5 Best Fire Extinguishers for an RV, Caravan or Camper (2020)

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Amerex B417T


This is our pick for the best fire extinguisher for a camper, RV or caravan is the Amerex B417T. It’s a compact extinguisher that still packs a lot of power to expel a range of fires you might come across on an RV – kitchen, gasoline and electrical. It’s built by the best quality fire extinguisher brand.

First Alert REC5


If you want a more affordable but still acceptable model, you could consider the First Alert REC5 instead. Its UL rating is lower than most, but you also get the benefit of it being more affordable.

Our top pick of the best fire extinguishers for an RV, Camper or Caravan is the Amerex B417T. We wanted a small, compact extinguisher that came with a sturdy mounting bracket so it could be discretely stored in the RV.

We also had a minimum standard that the extinguisher should have all-metal pin and valve mechanisms (i.e. not plastic junk) and it should be from a respected brand all at an affordable price. Lastly, we wanted one that would be a multi-purpose ABC dry chemical extinguisher so it would fight the whole range of fires you might come across in an RV:

  • Gasoline and oil fires.
  • Small non-commercial kitchen fires.
  • Electrical fires.

We think we got the whole package with our Amerex B417T.

Please (for the love of god!) don’t buy a plastic or aerosol extinguisher. We’ve noticed a lot of RV blogs promoting them – these people clearly don’t know anything about fire extinguishers. We can’t believe people are actually recommending an aerosol extinguisher for RVs! They’re absolute junk – and not even UL 5-B:C certified, which is really the bare minimum for fire safety! (The US Coastguard agrees with us here in their standards for fire extinguishers for small boats).

The crazy thing is: you only pay literally a few bucks more to jump up from a plastic aerosol piece of junk to an actual real fire extinguisher.

So with that said, here are our five top recommendations for affordable fire extinguishers for RVs:

  • Amerex B417T (Best Balance between Quality and Price)
  • First Alert REC5 (Most Affordable)
  • Amerex B500
  • Buckeye 13315 2.5 lbs
  • H3R Performance HG250B (Your choice for a non-corrosive Halotron extinguisher)

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Fire Extinguisher

Canister Size

Quick Overview

Our Rating

1.

Amerex B417T

2.5 Lbs

This one is the best balance between quality and price. We love our Amerex B417T. It’s a compact but very high quality ABC dry chemical extinguisher. It comes with a quality mount for securing it in your RV. Overall it’s respected extinguisher from the top fire extinguisher brand. Go to Review.

9/10

2.

First Alert REC5

2.5 Lbs

This is the option for affordability. It’s affordable and still decent quality, but a clear step down from the Amerex B417T. Its UL rating is lower than most, but you also get the benefit of it being more affordable. It’s also really short which we like for fitting it in tight spaces. Go to Review.

7.5/10

3.

Amerex B500

5 Lbs

The thing we love about the B500T is that it’s a step up from 2.5 to 5 lbs of ABC dry chemical but comes in a similar sized canister. It’s also from Amerex, which is our preferred brand. We don’t like the hose it comes with though. Go to Review.

8/10

4.

Buckeye 13315

2.5 Lbs

Buckeye is a great brand of fire extinguisher that doesn’t get the credit it deserves. This is a 2.5 lbs ABC dry chemical extinguisher that has all metal components and comes with a great vehicle mount. Go to Review.

8/10

5.

H3R Performance HG250B

2.5 Lbs

Get this one if you are concerned about getting a non-corrosive substance that won’t cause collateral damage to your RV. It’s very popular with sports car enthusiasts. H3R is the go-to brand for aviation grade anti-corrosion extinguishers. Go to Review.

7.5/10

Best Fire Extinguishers for RVs, Caravans and Campers

1. Amerex B417T (2.5 Lbs ABC Extinguisher)

Quick Review: A high quality and affordable extinguisher that comes with a vehicle mount. It’s compact enough for fitting comfortably in your RV. This is by far our top pick.


This is a really nice extinguisher that’s affordable, well-built, and just the right size for an RV.

The price point is quite competitive for the quality you get. While it’s about maybe 10 to 15 dollars higher than lower-end products (for example the First Alert PRO5), it’s also a big step up in quality in our opinion.

