Statistically, about 75% of all vehicle fires, including RV's, are engine or drive train related. There are fire suppression systems available for the engine compartment, so consider that as well as the refer area.
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After just witnessing the results of an RV fire, I have renewed my interest in a fire suppression system for my refrigerator compartment. No one was injured during this fire, but the damage was major.
We travel with pets, and I am concerned that there may be a fire while we are away from the coach and that our pets may be injured.
I remember reading some articles about Halon systems and would like information about there effectiveness an there availability.
Has any installed any type of fire suppression system in their coach, and if so, would you please provide information about the type system and whether or not you are satisfied with it.
Because Halon is a CFC, the production of Halon ceased on January 1, 1994, under the Clean Air Act. Ozone layer depletion, etc.
Any Halon used now in any fire suppression system is recycled from old stock produced prior to 1994, or it is in a "new" system produced over 18 years ago. It is priced accordingly, much like Freon 12, which you can still buy. There are other products that have replaced Halon that you may also consider.
The main function for any RV is to put out the fire, period.
Halon was mainly used in computer rooms, etc, because it would not damage critical electronic equipment. This is not a concern in an RV refrigerator fire.
Halon was used in a variety of suppression systems way beyond server rooms, and is still the only suppression chemical approved by the FAA as far as I know. While there are other systems out there, I'm not aware of anyone packaging FM-200 in a system that is needed in RV applications, and there is no way I would install AFFF or any powder release system that will require collateral damage cleanup or equipment replacement in the event of a release. If Halon is legal to use, then that's by far the best choice.
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