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Old 04-19-2015, 05:57 PM   #1
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Fridge Fires?

I know it doesn't happen too often and many have used their Norcolds and Dometics for years, BUT this picture shows what the campground host had happen to his Dometic fridge since we were here a couple of months ago.

Everyone has their own opinions about such things. For me, It's sorta like when I decided that the sidewall cracking on the 6 perfectly good tires with full tread was not worth the risk. So 6 new tires last year.

I'm actually glad the ammonia leaked on my old Dometic as that prompted me to consider other options. Very glad I now have a "real" refrigerator in the MH. Put it in Summer of 2013. Samsung RF197. Works continuously 24/7 since installation without any issues and no threat of fires.
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Propane tank explodes, not from the fridge...
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http://vogeltalksrving.com/2014/02/s...e-of-rv-fires/

Space heater RV Fire, not from fridge...
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Electrical and appliance fires...

http://www.wendellhull.com/appliance...ical_fires.php
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Old 04-19-2015, 07:07 PM   #6
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Bad gasoline fire...not from fridge...
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Transmission fires...
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Old 04-19-2015, 07:12 PM   #8
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Fridge Fires?

http://www.rversonline.org/01ConfCCFire.html

Radiator leaks, fuel leaks, brake fires, tow vehicle fires....


You can worry forever about RV fires, there are MANY different causes, not just refrigerators!


Of course, you may get hit by a car walking across the street to your parked RV...

Have working smoke detectors, an escape plan, and be vigilant.

Be Safe!

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Fridge Fires?

Finally, this sums it up:

"So, rather than regurgitate a bunch of statistics that I can't independently verify, we'll use what data there is out there to make a few conclusions.

RV fires start while RVs are parked as much as when they are moving
Most motorhome fires while traveling start in the engine compartment
Most trailer fires while traveling are the result of bearings, wheels, and brakes locking up
Tire blowouts on all types of RVs can cause fires (see above discussion on Tire Failure)
When stationary, fires start due to
Carelessness (cooking, candles, unattended heat sources, etc.)
Shorts in wiring
Loose wiring connections
Propane leaks
Refrigerator overheating and failure


For several years in a row, almost all the attention regarding RV fires was focused on RV dual power (electric or propane) refrigerators. The major refrigerator manufacturers had recalls because their cooling units were failing causing leaks, overheating, and fires.

------>It was and is a serious issue, but I think the focus on refrigerators overshadowed all the other fire causes. <<---------------

RV fires are actually relatively rare, but as mentioned above, they often result in total losses. Certainly, fires can happen to even the most safety-conscious RVers, but many fires can be prevented through common sense, inspection, and proper maintenance...."

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The band Lady Antebellum lost their Prevost on I30 in Dallas last week. It appears to have caught fire from either the tag or drive axle.


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I know it doesn't happen too often and many have used their Norcolds and Dometics for years, BUT this picture shows what the campground host had happen to his Dometic fridge since we were here a couple of months ago.

Everyone has their own opinions about such things. For me, It's sorta like when I decided that the sidewall cracking on the 6 perfectly good tires with full tread was not worth the risk. So 6 new tires last year.

I'm actually glad the ammonia leaked on my old Dometic as that prompted me to consider other options. Very glad I now have a "real" refrigerator in the MH. Put it in Summer of 2013. Samsung RF197. Works continuously 24/7 since installation without any issues and no threat of fires.
That makes me wonder if that refrigerator was inspected and serviced annually and the chimney kept clear of obstructions.
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Many things can start a fire. But by putting in a residential fridge I've reduced that chance by one.
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Alpha99, I would add one more high risk source for RV fires to your list - Ford F53 Chassis AND Ford pickups.

If you own a Ford and it has cruise control, you need to make sure the brake sensor recall has been complied with. This will start a fire even if the vehicle hasn't been run and has been sitting in the drive or storage.

MY neighbors was sitting in his driveway all night, at about 5:30 a.m. we seen smoke and then flames coming out from under the hood.

I took my Mirada into the Ford Dealer, they ran the VIN. It was part of the recall. It took them about 10 minutes to do the work. They put a small pre-built wire harness on the brake master cylinder that contains two fuses. When (if) the sensors shorts out internally, rather than all the wiring melting and starting a fire, it will now blow the fuses.
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