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Old 05-09-2021, 05:43 PM   #1
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Microwave oven

Does anyone know how to tighten up a microwave oven, in a 2006 Expedition? There is no cabinetry above it. I don't see any way to access.
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Make and model number of the microwave would help.
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is it hung from the back wall like the micro/range hood in a house?
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Old 05-09-2021, 06:36 PM   #4
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The Louvered vent on the front should come off and you should be able to access the mounting screws. My guess.
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Old 05-09-2021, 07:41 PM   #5
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microwave

Yes, it has a steel bracket behind the microwave, attached to the wall. Just don't see how to access the screws.
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Is it a Sharp Microwave?

They have two very long bolts in the bottom front that run diagonally up to the top back of the microwave and screw into the wall.
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I don't have that type in my motorhome, but I install appliances for a living and I actually went out to a campsite to install one once. There was a small panel that was held on by velcro above the microwave. Once I took that off there was a bracket with screws, and the bracket was secured to the top of the microwave before the microwave was put up.
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Is it a Sharp Microwave?

They have two very long bolts in the bottom front that run diagonally up to the top back of the microwave and screw into the wall.
I've installed many of those in regular homes, and those two long screws going up into the bracket are actually supposed to be temporary mounting screws, then you're supposed to put a couple of bolts down from the top. I'm amazed that RVs makers install those with only those angled screws. I would not trust them bouncing down the road.
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I've installed many of those in regular homes, and those two long screws going up into the bracket are actually supposed to be temporary mounting screws, then you're supposed to put a couple of bolts down from the top. I'm amazed that RVs makers install those with only those angled screws. I would not trust them bouncing down the road.
I had to remove mine to fix it and there were also two bolts in the top but I'd never trust just those with the way a coach gets bounced around.

I put it back together the way Monaco had installed it.
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I had to remove mine to fix it and there were also two bolts in the top but I'd never trust just those with the way a coach gets bounced around.

I put it back together the way Monaco had installed it.
Good to hear. I've actually seen them installed in regular homes without the upper bolts. By the way by "temporary" I didn't mean that you backed off those screws, you leave those angled screws tight AND you put the bolts in the top.
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microwave

It's a G.E. In the directions it says to mount bracket on wall, tilt unit forward at top, hook slots at back bottom edge onto two lower tabs of mounting plate. Rotate oven up against cabinet bottom, and install top mounting screws through cabinet bottom into oven. Problem is, I don't have cabinets above the microwave oven, there's nothing there, at all.
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It's a G.E. In the directions it says to mount bracket on wall, tilt unit forward at top, hook slots at back bottom edge onto two lower tabs of mounting plate. Rotate oven up against cabinet bottom, and install top mounting screws through cabinet bottom into oven. Problem is, I don't have cabinets above the microwave oven, there's nothing there, at all.
Can you post a picture of the top of the microwave, also is it a convection microwave? The GE convection microwaves have two long screws that are behind the plastic vent above the door. They go straight through to the wall plate. Those are not meant to be the only support for it, you're supposed to tighten those two screws and also put bolts through the top, but sometimes people take shortcuts.

Or are there cabinets on each side? Sometimes people run screws through the side of the microwave. It's a jury-rigged solution but people do it.
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When you say nothing above it....could you set something on top of it or is it against the ceiling?
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It's a G.E. In the directions it says to mount bracket on wall, tilt unit forward at top, hook slots at back bottom edge onto two lower tabs of mounting plate. Rotate oven up against cabinet bottom, and install top mounting screws through cabinet bottom into oven. Problem is, I don't have cabinets above the microwave oven, there's nothing there, at all.
When it comes to RV's, you can throw out the standard practice of mounting an RV. Typically, they still use the bracket on the back wall, which is designed to let you pivot the unit downward, but there will be screws used in unusual places on the microwave, which were not intended to be used by the microwave manufacturer. This means, you need to hunt for where they drove additional screws into the unit and then into the wood surround.

If there is a removable vent along the upper edge, remove it and look for screws driven through the back of the vent housing. On my Dutch Star, there was a cabinet above the microwave, where they drove 4 long wood screws down into the microwave chassis.

Lastly, get down low, under the microwave, and check the back wall where the microwave filters are attached. Again, they had removed those filters and drove screws through the chassis into the wall.
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