Fridge catches on fire.... - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Escape Systems | Water, Waste, Charging & Propane
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-02-2014, 12:05 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Cochrane, Alberta
Trailer: 2008 Escape 17B
Posts: 174
Fridge catches on fire....

Brought the trailer home from storage the other day. I had taken the battery out, charged it, and put it back in. AC power was plugged in, propane was off. Fridge was set to DC. I turned on the fridge, a moment later, acrid smoke billowed out of the upper vent outside and flames shot out of the lower vent. I quickly turned off the fridge, opened the lower cover and found the fuse holder had started to burn.... Any suggestions?
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_0710.jpg (253.4 KB, 61 views)
File Type: jpg IMG_0712.jpg (265.5 KB, 52 views)
__________________

Buddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2014, 12:14 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Jim Bennett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Trailer: 2017 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 11,933
Strange that the fuse did not just blow, and open the circuit. There must be something amiss with the fuse holder, or fuse. Minimally, I would replace it, or better yet, have a certified technician check it over. There could be an even deeper issue if the fridge for some reason was trying to draw more current than normal.
__________________

__________________
2017 Escape 5.0 TA
2015 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost
2009 Escape 19 (previous)
“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln
Jim Bennett is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2014, 12:54 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
PGDriver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Southern Alberta, Alberta
Trailer: 2015 Escape 5.0TA
Posts: 1,437
I see some light coloured material on the module, if it is road salt residue that could cause arcing and problems. Just a thought.
__________________
Doug & Eileen
2015 Escape 5.0TA
2015 GMC Sierra Crew 4X4 6.2 8 speed
PGDriver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2014, 01:59 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: N/A, Indiana
Trailer: Escape
Posts: 931
Check to be sure that the battery terminals are not reversed.
__________________
"Never argue with an idiot. They only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience." George Carlin
Jubal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2014, 02:45 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Jim Bennett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Trailer: 2017 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 11,933
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jubal View Post
Check to be sure that the battery terminals are not reversed.
That should result in a blown main fuse. I know someone who knew better, but still tested the theory out.
__________________
2017 Escape 5.0 TA
2015 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost
2009 Escape 19 (previous)
“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln
Jim Bennett is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2014, 03:08 PM   #6
Site Team
 
cpaharley2008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: York, Pennsylvania
Trailer: 2016 2ndGen Escape 19' PRAIRIE SCHOONER pulled by 2014 Ram Hemi/8sp
Posts: 13,664
Why run on 12v while plugged in? Is that in itself an issue, I always thought that 120v and then propane were the preferred "Automatic" sequences.
__________________
Jim
The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why………..Mark Twain
cpaharley2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2014, 09:39 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Trailer: 1979 Boler B1700
Posts: 9,047
Certainly there was a problem in the fuse holder. The fuse will only blow if there is excessive current through the fuse, so if the problem was a short circuit around the fuse, passing current through a high resistance (causing heat) but not going through the fuse, it wouldn't blow. Even another fuse located elsewhere (such as at the main panel) would not blow unless its capacity was exceeded, and the lack of wire melting suggests that the current was not that high.

Let's say, for example, that the circuit is supplied by a 10-amp fuse - that means up to 10 amps could flow (which means an 1.2-ohm resistance), putting 120 watts of heat into that little chunk of soft plastic, melting and burning it.

Fortunately, a new fuse holder is an easy fix to a situation which must have been scary... although I think Jim's right, and a check-out of the refrigerator and its wiring might be prudent.
Brian B-P is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-02-2014, 09:42 PM   #8
Site Team
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Portland, Oregon
Trailer: 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 6,825
Scary, scary, scary. But, not an ETI build issue. Does anyone else remember Frederick Simson refrigerator horror story, exactly like this? And it was a "years old" FiberSteam.

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...ire-37702.html
Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2014, 10:51 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Cochrane, Alberta
Trailer: 2008 Escape 17B
Posts: 174
Well, replaced the ATO fuse holder along with a new 5 amp fuse. Held my breath, turned on the fridge and..... everything seems to be fine. The fridge is cooling and doing what fridges are supposed to do. Not sure what caused the fuse to short out but I will be watching this for a while....
Buddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2014, 04:28 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Vermilye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Oswego, New York
Trailer: 2016 Tacoma Off Road, 2017 21
Posts: 2,279
One possibility - bad (loose) contacts between the fuse & the fuse holder. This can cause heating even within the current ratings of the fuse, so the fuse doesn't open. As Brian noted, fuse holders are not designed to dissipate wattage - any significant voltage drop across the terminals will produce heat.
__________________

__________________
Jon Vermilye My Travel Blog
Travel and Photo Web Page ... My Collection of RV Blogs 2016 Tacoma, 2017 21
Vermilye is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:16 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.