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Old 09-05-2013, 12:55 PM   #1
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warning!!!!!!!

We got very sick this week. and didn't know why. Went to the doctor he had no ideas. chest pain shortness of breath. well about 2 days latter we found out why we felt this way. when the frigerator stopped working. The ammonia was leaking in to the motor home. we found out when the line blew at about 8 am. I'm so thankful we were awake. so if you start feeling bad check your frig. And yes we smelt something but it was slight and we could not put a finger on it.

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I am so glad that you both lived through this experience. These refrigerators are just plain dangerous to your health - they don't cool all that well, especially in hot weather which can cause food poisoning and now this. What next?
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Thanks for the post will keep my noise and eye on that one as i have the two grand babies that travel with us.
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:13 PM   #4
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our new frig. is a electric only from lowes. rv place wanted 1400 plus install at 85 an hr. so we went down. to lowes and got one that is 10.3cu. ft. for just under $300 and I installed it. oh and a $3 plug for the gas line. we have a inverter already so we can keep the frig. running with out running the gen. while going down the road.
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Main problem is that many installers don't understand how important it is to fully seal between the front and rear of fridge, not only on the top and sides, but across the bottom as well, so that nothing happening at the rear can affect the air quality inside. This applies not only to the refrigerant, but the propane gas and even exhaust fumes from generators and nearby vehicles.
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When our Dometic cooling unit died we never smelled anything. All I found was the unit not working, spoiled food and yellow powder around the burner tube. We weren't using the rig at the time, just stored in the side yard.
Replaced the cooling unit with the Amish one. Now the gaskets around the door are starting to go bad and, since they don't make them anymore, the cost is prohibitive. When it quits next time, out it goes and an apartment size one goes in.
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When our Dometic cooling unit died we never smelled anything. All I found was the unit not working, spoiled food and yellow powder around the burner tube. We weren't using the rig at the time, just stored in the side yard.
Replaced the cooling unit with the Amish one. Now the gaskets around the door are starting to go bad and, since they don't make them anymore, the cost is prohibitive. When it quits next time, out it goes and an apartment size one goes in.
ours was a dometic as well
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Yikes! So glad no one was injured. Hope your pets were ok if you travel with any. I would replace any fridge with residential no matter the cost! JMO.
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Very glad everyone is OK. I am installing a Samsung RF197 next month.
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We got very sick this week. and didn't know why. Went to the doctor he had no ideas. chest pain shortness of breath. well about 2 days latter we found out why we felt this way. when the frigerator stopped working. The ammonia was leaking in to the motor home. we found out when the line blew at about 8 am. I'm so thankful we were awake. so if you start feeling bad check your frig. And yes we smelt something but it was slight and we could not put a finger on it.

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Glad your family is OK. Will you replace the refrigerator with a residential type? Thanks for sharing your story.
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I am so glad that you both lived through this experience. These refrigerators are just plain dangerous to your health - they don't cool all that well, especially in hot weather which can cause food poisoning and now this. What next?
Don't forget how many of them caught fire and destroyed the RV.
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Glad to hear your all OK.

WOW!!!! What a scary thing.

I've always told my DW that unusual odors in the RV are a potential signal to GET THE HELL OUT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Inhaling Ammonia Fumes? - Ask.com

Other than "feeling bad", now you know what symptoms to look for.

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we are fine now and so is jade service dog. thanks for all the good words. hope this helps someone
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