Any idea what caused this?

An owner in one of my RV Facebook groups asked, “any idea what caused this?” to my RV water heater. It is very important to learn all you can when it comes to RV’s maintenance and why. An RV water heater fire is a serious safety concern that requires immediate attention and action. If you encounter a fire involving your RV water heater or suspect a fire hazard.

Ensure that your RV’s water heater is properly maintained, and follow manufacturer recommendations for usage and inspections. If you are uncertain about the condition of your RV’s water heater or any other component, consult with a qualified RV service professional.

This is caused by something getting into the burner chamber and causing it to incorrectly burn.

It’s important to know what you own!

Check out my helpful pictures to know your water heater basics:

– Know your water heater brand.

– Know where to locate your model and serial number.

– Identify basic water heater parts.

It’s a good idea to take pictures of your appliance model and serial numbers and send them to yourself. This information is very important for you to get any replacement parts if needed.

WARNING: In this picture the water heater is catching on fire!

This could have burnt the unit to the ground! Could be at your house or your favorite campground! Make sure to follow the manufacturer recommendations for all your appliance services.

Make sure you check out Dustin’s website, California RV Specialists, and their YouTube channel for more helpful information, and see our published articles on and other social media pages.

Thank you,