The ARP Control helps prevent RV fires, provides RV fire safety by prevention of fridge fires, and discussion of RV fire extinguisher.
Once one understands how the ARPrv Control works ( See How Dometic & Norcold Works ) and how RV refrigerators fail ( See RV Fridge Failure ), it is clear that the ARPrv Control can help prevent fires caused by the overheating of the RV fridge. Simple, protect the fridge from overheating and you introduce RV fire safety ( See Mac the Fire Guy YouTube Video ). Norcold and Dometic engineers agree that by controlling critical temperatures safety is introduced, this is just what the ARP does ( See Investigating Absorption Fridge Fires ).
The figure to the right shows the damage caused by a fire from an RV refrigerator. What is seen in this picture is the fire destruction around the cooling unit of an RV refrigerator. Heat drives the RV refrigerator cycle, and the RV refrigerator cycle is designed to be continuous.
When a discontinuity occurs in the RV refrigerator cycle, the heat that ordinarily drives the RV fridge cycle becomes destructive. If the heat is not controlled, a fire may occur ( See How ARP Protects ). The present ARPrv Control is specifically designed to prevent detrimental overheating of the boiler assembly on an RV cooling unit.
There are many sources for fires in RVs. Thus, no single device can claim that it can wholly prevent fires in RVs. What the ARPrv Control can do, if properly installed and maintained, is help prevent fires caused by overheating of the actual RV refrigerator boiler. Both Dometic and Norcold have recalled their cooling units because of overheating and fires that start in the boiler assembly.
If one Google's either "RV Fires" or "RV refrigerator recall"' you'll find plenty of examples of potentially life threatening RV fires, which is why both top RV refrigeration manufactures issued recalls for millions of units.
For the most part, the manufacture fix has been a shield to direct flames away from the RV and a thermal-fuse on the boiler casing that appears to only react if the boiler has already overheated to the point of destroying the refrigerator. One manufacture issued a recall that will not respond until damage to the cooling unit is irreversible (See What Norcold Says ). This particular recall clearly does nothing to prevent or to protect the boiler assembly of your cooling unit.
The second photo was sent to ARPrv to show what can happen to your RV as the result of a fridge fire. The folks that sent us this photo wanted others to see the damage that they sustained. When they found out about our product, they were surprised that a method of controlling the cooling unit boiler temperature had not been used before now. Thankfully, no one was hurt in this fire, no pets had been left alone in the coach. But, no insurance payment can replace the cherished memories and possessions lost in this fire.
The inventor of the ARP Control practiced fire suppression engineering. This means studying and designing under NFPA rules and regulations. This also means that he worked for folks like Mac the Fire Guy. We at ARP engineered fire suppression so that fire fighters can fight their way into and then back out of a building that is on fire.
An automatic fire extinguisher is a must have item in your RV. This is because fires can and will occur, they cannot be stopped all together, prevention does not mean elimination. Please, for your safety and the safety of your pet, purchase and know how to use fire extinguishers. Have a smoke detector to alert you and a fire extinguisher to fight your way to safety if, heaven forbid you need too!