Campervans are a popular way of holidaying both in the UK and when travelling abroad. With celebrities like Jamie Oliver choosing to drive these vehicles, they are increasingly seen as a cool way to travel. Motorhomes represent a major investment and a treasured possession, but they can be at risk of fire, so it is important to protect them with a suitable fire suppression system.
 
Vehicle fire suppression from Firetrace is ideal for guarding against an engine fire and making sure that if a fire does start it can be put out right away. Installing a system can protect drivers and passengers from the risk of being injured or killed. Installations have also succeeded in saving treasured vans by keeping any damage to minimum and stopping it from spreading. One example of this was when a system successfully put out a fire in a restored vintage American VW campervan owned by a company in Suffolk. 

The Need to Protect Campervans Against Fire

It has been estimated that there are more than 130,000 campervan and motorhome owners in the UK. Campers are also popular to hire, with brightly decorated vehicles taking the spotlight at music festivals. 
 
So what are the reasons for these vehicles’ popularity? The main attraction is that they give you the freedom of the road, allowing you to go where you want. They take away the bother and expense of having to book hotel accommodation, while offering greater privacy and being far more comfortable and weatherproof than tents. They are also easier to manoeuvre on the roads than caravans, with the additional advantage that they will fit into a parking space if you stop off en route.
 
However, if a campervan catches fire, there is danger to people inside and also the risk that the vehicle itself could be badly damaged or destroyed. Insurers say that if a blaze does break out in a camper, the resulting claims can cost more than £19,000 on average, showing just how much damage can be caused.
 
All campervan owners therefore need to take a number of fire safety precautions to safeguard their vehicles. These include installing smoke alarms, carrying a fire extinguisher and being careful with the storage of any flammable substances, such as fuel for cooking or heating.
 
There could also be fire risks that you can’t see, in particular the danger of fire breaking out in the engine. In too many cases, engine fires are only noticed when smoke is seen coming either from the bonnet or from the rear. Around 14% of fires in these vehicles break out when campers are actually on the road, putting those inside in danger.
 
Proper maintenance and regular servicing are important ways to guard against engine fires, since, if components are left to deteriorate, this could potentially spark a blaze. However, even when an engine has been properly maintained, the risk of fires does still exist, making it advisable to have fire suppression systems fitted.

Why Choose Firetrace for Your Campervans?

Firetrace is the ideal automatic fire extinguishing system to install in a campervan because it is simple yet highly reliable, meeting the ISO 9001:2015 standard as a guarantee of quality and effectiveness. It also does not require electronic components, which are expensive and have the potential to go wrong. Once our Firetrace detection tubing has been installed in your motor home’s engine compartment, it will constantly work to protect the vehicle against the threat of fire. 
 
The Firetrace system is installed directly beneath the campervan’s bonnet, where the tubing is kept under pressure and will immediately burst open if it is triggered by overheating, smoke or flames. The active ingredient will pour out directly on to the fire so that it can quickly be put out. Our systems use only a small amount of extinguishant, accurately targeted on the exact location of the heat. 
 
Julian Hollands, director of Suffolk VW Camper Ltd, decided to fit a Firetrace fire suppression system in his lovingly-restored VW Bay campervan. When a fire started in the engine bay while he was driving, the system was immediately activated and there was no serious damage. This incident underlined how essential it is to have suitable vehicle systems installed.