RV Fire Extinguisher Bozeman MT
West Glacier, MT
Avoiding RV Water Damage
March 14, 2010 by Professor95 ·
When we inspected the 2005 Salem travel trailer my son purchased a few weeks ago we were aware that there had been a water leak around a skylight over the shower-tub.
There was some visible damage to the wall paneling and ceiling. The previous owner shared that he believed the leak had been stopped – he had added sealant around the skylight. From what we could see and feel, we all agreed that the damage was minor and nothing to be overly concerned about.
Boy, were we wrong!
As it turned out the leak had not been corrected and water had been dripping, unseen, into the wall every time it rained. Over a period of several years of rain and leakage, all of the wood behind the wall paneling had rotted away. A section of the roof decking between the skylight and the wall was completely gone (black area in photo).
Fortunately, I have carpentry experience that has been passed down to my son. I also have the needed repair tools for him to borrow. He has completely removed the shower wall, paneling, insulation and all rotted wood and is now replacing them with new components that will be better than new. If he had needed to take it to a RV repair facility, which now charge at least $80 or more per hour, he would have been looking at a couple of thousand dollars as a repair bill.
All of this could have been prevented.
Owning an RV is a big responsibility. It does not make a difference if it is a small pop-up or a huge motor home – the responsibility is the same.
Just like your brick and mortar home, an RV needs care and maintenance. If you are a home owner, you know exactly what I am talking about.
Recreational vehicles, for the larger part, are well made. But, they endure a lot of abuse sitting in the sun, rain, wind and possibly snow and ice.
Most owners do not stop and think about the impact of simply rolling the RV down a highway. Did you know that it is estimated that your RV endures the equivalent force of an earthquake that can measure 5.0? Those forces are constantly twisting, bending and possibly breaking framing and joints. It is a rough ride.
I was once told by an extremely knowledgeable and experienced RV mechanic that it is not a question of “if” your RV will develop a water leak, but “when”.
Water is an insidious chemical. If there is a way it can invade your RV, it will. Small screw holes, cracked seams around roof trim and vents, the edges of doors, windows, lights and compartments are all susceptible to water invasion.
At least once a year your RV needs to have an inch by inch inspection – both over and under. All of the seams and exposed joints need cleaning and re-sealing. Be aware that the screws under the joint trim can rust and provide water access. It is a good idea to pop ou...
Fire Safety In Your RV
April 30, 2010 by RA Manseau · 2 Comments
There isn’t anything that can ruin your vacation faster then a fire. The devastation a fire can be catastrophic. In addition to causing an out of control wildfire, there is the potential for loss of life and property.
Smoke and CO Detectors
Most people make sure they have working smoke detectors in their home. Do you have smoke detectors in your RV? Do you check the batteries each time you take it out? This is your first line of defense! There has been a lot of talk the last few years about putting carbon monoxide detectors in your home in addition to the traditional smoke detector. This is extremely important in an RV. The RV is considerably smaller than the average home; there is less clean air to mix with the deadly gas. To avoid asphyxiation have a working carbon monoxide detector in your RV and always make sure you have plenty of fresh air circulation. Open overhead vents and turn on exhaust fan when you are cooking.
You should make sure that you have a five-pound ABC rated fire extinguisher near each exit. It is also wise to have an extinguisher in an unlocked outside compartment of your RV. Fire Safety may not be on the mind of the camper next door. If you have an extinguisher close at hand you can prevent a catastrophe.
Check the gauge on your extinguisher regularly to make sure it is fully charged. This is simple to do, if the needle is pointing to the Green area it is good, if the needle is pointing to the red area it needs to be recharged. The extinguisher is not safe to use if the needle is pointing to the red.
Just remember “Green means go” and “Red means stop.”
Standard instructions for using a Fire Extinguisher:
Position yourself no more than 10 feet from exit. You can not predict how fast a fire will spread and you do not want to get trapped.
If you have the right size and type fire extinguisher and the fire is not to large to fight safely remember the PASS acronym. This is simply:
Pull the safety pin at the top of the fire extinguisher.
Aim at the base of the flames.
Squeeze the handle of the fire extinguisher.
Sweep from side to side until the fire is out.
While cooking in the home or in you RV it is always advisable to have a container of baking soda near the stove to quickly smother any small fires before they get out of control.
Make sure you get the people out to the RV before you fight the fire! The RV can be replaced the people can nott.
Call 911 or the emergency number applicable in the area. Fires grow in size quickly.
Make sure everyone in you RV knows how to operate all of the doors and emergency exits. Have them practice. It may seem like getting out is easy, but when the RV is filled with smoke and people start to panic, it becomes more difficult.
As you would at home, have a place outside the RV where everyone can meet a...
RV Rentals – The Affordable Way to Rent RVs When Camping
RV Camping as a RenterRV camping is a great way to get out on the open road to see the wonders of America. It is easy, convenient, and a whole lot of fun. But, not everyone owns their own RV. Maybe you’re new to the adventures of RVing, or maybe you want to try some RVs out before you buy, or you can’t afford to buy your own right now, or maybe you just don’t camp enough to justify buying and storing an RV. When you want to go RVing, but you need a vital piece of equipment, the RV, there are a lot of RV rental options.
Options For RV RentalsWhen planning an RV trip, it’s important to rent RVs that will work for you. If it is just you and your small family, you probably won’t want or need a large RV. However, if you’re RVing with a lot of people, the bigger the better. Also, what amenities are important to you? Do you want something brand new, or is something a little older fine? Do you want to drive it to your destination, or have it set up and ready for your arrival? What you want out of your rented RV may dictate who you rent from, what you rent, and how often you rent.
There are many companies that cater to the RVless Rver, such as USA RV Rentals and Camper Travel USA . (Many local RV dealerships may also provide RV rentals, and even many campgrounds have on-site RVs that can be rented. These companies have a large variety of RV rental campers available, from small 4 man RVs to big 8 man RVs and everything in between.
Renting an RV is certainly less expe...
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