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Old 08-25-2019, 10:56 PM   #16221
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I have them in bedroom and bunk house for a total of 3, i am to old and big to crawl out of the fire window so my thought is i can spray the extinguisher while i get to one of the doors. At least that is the plan.
I have 2 halon fire extinguishers, gave the third one to a trucker to put out a tire fire - it did the job. They're more expensive now but as a fire fighter on board a carrier I guarantee they are the best. Be aware the dry chemical extinguishers will coat everything and destroy anything electrical.
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Old 08-25-2019, 11:40 PM   #16222
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I have 2 halon fire extinguishers, gave the third one to a trucker to put out a tire fire - it did the job. They're more expensive now but as a fire fighter on board a carrier I guarantee they are the best. Be aware the dry chemical extinguishers will coat everything and destroy anything electrical.
Halon is expensive because new production was halted in 1994 due to being a CFC. So any current Halon extinguishers are old or recycled Halon. Once it's gone, it's gone for good.
We used Halon in our computer centers because it does NOT harm electronics (unlike the dry chemical extinguishers as you mentioned). That was it's main draw. We had to replace these large Halon systems as after it was deemed a CFC, it became to expensive to maintain. We used an Inergen system to replace Halon.
So you can get Halon type extinguisher that is ozone friendly like Halotron, and while cheaper than Halon, will always be more expensive than dry chemical.
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Old 08-26-2019, 06:04 PM   #16223
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I have 2 halon fire extinguishers, gave the third one to a trucker to put out a tire fire - it did the job. They're more expensive now but as a fire fighter on board a carrier I guarantee they are the best. Be aware the dry chemical extinguishers will coat everything and destroy anything electrical.


Thanks for the tip, I will look into them
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:10 PM   #16224
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What did you do to your camper today?

I have been accumulating bearing and seals for a while. I finally got around to changing out with Timken bearings and new seals.

My brakes have been weak for the last few trips. I was convinced they were worn and not burnished as another member had experienced. I pulled them apart and all four drums had a thin coating of grease on the magnet surface. I guess it seeped from the seal and somehow got to the magnets. There was no evidence of a leak. All the seal surfaces were smooth with no noticeable nicks. It is almost like the drums were never cleaned or sabotaged or something. The grease seemed very thin to me...like no.1 or 0 if there is such. I cleaned it all up and reassembled with the Mobil 1 grease and new stuff. No one has ever used the grease fittings and not pushed out. I dunno. I do feel better now that I have looked it over.Click image for larger version

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Old 08-27-2019, 04:55 AM   #16225
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What I did to my camper today

Saw this video yesterday and it prompted me to try something similar.

I used the side brackets from the gas grill that came with the camper. (We only used it once.) Had to bend the arms inward as the blackstone is narrower than the gas grill. Also it was cleaned and re-seasoned after these photos.

Next thing is a heat shield and modification of the cover brackets but I'm happy with it so far. We'll give it a test on our next trip.
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Iwannacamp, looking at your pictures, I can see no apparent grease that leaked from your seals. Every drum I have ever worked with comes with a thin protective oiling. Maybe yours never got cleaned off. Although, it should have burnt off by now from use. Your brake shoes do not look contaminated, either. You might want to verify all your electrical connections to be sure you are getting full voltage and current to all the magnets.
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I have 2 halon fire extinguishers, gave the third one to a trucker to put out a tire fire - it did the job. They're more expensive now but as a fire fighter on board a carrier I guarantee they are the best. Be aware the dry chemical extinguishers will coat everything and destroy anything electrical.
Meanwhile in Canada:
https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/air-pollution/issues/ozone-layer/measures-protect/federal-halocarbon-regulations-information/fact-sheet-halons-fire-extinguishing-systems.html

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Iwannacamp, looking at your pictures, I can see no apparent grease that leaked from your seals. Every drum I have ever worked with comes with a thin protective oiling. Maybe yours never got cleaned off. Although, it should have burnt off by now from use. Your brake shoes do not look contaminated, either. You might want to verify all your electrical connections to be sure you are getting full voltage and current to all the magnets.
10-4. It appears the grease was on the drum or leaked and somehow ran inside the hub and got on the magnets??? There was too much to be a protective coating IMO. I cleaned it off and scrubbed the drums with parts cleaner(gasoline) and washed with brake cleaner. I feel pretty good about it now and will be "driveway test" tonight. It was 9:30 last night when I finished so I didn't mess with it.

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Saw this video yesterday and it prompted me to try something similar.

I used the side brackets from the gas grill that came with the camper. (We only used it once.) Had to bend the arms inward as the blackstone is narrower than the gas grill. Also it was cleaned and re-seasoned after these photos.

Next thing is a heat shield and modification of the cover brackets but I'm happy with it so far. We'll give it a test on our next trip.

Doesn't the smoke and grease stain the awning and the side of the trailer when you use those?

I have the BBQ and have never used it because of that reason?
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Doesn't the smoke and grease stain the awning and the side of the trailer when you use those?

I have the BBQ and have never used it because of that reason?
I donít have the Blackstone griddle, but this is my 4th season using the regular BBQ grill mounted to that same rail. The wall and the awning above the grill look no different than any other part of the awning or wall. Actually, for the wall, the lid of the grill mostly protects the part of the wall closest to the grill.

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I donít have the Blackstone griddle, but this is my 4th season using the regular BBQ grill mounted to that same rail. The wall and the awning above the grill look no different than any other part of the awning or wall. Actually, for the wall, the lid of the grill mostly protects the part of the wall closest to the grill.

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X2 on the grill. Plus lots of other postings on this forum saying the same thing.

But the griddle is "open," so I suspect the jury is still out on grease/heat impact on the TT wall.
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I have a lid to install and I'm fabbing a heat shield. As for the awning it is far enough away to not be a problem
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Doesn't the smoke and grease stain the awning and the side of the trailer when you use those?



I have the BBQ and have never used it because of that reason?
No. Never been a problem when used under the awning and on a stand.
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Yes it's true that halon extinguishers are harmful to the environment; toxins produced in an rv fire are more damaging. There are new versions of the halon units that are better.
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We had a fire suppression system installed in a traffic control data centre a couple years ago. The system uses 3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid, but I doubt you can get that chemical in a portable extinguisher.
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Thanks for the tip, I will look into them
One additional note: some dry chemical extinguishers are rated for class B and C only.
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Since we are talking fire extinguishers... anyone seen this?
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When returning home from our last trip, just as I turned onto our street my trailer brakes slammed on and brought me to a screeching halt. (Imagine that somewhere else in traffic)

It turned out the Emergency Disconnect cable had gotten pinched under the left rear corner of the Fifth Wheel leg and caught it. Well, Lesson learned.

I bought a 4' coiled cable for the Emergency Brake but it proved to be too short to reach all the way back to the handle where I previously connected. (a 6' cable would have reached all the way back)

My fix was to install a stainless 1 1/2" U Bolt with 14/20 threads on the same leg as caught he previous cable.

Works perfectly. I can still reach over the bed and connect and disconnect the cable easily

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