With our new Samsung refrigerator installed, the final step was to anchor it so it would not move while we are on the road. An RV is subjected to earthquake forces every time you drive it, and the last thing you want is something as big as a refrigerator moving around, or the doors opening and everything falling out.
We started out by pulling the refrigerator out of its cubbyhole a few inches, and then Terry went through the old access panel on the outside to screw three eye bolts in the platform and wall. Then she looped six long heavy duty (175 pound capacity) industrial zip ties around the L angle steel frame members in the back of the refrigerator, avoiding the rather flimsy aluminum grillwork back there. These were interlaced through the eye bolts and a metal frame member on each side that we left when we pulled out the old Norcold. When the refrigerator was pushed back in place and the zip ties tightened up, that thing wasn’t going anyplace!
But Terry wasn’t done yet. She put 1×1 inch boards down to trap the front wheels to eliminate any movement there.
Just to be sure, Terry built a wooden box that she wedged between the top of the refrigerator and the motorhome’s ceiling. With all of that done, I tried to wiggle the refrigerator and it wouldn’t budge an inch. I’m confident that, short of a rollover accident, it will stay in place no matter what kind of roads we travel down. And it might not even move in a rollover!
But wait, there’s more! Like I said, we don’t just want the refrigerator to be secure, we also don’t want the French doors or the bottom freezer coming open. There are several ways to keep them closed, and we considered all of them. In the end, we mounted two brass handles, one on the wall on either side of the Samsung, and we’ll run heavy-duty Velcro straps through them and the refrigerator door handles.
Some may call this overkill, but we took basically the same approach to the Maytag refrigerator we had in our bus conversion, and in over eight years of fulltiming, in which we averaged over 15,000 miles per year following the RV rally circuit and crisscrossing the country teaching at Life on Wheels, we never had a problem.
All we have left to do is to add some cosmetic trim to make everything look neat and tidy, but we’ll wait until we get to the Orlando Thousand Trails to finish that. Overall, our refrigerator swap has been easier than expected, and we are delighted with the results.
It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Mountain Angel, the first book in my friend Suzie O’Connell’s excellent Northstar Angels romance series. To enter, all you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.