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Old 12-09-2013, 11:24 AM   #1
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Refer is moving when slide engaged??

2005 Fleetwood expedition, 38N, 3 slides, 300 Cat, Freightliner. I recently noticed my passenger slide was not closing flush with the unit. I then notices as I closed or opened that slide the refer seemed to be moving either back or forward a bit each time. Upon further investigation I see the refer is pulled away from the wall about 3/4 of an inch when slide is closed. And I see some movement started with the cabinet that is just next to the refer that has the stove, sink etc. I had taken the unit to my local RV folks to check the slide before I saw all of the above to just check the slide mechanical to see why it did not close flush. They found nothing in the process side. I now think them closing and opening it a number of times to check it did not help. I will add I did have a bad level event in one camp ground and I know it stressed things that day in that I could never get it to level with auto.... I have Good Sam Program that has helped me some on other issues but I do not have a clue on this type problem if it would even be covered. I have the 500.00 deduct plan.
My question is What would you do? Anyone else ever had this to happen did your insurance help you?? I will not trade this to someone without it being addressed.... I am afraid of what all has to be removed to get to this problem fix.....Would you go back to the FACTORY for this fix?? I love RV ing and I am surprised that I am not more upset about this. It is Christmas and I am so blessed and so many are hurting these days with real problems.....tks for any help......Glenb
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Old 12-09-2013, 05:50 PM   #2
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I'd take it to someone more reputable. If your refer is moving, the thing could fall out and rupture a gas or water line and whatever else it damages.
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:35 PM   #3
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Read your extended service contract closely, it should delineate what is not covered(exclusionary) and what is covered.
What you describe sounds serious to me. The frig should have been bolted in-pllace. I'll post a link to the installation instructions for your frig, if you provide make and model.
Were this me, I would make an appointment at the factory service center for repairs. They built it, who better knows what to do and how.
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:51 PM   #4
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You didn't say if it was a RV frig or a residential frig. If its Norcold or Dometic, it should be screwed in place. Residential, anyones guess how it installed. I would contact Fleetwood if it were my RV. They are really helpful people.
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:34 AM   #5
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Tks so much for the wisdom. It is a norcold I believe the 1200. I am remembering a small block of wood that was on top of the ref not sure if it was a brace or something, when I first noticed this movement. That piece of wood is not there now. I am thinking it may have shifted to the back of the ref and fell down behind it and that is about the space the ref is leaning forward from the top..,just a guess. If I decide to go to factory and if they had to remove the ref what would you put back in?? Are the new norcold or Dominic's safer???? Tks u guys for your help I am a bit over whelmed with this!!!
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Unless your present refrigerator is not working I see no reason to replace it. Personally, I would buy a new Norcold 1200LRIM equivalent to replace our present one. New model/years are re-designed. Putting everything back to original design may not be a huge undertaking, since it sounds like something just came loose, causing other things to move. The longer you drive the coach this way, the more things will move and cause more damage. Look for a way to block or tie the frig in place so it will not come out of the opening.
This may be something your MH insurance policy will cover, if so, they might also pay for temporary measures to mitigate further damage.
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Tks to all who have given me wisdom. I contacted the Fleetwood Factory. They agreed as many of you that I need to have it dealt with post haste. The nearest dealer is in South Haven, Mississippi. South Haven RV. Or I could bring it to the factory for service in Ind the next open dates were in Jan 2014. I am not aware of this dealer in South Haven if anyone has experience pls give me your opinion on their work. This may be something dealers don't see much of so it gives me cause for concern. I am sensing I need to go to Ind but that is a far piece for me and not sure how the WINTER would treat a Mississippi boy.......I have some fogged windows as well so maybe if I go there I could get them to address that while there??? Your input is valuable to and we are so blessed to have this website....tks Glenb
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If the factory is still in Decatur, IN that is in Southern IN . and not near the lake effect snow they get near Elkhart. It may still be cold but not quite as bad as Northern IN.
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If the factory is still in Decatur, IN that is in Southern IN . and not near the lake effect snow they get near Elkhart. It may still be cold but not quite as bad as Northern IN.
Take another look. Decatur is pretty far ( not all the way ) North.
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