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23 hours ago, huffypuff said:

One time I had to unplug the fridge and spray receptical with WD40.  Displace the moisture 

Wait for it to dry, when wet it is flammable. Been there done that_; bout burned up my '57 chevy once.

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37 minutes ago, RayIN said:

Wait for it to dry, when wet it is flammable. Been there done that_; bout burned up my '57 chevy once.

Next time, spray inside the distributor cap and forget  the fridge.  😂🤣

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I'll pass that wisdom on to Linda, she just ordered a "Amish" for her's...would save her $2,000 :ph34r:

I'm LMAO..🤣 

I'll be so happy, when we sell both of ours and get a new DP!!!  We will find it between now and Tucson Rally! 😎

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13 hours ago, RayIN said:

Wait for it to dry, when wet it is flammable. Been there done that_; bout burned up my '57 chevy once.

Not nearly as flammable as it used to be, earlier version was propelled by LP gas, now non flammable air.:wub: I used to use it to start a hard starting lawnmower, not any more. I wonder how many know what WD40 stands for?  sure hope the fridge goes back to work after drying out this time.

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57 minutes ago, kaypsmith said:

Not nearly as flammable as it used to be, earlier version was propelled by LP gas, now non flammable air.:wub: I used to use it to start a hard starting lawnmower, not any more. I wonder how many know what WD40 stands for?  sure hope the fridge goes back to work after drying out this time.

WD40 stands for Water Displacement and the 40th formula 

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7 hours ago, huffypuff said:

WD40 stands for Water Displacement and the 40th formula 

A+, actually the 40th formula attempt before releasing the product for use by the public.

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Once someone remarked about failing so many times. He replied that he never failed, he found 39 formulas that didn't work. Huffy, it was the plug wires I sprayed, and didn't wait for the carrier to evaporate before starting the engine. A crossover spark between wires lit the WD40. Sure was exciting for a minute.

Just to stay on topic, no there wasn't a Norcold in the back. The only thing I kept in the back seat was a blanket; drive-ins ya know.

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I am back in Augusta now and its working fine on ac. When I left Valdosta it was raining and it rain all the way to Augusta. got here a turned it on and its been working on both. 

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16 hours ago, BIGBEN6969 said:

I am back in Augusta now and its working fine on ac. When I left Valdosta it was raining and it rain all the way to Augusta. got here a turned it on and its been working on both. 

Sorry I got your thread hijacked.

To the best of my memory, Norcold issued 2 different recalls on the 12xx series, you might make sure your fridge has both. https://norcold.com/recall-information/

Here is the wiring schematic for the recall box. https://www.arprv.com/troubleshoot-norcold-recall.php

BTW, that ARP device, known as Fridge Defend, is the best protection for the cooling unit available. It is wired in series with the Norcold black box.

 

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11 hours ago, RayIN said:

BTW, that ARP device, known as Fridge Defend, is the best protection for the cooling unit available. It is wired in series with the Norcold black box.

The best protection is to remove it and replace with residential unit.

Bill

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11 hours ago, WILDEBILL308 said:

The best protection is to remove it and replace with residential unit.

Bill

I wonder if a residential will last over 20 years, my Norcold 1200LRIM has.

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1 hour ago, RayIN said:

I wonder if a residential will last over 20 years, my Norcold 1200LRIM has.

I know of many that have and I have never heard of one catching fire.

Bill

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Ray, do you leave your Norcold on 24//7/365? When we had our Norcold we turned it off when not in use. I must say when it worked it did a good job. But after doing the two recalls and having the second one done three time, replacing the Board then having it die, we went to a residential. Ours was in our coach from 2002 through 2017, 15 years. We have our Samsung residential on 24/7/365 with no issues.

I suggest that anyone that has a Norcold to install a fire suppression system of some sort. Several year ago I visited Colaws RV Salvage Yard in Carhenge, MO. It was really sad to see so many coaches that had been on fire. The majority of then fires had started  in the ares of the refrigerator. 

