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Old 09-21-2018, 03:13 PM   #1
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There's no way I would have remained as cool as narrator in that situation. Knowing he had a satellite messaging system likely helped.

This made me re-think where I store my shovel. Keeping that from turning into a wildfire looked hard enough with one.

My other thought is perhaps having a second extinguisher, but once a fuel line is involved, there's very little chance of putting it out.
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Old 09-21-2018, 03:42 PM   #2
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Really, the guy keeps filming while his rig is on fire, and then takes the time to set his camera (phone) on a stable platform to document himself pulling gear out of his burning vehicle, including tripods and aux lighting systems so he can continue narrating after his vehicle has burned to the ground?

Some strange decisions there.


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Old 09-21-2018, 04:45 PM   #3
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I bought two and I have 5 pounder in the vanClick image for larger version

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I'm guessing electrical fire due to the bumpy terrain and rubbing through the insulation?
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Old 09-21-2018, 06:52 PM   #5
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He seems to have pulled a of stuff out of the rig. Makes me want to rethink how I pack my van. Right now it would be hard to pull much stuff out of it once the interior is burning. To much stuff in drawers and cabinets that are accessed from inside the van.

I hope I am as calm as he seems to be.
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Old 09-21-2018, 08:52 PM   #6
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I agree that some things feel a bit odd about the video. This is the only video that I've seen from this guy, so I can't comment on him. However, I don't think it would be that odd for someone used to v-logging to have busted the camera out at those points. It's an extra minute, if even for high value footage, and setting up the camera with a quick connect on a gorillapod is second nature to those folks.

Once he had the spot (or equivalent) and the shovel out, he knew he wasn't going to die.

In hindsight, I might have considered aggressively shoveling dirt on the vehicle fire right after the extinguisher ran out. But that's hindsight after thinking about this video for a while. Again, I should have a much easier to access shovel, perhaps something externally mounted.

I had a friend loose an (old) RV to a fire a couple of years ago, and all the fire department could do was to keep it from turning into a brushfire.

Pulling stuff out of my van does not involve crates like that either. I have a cabinet with shelves that we live out of. Emptying that would involve being in the van, roughly above the tank. In the interest of my own life, that stuff would burn.

Edit: I suspect that half the reason he had those lights and tripods is because it was just a packed crate to grab. If there are six crates to pull out, of course you just pull them all out.
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This is being discussed on the Wrangler forum I am on. He's a well known guy who overland a lot. The going theory is that he had debris accumulated between his skid plate and the undercarriage and that caught fire. Something I hadn't thought of but I'll check under my vehicles more when offroad.

He did get his stuff out of the vehicles and dug a fire break to keep the flames from spreading. But he also opened a GoFundMe page to go towards getting a new Jeep...
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But he also opened a GoFundMe page to go towards getting a new Jeep...
Seriously? WTF is wrong with people? Newer car had to have insurance. Just like any other wreck or bad luck insurance pays for it. Or perhaps not since he was content to sit by the 'fire' and talk about how good his coconut water was. Weird situation. Does everyone's misfortune, or really just 'life' for that matter require a Go Fund Me to fund it? Oh wait, I just did a Go Fund Me too, it was called a day of work!

Rant over.

Go fund me......

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Seriously? WTF is wrong with people? Newer car had Oh wait, I just did a Go Fund Me too, it was called a day of work!

Rant over.

Go fund me......

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I chuckle at that first question Scotty---same thoughts run through my mind so often when seeing another video someone posts. Toss in one of the Kardashian's and the social media nonsense would be 100% complete. WTF IS wrong with people?

OTOH this guy seems to go about dealing with all this in a sound and carefully considered manner. After realizing extinguishing the fire was a waste of time removing his survival gear became priority one. Given his knowledge of his location that was extremely smart as he didn't see too certain when or if help would arrive.

MadScience brings up a good point about packing any vehicle, vans like most of us use among those probably very densely packed. Sure there's enough inside to get us through for a while if disabled but how carefully do we plan how to remove essential gear from outside the van by only reaching inside or never setting foot inside the cabin?

I've not yet installed my Element 50 extinguishers however my Kidde 5 pounder is just inside the right rear door for easy access. No less than 2 Element's will be installed on each van, both in full view and reachable without stepping inside.

Good video if only showing its better to be prepared for the fire that may never happen.
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MadScience brings up a good point about packing any vehicle, vans like most of us use among those probably very densely packed. Sure there's enough inside to get us through for a while if disabled but how carefully do we plan how to remove essential gear from outside the van by only reaching inside or never setting foot inside the cabin?
Excellent point. We would be in bad shape if our van caought fire. Right now very little of the things we would need to survive is easily accessible from outside the van. Am planning on reorganizing the storage this winter so that all the stuff we would need in an ergency is accessible from the rear of the van.

rltilley makes another good point about debris getting caught under the van. Grass and sagebrush can easily get caught on the underside of the frame. If it is next to the exhaust system it can catch fire. Be sure to check under your rigs after you park.
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