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Old 04-16-2016, 08:19 AM   #1
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Deadly RV Fire In FL



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Looks like this one was an airstream. Man I hate to hear these stories, but they're important reminders to the rest of us.
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Old 04-16-2016, 08:55 AM   #2
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when doing a build ALWAYS think of escape routes...

I see people taking out their emergency school bus windows and sealing up emergency rear doors and think WOW! what happens in a fire..

if you swap out to RV windows and they arent push-outs make sure there is a Life-Hammer attached to the wall right under the window so you can smash it if necessary...

if you keep your rear emergency door and build a bedroom back there make sure that door is operable...

you always need at least TWO METHODS of exit.. and PRACTICE with your family..

if you remove school bus windows and keep some, be sure to relocate your emergency push-outs to the windows you keep.. if your Bus had no push-outs.. coonsider buying some.. a regular school bus window is tough to knock out of its frame in a moment of panic and not big enough for a larger adult.. even if you can get it busted out..

even the best bus builds can have something go wrong.. or an appliance can fail and start a fire.. extuingishers are great in case you are right there when a fire starts.. or its cooking related etc.. but a fire started inside a tight encl;osed area like an RV will get HOT FAST and will deprive your body of oxygen FAST...

Be safe!!! Build Safe!!

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when doing a build ALWAYS think of escape routes...

I see people taking out their emergency school bus windows and sealing up emergency rear doors and think WOW! what happens in a fire..

if you swap out to RV windows and they arent push-outs make sure there is a Life-Hammer attached to the wall right under the window so you can smash it if necessary...

if you keep your rear emergency door and build a bedroom back there make sure that door is operable...

you always need at least TWO METHODS of exit.. and PRACTICE with your family..

if you remove school bus windows and keep some, be sure to relocate your emergency push-outs to the windows you keep.. if your Bus had no push-outs.. coonsider buying some.. a regular school bus window is tough to knock out of its frame in a moment of panic and not big enough for a larger adult.. even if you can get it busted out..

even the best bus builds can have something go wrong.. or an appliance can fail and start a fire.. extuingishers are great in case you are right there when a fire starts.. or its cooking related etc.. but a fire started inside a tight encl;osed area like an RV will get HOT FAST and will deprive your body of oxygen FAST...

Be safe!!! Build Safe!!

-Christopher
Thats the first thing everyone seems to want to do; cover the windows and block the doors and put A/C units in the hatches.
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Yeah, that's why I'm keeping my rear escape window, driver's side escape door, relocating all my emergency windows, and roof hatches. I've also got smoke and CO detectors planned fore and aft.
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Yeah I know people that couldn't fit through a bus window, but then you wouldn't be able to pass them in the isle of the bus either. Would the bi-fold doors be to narrow?

I wasn't aware some people were sealing up the buses that much. I always thought the more access points the better, as long as you're able to secure them when you're not in the bus.

How do people secure the top hatch? There doesn't seem to be any way to lock it and there are a few people that know they can get into a bus that way.
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Yeah I know people that couldn't fit through a bus window, but then you wouldn't be able to pass them in the isle of the bus either. Would the bi-fold doors be to narrow?

I wasn't aware some people were sealing up the buses that much. I always thought the more access points the better, as long as you're able to secure them when you're not in the bus.

How do people secure the top hatch? There doesn't seem to be any way to lock it and there are a few people that know they can get into a bus that way.
I was thinking of keeping one escape hatch for star gazing and safety. My best guess is a door chain. Honestly, if a thief is super determined and you parked in a secluded spot they can get in. Best option is (IMO) have a few VERY OBVIOUS camera's to deter criminals. Park in well lite places and lastly a great full timer insurance policy.
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How do people secure the top hatch? There doesn't seem to be any way to lock it and there are a few people that know they can get into a bus that way.
One advantage is having a Type D/transit. No hood for them to climb up on and then on to the roof, so long as you don't have any ladders on the side. It'd take a *very* motivated burglar to get in through the roof hatches, especially since it'd be easier for them to just smash through the windshield.
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Yeah, I agree to a limit. I'm driving a FE and there is noting real to climb on, but I've seen people climb up the mirrors like a jungle gym. True, you can't keep someone out if they're determined to get in. You can however try to make it difficult and memorable.
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