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Old 11-05-2010
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Default Motorhome on fire on YouTube

I don't recall anyone showing this-not sure how new/old it is:

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John can you move this over to the thread where the guy is asking about the difference between a and an Bluebird???
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John can you move this over to the thread where the guy is asking about the difference between a and an Bluebird???
Sorry Rob, whats the difference? surely you've seen a BB destroyed by fire. Fire can totally destroy anything. We may need to find another comparison.
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Slim the difference is steel and how much time you have to rescue what's important. My coach suffered very little damage in the 20 minutes it was on fire. A fiberglass coach would not have fare the same and would have been totally consumed in the same twenty minutes. The steel floor in my coach prevented fire from entering the interior. My coach was written off because smoke entering through the opening in the back closet and totally infiltrated and contaminated the interior. My coach rests in Randy's Georgia yard with most everything available for resale. I have studied coach fires before mine burned and I know what I'm talking about. A foretravel has no more chance in a fire than your common dawg Winnebago. Sorry we don't need to find another comparison.
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Slim the difference is steel and how much time you have to rescue what's important. My coach suffered very little damage in the 20 minutes it was on fire. A fiberglass coach would not have fare the same and would have been totally consumed in the same twenty minutes. The steel floor in my coach prevented fire from entering the interior. My coach was written off because smoke entering through the opening in the back closet and totally infiltrated and contaminated the interior. My coach rests in Randy's Georgia yard with most everything available for resale. I have studied coach fires before mine burned and I know what I'm talking about. A foretravel has no more chance in a fire than your common dawg Winnebago. Sorry we don't need to find another comparison.
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Your point is well made I agree. Fiberglass burns very fast compared to steel. I remember your coach fire, and thank God you faired well and for that, we are thankful. I'm only trying to point out we should never underestimate the power of FIRE.

In comparison: that is an old video, the occupants were not harmed, and yes the coach was a total loss. What was salvageable? front axle maybe I dont know. I do know the time lapse was incredible in that video. Also make note that the coach was in the middle of no where and not in a city parking lot with a near by fire department.

Point: if mine or any other coach were in the same conditions as shown in the video (apples to apples) it would be complete destruction. I agree I may have extra parts to sell, but the end results would be the same. Destroyed.

FIRE is FIRE it destroys, as you and others have learned first hand. I'll admit I'd rather suffer a fire in a BB as apposed to a SOB and I've owned both dawgs for over 20 years if thats OK. Some people cant afford a Harley Davidson but I dont hold that against them

Added Comment: Our coach 99 lxi's have fiberglass front and rear caps, and from rails down fiberglass doors. Would that change burn time?
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My steel coach inhibited fire long enough for a local girl to break a window, crawl in and save my dog. Since Randy later found out after pulling the engine that the main electrical bundle was burned half way up the coach it is quite possible that the fire started mid coach and progressed towards the engine bay to gain fresh air and fuel. The steel underbelly certainly prevented the fire from entering the coach through its belly. Yes Slim fire will destroy anything but I firmly believe that fire in a bird and fire in an SOB are two different things. Different enough in my case to make the difference between life and death.
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This is one where I happen to know the RVers. Estimated 12 minutes from start to finish, started in engine compartment like Rob's. Fire crew on scene before that time passed, but couldn't do a thing. Couldn't even get their work truck unhooked, so lost that too.
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If anyone knows Charlie McKeehan, ask him about his Foretravel fire sometime. The turbo pipe ignited the insulation and flooring under the rear bed while they were driving. They barely had time to get stopped and out of the coach before it was fully engulfed.
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If anyone knows Charlie McKeehan, ask him about his Foretravel fire sometime. The turbo pipe ignited the insulation and flooring under the rear bed while they were driving. They barely had time to get stopped and out of the coach before it was fully engulfed.
My fire was a slow burn that produced more smoke than damage. Ended up the smoke did all the damage. If life has an rv fire in your future I hope it's a small one and in a Wanderlodge. The alternative is horrendous.
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... My coach was written off because smoke entering through the opening in the back closet and totally infiltrated and contaminated the interior. My coach rests in Randy's Georgia yard with most everything available for resale...
Rob - just curious if by "most everything available for resale" includes the interior, since your previous comment mentioned a total loss due to "contaminated the interior"? I'm assuming not, that just the drivetrain and exterior parts that weren't burned are salvageable.
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