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Old 08-04-2019, 07:15 PM   #1
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Residential Refrigerator Movement

So those of you that have installed residential refrigerators, Do you have a little wiggle or are they rock solid? I have very limited space behind the fridge with zero access to the top or side. I am confident it isn't going anywhere but it does wiggle some. I have blocks on the top so it can't tip, blocks against the front so it can't roll, and the back is bolted to the platform I built. It probably only moves 1/4" back and forth and zero side to side. I am pretty sure it's just the platform flexing.
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Old 08-04-2019, 07:34 PM   #3
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In the 17 Discovery I had, there was a bracket on top of the fringe that was secured to the top of the cabinet. Once you had that out, you could roll it out on the floor.
Sounds like you should be good.
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At the very least, get some metal 2"x2" angle iron and mount it over the front bottom refrigerator adjustable supports and bolt it to the front of the face frame. On ours, the furnace vent cover under the refrigerator blocks the restraint brackets from view. The 3" clearance above the refrigerator will prevent the refrigerator from tilting forward out of the cabinet if the bottom cannot move with the bottom brackets in place.
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Old 08-04-2019, 09:06 PM   #5
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I took the back cover off at the bottom of the fridge and set some drywall screws through the wheel slots onto the sub floor I added. I also added some plumbers tape using the original screws on the back of the fridge to make L brackets that were in turn screwed into the sub floor. Its not going no where. Don't mind if it rocks and rolls a bit..
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At the very least, get some metal 2"x2" angle iron and mount it over the front bottom refrigerator adjustable supports and bolt it to the front of the face frame. On ours, the furnace vent cover under the refrigerator blocks the restraint brackets from view. The 3" clearance above the refrigerator will prevent the refrigerator from tilting forward out of the cabinet if the bottom cannot move with the bottom brackets in place.
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I took the back cover off at the bottom of the fridge and set some drywall screws through the wheel slots onto the sub floor I added. I also added some plumbers tape using the original screws on the back of the fridge to make L brackets that were in turn screwed into the sub floor. Its not going no where. Don't mind if it rocks and rolls a bit..
I also bolted the back down to the sub floor using some angle iron. I only have 3" of clearance to work with and can't get to one corner at all. I had to install the bracket prior to putting the fridge in then screwed it down using the refrigerator access panel on the outside. Click image for larger version

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1/4" of movement on a fridge that size I would call as platform flex.

Mine is pretty solid but at 10 cu/ft a lot smaller. I can access the entire underside of the mounting platform which is over the top of the coach propane furnace so I add some extra 5/8" ply the platform at where I planned as hold down points. Two 3/8" carriage bolts thru the frame base near the compressor hold the fridge in place. I can probably tilt it slightly backwards into the alcove but pretty much no movement left to right, rotation or tipping into the coach living space.

Hard to see where I drilled the mounting holes (plus a pre-install image) but I used the framing that is under the compressor as the attachment point. The right side was a fight fit but workable. Using carriage bolts made tightening the fasteners a bit easier in the limited space.
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I installed mine myself and was concerned that in a panic stop, the refrigerator could easily break down the thin wall between the refrigerator and the driver (me). I looked for a way to put it on the other side of the coach -- I digress. Anyhow, I was concerned, so in an abundance of caution, I fabricated some brackets and bolted the bottom down. On the top, I used wire cables with adjustable turnbuckles and cross braced it to the frame of the coach. I also opened the original outside vent and attached brackets from the back of the refrigerator to the wall frame of the coach.
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When we installed our RR (14CF Whirlpool) I had about 8 L-shaped brackets front and back and that thing moved like crazy. I knew I had to have some sort of brace up top. I ended up removing the original chimney vent for the Nocold. I then took a piece of 1/8"x 1" flat bar and made a C-shaped bracket. I lagged some pretty good sized self taping bolts into the ceiling aluminum structure and then some small 3/8" length pan screws into the top of the fridge through the bracket. It worked out well and the fridge does not move hardly at all. Only problem is you have to remove the vent if the fridge has to come out.
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