You get a fire extinguisher created by Amerex, the best brand in the industry. We like Amerex brand because it’s not suffered from the same safety recall issues as other major brands in the past 10 years. It also has all-aluminum components (pin, valve and trigger). This was really important to us given the plastic on the market.

We also wanted a small extinguisher so it doesn’t take up too much space in the RV. (You might notice that 4 of the 5 extinguishers in this review are small 2.5 pound extinguishers). This one’s dimensions are just 15.5″ H x 5.75″ W x 3″ D.

Why This Extinguisher:

  • Affordable: It comes in at a decent price for a quality extinguisher that won’t break the bank.
  • Well Built: An extinguisher with all-aluminum valve, pin and trigger components from Amerex, a top fire safety brand.
  • Good Size for an RV: I like the size of 2.5 pound extinguishers for RVs and caravans. They don’t take up too much space. This one comes in at 15.5″ H x 5.75″ W x 3″ D.
  • Vehicle / Wall Bracket Mount: Comes with mounting bracket to secure the extinguisher to a wall while you’re driving. Keep in mind that the mounting bracket you’ll get with your extinguisher will be quite basic so don’t expect too much – we prefer to buy our own.
  • ABC Rated: It’s an ABC rated dry chemical extinguisher for putting out liquid fires (i.e. gasoline) as well as small kitchen fires.
  • Rechargeable: With a rechargeable extinguisher you can simply reload it after use so you don’t need to buy a new one.

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2. First Alert REC5 (2.5 Lbs ABC Extinguisher)

Quick Review: The most affordable fire extinguisher on our list, this one’s designed to be small with RVs in mind. It’s also the lowest UL-Rated extinguisher on the list, so you’re trading power for price a little on this one.


Get this one if price is your biggest pinch point. This extinguisher is marketed for RVs and is nice and compact for fitting in your camper. It’s actually the shortest extinguisher in this list, meaning there’s a good chance you’ll be able to squeeze it into a small space to ensure it’s out of the way. You’ll be able to fit it onto the bracket and secure it with the strap that are included in the package.

The dimensions of the extinguisher are: 12.25″ H x 3.25″ W x 3.25″ D inches.

I like that this extinguisher doesn’t come with a hose – you just point the nozzle and squeeze, which is what we prefer over having to fight with a nozzle.

In terms of the cons, we must admit we prefer and trust Amerex extinguishers above First Alert – although in reality First Alert doesn’t have a terrible reputation and is a step above other brands on the market. The mounting bracket is also plastic, which was a bit of a surprise as we expected metal.

Why This Extinguisher:

  • Affordable: It’s the cheapest extinguisher on this list.
  • Good Size for an RV: It is also the shortest extinguisher on the list, so you’ll be able to fit it snugly and discretely inside your RV.
  • ABC Rated: It’s an ABC rated dry chemical extinguisher for putting out liquid fires (i.e. gasoline) as well as small kitchen fires.
  • Rechargeable: With a rechargeable extinguisher you can simply reload it after use so you don’t need to buy a new one.

Keep in Mind:

  • Plastic Bracket: We don’t hate the bracket, but it’s plastic and we would have liked it to have been metal. Keep in mind that the mounting bracket you’ll get with your extinguisher will be quite basic so don’t expect too much – we prefer to buy our own.
  • Brand: We’d say it’s a mid-range brand, certainly not with the reputation of the Amerex.

Return to Comparison Table.

3. Amerex B500 (5 Lbs ABC Extinguisher)

Quick Review: This is your choice if you want to step up to a more powerful 5 pound extinguisher. It’s still nice and small but the hose hangs a little clumsily and gets in the way.


Get this one if you want an extinguisher with a little more firepower.

The thing we love about the B500 5 pound extinguisher is it doesn’t feel that much bigger than a 2.5 pound extinguisher. So you get a lot of extra power in a package that’s not too much bigger than the other extinguishers in this list. However, the hose can awkwardly take up some extra space. (We’ve personally got this extinguisher in our home kitchen.)

The other thing about the hose is that it takes some time to get your head around how to hold the hose, handle and canister all at once. We find it so much easier to use a little extinguisher where you just point the nozzle.

