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unbob

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Posted: 10/12/20 06:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OK, I have searched high and low on the entire OR forum and found nothing regarding this problem. Surely I'm not the only one of this planet to have this problem! If anyone has a link please post.

I have a 4x4 one-ton diesel truck hauling a Bigfoot camper. I frequently drive on gnarly uneven bumpy roads. For years I've had the problem of the fridge or freezer coming open while driving and dumping food and drink on the floor.

Any suggestions or ideas on how to fix this problem? Obviously I could drill holes in cabinets or walls and tie ratchet straps or bungees but I've always hoped there was an easier way - but maybe not.

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Posted: 10/12/20 06:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For years RV fridges have featured a “positive” catch lock so your TC must be older. Straps were the answer to my‘78 Beaver TC fridge.


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I,ve used a bungee cord for years.

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I also carried a TC on a dually o. Some rather rough roads. My fridge door had a latch that held really well. Is your latch perhaps broken?

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KD4UPL wrote:

I also carried a TC on a dually o. Some rather rough roads. My fridge door had a latch that held really well. Is your latch perhaps broken?
No, not broken. It's a Dometic fridge - the latches are a "flexi" plastic thingy. It's for sure not a positive metal locking latch. Weird thing is that when I pull on the door (with the latch engaged) it won't open - seems to hold the door closed really well.

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You may be able to get a new latch. On our N811 Norcold you have to positively push both doors in, until you hear a loud 'click'. Google Norcold parts and there is at least on dealer with a comprehensive supply of parts, think it's the Norcold guy. or something like that.


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I can take a pic of a hack job i did. Worked great. Will be a few days.

All you need to do is screw a flat piece of metal right to the front of the fridge. Twist it one way to lock. Flap it over the other way to unlock.

I used an old door strike plate. Has that built in curve. Super slick.

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I put a piece of velcro on the door and A piece on the side, then wrapped the companion side of velcro so it hooked to both. It didn’t look elegant but it worked.


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Deleted due to leaving Forum after 15 years based on how treated lately.

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We have the same issue --- door coming open while driving / turning. Turns out, its due to the items we put in the door. Condiments, soda, beer, water...all heavy...door sags just enough to not catch well.

Solution?

I use 2 door shims from home improvement store -- cheap -- and wedge them under when driving. At our destination, take them out. Has worked for years like that, on different rigs. We too looked at bungie cords but the door shims are what I had at the time (about 15 years ago) and still using them. I think it helps save the hinge/bushing as well, as we take the weight off while driving.

Again, wedge under the door -- between door and frame. One to set, 2nd wedge to tighten.


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