How To Impress Your RV Buyer By Talking About Your RV’s Fire Safety Features

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The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reports that a total of 73, 287 RVs were shipped through February 2017. The number also records an 8.6 percent growth when compared to the last year’s shipment during the same period. Looking at these numbers, anyone would think that finding an RV buyer is an easy task. However, if you are planning to sell your RV, you must remember that you are ‘competing’ with the other used RV sellers out there. You need to come up with a strategy that will set you RV apart from the rest and make buyers interested in buying your RV. How can you do so? We suggest that you highlight your RV’s safety features, especially its fire system.

An estimated 10, 000 RV fires take place every year. While you don’t need to highlight the data to your prospective RV buyer, you can definitely talk about the necessity of installing and maintaining a fire extinguisher’s health because nobody wants to come back from an RV trip with bad memories. 


Most RV fires break out in two areas of a motor home. Standard RV refrigerators use evaporative cooling, utilizing electrical components or propane burners to supply the heat. Now, if the burner at the back of an RV refrigerating system is overheated, it can cause a fire. Fire may also create havoc in the engine’s bay area. Here are some of the essential details that you must share about your RV’s fire system use and maintenance before selling your RV: 

Using a Fire Extinguisher

According to firefighting experts, all buyers must get practical training on using RV fire-fighting systems. Tell a prospective customer that all fire extinguisher companies and local fire departments provide the required training for safe RV-ing. Inform buyers to check their neighboring area to learn about the available options. Fire safety guidelines are also written on the equipment labels for a customer’s reference. The printed instructions contain details regarding the exact distance the fire system will cover, according to the standards of OSHA. 

Typical Operation Method

If a fire breaks out, tell your customer to apply the PASS acronym method while operating an extinguisher—  pull, aim, squeeze, and sweep. First, one has to pull the pin holding the equipment in a vertical position. Subsequently, an RV-er should aim for the base of the fire with the extinguisher, and not the flames. Once this is done, the lever needs squeezing that will release the fire-fighting agent. Finally, the equipment should be swept properly until the flames are put out. Though the flames would increase when being exposed to the agent, it will gradually suppress the fire and put it out. 

RV Fire Extinguisher Maintenance 

A fighting system comes with a pressure gauge indicating whether it’s charged accurately or not. Therefore, you must tell your customers to check the extinguisher every month. If the charge is too low, inform them to recharge or replace the equipment without any delay. In case an extinguisher that you installed does not have a gauge, it is a non-rechargeable product. Fire equipment with a push-to-test pressure button needs your buyer’s attention if it fails to pop back when pressed. It is the indication of low pressure, and the system needs a quick replacement for a safe journey. Make sure that you tell a prospective RV customer not to test the equipment by performing a partial discharge. 

While a well-maintained fire extinguisher alone will never sell your RV, it will definitely show that you care about your RV buyers and their safety and will help to instill trust in them. And remember, trust in the sellers goes a long way in selling an RV to an RV buyer. If you are looking to sell at a fair market but do not want to meet individual buyers, consider contacting an RV broker for a faster selling process.

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