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prolandsurveyor

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Posted: 04/21/13 03:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Whille pulling my camper to the beach Easter Sunday it caught fire and burnt to the ground. Very thankful it didn't catch fire while we were sleeping. I had the fridge running on gas and the fire started there. BTW we were covered by insurance...it was a dometic fridge. I got plenty of pics but unsure how to post them.


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Wow, sorry to hear you lost your TT.

I'm assuming you had time to safely pull over and disconnected the TT when you saw smoke but how far engulfed was it when you noticed it was on fire?


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I got the tv and propane tanks unhooked before they went. I had no idea it was on fire until a driver waved me down. It was smoking pretty good when I pulled over. A couple mins later it was engulfed in flames.

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It is just amazing to me how this company can still be putting out these refrigerators that endanger peoples lives and destroy property and they never seem to be held accountable. They know damn well they have a problem and refuse to make them safe for the almighty $$$$.
I am a firefighter and every RV fire I have been on HAS been due to refrigerators. Nothing Else.


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Well that's pretty scary! Glad there were no injuries and you're covered.


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I have been on this forum for several years and every time the question comes up about travelling with the frig running, I always say no. the ones who run with it on tell me I'm just an old man who doesn't know any thing. well you just proved I was right all along. I am sorry you had to learn the lhard way. glad every one is alright

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Ranger Smith wrote:

It is just amazing to me how this company can still be putting out these refrigerators that endanger peoples lives and destroy property and they never seem to be held accountable. They know damn well they have a problem and refuse to make them safe for the almighty $$$$.
I am a firefighter and every RV fire I have been on HAS been due to refrigerators. Nothing Else.


As an FYI, both Dometic and Norcold have issued safety recalls and performed work at no cost to the owners. I had my Dometic in the shop several years ago for a safety mod. Not sure if I've been extremely lucky or not but my frig has been running for the last 7 yrs fulltiming without incident.


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If dometic fridges were all THAT bad they would all burn.
Camper fires make the news because they are, well, RARE
How many zillions of campers have been made with propane fridges and how many zillions of miles are they driven/pulled every year WITHOUT fires?
The concern shown is appreciated but is akin to saying every vehicle made with a carberator is a death trap.


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old guy wrote:

every time the question comes up about travelling with the frig running, I always say no. the ones who run with it on tell me I'm just an old man who doesn't know any thing. well you just proved I was right all along.
Please explain how the act of travelling has anything to do with causing refer fires. I think you're making an illogical conclusion. In all the thousands of posts we've done on this subject, I don't recall a single one saying that a refer can catch fire because of driving.

Ranger Smith wrote:

I am a firefighter and every RV fire I have been on HAS been due to refrigerators. Nothing Else.
And how many of those were attributable to the vehicle being in motion?

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2oldman wrote:

old guy wrote:

every time the question comes up about travelling with the frig running, I always say no. the ones who run with it on tell me I'm just an old man who doesn't know any thing. well you just proved I was right all along.
Please explain how the act of travelling has anything to do with causing refer fires. I think you're making an illogical conclusion. In all the thousands of posts we've done on this subject, I don't recall a single one saying that a refer can catch fire because of driving.

Ranger Smith wrote:

I am a firefighter and every RV fire I have been on HAS been due to refrigerators. Nothing Else.
And how many of those were attributable to the vehicle being in motion?


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