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Old 11-17-2006, 08:38 AM   #1
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I was looking on Woodalls and there were several scary fire stories and advice on getting out. Realized i had not seen anything like that in the egg forums. Has that never happened, or what? Are we safer with an egg? interesting proposal there.
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Old 11-17-2006, 09:04 AM   #2
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I was looking on Woodalls and there were several scary fire stories and advice on getting out. Realized i had not seen anything like that in the egg forums. Has that never happened, or what? Are we safer with an egg? interesting proposal there.
Hi: "Eggs" never seemed to cook right in a fire...Always better in a pan!!! I am sure there are some scary fire stories out there...Maybe we are just too sophisticated to relate them!!! Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie
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Old 11-17-2006, 09:42 AM   #3
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Hi: "Eggs" never seemed to cook right in a fire...Always better in a pan!!! I am sure there are some scary fire stories out there...Maybe we are just too sophisticated to relate them!!! Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie
Maybe egg folks are smarter/faster than the other folks and nothing drastic happens to our eggs! (BTW: love yur tire saying! Too clever!!!)
I'm really nervous about fire and pay attention to exit ideas, etc. Noticed last rv expo that several models had back escape hatches or two doors. Also, no open flames of any kind in our egg. our rule.--well, except the cook top. (sure would like to swap it for electric) Anybody else out there with fire stories, advice???
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Old 11-17-2006, 10:34 AM   #4
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We had one member who has had a FIRE in their Casita. It was caused by a propane heater (I think).

His post may have been PH (preHack).

Maybe they will give us the details.
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Old 11-17-2006, 12:00 PM   #5
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Do you remember if that might have been a factory installed heater or an after market portable one? Don
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Do you remember if that might have been a factory installed heater or an after market portable one? Don
After Market Portable.
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Old 11-17-2006, 07:39 PM   #7
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I was looking on Woodalls and there were several scary fire stories and advice on getting out. Realized i had not seen anything like that in the egg forums. Has that never happened, or what? Are we safer with an egg? interesting proposal there.
Your question brought up a memory of a very frightining experience when my boys were little.
We were camping at Burney Falls Ca. in November and the night time temps were about 25 degrees. I had a catalytic heater that was built in to the camper. One of my boys must have knocked his pillow off the bed and it ended up near the heater and started smoking.
If I had not had a smoke detector we probably all would have died from smoke inhalation.
After the camper aired out and the scare was over the worst part was yet to come. Have you ever tried to sleep with 3 little boys with you in the same bed? Not possible!

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Old 11-17-2006, 07:50 PM   #8
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I had a candle burning on the kitchen counter in my Burro once.

Until I noticed how the underside of my cabinets and side walls were getting black.

OOPS. Nothing burned, and with a Burro, it wasn't hard to wipe down, but I had to put up with the smell of 409 in an enclosed space for several days.

Liz had a good laff at it tho.
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Old 11-17-2006, 08:21 PM   #9
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Noticed last rv expo that several models had back escape hatches or two doors.
My 1978 Fiber Stream has the side window farthest from the entry door (opposite side of trailer) labeled [b]EXIT. I would be hard pressed to crawl through it.

Aren't the Scamp oversized roof vents considered "Emergency exits"?
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Old 11-17-2006, 08:31 PM   #10
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My 1978 Fiber Stream has the side window farthest from the entry door (opposite side of trailer) labeled [b]EXIT. I would be hard pressed to crawl through it.

Aren't the Scamp oversized roof vents considered "Emergency exits"?
I think all trailers, and MHs, have to have egress windows or vents, just like houses.
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Old 11-17-2006, 08:40 PM   #11
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You're right. In a Scamp the roof vent is the emergency exit. I'm just trying to figure out how I would go about boosting myself up through the roof in an emergency! Of course, a fire would probably be all the inspiration I would need!
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Old 11-18-2006, 07:05 AM   #12
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After I got my ample bottom up through the roof vent, I can see the whole roof collapsing from the weight...that would put out a fire I don't have a fire story, but one time my daughter was locked inside the trailer when the cylinder spun in the door lock. Since there's no way to unlock the Scamp door handle from the inside, if she and I had both been inside the only way we would have had to get out would have been through the roof vent. For those that replace the passive roof vent with a "fan" style need to rethink about how to get out in a case similar to what my daughter experienced. I suppose you could always break a window out, but the egress vents are designed for escape with minimal damage to the vent or trailer.
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Many years ago in about 1980 (actually while I had my first FGRV, a '78 Scamp 13) I was camped in the Anza Borrego State Park near Borrego Springs CA. I could see a huge column of smoke rising a mile or so away from us in the open area to the south of the campground. I jumped into my Jeep and headed over there to find a stickie motorhome completely engulfed in flames. From the time the fire started until it was smoking hulk took about four minutes.

The woman had been cooking breakfast and caught the bacon grease in the pan on fire. Rather than taking a lid and smothering it, she tried to carry it outside spilling flaming grease through the motorhome as she went. She was burned (fortunately not badly) and everyone else got out. It was totally engulfed in two minutes and had burned to the frame in about four, which was about how long it took me to realize what was going on and drive over to them.

Fire and RVs don't mix very well.

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Old 11-18-2006, 01:34 PM   #14
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The emergency exit in my Boler B1700RGH is the rear window. It's just an ordinary round-cornered horizontal slider, like three other windows in the trailer, but it is the one which is wide enough that one is supposed to be able to climb out of it.

I suppose it is larger than the roof vents (which have 14" square body openings, and less usable space due to their frames), but I don't look forward to the idea of trying to get through it. If I were trapped inside during a fire by a failed door latch, I would certainly just kick the door open.

My wife is concerned by the fire hazard of a trailer design which includes plastic foam insulation with only a thin vinyl skin over it (as this one does); however, few RVs have particularly fire-resistant construction. I suppose a fiberglass-insulated Airstream (complete with exposed aluminum interior) would be an obvious exception, but even those have wood cabinets and floors.
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