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Old 04-24-2014, 05:02 PM   #31
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Has anybody with the larger 6.7 cu-ft fridge with the latch in the upper corner of the door ever had it come open on its own while driving? We have this fridge and have experienced no door opening issues to date (although we did have an incident involving a tragic loss of beer - Refrigerator Tragedy). Our fridge does not appear likely to pop open on its own, but if others have experienced this, I may consider some kind of preventative fix.
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Old 04-24-2014, 05:11 PM   #32
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I don't think other models / sizes have the double lock feature of the 6.7.
First I've seen anyway.
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Old 04-24-2014, 06:37 PM   #33
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Old 05-02-2014, 01:10 PM   #34
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The solution we chose

We started this thread last month after our fridge door came off the hinges on a very rough washboard road. We polled the forum for ideas to prevent it in the future. We had already tried a variation of the bungee solution posted by gbaglo and it had failed on this really bad road. We have decided to use the strap solution previously used by Steve & Cynthia (sjnuss). we didn't get the exact setup they had..mostly because I had already ordered a variation before the Amazon link was posted.
We ordered 1" footman loops in a medium brown color and coordinating color straps from strapworks.com. I ordered the straps with side release plastic buckles which was a mistake because I will have to pull out the strap from the buckle on one end to thread it through the footman loops...but we're using it anyway and it is not a huge inconvenience. We also decided, for peace of mind, to use the same sort of tie down for the bathroom door. But in order to get a secure place for the footman loops we went top to bottom. Will try it out next week on way to Moab Rally! Thanks for all the help!
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Old 05-02-2014, 01:46 PM   #35
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Great solution and looks good too! Might you have been on the road to Chaco canyon?

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Old 05-02-2014, 03:01 PM   #36
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Great solution and looks good too! Might you have been on the road to Chaco canyon?

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My thought exactly. That gets my vote for the roughest maintained dirt road in the country. Shook my car battery out of the tray.
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Old 05-02-2014, 04:07 PM   #37
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Childproofing > Multi-Purpose Adjustable Lock Strap by Safety 1st from Buy Buy Baby

This works great. When not moving the strap can be re-clipped in opposite direction to keep it out of the way. $4.
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Old 05-02-2014, 05:08 PM   #38
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Great solution and looks good too! Might you have been on the road to Chaco canyon?

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No...ironically we WERE scheduled to go to Chaco Canyon - even had reservations - but changed our plans because there were t-storms predicted up that way. So instead we went down to Silver City and camped at Burro Mountain Homestead RV park. Knew it was 7 miles of dirt road in but had no idea it would be so washboarded. Plus, the bungie solution failed when a 3M hook rattled off its backing plate and released the bungie holding the fridge door. I think we are covered now!!
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Aha.
Yes, the 3M hooks are designed so you can take the hook off the mount, to remove the mount. They only stay put when upright.
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Fran & Dave: You said that for the bathroom door you went top to bottom so you would have a secure place for the footman's loops. By secure are you saying that's where the wall reinforcing is? Also to go vertical on this door I am assuming you would need a strap 13' long. Is that about right?

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