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Old 09-08-2014, 05:31 AM   #1
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refrigerator control access panel

Any else have trouble with the little black clips that hold the exterior access panel closed? My Scamp was only a few week old when the tabs on one got bent such that it would not work (had to duct tape a nut on the inside and use a short stove bolt inserted from outside to get home). A call to scamp got me a gentle chastising for not being sufficiently careful. He explained that they get the clips as part of the panel assembly and don't stock extra clips. He did however have a few extras and sent me one. Since then I've been exceedingly careful, but just returned from a weekend trip during which the other clip started misbehaving and looks as if it won't last many more opening/closing cycles.

Anyone know of a source of spares (I'm not even sure what they are called to successfully google them) to keep on hand or a clever work-around to replace the clips?
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Old 09-12-2014, 03:16 PM   #2
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They are called Fridge/Converter Vent Latch and sold at Camping World and other RV suppliers. The ones I bought are in a package from "RV Designer" Part # E377
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Old 09-12-2014, 04:55 PM   #3
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Thanks for asking David, and for answering Jack. Those are the cheesiest, cheapest clips I've seen anywhere. I'm going to stock up on them. It seems like there would be a better way to hold those panels on.

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Old 09-12-2014, 09:39 PM   #4
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Tom you must have a newer Scamp as that is not the type of closer that I have on mine - mine has a much simpler system but I am pretty sure its also the original.
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Tom you must have a newer Scamp as that is not the type of closer that I have on mine - mine has a much simpler system but I am pretty sure its also the original.
Carol, our trailer is only a month old. They now come with a little black plastic twist knobs on the bottom corners. There is a slot cut in the fasteners to accept a coin or screwdriver. They only need to be turned 90 degrees to open or close them. The biggest problem is the material. They are a soft plastic, and can easily be bent out of shape, or twisted apart. I get nervous every time I remove the refrigerator access panel. I'm going to pick up a dozen spares soon. I'm also looking for a roll of white duct tape
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Carol, our trailer is only a month old. They now come with a little black plastic twist knobs on the bottom corners. There is a slot cut in the fasteners to accept a coin or screwdriver. They only need to be turned 90 degrees to open or close them. The biggest problem is the material. They are a soft plastic, and can easily be bent out of shape, or twisted apart. I get nervous every time I remove the refrigerator access panel. I'm going to pick up a dozen spares soon. I'm also looking for a roll of white duct tape
Classic case of newer does not always mean better Mine has the old metal style small twist tab that goes through a small slot at the bottom of the vent cover.
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Old 09-13-2014, 01:38 PM   #7
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Couldn't agree more Carol. I think the bean counters won the argument on the newer panels / fasteners.

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Old 09-23-2014, 09:10 AM   #8
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Jack - thanks for the part reference. I plan to order a supply. And thanks to all you others who replied and let me know I'm not the only one finding them a cheesy and unreliable solution. I will say, all things considered we're very happy with our new scamp and though frustrating this is fairly minor in the larger scheme of things
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I searched the CW website for them and came up empty. I'll take one to the local CW and see if they can find them in their inventory.

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Old 09-23-2014, 04:28 PM   #10
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Tom, I'm going to the salvage yards tomorrow. I'll pick some up for you.
They were real cheap the last time I went.
I'll Let you know tomorrow night, if you can wait.
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Old 09-23-2014, 09:32 PM   #11
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That would be great, Mike! Thanks in advance. I'd be happy to pay you for them. Just PM me if you're successful. There is no rush.

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Old 09-23-2014, 10:04 PM   #12
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My 2001 Bigfoot 21 has those on the fridge vent. I have never had to replace them.
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