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****!! That’s bad news mate, but also potentially a lucky escape!
Thats a good point by Pete though, do many people have smoke detectors (or even carbon monoxide one) in their bus?? I think I might now...!
Definately something everyone should have!
I have this one in mine .... https://amzn.to/3nJwyNz
Long Life Battery (10 years), so no annoying low battery beeps every few months just when you don't want it. It is also very thin compared to most Smoke Detectors.
Same with CO detectors - another must have! FWIW, I went for this unit - https://amzn.to/3qnXyE9

I've got a fire extinguisher but no smoke detector, definitely on my buy list.
Fire Extinguisher another must have! I double-checked on location with a Motorhoming Fireman and he recommended fitting by the door.
 

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I've got a fire extinguisher but no smoke detector, definitely on my buy list.
Same, I have fire extinguisher and co2 detector for the gas but no smoke detector, I too will now get one cause you never know.
 

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Thanks for the link Dave, out of interest whereabouts did you fit your smoke detector ?
 

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Thanks for the link Dave, out of interest whereabouts did you fit your smoke detector ?
On the ceiling (so high as possible) and right by the sleeping area for maximum effect!

I made a mistake with the CO detector. I thought that should be fairly low, but that needs to be high as well I later found out.
 

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Devastated tonight.

was chilling in the back with the tv on and I could smell something burning. I had the front cab curtains shut, so pulled them open and the front cab had filled with smoke. I immediately turn any electrics off in the back and disconnecting the live from the vans engine battery to the leisure battery. I open all the doors to let the smoke and the smell out. I could smell it was coming from under the passenger seat (where the leisure battery and the b2b charger and all the wiring is).

took the seat off to find that the connections on the ablemail b2b battery had burnt out resulting in the melting of the live cables. Absolutely shocked and gutted, what if I had been sleeping as I am planning on sleepingin here tonight ? How did none of the inline fuses from the battery pop to stop it ?

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What rotten luck! At least its one of those situations where you can say, it could have been worse!

Definately something everyone should have!
I have this one in mine .... https://amzn.to/3nJwyNz
Long Life Battery (10 years), so no annoying low battery beeps every few months just when you don't want it. It is also very thin compared to most Smoke Detectors.
Same with CO detectors - another must have! FWIW, I went for this unit - https://amzn.to/3qnXyE9


Fire Extinguisher another must have! I double-checked on location with a Motorhoming Fireman and he recommended fitting by the door.
Ill definitely look into getting these, best to be safe than sorry!
Great service from you as always @Hoovie !
 

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Definately something everyone should have!
I have this one in mine .... https://amzn.to/3nJwyNz
Long Life Battery (10 years), so no annoying low battery beeps every few months just when you don't want it. It is also very thin compared to most Smoke Detectors.
Same with CO detectors - another must have! FWIW, I went for this unit - https://amzn.to/3qnXyE9


Fire Extinguisher another must have! I double-checked on location with a Motorhoming Fireman and he recommended fitting by the door.
I have been wondering where to mechanically mount it for easiest access should I ever need it, but yeah we had one fitted by the door on our caravan.
 

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Definately something everyone should have!
I have this one in mine .... https://amzn.to/3nJwyNz
Long Life Battery (10 years), so no annoying low battery beeps every few months just when you don't want it. It is also very thin compared to most Smoke Detectors.
Same with CO detectors - another must have! FWIW, I went for this unit - https://amzn.to/3qnXyE9


Fire Extinguisher another must have! I double-checked on location with a Motorhoming Fireman and he recommended fitting by the door.
Thanks for the recommendations Hoovie 👍🏻 And yes Pete extinguisher too, used to have a nice compact one in my car as it was legal requirement when I lived in Germany
 

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Something else which I have (but not found an ideal place to position) is a fire blanket.

Had a kitchen pan fire (in the house, not van) just over 4 years ago and used a kitchen drying towel as no fire blanket. Suffice to say the burns are still healing ...
 

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We have one of these -

Only a 5 year battery but with a super bright led to light the place up should it go off in the middle of the night . Cost about £12 from b&q
 

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We have one of these -

Only a 5 year battery but with a super bright led to light the place up should it go off in the middle of the night . Cost about £12 from b&q
Great idea with the light built in.
 

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We have one of these -

Only a 5 year battery but with a super bright led to light the place up should it go off in the middle of the night . Cost about £12 from b&q
Just bought the same one mate, Amazon £13 arrived today. Will be installing this tonight after my recent scare
 

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Currently installing the new Ablemail B2B replacement that Hoovie sent out to me, arrived this week so thanks for that. I've sent the other one back to ablemail for investigation.

Be nice to get it all in and have the van back together with a working leisure battery again :)
 

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Hopefully its all sorted now then mate 👍
You still out using your van?
not since last week, plan to use it again on thursday.

Theres a red flashing light on the ablemail B2B just trying to figure out if thats an error or it means its charging ?
 

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not since last week, plan to use it again on thursday.

Theres a red flashing light on the ablemail B2B just trying to figure out if thats an error or it means its charging ?
I think it is more likely a flashing Amber.
When in error mode, the LED goes Red and it has a pattern of pulsing which decodes to a particular error code.
When in charging mode, the LED flashes on and off slowly and is either Amber (close to Red in fact) or Green depending on what mode the charger is in (determined by the battery requirement).
From the manual:
Flashing Red - In fault mode (see codes below of number of short flashes followed by number of long flashes).
Flashing Amber - Battery flat ;constant current/bulk charging at 14.1V(12V secondary battery)
Flashing Green - Battery charged; float charging at 13.8V (12V secondary battery)

In Bulk Mode, the voltage of course will build up depending on charge state of battery, so it will not be 14.1V immediately.
 

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I think it is more likely a flashing Amber.
When in error mode, the LED goes Red and it has a pattern of pulsing which decodes to a particular error code.
When in charging mode, the LED flashes on and off slowly and is either Amber (close to Red in fact) or Green depending on what mode the charger is in (determined by the battery requirement).
From the manual:
Flashing Red - In fault mode (see codes below of number of short flashes followed by number of long flashes).
Flashing Amber - Battery flat ;constant current/bulk charging at 14.1V(12V secondary battery)
Flashing Green - Battery charged; float charging at 13.8V (12V secondary battery)

In Bulk Mode, the voltage of course will build up depending on charge state of battery, so it will not be 14.1V immediately.
Thanks, yes all sorted and working fine now. It was in fact the amber light just topping up the battery, went flashing green when it had finished
 

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Latest edition.

bit ugly but safety over vanity. As recommended by bitterandtwisred. Built in emergency led light is a nice touch.
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