How do you remove that darn fridge - Fiberglass RV

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Old 12-11-2006, 06:08 PM   #1
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Hi everyone

I have almost gutted my 13' boler. Last thing is the stove/fridge unit. Have the stove and heater out but can't seem to find all the screws and stuff for the fridge. Its a 76 boler with a dometic fridge

Any help you could guys/gals could give me would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 12-11-2006, 07:46 PM   #2
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Hi Al! Of all of the things you can say about fiberglass RVs in general is that there is no single way to do anything! Dometic has been wonderful over the years at supplying fridges that vary enough from model to model that nothing from one fits another, and no two models mount identically! There are probably as many different sized cut-outs in trailers over the years as there are trailers!

Generally, though, there will be several screws into the cabinet on the "outside" of the fridge; e.g. facing the cabin, on the flange around the door. They should be pretty easy to find.

Now comes the "fun" part. Outside, you open the vent panel. In the back you'll want to disconnect the 12v lines (if it has them), and then the 120v AC should be plugged into an outlet somewhere behind the fridge, or to the side of the fridge under the sink. Disconnect that. Last, turn the gas valve off (and make sure it's off at the tanks of course) and unscrew the line from the fridge. Make sure you don't damage the tubing, 'cause it's a pain to re-run copper tubing. It can be done, it just isn't any fun.

Now there should also be two or three screws securing the back and bottom plate of the fridge to the platform on which it sits. Remove those, and barring any owner-modifications in the past thirty or so years, your fridge should slide into the cabin.

Good luck!


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Old 12-12-2006, 05:49 AM   #3
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A few years ago when I removed the body off of my 13' Boler I remember one screw that was screwed int the frame rail. It was somewhere around the center (front to back) of the fridge. The screws are hardened screws and I had to get an abrasive wheel in there between the frame rail and the plywood floor. Not easy but I finally got it out.
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Old 12-12-2006, 06:00 AM   #4
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You didn't mention what model of refer, but in the Document Center there are a bunch of refer manuals. Dometic Manuals usually have installation instructions...guess you could use that to de-install: Document Center - Refrigerator Manuals

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Old 12-12-2006, 07:13 AM   #5
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Al, what model fridge do you have? As I have a 72 Boler with the original Dometic and I am looking for a complete burner assymbly if possible. Thanks
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