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Old 04-28-2017, 01:09 PM   #1
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Refrigerator vent latches

We went to the Texas Bluebonnet Casta Rally and when we arrived the lower refrigerator vent was open an holding on by the back latch. The front latch had broken. I noticed on some Casitas the vents not only had the black latches on the corners, but had screws on the bottom next to the latches.
The vent frame on my Casita has squares with holes on the lower side that look like they can be screwed into to hold the vent cover. Has anyone done this and what size screws did you use? (I did a search and could find anything on it.)
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Old 04-28-2017, 02:11 PM   #2
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Yes , after losing several of the black plastic clips and almost losing my vent cover , I secured the vent covers with 1/4 x 20 SS bolts with SS washers. I tapped 1/4 x 20 threads in the vent frame and then drilled holes in the vent to accomodate the screws.
I did apply some caulk to the screw threads so they did not vibrate loose. So far the vent and screws have stayed in place.

You live in Texas so probably not an issue but if you try to turn or push / pull on the plastic clips when it's 20 below they WILL break.
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Old 04-28-2017, 05:28 PM   #3
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I just used sheet metal screws with a trim washer under the head. Had to drill through the cover to match up with the holes. Probably used a #8 screw.
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Old 04-28-2017, 09:34 PM   #4
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We don't have 20 below temperatures here in Texas, but we do have a 118 degree sun that will bake the plastic.
I checked the RV about 80 miles before we got to the park and everything was ok. When we stopped the cover was wide open on the front and holding only by the back latch. I almost lost the cover, I took it off and had to drive back without it.
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Old 04-28-2017, 11:55 PM   #5
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On the bright side Marky, you still have the expensive part . I have the same ones and they can be a PITA. MMMM, wonder if the spring loaded swivel closers from the WH door could be reworked to replace the plastic ones, they never break. A new mod maybe
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I"m not sure exactly about the Casita's vent latches, but are they the common little black plastic clips that you turn 90 degrees so their back parts flare out to hold in place? If so, I replaced some of those on another trailer with carriage bolts (the square part fits into the square hole and keeps it from spinning) held in place with little flat spring clips that screwed securely onto the threads, and then when the vent cover was placed overtop the bolts it was held on with wing nuts. I actually bought a kit from https://alinerownersclub.org/diy/fastener-kits/
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It's easier to just buy a few extras and keep them in your trailer junk box. They're cheap enough...

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It's easier to just buy a few extras and keep them in your trailer junk box. They're cheap enough...

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I do have a set of spare black plastic clips . The clips are inexpensive at $3 /each ( For a 5 cent piece of plastic ? ) but the vent covers are rather expensive. Replacing the clip after the vent cover blows off somewhere down the road doesn't really solve the problem. Since I installed the screws to hold the vent cover in place
I have not lost one plastic retainer clip .
Murphy's law has again proven to be true !

As a side note , tomato planting is still 4 weeks off for us.
We are supposed to get 3 to 6" of SNOW next week.
34 deg F this morning but warming up to 43 this afternoon.
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My solution.

After having the water heater door "mysteriously" come open after a rest stop where a 18 wheeler grinned as I returned to the trailer I came up with a solution for the refrigerator vents.
I inserted plastic anchors into the ready holes in the vent frames and calculated where to drill holes to go into them.

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I have to agree with Steve about the vent blowing off. It's not about having extra clips or the price of the clip, it's about the vent blowing off. It can even damage someones car or even cause an accident.
I like Mike's and Joe's idea about using plastic anchors.
Steve we're at 101 degrees already!
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I have to agree with Steve about the vent blowing off. It's not about having extra clips or the price of the clip, it's about the vent blowing off. It can even damage someones car or even cause an accident.
I like Mike's and Joe's idea about using plastic anchors.
Steve we're at 101 degrees already!
We had one day over 100 degs about five years ago but it was in July. I was sure it was a sign of the coming apocalypse . We spent the day sitting on lawn chairs in our lake in about 2 or 3 ft of water.
We spent several June days in Texas when we picked up our Casita and that was enough to convince us to stop complaining about summers in the Midwest .
I guess my wife and I are a couple of heat wimps.

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We had one day over 100 degs about five years ago but it was in July. I was sure it was a sign of the coming apocalypse . I guess my wife and I are a couple of heat wimps.
Steve, by July it'll be hitting 120-25 here....maybe I could send you a bit of heat to toughen you up a bit, I'll have extra . On the plus side, the humidity tops out at 10 or 15 %.
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