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Old 02-24-2017, 04:40 PM   #1
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Refrigerator opens

My refrigerator sometimes opens when driving. Any links to an effective gadget to keep it closed. I currently use a bunjee cord

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Old 02-24-2017, 04:42 PM   #2
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Ours did that on our first trip, while at a friends house I found a scrap piece of plywood and had him cut a wide slot in it. Our door has two handles and the plywood slips over the top and holds it shut. Also added the spring bars inside to keep stuff from shifting too much.
Kind of hard to see the handles in the picture but they're the two long silver bars just beyond the freezer door ice/water dispenser. CC added two spring latches to each of the two doors and it's still not enough.
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Old 02-24-2017, 04:46 PM   #3
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What kind of refrigerator is it? Most RV fridges have a door lock, even if it's not obvious.

It wasn't obvious on our coach. One smashed jar of pickles later we figured it out...
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Old 02-24-2017, 04:53 PM   #4
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For a residential fridge that has no door latch, you have to be creative about what works with your fridge door(s)/drawers and cabinetry. We found two bungie cords (freezer & fridge) and eye bolts in the cabinet surround to be easy and inexpensive, though rather "unsophisticated". Worked better and easier than the fancy latches we tried. But I've seen models where a hook & eye was perfect, or various "childproof latch" products, and all sorts of cabinet latches.
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Seeing as how you didn't tell us what kind of refer you have, here is what I use on our Samsung.
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Old 02-25-2017, 03:17 AM   #6
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We put is some eye hooks on each side and hook a bungee to hold the doors.
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We use Lock-n-Latch strips…
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Old 02-25-2017, 07:21 AM   #8
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Several, depending on how neat and willing to drill holes.

First: Residential type fridge or RV type. RV types are supposed to have a POSITIVE latch to keep 'em closed.

Now. on to the races.

One of the easiest "latches" to make is a good old fashion butt hinge, These come in two flavors, Removable pin and fixed pin (the hinge pin)
Get the removable kind (or machine the non-removable pin and remove it) Now using a Dremel or competitor's hand tool "Shorten" the hinge joint pieces a bit so it's easier to get them together and apart.

Mount the hinge on the door/frame using short sheet metal screws

Drop a pin (Cotte pins work well) into the hinge to lock, I use this on my kitchen cabinets and let me tell you those doors do NOT open when the pin is in place.

Camping world sells a plastic latch that helps hold it closed I had a problem with the freezer in my sticks and bricks so I added that.. Mounting is much the same as above screws included Will try to find a link.

Back in my Trailer days I started, as do most, with "Coleman Coolers" (one was a genuine Coleman) Ice chests.. But the campground I usually stayed at started charging for electrical so I said "I'm going to get even" and went out and bought a small (Dorm/office size) Residential fridge.

So instead of spending as much as 15 dollars a day on ICE, I spent 4.00 on electricity... He He He, made my own ice, food stayed better (You know how lunchmeat gets in ice chest coolers)_ and I considered it a WIN WIN for me and a loss for the park.. oh well.

Sold that to another RVer when I got the class A.

So why tell this.. Well to keep the door closed I simply wrapped a cargo strap around it No holes, No drilling just a cargo strap.

I also added a couple more (Used the "Feet" to hold these in place) to use as handles for lifting it in and out of the Trailer. Really liked that box.

Alas in browsing CW's online catalog I did not find that plastic latch.
But Camping World is not the only place, ther is also E-Bay

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Stainless steel cabinet pulls on each side and elastic/velcro straps.
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Ours came with some straps to link the door handles that snapped closed. We dropped those for some similar straps that Velcro closed. OEM took 3 and did not work well, where one Velcro strap works quite well.


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