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Old 10-31-2013, 12:25 AM   #1
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Refrig fire outside of the RV....

Neither article mentions the brand name of the refrig. Apparently the owner had already removed the unit from the RV and it was sitting in his driveway when it exploded into flames.

Fiery RV explosion leaves Bridgewater man in critical condition | NJ.com

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Fiery RV explosion leaves Bridgewater man in critical condition | Jersey Tribune

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Old 10-31-2013, 02:08 AM   #2
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Article says the owner was "working on the RV refrigerator line when a spark apparently ignited ammonia gas in the line, causing an explosive fire". Apparently the owner was in way over his head; since the unit is NOT consumer serviceable. I highly recommend no one play around with these cooling units. They are under high pressure and have gases that are not only toxic but flammable. I'll bet he would not have been playing around with an LP line like that and won't with a RV refrigerator again either.

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Old 10-31-2013, 06:45 AM   #3
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I hope and pray that this man heals quickly. Burns are awful, and he faces a long road to recovery.

Prayers, too, for his family.
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I just burnt 1/2 of my hand on my Rototiller Muffler the other-day. I just can't think what the guy is going thru. I would have never know that was even possible.
A very valuable lesson learned today.
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Really...a good reminder to leave the fridge to the pro's.
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I'd almost bet he had a 120 VAC line connected as a power source to check it out.
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Well I think it's important to learn exactly what he was doing when it went up. Obviously he had already removed the entire unit from the coach.. the question being why was it removed?

I tend to think his intention was to install a residential unit because replacing the cooling unit does not require you to remove the entire refrigerator from the coach - they can be replaced while sitting inside on the floor just as easily. Of course it's also possible he thought he could "recharge" the unit somehow... who knows.. it's all speculation at this point until we hear it from him.
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I think as Mike, it's easy to get in over your head, especially when you don't understand the results of each action. That's why I don't quibble over paying an experienced RV technician $125/hr to make repairs; and why I bought an extended service contract.

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