Now off my soap box.

Herman 

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10 hours ago, RayIN said:

I wonder if a residential will last over 20 years, my Norcold 1200LRIM has.

Yes, we had a member on here in the past with a residential that was from 1997, still going strong. Shocked me as we’ve lived in this S&B house since 1999 and we are on #2. He and his wife were full timers also.

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Residential Fridges are like just about everything else if you take care of them, they will take care of you. The largest maintenance item with a RF is keeping the coils clean and make sure the fridge has adequate ventilation.

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15 hours ago, jleamont said:

Yes, we had a member on here in the past with a residential that was from 1997, still going strong. Shocked me as we’ve lived in this S&B house since 1999 and we are on #2. He and his wife were full timers also.

Thanks for that. My Norcold lasts just as long as a residential fridge then. As Kaysmith said, proper maintenance is vital to longevity. I know my Norcold will fail at some point; everything made by man does eventually. I'm happy with what I have, as should everyone should be happy with their possessions.

The fact remains, the largest cause of fire in diesel pushers is engine fires, refrigerator is second; yet I seldom read of what MH owners have done to prevent/mitigate an engine fire.  https://motorhomesonfire.com/2019/03/19/the-common-causes-of-rv-fires/

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Ray, The LP pilot voltage sensors fail over time and the voltage drops low enough to disable the LP valve from opening or staying open.

We do not use the Norcold  on AC power. The heater coils cause the cooling unit to cycle from cold to hot . IMHO -that causes the heat exchanger to keep expanding and contracting.  Like bending a piece  of wire back and forth - it will brake .  LP heat is quit steady so there is very little thermal change in the system.

The ones that have failed have been running on AC power from the information I have been reading.

Growing up in rural america , we had a ice box until I was around 10 years old. We got ice from an ice house, delivered by a horse and wagon.

Then we got a LP style refrigerator that worked for a long time even after we got Electricity. 

Rich.

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8 hours ago, RayIN said:

The fact remains, the largest cause of fire in diesel pushers is engine fires, refrigerator is second; yet I seldom read of what MH owners have done to prevent/mitigate an engine fire. 

This may be true but in just looking at pictures at RV wrecking yards you tend to see more fire damage in the area of the refrigerator.

https://rvexteriorbodypanels.visonerv.com/cgi-bin/welcome.pl?

Bill

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8 hours ago, DickandLois said:

The ones that have failed have been running on AC power from the information I have been reading.

YUP, ours went up in flames on electric. For the life of me I still cannot figure out why the propane valve opened and the ignition turned on. It was simultaneously! 

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13 minutes ago, jleamont said:

YUP, ours went up in flames on electric. For the life of me I still cannot figure out why the propane valve opened and the ignition turned on. It was simultaneously! 

Joe, Think there is a hidden design flaw. When the electric system shorts out / fails, the refrigerator control board will tend to switch to LP. That is a auto function  on many models. 

One can defeat that by placing the system in the LP mode manually. Not real positive if that step will prevent your case, but it would keep the gas valve open and no AC supplied to the 2 - 400 watt electric heater coils that light up the coolant in the system.  Kind of like using a lighter to light a number of chemicals spraying out of the can.  

Rich.

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19 hours ago, DickandLois said:

Joe, Think there is a hidden design flaw. When the electric system shorts out / fails, the refrigerator control board will tend to switch to LP. That is a auto function  on many models. 

One can defeat that by placing the system in the LP mode manually. Not real positive if that step will prevent your case, but it would keep the gas valve open and no AC supplied to the 2 - 400 watt electric heater coils that light up the coolant in the system.  Kind of like using a lighter to light a number of chemicals spraying out of the can.  

Rich.

Pulling the outside wall access off, reaching into a fire ball and tearing out all of the wires shut it off immediately. Not sure why that was my first thought but it worked. Arm hair grew back and only minor burns that left no permanent marks. I had more heat as a Firefighter from failed fire gear than that, that hair didn't grow back. 

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