Caught Fire! First Weekend!

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  1. Jesse Ramos

    Jesse Ramos New Member

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    Hello everyone! my name is Jesse and im new to owning a pop up camper and yes! you ready that right. So heres the story. I bought a 97 coleman yukon used. very clean. I bought it to take this past weekend for a softball camping tournament. The first night we had it me and my cousin were sleeping on one side and our daughters on the other. in the middle of the night the king size side extension limit holder came off screws and extended out and surprised us with a sudden 2 inch fall. The girls thought it was funny. Later that same night, we had a tv i had setting over the sink and that fell over in the middle of the night also. But lets get to the reason why your here. on Thursday night, it was just me and my daughter in the camper this time. When i bought the camper, the guy told me the heater and ac didnt work. i thought nothing of it. I borrowed a portable ac unit from my friend and what must have happen that it was so cold in there the heater was trying over and over and over to kick on. We woke up to the smoke alarm and smoke in the camper. I looked and looked for were the smoke was coming and ended up seeing flames coming from outside the venting where the heater was at. i grabbed the extinguisher and put it out in time for no damage. but talk about your all time scare!!. We learned a valuable lesson in fire safety and taking caution. The rest of the weekend went fine. But what a way to start a pop up camper rookie experience!!!
     
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    Welcome to the portal! Sorry to hear your first trip didn't go as planned!!
     
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    Welcome from Oklahoma. That was a real baptism by fire. Glad you're all ok.
     
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    Greetings from MEPA! Quite the first trip!
     
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    This is why a lot of us always setup new things to us in the yard for a few nights to figure out what works and what doesn't...

    Glad you came out of It safe...

    Roy Ken
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    Hello and welcome from Minnesota!

    I hope your next outing goes more smoothly!!
     
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    Welcome to the portal from Central NY. Well, with that behind you it should be smooth sailing! Good luck!
     
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    With these issues, you may want to check the propane system for leaks. It is well worth the peace of mind.

    I would also run through the wires and make sure there are no shorts, etc. And check for wasp nests, etc., in vents.
     
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    Yes , and it's a good idea to have a smoke detector. My older pup only has a gas detector.
     
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    Welcome from the West Virginia mountains..... At least no one was injured
     
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    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

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    Well that will leave a mark!! I'm Glad everyone is OK. Would it be to much for you to post some pic's of the damage?
     
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    Welcome to the forum from Wisconsin. I've always wondered if my extinguisher works. It's 13 years old, never been checked or used (thankfully). What's the shelf life on them? Maybe they should be changed out periodically?
     
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    Hi from central NC. Wow, what a beginning but no one was hurt thank heavens. Wishing you a perfect next trip.
     
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    Extinguishers , the good ones last 5 years, the cheaper ones in the pup 3 years. This is a general rule. After that the cheap plastic ones should be replaced. I never looked at mine as I plan to bring my own.
     
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    ill post a pic after work today of the damage
     
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    Welcome from SC!! Wow!! I am glad no one was hurt. I can't even imagine having a first outing like that.
     
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    That must have been scary and scary for your daughter. Glad everyone is OK. Hope this doesn't frighten your daughter too much from wanting to camp. Everyone has a first trip to remember, but yours takes the cake.
     
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    It was scary waking up to smoke and the alarm going off. but we are now taking precautions and fire safety drills in the camper and at home and making sure we having smoke alarms and fire safety equipment.
     
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    BelchFire I speak fluent vise-grip

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    Holy MOLY; that was close! [B)] Soooo glad it didn't burn down entirely, else you'd be posting ....

    [LOL]
     
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    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    Whoa! That is a crazy first trip. So thankful that nobody was hurt, and that it was extinguished with minimal damage. That's some scary stuff! I think I would leave the propane off until you get it all sorted out and remove that furnace.
     

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