leisure battery fire (1 Viewer)

Jul 8, 2008
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THIS IS NOT mine just seen it 4 May at 17:34
Today our dreams went up in smoke - whilst we are safe and very relieved we made it out in time - we are utterly devastated- tears rolling
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May 7, 2016
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Ouch! Very upsetting for the owners.

Glad my leisure battery isn't under my seat. Newish vehicle, leaves me wondering what went wrong and whether there are lessons to be learnt.
 

andy63

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Looking at the fire in the picture im surprised theres as much of the shell left..
It must have been tackled with decent equipment about the time that photo was taken for it to have survived as it is... still goosed mind:(
Andy.
 

PeteH

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Cannot see in the Pic`s. but if it is a Fiat X250 the Chassis battery was under the floor (UK) passenger side, The hab battery (on a Rapido) is in the rear locker.

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May 7, 2016
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Cannot see in the Pic`s. but if it is a Fiat X250 the Chassis battery was under the floor (UK) passenger side, The hab battery (on a Rapido) is in the rear locker.
The FB posts say it started with sparking under the drivers seat and was something to do with the leisure battery. It would appear that Swift put theirs under the drivers seat.
 
May 7, 2016
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A bit odd, not a mention on her own FB page that she has a motorhome, maybe she has only just bought it.

You might not find a mention of a motorhome on my FB home page. However, if I escaped from it in dramatic circumstances I might want to tell my family and friends how upset I was and also reassure them that I was ok.
 

Two on Tour

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No, it was an honest reply. Can you tell me what I did wrong, so that I can whip myself with nettles.

Sorry if I read into it something that was not there. I saw it as a snide remark aimed at me and I suppose I'm guilty of being tainted by the goings on with the fiery thread the other day.

My comments re the lady on FB not having mentioned her motorhome on her own FB page came across as odd to me as I'm sure I would do so if I had a presents on social media and thought I had put forward a plausible reason as why she may not have.

Kiss and make up then.

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Minxy

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Can I ask...why was the awning out after the initial fire?
I suspect the nylon (or whatever they're made of) fixings/cogs etc have melted so it's flopped open.
 

GWAYGWAY

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I would think the Firemen would open it to make sure there was no heat in to rekindle the fire?

Barry
That is probably because the bit that hold it up has melted to a sloppy goo of plastic and the only thing left is the alloy arms and frame.
Fires happen very fast and the impotant thing is the people get out and stay out.
 

Janine

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My leisure battery is under the driver’s seat and, a few weeks ago , the carbon monoxide alarm was going off. The only explanation was the battery ‘cooking ‘.

It was quite nerve-wracking driving the van to get a new battery - I was sitting on a potential bomb!

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Bart

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Ours is an X250 Fiat and the Cab battery is below the passengers feet , covered by a metal plate which is then covered by soundproof padding then carper, ill have to have a look and see if the "metal plate" that goes over the top of the battery is anywhere near the battery connectors and if so this would cause the above , not sure if the lower side of the metal plate has any insulation on it.
 
Apr 27, 2008
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An earlier mh I had the leisure battery was under the drivers seat. I thought with my weight on it the metal springs on the seat Coul d contact the terminals with serious consequences I put a plastic sheet over the battery as a precaution.
 

mike mcglynn

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I watched an old Toyota fork lift drive past me one day in the depot and there was a was a fire behind the driver who was unaware of it ,so I stopped it and lifted the lid covering the battery the wooden board that should have been there was missing and the seat was touching the battery terminals . It was a big lad driving it and his weight was just too much.
 

ambulancekidd

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An earlier mh I had the leisure battery was under the drivers seat. I thought with my weight on it the metal springs on the seat Coul d contact the terminals with serious consequences I put a plastic sheet over the battery as a precaution.

I did that too when we had an Autosleeper with the battery under the seat.
I'm very heavily (fat :whistle:) built & the springs being near the battery really worried me.
 

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