We all love to live in an RV, be it for the time being when building a house, or during a long vacation trip. No matter what, RV life is always thrilling and adventurous. However, there have also been many reports of fire accidents in RVs in the past, which might hold us back from embarking on the fun lifestyle.
Many insurance companies list fire accidents in their top five common RV claims, and say that the processing of such claims is always difficult. So it would be better to avoid the accident in the first place, and stay safe when you are RVing.
Preventing Fire Accidents in an RV
It is seen that RV fires can start anytime, no matter whether the vehicle is parked or is on the move. It is reported that most of the RV fire accidents during travel start with some malfunctions in the engine compartment, where sometimes, the reasons also include locking up of wheels, bearings, brake system, and tire blowouts.
Although, overheating or failure of refrigerators (electrical and propane) were deemed as the main culprit behind fire accidents in an RV when it is parked, the actual reasons can go way beyond just an equipment malfunction. Other common factors attributed to RV fires include carelessness, such as unattended heat sources or sloppy cooking, faulty wiring connections, and gas leaks.
As RV fire accidents can result to total loss of the property, it is always better to inspect and maintain your vehicle periodically to prevent the mishap. Below are a few tips to prevent fire in your RV.
- Do not leave fireplaces, candles, or heaters unattended
- Be careful with your cooking; do not leave anything cooking on the stove unattended
- Take your RV to an auto repair shop and have all the engine parts inspected. Also, let the auto service check the tires, wheels, brake system, and bearings.
- Make sure all the electrical equipment in the RV are working fine, and there are no loose cables or wiring anywhere in the RV
- Perform periodic battery service and maintenance
- Inspect and service air conditioners, refrigerators, water heaters, and generator
- Keep the air vents clear from dirt and debris
- Do the three mandatory annual checkups for propane system leaks
Apart from keeping an eye on the above said points, also make sure that you have at least two fire extinguishers in your RV in case of emergency. Place them near the kitchen and the living area. If anything goes wrong, even after you being very fire accident-cautious, make sure to get everyone out of the RV first, and then try to deal with the fire with the fire extinguishers.