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Old 08-16-2017, 10:07 AM   #1
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Securing a Residential Frig

OK so all I read says that the Residential is the way to go, how have you secured it for travel?? I can just picture that monster on the floor!!
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i have read on this board many times, people were saying just to secure the bottom 4 corners. when i installed mine, i didn't feel comfortable enough just that. i secured the top as well. i know for sure mine won't tip off.
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I didn't think a couple of bolts through the 22 gauge steel pan was enough to hold it properly so I added two straps across the top and down the back connected to a turn buckle bolted to the floor.
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The front of the fridge is bolted down with an 8mm stud to a stand that is anchored to the floor.
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This is the completed installation. By reversing the foot brackets I was able to re-use the louvered vent under the fridge without modification.
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mhughes....excellent install. You have and beyond any others I have seen!
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Old 08-17-2017, 10:57 AM   #7
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Thanks for the compliment. I have pictures of the complete install process but there are so many posts on it already I didn't feel there was a need.
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three brackets on the front, two of which are braced agaisnt the wheels
three deck screws in the rear through the pan and corner brackets and one brace across the top about 1/2" above the top so prevent tipping out
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A cleat on both bottom front corners, wood clamp on the rear. Never moved at all and I hope it don't.

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I did something very similar with the front feet.Click image for larger version

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The back is secured thru the lower rear frame. The top has some hat channels one on each side and secured to the ceiling with very little clearance, a slip fit. The sides are furred out for a slip fit along the sides too. It can't tip, or move side to side because there is no room. Screwing into the sheet metal box is too iffy and not secure.
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Thanks for the compliment. I have pictures of the complete install process but there are so many posts on it already I didn't feel there was a need.
I would love to see more pictures. Your install is very similar to my Newmar install. I have the Norcold pulled, but haven't done the install yet.
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I did something very similar with the front feet.Attachment 173885
The back is secured thru the lower rear frame. The top has some hat channels one on each side and secured to the ceiling with very little clearance, a slip fit. The sides are furred out for a slip fit along the sides too. It can't tip, or move side to side because there is no room. Screwing into the sheet metal box is too iffy and not secure.
Can you elaborate on the top mount just a little more. I am not certain how you did it based on the description.
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They were hat channels secured just above the fridge into the ceiling before it was slid into place. Sorry now photo of that. You have good ideas here the back access door will need to be insulated too without affecting air flow for the fans. Remember it's getting sir from inside the coach.
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This is a great thread that I wish some people took more seriously. Think of the old vending machines that tipped over and killed the guy trying to get his chips out by shacking the machine. My coach came from the factory with the residential fridge. Having the bottom secured will keep it from rolling but securing the top will keep it from killing someone. Mine is secured at the bottom and the top. The top is secured with double seat belt material attached to the top of the fridge and very tightly bolted to the floor, it does not move. Most of the weight is high off the floor so it's necessary to keep it from tilting when making sudden stops or turns. Only issue I've had was the wife forgot to lock the door and a jar of pickles came flying out when the door flew open but the fridge didn't move.
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