Buy a Fire Safe or Not?

Decided to start this post with a few pictures of the fresh snow around our home here in the Kansas City Missouri area.  For those of you who are more interested in RV related topics, I also included the results of my research regarding Buy a Fire Safe or Not.

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IMG_1600. Should be on the ground for a few days!

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So, good friends of ours are vacationing in Florida right now.  They live about five miles from us.  I envy them and hope they don’t have good internet service to see what is going on back here at home.  In fact, I hope their batteries are dead or power is out, there is a boil order out on their campsite/motel room water and a family of 12 moved into the spot/room next to them.  No – I’m not joking, they should be back here in Missouri sharing in our “misery”.  Travel safe guys,

Now back to the topic.  Should we buy a fire safe or not.  The short answer is wait until we are on the road before deciding.  Whatever we get it needs to be bolted to the rig somehow. An actual fire safe will weigh to much so a regular (non-fire) rated safe might be good enough. I’ll be going with a standard safe and fire pouches.

Here are a few places and ideas I went to while researching the topic:

Of course nothing is fire proof.  I’m more concerned with hard to replace items such as birth certificates and such and would think 1/2 hour to 1 hour of protection should work.  Here is what I’ve decided to look into:

Fire Pouch

Fire Pouch

Strategic placement of items would matter.  In other words what part of the RV the items are stored in. There is a difference between melting point and sustained heat.

  • From (there is a nice video link to see the pouch in action). These have an added bonus of being water resistant.
    • FirePouch fireproof pouches are manufactured using a proprietary fabric that has a metalized Mylar facing laminated to one side. The mirror-like surface reflects 95% of the radiant heat it is exposed to. The base fabric is capable of withstanding continuous temperatures of 1200F with a melting point of 2080F. This same fabric is used to produce fireproof rescue bags which are used during specialized downed firefighter rescue operations.
      • A normal building fire will “vent” itself when it reaches 1200F, or die out due to lack of oxygen.
      • A room in a building fire, once vented, will burn at around 600 degrees.
      • It is best to keep the pouch in a drawer (velcro-side face down) near the floor (but not on the floor in case of flooding. (It is not waterproof).

      Thanks for reading and commenting,  Mark from Missouri

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