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Old 08-26-2020, 07:04 PM   #1
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Refrigerator Floor Nut Broke

I'm in a 2017 DSDP 4018. Today, I finally got around to fixing the Whirlpool defrosting drainage issue. This involves pulling out the refrigerator and upon doing so, found one of the two top brackets was broken so not attached. When reattaching the refrigerator to the floor, one of the nuts which are soldered to the steel plates attached to the floor broke away from the plate. So, I have one side attached at the top and the same side attached at the bottom. 50% of the attachments are attached and working. I'm no where close to any Newmar dealer so trying to figure out if or how a fix would make travel safe. I don't make my turns too fast, but could the Refrigerator break free and roll? Any suggestion for a fix appreciated.
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I'm in a 2017 DSDP 4018. Today, I finally got around to fixing the Whirlpool defrosting drainage issue. This involves pulling out the refrigerator and upon doing so, found one of the two top brackets was broken so not attached. When reattaching the refrigerator to the floor, one of the nuts which are soldered to the steel plates attached to the floor broke away from the plate. So, I have one side attached at the top and the same side attached at the bottom. 50% of the attachments are attached and working. I'm no where close to any Newmar dealer so trying to figure out if or how a fix would make travel safe. I don't make my turns too fast, but could the Refrigerator break free and roll? Any suggestion for a fix appreciated.
Not sure what it looks like, especially on the bottom. If the nut broke loose can you use an expandable bolt, placing within the hole left or a jack nut?
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In our initial Newmar coach (2016 DS 4018) the top refrigerator brackets were inadvertently left off during the build. We also discovered the refrigerator was being held in place by two sheet metal screws in holes drilled in the tile flooring. Over time, one screw broke and eventually the second screw bent which freed the refrigerator. My wife was back making sandwiches as we were traveling through the mountains of West Virginia. She was pinned by the refrigerator when it finally broke free. So, to answer your question, yes the refrigerator will roll out. Fortunately, you know about the issues with your refrigerator and can take action to avoid what happened in our coach.
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