RV Fire Extinguisher Helpful Quick Tip

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Department of Transportation codes determine what fire extinguishers are required to be included in all RV units. The RV fire extinguisher that comes standard with your unit will most likely be a 10BC extinguisher. This type of extinguisher is designed to handle electrical, motor fuel and car fires, however, it is not designed for and will not properly extinguish an ash fire on the outside of your RV.

It’s suggested that all owners purchase a few additional RV fire extinguishers to ensure the proper one is available for any type of fire encountered while RVing. The best fire extinguishers to purchase for RVs include those that are designated 10ABC. This type will also handle ash fires, as well as electrical, motor fuel and car fires. Ash fires can be common around campfires and when boon docking.

Purchasing a few extra RV fire extinguishers is a very inexpensive way to ensure you have the proper tools to put out a fire. Make sure your extinguishers are adequate enough to handle the space in and around the RV. A fire extinguisher should be kept in every major part of the RV, including the bedroom, living and kitchen areas.

A simple maintenance step will help ensure the RV fire extinguisher does not go bad and will work when needed. All you need to do is turn the extinguisher upside-down and smack the bottom of it. This will dislodge any powder on the inside, loosening it up so it works properly. This should be done at least once a year; regardless of if the gauge says the unit is full.

Having the correct RV fire extinguishers and keeping them properly maintained will help ensure you have a safe RV experience.

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2 Responses to “RV Fire Extinguisher Helpful Quick Tip”
  1. Robert

    I would recommend that not waiting for 1 year to do basic maintenance to a dry chemical extinguisher. As part of your monthly maintenance or pre trip inspection per form the steps provided. Waiting a year to loosen up the power maybe too late. How many people will remember to do something once a year. I would suggest at a minimum once a month

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  2. Modersical

    FIRE EXTINGUISHER ALERT ! ! ! If you have an RV that a manufacturer is aware you are the owner, you probably got a recall notice too. if not, Be aware of recalls on two different Kidde Brand Fire Extinguishers . . . 2003-2018 model R V ‘s . . . they can malfunction or fail to function, or even have a nozzel fly off, in projectile fashion. See website for info: http://www.kidde.com or call Kidde at 1-855-262-3540 for details and free replacement Fire Extinguisher . . . depending on whether your unit is one of the two defective types!

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