Originally Posted by Brian313
I unfortunately do not the room outside (or inside no slides) for a domestic dorm sized fridge. What causes these fridges to Catch on fire?
In my case it was an electrical fire. The unit was running on electricity at the time of the fire. It appears to have started when the 120v power cord overheated. A bunch of the wires on the back, including the power cord, were neatly bundled together with a wire tie. This bundle caught on fire.
The burning rubber of the bundled wires - right under the cooling unit - super heated the cooling unit and caused it to crack. This just added another fuel source for the fire.
With that said, I honestly believe this was a freak occurrence. I replaced the absorption fridge with a residential unit not because I was afraid of another fire, but because residential units are bigger and provide more consistent performance. ... And they're significantly cheaper$$$.
Just as a side note... Last year my MH was in a KOA in North Carolina almost the whole year. I was there working, and would fly home on the weekends. I never shut my fridge off the entire year.
If I were you I'd check with Norcold to see if yours is one of the notorious recall units. If not, you're probably pretty safe.