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Old 06-23-2017, 02:15 PM   #1
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Fridge fire

Was reading a thread over in the Class A section and they were talking about the prevalence of fridge fires in MH. Was just wanting to reach out to others and see if anyone has had an issue with there AC/Propane refrigerators that have caught fire or have malfunctioned. I always check the grill to make sure that no insects have started to build a nest or that there is no debris collected near the pilot assembly. Any one have any thoughts on this subject?

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Old 06-23-2017, 02:35 PM   #2
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Lots of RV fires are blamed on fridges when in fact lot of them are electrical fires.
Majority of MH fires are from transmission/engine and brakes.

YES fridges can be cause of a fire...but so can MANY other components.

I do know one thing for sure......
RUN. Run as far/as fast as you can AWAY.
RVs are instant torches and fire will consume them within minutes regardless of cause.
Fire extinguishers in an RV are for one thing ......to get folks out. NOY for fighting RV Fires.
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Old 06-23-2017, 02:55 PM   #3
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I agree with Old-Biscuit, GET OUT AS FAST AS YOU CAN. SAVE DW , and the pets if possible.
Fridge fires do happen especially if they are not operated in the specified manner (level).
Not common, but something to be aware of and watch.
Respecting the fact that a coach is a box with lots of flammable materials, one needs to been alert and have a plan of what to do when stuff hits the fan.
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Old 06-23-2017, 03:22 PM   #4
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Agreed. Make sure you have a clear egress. No how to use your emergency Windows. I am new to this. But I fully plan on keeping a healthy respect of my surroundings. Fire prevention is important no matter if it is a MH or traditional home.
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Old 06-25-2017, 06:44 PM   #5
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Detection is the first step...check and clean your detector monthly, replace batteries as needed and replace the detector before its 10 year expiry date. Also your abc fire extiquisher should be checked yearly to make sure it's charged and tapped with a rubber mallet to keep the contents from caking at the bottom, they generally have a shelf life of five years before a professional needs to serv ice or retest it, bear in mind usually your gas appliances are between you and the exit door when you are sleeping so know how to escape through your windows
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Old 06-25-2017, 06:50 PM   #6
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Absorption refrigerators are prone to failure and can cause fires. Premature failure can be brought on operating these refrigerators in unlevel conditions. Temps go up in the boiler section which leads to problems and lowers the life.
Many including myself have added and ARP device which shuts the unit down if the temps get to high in the boiler area. This will increase the life of the refrigerator and help to prevent the catastrophic failures.
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I have one of theses,

Atwood Helium Refrigerators

It's supposed to solve the problem of fridge fires better than all the recalls. We'll see.
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