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Old 10-12-2018, 08:21 AM   #1
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Refrigerator Straps

We will be picking up our new 5.0 TA in two weeks. Our refrigerator door came open once on our Lance and have read similar problems on this forum and others. I remember someone here (I think) had a simple strap solution to keep their refrigerator door shut while in transit. What do you use? Pictures would be nice.

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Old 10-12-2018, 08:42 AM   #2
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We don't use anything and have never had a problem. The new fridge door latches quite positively.
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Old 10-12-2018, 08:58 AM   #3
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It really depends on your fridge model. The fridge in our older 17B lacked a positive latching mechanism, and did pop open and regurgitate its contents, necessitating installation of supplementary restraints. The fridge in our 2017 19, however, does have a positive latching mechanism that closes quite securely and requires nothing supplemental. Maybe wait and see your fridge in person then decide if you need to tweak it?
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I decIded, why take a chance? This topic well covered over the years. Do a search for "fridge straps" postings.
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Old 10-12-2018, 09:02 AM   #5
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I decIded, why take a chance? This topic well covered over the years. Do a search for "fridge straps" postings.
Here's a good one, with pics! Keeping the fridge door closed during travel
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Old 10-12-2018, 09:36 AM   #6
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Your refrigerator will have two options for opening and closing the door, Perry. You can leave the door ‘unlocked’ by depressing the hook/latch. This will allow you to simply pull on the door, and it will open like your home fridge door. Or, you can keep the hook/latch extended in the ‘locked’ position. This requires you to depress two buttons to open the fridge or freezer doors. The doors are very secure in this position and we have never had it open unintentionally. Some use the lock when in transit and unlock when in camp. We keep it locked all the time, so we don’t forget. Never had a problem
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Old 10-12-2018, 10:48 AM   #7
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Here's a good one, with pics! Keeping the fridge door closed during travel

The metal straps are called "footman loops" in that thread, but are known by several names. Our neighborhood hardware store had no idea what I was talking about, so I brought a picture. They call them "coach straps". They work well!
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We keep it locked all the time, so we don’t forget. Never had a problem
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Same here . Has been locked since 2013 , never had a problem with door opening . Pat
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Same here . Has been locked since 2013 , never had a problem with door opening . Pat
Gee, do you think that the milk's still good?

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