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Old 07-24-2011, 08:31 PM   #1
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How to get the fridge out?

Hello. I am a new vintage motorhome owner. I bought a 1979 Sportscoach for a song. I've had a bunch of work done to it but I'm still happy with my investment. I've come to a confusing dilema. How do I get the 24" refrigerator out of the 20" wide door? I've got to replace or repair the dometic fridge and the only thing I can figure is that I'll have to remove the windshield to get the fridge out and a new one in. Anyone out there ever replace or repair the fridge in their Sportscoach?
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:36 PM   #2
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Most are brought in and out by removing one of the large windows.
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:49 PM   #3
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If removing the doors from the fridge will not get it out the door then the windshield is the number one choice for getting units in and out with a big window being a close second.
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If you are going to repair (replace cooling unit) on the refrigerator; I do repair inside the coach. If it won;t fit through the door the only other way is out a window or windshield.
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As RV Wizard said if you are repairing it do it in the coach. If you are just replacing it take the door(s) off the fridge and the cooling unit off the back, that should make it narrow enough to go through the door. We replaced the Dometic in our HR with a residential fridge and they both fit through the coach door, guess we were lucky....
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As RV Wizard said if you are repairing it do it in the coach. If you are just replacing it take the door(s) off the fridge and the cooling unit off the back, that should make it narrow enough to go through the door. We replaced the Dometic in our HR with a residential fridge and they both fit through the coach door, guess we were lucky....
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Refer door removal only takes a second....

I would never pull a windshield unless I had exhausted all other options...
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We replaced ours a few years ago. To get it out I had to remove the refrig doors & their mounting brackets. I had 1/2" total clearance getting it thru the outside door. I was prepared to remove the door frame if needed. The new one went in the same way. It was tight, but done damage free. I created a platform on a dolly, using blocks on it, to support the refrig at its wall opening height. This allowed alignment & movement flexibility coming out & going in. The old refrig was heavy, the new one much lighter.
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Sawzall.
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Sawzall.
And do not cut any of the frig lines or you will get a face full of ammonia.

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and I guess "sawzall" the new one also????
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and I guess "sawzall" the new one also????
Yup.

Then duct tape.
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I feel for you! I had to pull a 36" deep residential fridge out of my Tiffin when it died because no one would work on it in the unit. Tiffin told me they would simply remove the side window and pull it out. We actually removed the fridge door and the door on the motorhome too. It still took 4 people to swing it around the corner!!
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Go to a not so nice CG. Take the fridge out of the wall and leave it in the middle of the RV. Buy a new fridge but hide it somewhere. Bring the new box to the CG, leave it outside the open RV door and sit in your car a few spaces away and watch someone steal that fridge! Problem solved.
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What ever you do..... DON"T have andylarson help you !
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