Go Back   iRV2 Forums > iRV2.com COMMUNITY FORUMS > iRV2.com General Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-11-2016, 07:17 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
docj's Avatar
Official iRV2 Sponsor
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 3,503
Even recalled Norcold fridges can catch on fire

Several weeks ago we had a bit of excitement in our RV park when the fridge in a neighboring 5th wheel caught on fire. Since this is an ownership park, the RV was unattended because its owners were at their home several hundred miles away. If one of my neighbors hadn't seen the smoke, the entire RV would have gone up in flames. As it is, there was serious smoke damage in addition to the damage caused by the fire department breaking in and removing the fridge.

Today I walked by the site and noticed the fridge lying on the driveway next to the RV. Since I knew from the owners that the rig was a 2006 model I was curious as to whether or not the fridge had been properly recalled. Sure enough, hanging by a wire was the little "black box" that is installed during the recall--proudly labeled as a "High Temperature Protection Device" or something like that! I guess it didn't work all that well.

I'm not posting this to criticize anyone's decision to use an RV fridge instead of a residential (which we now own), but because I wanted to make sure people realized that these fridges can catch on fire and, at least in this case, the recall device did not protect it. I get worried when I read of people resetting those limit switches because they don't want to be inconvenienced. Your life and those of your family could be at stake.

Joel (AKA docj)
__________________

__________________
Joel Weiss--WiFiRanger RV Ambassador
RVParkReviews administrator
2000 40' Beaver Patriot Thunder Princeton CAT C-12
docj is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 09-11-2016, 09:45 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
dons2346's Avatar
 
Country Coach Owners Club
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 4,092
docj, you are correct. We have friends that had the recall done and the coach still burned up. We were lucky in that we were parked next to them in Mexico for a month and the coach burned up after we departed and they were parked in Buckeye.AZ.

There is a mod (not a Norcold fix) that I believe will keep the refer from burning up. Costs about 300 bux but it works great. I think the inventor posts here sometimes.
__________________

__________________
Don
2002 Country Coach Intrigue
dons2346 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2016, 09:52 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
powercat_ras's Avatar


 
Winnebago Owners Club
Solo Rvers Club
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 801
Quote:
Originally Posted by docj View Post
Several weeks ago we had a bit of excitement in our RV park when the fridge in a neighboring 5th wheel caught on fire. Since this is an ownership park, the RV was unattended because its owners were at their home several hundred miles away. If one of my neighbors hadn't seen the smoke, the entire RV would have gone up in flames. As it is, there was serious smoke damage in addition to the damage caused by the fire department breaking in and removing the fridge.

Today I walked by the site and noticed the fridge lying on the driveway next to the RV. Since I knew from the owners that the rig was a 2006 model I was curious as to whether or not the fridge had been properly recalled. Sure enough, hanging by a wire was the little "black box" that is installed during the recall--proudly labeled as a "High Temperature Protection Device" or something like that! I guess it didn't work all that well.

I'm not posting this to criticize anyone's decision to use an RV fridge instead of a residential (which we now own), but because I wanted to make sure people realized that these fridges can catch on fire and, at least in this case, the recall device did not protect it. I get worried when I read of people resetting those limit switches because they don't want to be inconvenienced. Your life and those of your family could be at stake.

Joel (AKA docj)
There is a patented add-on protection device called ARP control, that adds a control box with temp sensor that will prevent over-temp condition that causes refrigerator failure. You can check out their RV site arprv.com for details , how it works, where to get it.

Refrigerator fires are generally caused by tubing failure that causes hydrogen gas release, then the hydrogen gas is ignited by the propane burner flame or some other ignition source near the fridge. ARP control prevents the over-temp situation from occuring that causes tubing stress and deterioration. It can't reverse deterioration that has already happened but it will stop it from getting any worse from the moment it is put on.
__________________
Randy - Manhattan, Kansas
2015 Vista 27N
2016 Honda HR-V
powercat_ras is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cat, fire, fridge, led, norcold, recall



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Oh My Gosh, 6 MHs catch fire Lincolnboy2 Just Conversation 10 03-12-2015 07:15 PM
2013 Ford Escape and Fusion Recalled For Fire Risk Theberrys National RV Owner's Forum 1 01-30-2014 04:29 PM
Can we go yet, Can we go yet, Can we go yet, Can we go yet, Can we go yet mothgrey Class A Motorhome Discussions 9 11-18-2013 04:51 PM
Fridges catching fire... RanCarr RV Systems & Appliances 44 10-11-2013 10:28 AM
Insulating Norcold fridges Tincup RV Systems & Appliances 1 07-21-2011 03:00 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:12 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.