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Old 10-21-2018, 05:12 PM   #1
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Fire in breaker panel

Our Jayco Seneca had caught on fire in the bedroom in the breaker electrical box. The inside is damaged heavily with soot and smoke damage. Has anyone had a similar problem?
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Old 10-21-2018, 06:48 PM   #2
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Wow - what year Seneca? We have 2018.5. The most typical cause of electrical fires is heating caused by poor connections. We all know how poorly constructed RV’s are. Plus the beating they take driving down the road. A loose connection will overheat and can eventually burn off wire insulation and cause a fire. We found our rats nest of ground wires disconnected from the chassis since they used a single self-tapping screw to connect them. The screw broke off...
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Old 10-21-2018, 06:55 PM   #3
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Wow - what year Seneca? We have 2018.5. We found our rats nest of ground wires disconnected from the chassis since they used a single self-tapping screw to connect them. The screw broke off...
Yes, what year? Did you open things up under the bed to investigate? I would think soot would be a sign burned insulation. When I had ours open under the bed I checked all the connections and found loose connections inside the transfer box.

We also had failed ground wires from broken screws that I ended up just fixing myself so it was done right.
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Old 10-21-2018, 07:16 PM   #4
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It did catch on fire and burnt the electric panel and the wood around it. We were not camping at the time. It was just in the garage and thank goodness the fire went out but the soot and smoke damage is horrible.
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Old 10-26-2018, 12:42 PM   #5
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I'd get the entire panel examined by a dealer. Was it connected to 120v?

Tell them what was using 12v when you parked it inside the garage. CO detector uses a lot of 12v, I'd check that circuit for sure.
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Old 10-26-2018, 02:43 PM   #6
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Horrible! I have not heard of electrical fires.

I know when I checked my terminals we had a bunch of loose connections.

I am glad it went out on own, it could have been a lot worse.

Please keep us up to date as you find more information, so we can check our units.
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Old 10-26-2018, 03:42 PM   #7
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Wow! Any kind of fire is serious and a full investigation needs to be done to find out the root cause. Unfortunately it may require a lot more expertise than a dealer has to find the fault especially if a lot of damage was done that might mask the root cause.
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