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Old 06-12-2012, 06:15 PM   #1
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Norcold 1200 Question

I know this product has been thrown around for quite some time, but I thought I'd considered the fire possibility as caused ONLY by the LP gas side of the fridge...

The other day I read somewhere that there is distinct fire possibilities caused by the connection of some 2 metal parts on the rear of the 1200, possibly near the upper part of the cooling unit.

Can the 1200 also develop a fire when the LP gas is shut off and the refridge is running on 12V or 120V?

If so, how can it happen? Is there any way to minimize this possibility?

I thought if I'd missed this possibility, possibly others also missed this situation.

Comments, please.

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Old 06-14-2012, 10:15 PM   #2
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Actually, the number of Norcold 1200 fires that have happened while running on LPG is less than 1%. Most of them happen while on 120 VAC. Generally what takes place is the 120 VDC heaters will short out and then acting like a welder, they will cut a hole into the tubing which then lets out the combustible material. The arcing of the heaters will ignite the combustible material and the fire begins.

If you plan to keep the Norcold I would recommend installing a Halon SS-30 fire extinguisher in the back someplace above the heaters.

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Old 06-15-2012, 07:51 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info, DR4Film...seems like it's more reason to move to the res refridge.
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Old 06-19-2012, 10:52 AM   #4
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We are having a residential put in on June 25th and I am keeping the Norcold on propane until then. I can hardly wait for the Samsung to be in, way too many a night worrying about this thing.
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