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Old 01-01-2013, 04:22 PM   #1
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Another lost rig to Nocold...

I spent the holidays in Casa Grande AZ with the parents this year. Had a great time right up till Sunday morning at 3AM.

This rig went up in the park. Thank God no one was inside at the time. The owner was actually in his shed working on a project when he heard the smoke detectors going off inside the rig. He ran out to see the outside (back) of the Nocold starting to flame up. He ran to the door, opened it and grabbed his fire extinguisher. By the time he covered the 20 feet back to the fridge access door it was so engulfed that he couldn't get close enough to do a thing.

So sad. The rig is a total loss. It was a 2003 model.
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Glad to hear no one was injured. These Norcold fire stories are pretty scary.
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What a shame! Insurance company's sooner or later are not going to want to deal with these fridge's in rv's........... or else you won't be able to afford it,glad no one was hurt again!
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What a terrible thing to happen to anybody. So sorry and glad no one was hurt.

It would be helpful to know if they had the recall done.

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What a terrible thing to happen to anybody. So sorry and glad no one was hurt.

It would be helpful to know if they had the recall done.

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Yes Clifftall, the fridge was all up to date on the recalls and serviced yearly along with all other components.

As it turned out we learned that the folks right across from this one lost their motor home this last spring to the same thing...Norcold fridge fire.

I'm really having a hard time understanding how this issue hasn't already been through the court system.
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I am glad no one was hurt. Scary Stuff
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Yes Clifftall, the fridge was all up to date on the recalls and serviced yearly along with all other components.

As it turned out we learned that the folks right across from this one lost their motor home this last spring to the same thing...Norcold fridge fire.

I'm really having a hard time understanding how this issue hasn't already been through the court system.
That's not the answer I wanted to hear ( EEK ) but thanks for the facts. There actually is a class action suit that has recently been filed.

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What a shame! Insurance company's sooner or later are not going to want to deal with these fridge's in rv's........... or else you won't be able to afford it,glad no one was hurt again!
When we traded a year and a half ago, after 5 absorption fridges that did not work, our first mandatory in a new unit was a residential fridge.
When we called the insurance company, that was the FIRST question they asked...What kind of Fridge is in the new unit?....Says a lot, doesn't it...
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Does anyone know if the fridges were on gas or electric when the fire started?
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Does anyone know if the fridges were on gas or electric when the fire started?
That is SUCH a key question- isn't there evidence that most of these fires have occurred when using the 110v function?
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That is SUCH a key question- isn't there evidence that most of these fires have occurred when using the 110v function?
I've not heard that. Probably cause most RV's are usually plugged in.

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Very sad to see. I have a Norcold in my coach and have had all the recalls performed. I also installed an automatic halon extinguisher in the exterior refrigerator compartment. I mostly worry as I leave my dogs occasionally when I travel.
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Very sad to see. I have a Norcold in my coach and have had all the recalls performed. I also installed an automatic halon extinguisher in the exterior refrigerator compartment. I mostly worry as I leave my dogs occasionally when I travel.
This was my "answer" to the problem also in our last coach. It would be interesting to know if any of the failed units had the extinguisher in place.
It sure lets you sleep easier.
Any evidence of it being a solution?
Maybe the next recall Norcold do could include the automatic fire extinguisher.
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My Norcold Died

For those reading this you might look at my posting "My Norcold Died" and you will see that your rig can catch fire at the top and or along the side where the flue for the Norcold is located. The wood that was installed on my coach for the baffle was charred and why it did not catch fire is a very happy mystery to me. So there is more than one way for these things to cause fires. Be aware, investigate the condition of the area and make the best decision for your particular situation.
I am extremely happy to know that no one was injured in this incident. Safe travels for all in 2013.
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