The discharge time and range of this extinguisher is also the highest on this list. Its discharge time is about 14 seconds, meaning you can stand back a bit more while having some extra power in there to get control over the fire.

As with the B417T, this extinguisher is also an Amerex that features all aluminum pin, valve and triggers. In other words, it’s a well built and sturdy bit of equipment. As you can tell, we do like the Amerex brand!

And of course, this too comes with a mounting bracket for securing it to the wall of the camper while you’re driving around.

Why This Extinguisher:

  • Best Power: You’re getting about 50% better discharge time with this one over your regular 2.5 pound extinguisher.
  • Top Brand: Amerex is the premium brand in fire extinguishers.
  • ABC Rated: It’s an ABC rated dry chemical extinguisher for putting out liquid fires (i.e. gasoline) as well as small kitchen fires.
  • Rechargeable: With a rechargeable extinguisher you can simply reload it after use so you don’t need to buy a new one.

Keep in Mind:

  • The Size: A little bigger than the others on this list, but we still think it’s quite compact for what you’re getting.
  • The Price: You’ll also pay an extra $15 – $20 for the 5 lbs of sunstance rather than a 2.5 lbs extinguisher like the rest on this list.
  • The Weight: With the extra power, you’ll also feel the extra weight when it’s full, it comes in at total 9.5 pounds (5 pounds chemical + 4.5 pounds canister).

Return to Comparison Table.

4. Buckeye 13315 (2.5 Lbs ABC Extinguisher)

Quick Review: We’ve been impressed by our Buckeye that we use for our car. It’s small, comes with a really nice mount, and is built with high-quality metal materials.


This extinguisher is nice and small (about 15 inches by 5 inches) and has a nice simple mount that you can screw to a wall where convenient. We got the Buckeye as our car extinguisher and attached it under the car seat – worked a charm, but you might need a few skills with a drill.

Buckeye has a good reputation in the industry. Like the Amerex, you’re not going to get any plastic in your handle, valve or pin mechanisms. So it makes sense that the 2.5 Lbs Buckeye comes in at a very similar price point to the 2.5 Lbs Amerex that we put at the top of our list.

The discharge time is 9 seconds with a 15 foot range – again, this is comparable to the Amerex 417T.

The one big drawing card of this one, though, is the nice metal mount that you get with the extinguisher.

Why This Extinguisher:

  • Nice Small Size for Discrete Installation: At about 15″ by 5″ we like this size for an RV or camper. It’s small enough to be put in a corner and it won’t overtake your space.
  • Good Brand: Buckeye is a respected brand that provides a high quality range of extinguishers.
  • Metal Mounting Bracket: Comes with a nice simple mounting bracket. You might need some skills for installing it though.
  • ABC Rated: It’s an ABC rated dry chemical extinguisher for putting out liquid fires (i.e. gasoline) as well as small kitchen fires.
  • Rechargeable: With a rechargeable extinguisher you can simply reload it after use so you don’t need to buy a new one.

Keep in Mind:

  • Mounting: You might need to drill some holes to get the mount where you want it. Keep in mind that the mounting bracket you’ll get with your extinguisher will be quite basic so don’t expect too much – we prefer to buy our own.

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5. H3R Performance HG250B Halotron (2.5 Lbs Halotron BC Extinguisher)

Quick Review: Halotron extinguishers are designed to be less corrosive on metals than dry chemical extinguishers, making this one the go-to pick for enthusiasts worried about additional corrosive damage to their vehicle after discharge.


Get this one if you’re concerned about the corrosiveness of dry chemical extinguishers.

This extinguisher is a bit different. It uses a substance called ‘Halotron’ rather than a dry chemical to extinguish fires.

Halotron is less corrosive than dry chemical so is preferred by the airline industry, some sports car enthusiasts, and yacht owners. It is less likely to cause collateral damage to your car when discharged, yet doesn’t have the greenhouse gas effects that its precursor Halon had.

But halotron is also a little less effective and more expensive than dry chemical – so most people don’t bother with it.

H3R have become the go-to brand for providing Halotron fire extinguishers for cars. The provide sleek extinguishers designed to both look good and provide a UL-rated Halotron fire extinguisher for enthusiasts concerned about protecting their vehicles.

