The number one cause of fire is reported to be within the RV engine compartment, often in the electrical system. Most RVs are made with a wood frame that burns easily, it is reported that an RV can burn to the ground in about 10 minutes.
What is the number 1 cause of RV fires?
One of the biggest causes historically has been refrigerators. Mass product recalls have helped to reduce the issue, but this still remains as a leading cause of fires (if you have a Norcold fridge you should probably get rid of it). Approximately 35% of all RV fires are caused by electrical shorts and faulty wiring.
What causes RVs to catch on fire?
Many RV fires are caused by a 12-volt short. Leaking fluids in the engine compartment can ignite. During your pre-trip inspection, check all hoses for firmness, clamp tightness, and signs of leaking.
How hot does an RV fire get?
A hard-working engine manifold can get as hot as 900 degrees F. The heavy insulation in the compartment reflects the heat back to the top of the engine, and a fire can easily break out. Inspect your radiator and have any problems repaired by a qualified person as soon as possible.
Are RV refrigerators safe?
The Norcold and Dometic propane/electric gas-absorption refrigerators that are original equipment in thousands of recreational vehicles and boats can cause them to burst into flames. Norcold and Dometic’s gas-absorption refrigerators have a serious safety defect.
Can you suffocate in a teardrop trailer?
Teardrop Camper Ventilation
Without proper ventilation you would suffocate in your sleep. Keep in mind that even if you have ventilation it has to be enough. Don’t overlook the importance of good ventilation.