Exploding Coke Cans!

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  1. motorhomer

    motorhomer Read Only Funster

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    A cautionary tale. A couple of days ago we went into the van for the first time for a few weeks (to get it ready for a trip to Spain this weekend - Yippee!).

    Our van has a garage, and I noticed that the roof and side walls of the garage were covered with brown spots. These were thick, and sticky.

    We emptied the garage, and cleaned the offending spots, then started to consider what might have caused them. Eventually we found that - in a group of 4 cans of coke that we had - perhaps rather stupidly - left in the van, one had exploded. Presumably this was something to do with the extreme cold weather followed by a thaw.

    We will not be leaving cans of fizzy drink in the van again!
     
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    lucky escape! rots your teeth that stuff, you know :RollEyes:
     
  3. Jim

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    Weve had exactly that happen, except it was Old Speckled Hen:Eeek:
     
  4. Hayleylulu

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    all so rots your nose if you sniff it:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
  5. Red Sonja

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    Kevin has had some of his beer do that in the garage as well.

    I think the cans are too thin now days.

    Sonja
     
  6. Ralph-n-Bev

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    Yes be careful everyone.
    Exactly the same thing happened to 2 cans of coke in our MH external locker.
    1 totally exploded , leaving sticky gunge in the locker cupboard , the other one had its top and bottom pushed right out. We hadnt used the motorhome for a couple of weekends as it was before our Xmas trip up to Aviemore. So it hadnt had any heat to it in that time.
    We couldnt believe it as it happened in a freezing cold Castleford storage yard. Not the Cairngorms :Rofl1:
    The beer was OK though.....:Wink:
     
  7. hilldweller

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    We had a packet of crisps explode going over the Atlas Mountains.

    Dangerous places, MHs.
     
  8. peter marshall

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    Hi
    We had a near do with 2 coke cans , we had them in the top container on the dashboard which keep cans etc cold when you have the air con on but it also gets hot when you have the heating on when we took the cans out they had swollen out both ends and ready to pop, that would have made a mess all over the place, like you have said we live and learn, but sometimes a bit to late. lol Peter:Doh::Doh::Doh::Doh:
     
  9. motor roamin

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    Thank goodness I don't drink fizzy pop it sounds bloody dangerous :Rofl1::Rofl1:

    All the best Rick
     
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    Yes, I'll stick to alcohol from now on, thanks for the tip :RollEyes:
     
  11. bobandjanie

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    Wasted time taking it abroad, Awld Speckled Un does not travel, had it confirmed by our local Greene King. Tastes like the c**p you can buy much cheaper when you get 'there'. Jane :Smile:
     
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    Had a good friend several years ago who would often be heard to say 'You don't wanna be doing with that coke stuff.. makes your bum go'

    Never found out what he meant and my bum is still at the bottom of my back ( I think )
     
  13. Douglas

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    Could it be the the can of coke froze, made a split or hole, the when the weather go warmer melted and the the pressure that would still be contained in the ice squirter the coke out?

    Doug...
     
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    bang

    We rather silly couple left 24 cans of Diet Coke and 24 cans of Red Bull in the motorhome, 6 of the Coke exploded big style ends off clean as a whistle and a few others blew out the ends but didn`t rupture.
    Luckilly being in the carton and also a large plastic bag the mess was confined somewhat.
    Oddly enough non of the Red Bull cans were affected by the frost.

    We had totally drained the water system down but forgot about the Header tank for the loo, so far that looks like there hasn`t been any damage but in future we will make certain the motorhome is left liquid free.
     
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    Good job you didn't have mentos stored in the same place. :BigGrin:

    Picked our van up just before Christmas and had left cans and bottles stored under the seated. Luckily none of the cans had ruptured. A bottle of water was frozen solid though. :Eek!:
     
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    We also found a packet of johnsons baby wipes , under the sink in the bathroom , frozen solid. Not as dangerous or messy as exploding coke cans , but unexpected.
    It did get down to -16 a couple of nights over in Castleford before Xmas ( so we were told, by the storage watchman !)
     
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    Problem is the 'diet' coke, a drink full of sugar would freeze only at a lower temperature.
     
  18. Lynn ( Mrs Ash )

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    We were away with friends for the new year and the same thing happened to them :Sad:
     
  19. 1_man_and_his_dob(lo)

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    Did something similar in my little van...discovered a couple of weeks ago that I'd left the flush tank filled in my Thetford Portable loo....one big pink ice cube :Eek!: :Laughing:

    Bottle of water for the windscreen was frozen, wet-wipes were solid and the bottle of washing up liquid (Ecover...other brands are available) had separated :Doh:
     
  20. Douglas

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    I have always wondered about the window washers ability to stand up to freezing, I have never had any damage done to the washer system being frozen, have you?

    Doug...
     
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