Originally Posted by gmc70
WE also used the Magic Chef and had to widen the opening by 1/8". What door Lock are you going to use? Doors seem to seal very tight so I don't know if really needed but I don't know for sure. The fridge went from 90* to -1 in freezer and 39 in a few hours so cools really quick.
Well Sir, glad you're happy with your new MC fridge. I don't know if you red the owners manual or not but, on one of the pages for the "do's and don'ts" it clearly states:
1. This refrigerator IS NOT intended to be used in an RV!
2. This refrigerator IS NOT intended to be used with an INVERTER!
Well, neither one of us red that manual 'till that Magic Chef 10.1 fridge 'till it was completely installed and, I'd created a system to lock that fridge in place for travel since about 99.999999999999999% of residential refrigerators are not designed or setup to be CONTAINED into their respective position for travel in a motorhome.
Not only is it not intended to be used in a motorhome and not to be used with an inverter but, it's also supposed to have FIVE INCHES OF CLEARANCE on both sides of it!!!!!!!!
Well, I think we may have around 2" on the sides but, that's max. The back has about 3" and the top, quite a few. Now, I don't know what your plans are for any running of it WITHOUT being on shore power but, the Magic Chef 10.1 fridge, does NOT PLAY WELL WITH MSW inverters!!!! I found that out the hard way.
So, looooooooonnnnnnnggggg story short, as I'm typing this, (sort-a) I'm installing a brand new, KISAE 1000 watt, PSW inverter that has a built in transfer switch, along with *0* gauge cables from the battery to the inverter.
I'd been advised all kinds of remedies in regards to that new fridge not liking MSW inverters. I simply chose the new, 1000 watt PSW to answer my issue. We don't *remote* camp very often but, even when traveling, I'd like that fridge to KEEP COLD and not start to warm back up, especially when we're running down the road in 100+ degree temps. So, that's my thoughts on that.
Now, as far as the fridge door lock, well, yeah, you may think your magnetic seals are strong, they're not strong enough to hold a gallon of milk sliding out and off the shelf and pushing the door open on a right hand curve. I'm pretty careful on this stuff but, all I can say is it happened and I wasn't going all that fast. So, we devised a temp restraining order on that door! The lock I'm thinking of is represented below. in the last post.
Originally Posted by TB673
Same question as GMC70 regarding the Door Restraints?
For now, I just installed 4 cup hooks and use bungee cords until I find a better way.
The lock I'm thinking of is represented below. I could fabricate one up and still might but, for now, that one will do.
Originally Posted by veraken
This is a refrigerator lock you can get, Thor part #0315479. It comes in a 3" & 4" (same part number??). Call Tanya at Total Value RV 574-262-4460 ext 20. Part cost @ $7.50 + shipping. I attached it to the refrigerator using the hinge screw holes provided to reverse the door swing.
Well, that exact fridge door lock is around $21 at etrailer.com with or without shipping, I can't remember. So, I found either your link or someone else that linked that same RV supply place back east that had the same lock. And, as stated in that link, it is $7.50 or so NOT INCLUDING SHIPPING. I emailed them and asked for shipping costs to my zip code. I got an answer back wanting my address and it would all be added up and sent. That IS NOT WHAT I ASKED THEM!!!!!!
I asked for shipping costs because, in many cases, one may find a particular product at a considerable discount (at least from other advertised prices) only to find out the shipping is phenomenally high, even for a very small item that will fit in a USPS small box which, is around $7.20.
If they (that RV parts supplier that's asking $7.50 for it) used USPS small box flat rate, the total cost is close to $15.00 + or -. That's ok, nothin's free. But, I asked them again, WHAT IS THE SHIPPING cost? I've not gotten any replies. This does not mean I won't go with them, but, it's just not that hard to answer an email. We'll see.