should all be using.

You sound knowledgeable about fire extinguishers. What's your feeling about these foam types when installed in an engine compartment & subjected to freezing temps?


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Hi Steve,

While growing up I had a chance to work for my uncle who ran Colo. Fire & Safety Equipment Co. and serviced accounts back in the early 70's. So I really don't have much knowledge about the foam type. My background is master plumbing and rv holding tanks. But my thoughts are: if it can't freeze then it would be a better fire fighter.
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