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Old 02-18-2016, 10:06 AM   #1
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Need help installing a dorm fridge!

I'm ready to install a dorm fridge in my 1978 Scamp 13 trailer.

I have removed the lower kitchen cabinet, and have placed the fridge in the location where the Ice Box was installed. The Ice box opening in the fiberglass kitchen cabinet will require some trimming.

However, that part is easy. What I need help with is a secure method to mount the fridge so it will be held in place when the trailer is bouncing down a rough road!

I first took a 4-inch woven nylon strap that I looped over the fridge and secured it on both sides of the fridge. However, that didn't seem to secure the fridge to prevent it from moving as well as I though it should.

Based on messages posted on this Forum, I'm sure that other FG owners have installed dorm type fridges, so I'm hoping that someone will share their knowledge about a better method to hold the fridge in place!

All suggestions and comments will be greatly appreciated!

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Old 02-18-2016, 12:04 PM   #2
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I'm interested as well!
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Old 02-18-2016, 12:33 PM   #3
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Just to throw out an idea. Build a box. Secure the box in the space. Secure the fridge in the box with spray foam on the sides and top. This of course would make removal a chore but it should stay put.

An alternative would be to attach a sheet of plywood to the bottom of the fridge using the screw holes for the bumper feet. Secure the plywood to the floor. Fill the sides and top with rigid foam (blue board, pink board) which is easily cut on a table saw.

What ever your final solution bear in mind that a fridge condenser coil needs air flow to function efficiently. Have fun, Raz
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A PO installed a dorm fridge in my Compact Jr. It sits on 2 studs of 2"x 2" wood with a strap up the sides and over the top. The strap ends are nailed to the studs. The exterior trim touches the fridge on sides, top, and bottom. It has not moved a millimeter in the 11 years I have owned it.

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Old 02-18-2016, 02:54 PM   #5
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In our Uhaul I installed a compressor type dorm fridge where the original ice box was, (Haier fridge). Built a box for it to set on which is screwed to the floor. Put fridge in place and bolted it to the box using various hardware store angle brackets as could be fastened to the fridge. Left some space at sides and top of opening in the fiberglass for air movement. After two winters in the trailer and several thousand miles travel it worked fine.
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Old 02-18-2016, 04:42 PM   #6
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If a frdge is installed without ventiing to the out doors all the heat from the unit will be in the trailer . With an ice box there is no heat given off , and so is not a factor. A small fridge will produce about 500 watts of heat when operating.
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A PO installed a dorm fridge in my Compact Jr. It sits on 2 studs of 2"x 2" wood with a strap up the sides and over the top. The strap ends are nailed to the studs. The exterior trim touches the fridge on sides, top, and bottom. It has not moved a millimeter in the 11 years I have owned it.
Thanks Rez, Tom, Bob, and Robert for you comments.

I like both the suggestions on building a box, and using straps. I may end up doing both!

This afternoon I re-installed the single strap that I had installed previously. I tried both with the strap laying flat on top of the fridge, and with wood spacers under the strap, as shown in the photo.

I'm wondering if a piece of 1/2" plywood, the size of the fridge's top, placed under the strap on top, would add more holding force? What do you think?

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I do like the idea of a box or wood cage on the sides and top of the fridge, so maybe I will see if I can find room for the boards around the sides of the fridge.

Thanks again for you very helpful suggestions and comments.

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Old 02-18-2016, 07:58 PM   #8
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Pop rivet angle aluminum around the frig. box right behind the door. Then cut the cabinet to fit the frig. then pop rivet the angle to the cabinet face. Same as Scamp does with ice boxes and RV frig's. If you can get to it you can also strap it down. You can then put a short piece of angle facing out over the door. Drill through the angle into the top of the door then you can pin the door shut.
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Pop rivet angle aluminum around the frig. box right behind the door. Then cut the cabinet to fit the frig. then pop rivet the angle to the cabinet face. Same as Scamp does with ice boxes and RV frig's. If you can get to it you can also strap it down. You can then put a short piece of angle facing out over the door. Drill through the angle into the top of the door then you can pin the door shut.
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Wow! Eddie, that sounds like that would form a very sturdy unit!

With the lower cabinet not being in place, it's easy to tighten the strap, and adding the aluminum angle strips should also be easy to do.

Yeah, sure...Man plans and God laughs! Nothing is easy when I'm attempting to do it!

Thanks Eddie!

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Bill,

I'm getting there... So what did you end up doing?!
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Bill,

I'm getting there... So what did you end up doing?!
I ended up using the strap over the fridge, tighten with a turn-bolt. However, even with a piece of 3/4" plywood under the strap, I didn't think the fridge was very secure.

So, as Eddie suggested, I attached 1" x 1" aluminum angles to the front top and sides of the fridge. Then when I installed the lower kitchen cabinet I used metal screws to attach the cabinet to the pieces of aluminum angle at the front of the fridge.

Not the best looking even with wood trim, but, the fridge seems solid in place.

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Since taking this photo i have added a piece of wood trim at the bottom of the fridge. The exposed metal screws need to be covered with white paint.

Good luck,

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