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Old 06-20-2014, 06:33 PM   #1
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I attended two if Mac's fire safety classes last week at a FMCA rally and he opened my eyes to just how dangerous a RV can be. I didn't put mine up for sale but I did buy some extra equipment to help sense a fire sooner and to put it out faster if it's safe to do. One thing we did in the class was to practice going out the emergency windows. Have you ever opened yours? It's not easy to get out. Try it some time. He has some videos on line and it's worth checking out. I'm not selling anything here and have no vested interest in you buying from him but it made an impression in me and I wanted to share.
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Old 06-20-2014, 06:58 PM   #2
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I did open the two on the lite, bedroom was hard to get open the one over the couch was easy.
The drop out of the bedroom is about 7 feet I think, still better than smoke inhalation or being turned into a 210 pound extra crispy Homo sapiens.
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Old 06-20-2014, 07:04 PM   #3
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Bought a "one time use" Kiddie 13 foot ladder for the 5th wheel bedroom.

You are right; it is a long drop and a guaranteed injury if you just tumbled out.

Kiddie 13 foot ladder

Also have an additional flashlight and fire extinguisher in the bedroom.
The flashlight is now smaller and the fire extinguisher was relocated below the flashlight. It was mounted too high initially as I figured to grab it on the way to the door.

Now I know if I stood up that high the fumes in the camper would kill me.
Now it is located at "crawl height."
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Old 06-20-2014, 07:14 PM   #4
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...The flashlight is now smaller and the fire extinguisher was relocated below the flashlight. It was mounted too high initially as I figured to grab it on the way to the door. Now I know if I stood up that high the fumes in the camper would kill me.
Now it is located at "crawl height."
Both fire extinguishers I mounted are on the floor/or the little ledge on each side of the foot of the bed. I would imagine we'll be out the door in less time than using an extinguisher other than to get to the door.
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Both fire extinguishers I mounted are on the floor/or the little ledge on each side of the foot of the bed. I would imagine we'll be out the door in less time than using an extinguisher other than to get to the door.
The idea initially, was to use it to fight our way out. Now, I understand if that is an issue; to just bail out the exit window.

That extinguisher is a for an immediate SMALL fire. Anything bigger than a towel burning on the range is a "run away."
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When we practiced and I should say they as I watched them do it they grabbed the blanket or bedspread and put it over the bottom of the window. That worked to slide out better and also for someone on the ground to help pull them out. also the person inside could hold it as the escapee lowered themselves to the ground. Another point was to have a plan then practice it to see if it worked. Try the ladder to see how fast it would be.
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Our window is a lot higher than I want to get if there is a fire. We can drop to the floor, grab fire extinguishers and slither on the floor down the steps and out the door. After all, the fire normally will be in the upper portions of the trailers.
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Try the ladder to see how fast it would be.
Would love to, but it is "one time use." It has a "pull" on it to unfurl the ladder rungs. Once "pulled" storing it near the window would be problematic.
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Our window is a lot higher than I want to get if there is a fire. We can drop to the floor, grab fire extinguishers and slither on the floor down the steps and out the door. After all, the fire normally will be in the upper portions of the trailers.
I agree. My thought was more "tree falls on camper crushing the middle" and blocking access to the door; how do we get out?
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We talked about how fires start and a class A MH is the most dangerous RV out their. Of coarse the refrigerator is a big concern with Norco getting a lot go attention even after the recall was done they still have had fires. Not to let Dometic off the hook they have had some also. The class a Diesel getting the worse because of the fill spout being in the area go the wheel well. A blowout and you could have diesel all over the only door.
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