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Old 05-10-2004, 08:25 PM   #15
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At the risk of being rude, I don't think it's much more hazardous than the megaton '73 Sovereign that is currently being advertised as a "travel" trailer.

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It would take a deuce-and-a-half to pull it, with all the extra hardware it is now sporting.
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Old 05-12-2004, 10:18 PM   #16
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OK, translate this for me. What exactly caused the fire?

What does "50 amp. cord plugged into the electricity" mean? The unit's power cord plugged into the shore power? What exactly is the problem with that?

What exactly is the problem with switching the refr. to propane? While it's plugged in to shore power?

Or lighting the pilot light?

Frankly, none of this makes any sense.

I cannot imagine how some combination of events can cause such a catastrophy, perhaps it is a design flaw?


My husband Mr. Dummy parked it next to the house and had the 50 amp. cord plugged into the electricity as we were preparing last month for a extended 30-day vacation with the kids. Mr. Dummy had just switched the refrigerator over to propane and lit the pilot so the refrigerator would be operational.
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Old 05-12-2004, 10:26 PM   #17
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Frankly, none of this makes any sense.

I cannot imagine how some combination of events can cause such a catastrophe, perhaps it is a design flaw?
Here is my best Colombo impression:

Hubby lit the pilot after allowing it to cool on AC. Once the pilot was lit, and the refer warmed a bit the main burner was called on to light. There was some kind of leak or fitting failure in the refer compartment that allowed gas to build and or burn without the "safety valve" shutting off the supply. Once things start to burn they usually don't last long

I am wiling to bet the refer is the culprit here. The next person to lite this refer was bound to burn this trailer down IMHO.
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Old 05-12-2004, 10:30 PM   #18
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Looks like he did everything properly and the unit burned because of alleged "leak or fitting failure"? Hm.
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Old 05-13-2004, 05:25 AM   #19
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...I am willing to bet the refer is the culprit here...
I will "second" that, but with a different scenario - chimney fire. On my Dometic, the exhaust from the pilot light travels up a metal tube about 1-1/2 inches in diameter, and about three feet tall. If the pilot light is adjusted too rich (yellow flame), soot (non-burned particles) will build up in this pipe. And, after a period of non-use, I would think you could also have spider webs or other debris. Once the refrigerator has been running on propane long enough, this soot can catch fire.

A propane leak is possible, but not my first suspect. Propane is heavier than air, so any leakage will stay close to the floor. Don't know about newer Airstreams, but on my '67, there is a grate on the floor to provide air to the refrigerator. The leaking propane would find this grate, and exit the interior.

Unless Columbo and I are able to interrogate Mr. Dummy, we may never know exactly what happened.

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Old 05-13-2004, 07:24 AM   #20
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Being an insurance adjuster by day, I had a similar claim with a SOB.
It appears that the chimney from the refer was also the home to a honeycomb. When the refer was switched from electric to propane
the heat build up couldn't vent fast enough. It converted the wood
frame to charcoal. Inspection showed the honeycomb covered
approx 85+% of the vent. With all that heat the comb was still
intact... it didn't burn!

The facts are still there search till ya' find the cause....
You'll feel better... Good Luck Steve
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