Originally Posted by Ramets
Bigd9....Holy crap!! We're you trying to remodel and got carried away. What's the story???
My baby got a little hot under the collar!
We were all packed and ready to go camping on a snow skiing trip, heading to Canaan Valley in West Virginia. My wife left home to get the last minute groceries and I was down in the basement finishing my latest modification that I was going to install before my wife got back. (under the kitchen table silver ware drawer)
Next thing I knew my neighbor from 1 mile down the road came up our long driveway blowing his horn. I came up from the basement and looked out and the BigD was ablaze! Neighbor wanted to drag a garden hose over and attempt to put it our while I was on the phone to the fire department. About that time, one of the front tires blew out and the sound was like someone shot a shotgun next to your ears. Burning rubber plopped down everywhere smelling awful. Our neighbor ran back to his pickup just in time to see the large generator propane tank vent. Now when it vents it makes a LOUD shrilling noise then the flame! It looked like a really big blow torch cooking the lawn for about 30 feet almost to the house. Explosion after another sounded sending debris all over.
My baby was no more
The first picture I got while phoning the fire department was flames leaping out from where the refrigerator was. Just under the refrigerator is the place where the electrical switching/fuses/circuit breakers were located. Could have been either gone wrong, we will never know.
Good news is no one was hurt.
Bad news is we lost everything.
Good news was it was insured.
Bad news was the coach was covered under one policy (auto) but the contents was covered under the house policy. Two large deductibles.
I would like to close by saying Please please take pictures of the inside of your RV's including every drawer, looking up at ceiling, and down at floor and store those pictures somewhere fire safe (maybe on line or at a bank). When claiming contents we had to list EACH and EVERY single item and it's age/cost. Even now 5 years later we think of something that was lost but we failed to claim. Like my wife and my backpack. I thought someone stole them till one night I woke up out of a deep sleep and remembered I had it stored in a small cubby hole in the motorhome that was just perfect for the backpacks.
Oh yea, one more thing. Practice opening the emergency window. Also know how you are going to get down from that window. Its a long way down to the ground and you don't have a lot of time to figure it out when you are in a panic.
but I just wanted everyone to understand these things can go up fast! In 13 minutes it was nothing but frame and a pile of smoldering stuff.