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Old 10-05-2012, 10:16 AM   #11
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Re: Fridge latch

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I discovered that the little brown coloured latch wasn't fully engaging the metal hoop that acts as its catch if you simply shut the door but it could be manually manipulated after shutting the door to engage a few millimetres deeper after the door is already closed.
This is the sort of little thing that makes all the difference in the world. I'm a trailer-novice, so this is exactly the sort of thing I need.

It's also the sort of thing that might or might not be in the introduction to your trailer you get from Reace, and even if it's there you might or might not retail along with the rest of the land slide of information you get, and might or might not be in whatever documentation comes with the fridge from the manufacturer.

I wonder if there are enough little "factoids" like this that would be worth putting into an FAQ document? Or maybe there is such a document around somewhere?

I'm all for written instructions and detailed manuals, but I guess a lot of people don't read that sort of stuff. Would you find a 10-15 page FAQ of "little tips" useful? Or would you throw it in a drawer without ever reading it and forget about it.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:04 AM   #12
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Re: Fridge latch

Common sense and some organized procedures are important. When leaving the house I check certain things and insure things are off or on. Likewise in a trailer. Putting a lot of weight 2-3' off the ground in a moving vehicle is an accident waiting to happen. I do not put anything of any weight on the door until arrival. By departure all that weight is now inside of me!!!
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Old 10-05-2012, 01:41 PM   #13
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Re: Fridge latch

We had the fridge come open once during our return from Chilliwack to St. Paul. There wasn't any rough road that day, but we must have hit a bump somewhere. Since that time, I always double check to make the sure the latch is fully engaged, and since I had the door tightened as per my previous post, we haven't had any problems. [knock on wood].

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Old 10-06-2012, 01:09 AM   #14
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Re: Fridge latch

Thanks for all your replies. The child-proof latch looks like a good idea and I will still use the bungie. Plus, keep the weight down on the door shelves! Looks like more items for the drive-away checklist. Great feedback from you all. Thanks!
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:58 AM   #15
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Re: Fridge latch

Hi: holo... This is the first time in 5yrs. that our fridge door has come open. Unfortunately I hit the "Grande Canyon" of speed bumps in ME. and it pulled the 7pin connection too No sense in crying over spilt milk... them's the brakes. Alf
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:50 AM   #16
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Hi: holo... The first trip of the year and we were packing to come home when we noticed the handle of our 5cu. ft. fridge wasn't staying shut. The door's magnetic seal was all that was holding it closed. I removed the handle and the tension spring(smaller than a paper clip) inside it was broken. Of course it's Sun. am. Now what?
Lasso'd the door shut for the trip... but stopped by Myrtle Beach Camping World just to see what's avail." We don't have one but our other store across town has two", was Joe's reply. After getting directions and their CW part#... we headed across town. Cost $35. and while my wife made lunch I replaced the handle. Very good service for a Sunday I'd say. Alf
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:48 AM   #17
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Ours came open once when we first had it, after driving over frost-heaved roads. I just put a cup hook into the side wall panel & used a small bungy (6") from there to the fridge trim. We always travel with the door fully loaded & it hasn't come open again, with this system.
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:40 PM   #18
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Ours came off on washboard roads last summer, without much stuff in the door. I tightened the hinge pins, put a shim in the thumb latch, and backed that up with a bungie. Hasn't happened since; not sure which fix is most effective, but I don't care!
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