Why This Extinguisher:

  • Small to fit in your RV: You could mount this under the front seat in your RV.
  • Non-Corrosive: Won’t cause damage to the surface of your vehicle.
  • Black Design: H3R is known for their sleek looking extinguisher designs – they also have a chrome version.
  • Mounting Bracket: Comes with an under seat mounting bracket to mount it under a seat in your RV. Keep in mind that the mounting bracket you’ll get with your extinguisher will be quite basic so don’t expect too much – we prefer to buy our own.

Keep in Mind:

  • Not as Effective: By H3R’s own measure, haltoron is not as effective as dry chemical in putting out fires. Its UL rating is 2-B:C as opposed to the pretty standard 5-B:C dry chemical extinguishers.
  • Expensive: You’ll pay more for a halotron extinguisher than a dry chemical extinguisher.

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What to Look for in a Fire Extinguisher in your RV

a) Small and Compact

We wanted a small extinguisher that wasn’t going to take up a ton of space in an RV. We wanted it to be tucked away on a wall or under a seat so it wouldn’t take up extra space.

To achieve this, we decided to go for a 2.5 Lbs extinguisher. Most 2.5 Lbs extinguishers have dimensions of about 15″ H x 5″ D x 5″ W.

b) ABC Fire Rating

Fire extinguishers have different ratings depending upon the sorts of fires they’re capable of suppressing. The basic fire ratings are:

  • Class A: General combustible materials such as wood, cardboard, plastic…
  • Class B: Combustible liquids and gasses such as gasoline, oil, etc…
  • Class C: Electrical fires.
  • Class D: Combustible metals commonly found in industrial manufacturing.
  • Class F: Commercial kitchen fires.

The most common form of extinguisher is an ABC extinguisher. It’s the most versatile type of extinguisher that will be effective for most non-industrial fires such as those you’d come across in a kitchen or car crash.

So, we went for an ABC rated extinguisher for a caravan/camper.

c) Quality Brand

Brand matters when it comes to fire extinguishers. Some brands have been plagued with recall issues in recent decades. And while we respect them for doing their due diligence and doing the recalls (so we’re not going to name names), we are also inclined to gravitate toward trusted quality brands that haven’t had recent issues. For us, that’s Amerex, Ansul and Buckeye.

d) All Metal Components

There are some really low-quality plastic extinguishers out on the market. We’re sad to say some other blogs out there recommend low quality extinguishers for RVs too, so be warned!

Any firefighter worth their salt will tell you to at a minimum get an all-metal extinguisher. All the extinguishers on this list tick those boxes with aluminum metal pins, handles and valves.

Furthermore, please please avoid aerosol extinguishers. Unless you’re going hiking and need to pack a lightweight extinguisher in your backpack, aerosol extinguishers don’t make the cut.

e) Pressure Gauge

Get an extinguisher with a pressure gauge. Again, any extinguisher that’s worthwhile will have one clearly showing whether or not you’re in the “green” (no need to recharge) or “red” (recharge or discard extinguisher).

f) Rechargeable

You can get a fire extinguisher that is rechargeable or one that is disposable. If you discharge a rechargeable extinguisher, you can go to a fire extinguisher professional (your local fire brigade can point you to one) for a refill. If you discharge a disposable extinguisher, you have to throw out the canister and buy a new one. We prefer to go with rechargeables because they tend to be build more sturdily. Plus, it’s less wasteful.

g) Mounting Bracket

Most of the extinguishers above come with basic mounting brackets. But you still need to find space to drill it into a wall. You might want to buy a specialized fire extinguisher bracket that is designed to fit onto a car seat, which is easier to use and install. Just keep in mind that the mounting bracket you’ll get with your extinguisher will be quite basic so don’t expect too much.

Final Thoughts

The biggest takeaway here is to make sure you get a decent quality fire extinguisher, not a plastic or aerosol piece of junk. It’s with the extra 10 to 15 dollars to have a real fire extinguisher.

The other thing to take away from this review is to try to get a small one that can be mounted on a wall or under a seat discretely. All the extinguishers on this list come with basic mounts.

We went with the Amerex B417T as the best fire extinguisher for an RV, but we think all 5 extinguishers on this list make the cut and will serve you well.

Good luck with your camping adventures!

– Chris & Rosie.