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Old 08-28-2013, 05:41 PM   #1
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Propane fire

On a trip from PA. to Gatlinburg Tennessee this month in our class a 373ds motorhome we stopped at a roadside rest stop. when we returned to the rv smoke and flames were coming out of the side of the rv at the fridge access panel.. after turning off the propane and putting the fire out we found the fitting was finger tight...this coach only has 1600 miles on it...
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:47 PM   #2
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On a trip from PA. to Gatlinburg Tennessee this month in our class a 373ds motorhome we stopped at a roadside rest stop. when we returned to the rv smoke and flames were coming out of the side of the rv at the fridge access panel.. after turning off the propane and putting the fire out we found the fitting was finger tight...this coach only has 1600 miles on it...
WOW!

What did the insurance co. or Forest River have to say?
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:00 PM   #3
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:12 PM   #4
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nothing from forest river....insurance co working on it...
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:15 PM   #5
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everyone okay...motorhome can be repaired....thanks
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:23 PM   #6
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That fitting is a fridge manufacturer issue. The assumption during install is that the connections inside the unit by the manufacturer are "good" and the only ones that need checking are the ones made during the install.

Maybe those assumptions need to be "re-thought."

When I buy a house appliance, I assume the wiring and plumbing connections inside are OK and I only need to worry about plugging it in or hooking it up. Taking it apart to meter the connections and leak check the fittings internal to the unit has never come up at my house.

Sounds like this one was a "Friday Unit" and QA missed the loose B nut.
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Old 08-28-2013, 06:39 PM   #7
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this unit seems like a Friday unit...every trip has a new problem...
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:10 AM   #8
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Once you get it repaired have your propane dealer pressure test the whole system. That way you will at least know that there is no more issues.
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Yes, have it tested and while it may be a little late now- there are actual automatic fire suppression systems designed for RV refrigerators. Might be worthwhile to get one for peace of mind.

Heck, I'd love to see manufacturers adopt fire suppression systems more like homes have had to.
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On a trip from PA. to Gatlinburg Tennessee this month in our class a 373ds motorhome we stopped at a roadside rest stop. when we returned to the rv smoke and flames were coming out of the side of the rv at the fridge access panel.. after turning off the propane and putting the fire out we found the fitting was finger tight...this coach only has 1600 miles on it...
What Fire Ex. did you use? Was it large enough to put out the Fire or was other Fire Ex. needed? Did you have to (Unlock) a door to gain access for the propane valve? Sorry to hear about your Fire. Youroo!!
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