Well, I'll chime in with my $.02, specifically on the Norcold 1200.
First, I want to be clear that I feel Thetford has, and continues, to put peoples lives in jeopardy. They have a product that they know was defective in manufacturing. Instead of doing the right thing and identifying what was needed to correct it properly, then recalling and doing so, they came out with one Mickey Mouse recall 'fix' after another. The company put profit over lives. --- I have zero respect for Thetford and how this has been handled....
The 1200 in our coach, on my dime, had the following modifications before I would leave it running:
-Amish Cooling Unit
-Extra rear cooling fans
-SS30 Halon Extinguisher in cabinet behind the fridge
-Smoke/Fire Detector in cabinet behind the fridge
-Inside cooling fans to aid in air circulation
If I had kept the 1200, I would have installed the ARP modification. Actually, not a bad idea for any propane fridge.
I went thru all this because we wanted to retain the ability to use propane for in case of emergency. Not wanting to run the generator, and consuming more fuel then needed. (In Southern California, we looked at our coach as our emergency prep lifeboat. Fires, earthquakes, post 9/11 too. We keep it stocked, and ready at all times.)
But after moving to Solar Panels, and a larger battery bank, and traveling to Alaska and back with many, many days of boon docking - we knew we had oversized out battery bank and solar system to handle a residential fridge.
So when the Norcold again started acting up, and it looked like we were going to need to replace the controller - we tossed it and went the Samsung route.
More capacity, better cooling. Zero downside to this change over...
I wish those with remaining at risk 1200's well. Hope they have understood the risks, and done all that they reasonably can to counter this risk.
Each must, and still legally can, make their own decisions on what they want to do.
Best to all,
Roo II is our 04 Country Coach Allure 40'
OnDRoad for The JRNY! Enjoy life...