OK, all you FGRV rehab experts, I need to pick your brains. My winter project is to replace my icebox with a dorm fridge
in my UHaul
. I'll be trying to put in the tallest one that I can, and will enlarge the old icebox hole as needed.
So here's my list of questions:
How much room do you recommend I maintain between the top of the fridge
and the bottom of my cooktop? Should I consider putting a divider above the fridge
isolate them better? I could put a heat shield on the divider under the cooktop.
Should I insulate the surrounding wall areas? FYI, my icebox area already is divided from the sink on the left, and the front seat on the right, by two vertical plywood partitions, so this area is fairly well isolated already. I'd only need to insulate the exterior wall.
From what I hear, you can just plug in the dorm fridge and leave it alone. So if my trailer is home and unplugged, no power to the dorm fridge. On the few occasions in the winter when I plug in to charge, I'd let the fridge run too. Other than power usage, I don't see an issue with that? Camper is stored in unheated polebarn, so ok to leave fridge in place? (I sure hope so).
I want to make the opening just large enough to slide in the fridge. However, my plywood partitions are blocking any access from the sides so I can't attach L-brackets to hold it in place. I can't take the partitions out either. So I'm thinking of mounting a 'flange' around the front edge of the fridge and then attaching the flange to the edge of the hole. This would be same attachment method hat the existing icebox uses. The flange would also act as the frame-out for the hole.
Do most people use the icebox feature? I don't care if I have ice cubes, but it might be nice to keep my meat frozen as long as possible? Do any of you find that the freezer is good to have?
Any photos you may have of the hardware, and mechanics of installing one of these would be appreciated.
What tool do you recommend to enlarge the opening with?
Also, I need any sleek and cool ways you use to keep it closed in transit.
......I think that's it for now.....