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Old 01-02-2006, 11:06 PM   #1
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What do most of us have for fire equipment? How big?

Oh, and do most of you carry "bear spray"?

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Old 01-02-2006, 11:12 PM   #2
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in my sunline i have 4 abc fire extinguishers 1 in bed room 1 in kitchen 1 in sitting room and 1 in the storage door out side..i willhave at least 2 in the amerigo...
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Old 01-02-2006, 11:14 PM   #3
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Yes I carry a normal all purpose Fire Ext.I have it mounted right by the door.

As for bear spray,no.If I am that close to a real big bear,I got serious problems.
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Old 01-02-2006, 11:25 PM   #4
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I am bad. I don't have one.

For bear deterant, I find unrestricteded screaming and panicing confuses them and makes them go away. Often they are scratching thier heads.
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Old 01-02-2006, 11:43 PM   #5
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I am bad. I don't have one.
if you have fire ins on the egg you better get one it is in most policys if you dont have one they dont pay..my policy states i have to have a smoke detector and fire extinguisher or they wont pay...
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Old 01-03-2006, 12:33 AM   #6
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I thought I read someplace that a fire extinguisher and flares or triangles were required safety equipment by Federal regulations in a trailer or motor home with propane appliances. I searched the forum and couldn't find the reference. I guess it could have been a recommendation.
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Old 01-03-2006, 06:48 PM   #7
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You are right about the federal requirement. I was stopped a while back by a very bored Wisconsin State Patrol Vehicle Inspector. He told me that a fire extinquisher and flares or triangles are required by Federal regulations for ANY trailer with propane appliances. He spent quite a bit of time checking the Bug out. The first thing he did was to check to see that the LP tank itself was turned off. That can be a steep fine. The Inspector liked the FG trailer and is going to look for one to replace his stick built.
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Old 01-03-2006, 07:04 PM   #8
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I believe the fire extinguiser is, and I DID have one in my shopping cart at Camping World just before I took off out of here, but I guess it never made it through the check out. The one I had came with the trailer, was ancient and untrustworthy, so I made a point to get a new one.

Frankly, I forgot about it until this thread.

My reciept doesn't show it, so it must have been bypassed in the cart. Probably my brain cramp.

You cannot use flares in my nieghborhood, nor can I imagine it wise to use them in any fire proned area, so I kind of question a requirement on an item that may be legally banned and unusable.

It may be, but I have not seen or heard of such a reg. I knew about the fire extinguisher, as I bought my Coleman Colorado from a CHP officer and she made sure I knew the regs and showed me all the safety items. No triangle, no flares were included. I suppose she may have had someone to answer to if she sold it unequipped. (She even asked to see my documented tow ratings as she didn't think the Element was even rated)

The Colorado HAS no propane, she just told me all camping trailers needed one.

When I changed the title, the DMV informed me I had purchased from an officer, I guess they know everything LOL!

Anyway, if you have a federal regualation, I would like to see it. I am highly opposed to flares, having nearly lost my house in a wildfire area.
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I searched the federal site and can only find regualation related to trailers over 10k lbs. Nothing about our type of camping trailer was readily had. I expect they are more interested in Big Rigs and interstare commerce than vacationers.

Different states have regs regarding safety items. In a brief search. California requires a fire extinguisher regardless of propane, but flares are NOT required. "Flares or a reflective sign". I could not find anything regarding what type of sign, but that doesn't mean it does not exist, I just didn't run across it.

All my trailers have had reflectors on the rear, and so did the Colorado, on all 4 sides. I have wrapped my tongue jack in reflective tape, and I have 2 large reflectors on my rear bumper.

Oddly, Oregon does not require an extinguisher.

We have an officer here, maybe he will chime in.
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Oddly, Oregon does not require an extinguisher.

We have an officer here, maybe he will chime in.
Nope it doesn't. Not in a travel trailer..with or without propane. But fire extinguishes are required on boats and in elevators ... No foolin'
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"Flares or a reflective sign". I could not find anything regarding what type of sign,
I believe that this refers to the "triangle" spoken about above...
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actually Fred, it siad "Reflective Sign", not specifically a Triangle.
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Most extinguishers in RVs are "dry chemical" and most likely A B C somtimes A B and somtimes B C
The letters stand for what they can put out.... A is i believe trash/paper/wood stuff like that. B is flamible liquid Gasoline/diesel/alcohol stuff like that. C is i believe electrical arks/sparks. I think there is a D in there but cant remember.... anyways its probably for somthing strange like nuclier explosion

We have one great advantage over the stick built RVs... Fiberglass doesnt burn all that great.. if at all
So in the trailer your probably looking at carpet/gas/floor and im sure alot more stuff.

Ive always thought a CO2 or Haylon would be better inside a fiberglass RV. They dont leave a big white carosive mess all over everything?

Dont just take my word on it... Please check it out for yourself. Its been years sence i learned this stuff and i was wrong twice.... i just cant remember either time
Im almost positive you all have internet access and can find alot more info about it.

I could say more about flares and triangles.... but im a slow typer, bad speller and my finigers hurt Ron
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The letters stand for what they can put out.... A is i believe trash/paper/wood stuff like that. B is flamible liquid Gasoline/diesel/alcohol stuff like that. C is i believe electrical arks/sparks. [b]I think there is a D in there but cant remember.... anyways its probably for somthing strange like nuclier explosion


If I remember from my Navy Firefighting School days, D is metal, like Magnesium burning; you might see a class "D" fire when a jet plane crashes on an aircraft carrier. Very difficult to extinguish.
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