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Old 11-24-2023, 05:05 PM   #1
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Fridge Defend?

My brother had a 2000 Jayco either Redhawks or greyhawk (he can't recall). He only had the RV for two years but purchased new. He said he had a fridge fire. I have a 2013 Greyhawk and concerned after hearing his story. Seems these fridges go poof sometimes. Anyone installed Fridge Defend as a precaution? I know Norcold had a recall on fridges build from 2000 to 2010. Again just trying to be proactive and cautious.
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My brother had a 2000 Jayco either Redhawks or greyhawk (he can't recall). He only had the RV for two years but purchased new. He said he had a fridge fire. I have a 2013 Greyhawk and concerned after hearing his story. Seems these fridges go poof sometimes. Anyone installed Fridge Defend as a precaution? I know Norcold had a recall on fridges build from 2000 to 2010. Again just trying to be proactive and cautious.

Personally, I think it is an over reaction but then that is me. If that issue were a major problem there would be a recall, class action, or so much chatter about it on RV sites that it would be front page news, and I have never heard of it in 25 years of RV owning.
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After that happened, there was a sensor added to them. It has two wires to it and is fastened to the metal tube around the vertical heating tube. If it senses too much heat, the unit shuts down. See if yours has the little button sensor installed.
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Personally, I think it is an over reaction but then that is me. If that issue were a major problem there would be a recall, class action, or so much chatter about it on RV sites that it would be front page news, and I have never heard of it in 25 years of RV owning.
There was a huge recall of Norcold fridges and class action lawsuits that many on here participated in. https://www.jaycoowners.com/forums/f...its-22384.html
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It has a thermal switch with two wires (14 gauge) connected just above where the gas fire is located but I think that is just feedback to the controller that the gas ignited. I don't see any thermal sensors further up on the boiler tube.
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Yes, I've been up and down the internet today looking at this stuff. Looks like the dates of the recall/lawsuit were from 2000 to 2010. My brother's 2000 Jayco situation probably had a suspect fridge but he dumped it long ago. He had a lot of issues with it but not sure if the issues were self-inflicted or not. I learned long ago complex systems (like a motorhome) require (no demand) respect and appreciation of how they work. You just can't "set it and forget it!"
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This is the switch that was added to all refrigerators to stop from catching on fire.

https://youtu.be/Wq3mj6_6oJo?si=7jQIFaCj_H-6UXiD
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That over temp switch was added by Norcold to address their design oversight. Heres the drawings from the various ways it's added to the fridge. Fridge Defend adds the over temp sensor to the top of the tube too. Perhaps overkill? I'll be calling Norcold Monday.
https://www.arprv.com/norcold-control-box-wiring.php
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