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Old 04-23-2014, 11:46 AM   #1
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Keeping the fridge door closed during travel

Hi folks,
During a 7 mile drive down an especially wash-boarded road this past weekend we arrived at the campsite to discover that the fridge door had shaken completely off its hinges. (There was nothing stored in the fridge so there was not a food mess on the floor!)

We had bungeed the door closed but one of the anchors for the bungee had shaken loose and thus the door failure. The plastic seat for the hinge at the top had broken but the hole to seat the top hinge was still intact so we were able to remove the upper faceplate and reseat everything and have a functional fridge.

For the return trip we used painters tape which worked, but it did pull some of the woodgrain off the corner molding...not attractive.
So we are looking for suggestions and ideas that others have used to solve this. The bungee solution has worked on 'normal' roads but we think a more secure solution would provide more peace of mind, especially when we encounter more rough roads!
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:52 AM   #2
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We never store ANYTHING in/on the door shelves and so far that seems to work.
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:56 PM   #3
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We never store ANYTHING in/on the door shelves and so far that seems to work.
Right. We don't travel with anything stored in the fridge either...but the road was pretty rough and once the door got shaken open it was done for.
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I have used bungee and gaffer tape ( not duck tape ). Even though the gaffer tape leaves no residue, you still have to peel it slowly.
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I have used bungee and gaffer tape ( not duck tape ). Even though the gaffer tape leaves no residue, you still have to peel it slowly.
Thanks. We have the exact same fridge and cabinet arrangement. I had a bungee going across the front of the fridge from side to side instead of top to bottom. It was fastened to two of the removable 3M hooks. Unfortunately, one of the hooks got shaken off the mount rendering the bungee useless. (And the bottom cabinet door swung open even though there was nothing in it!)

Never heard of gaffer tape...it can be peeled off without leaving any residue or stripping off the paper woodgrain?

I am thinking of screwing some kind of tie down anchor into the cabinet frame just above and below the fridge door....then securing a strap between the anchors. The anchors would be permanent but maybe I can find something that is not too ugly!
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What kind of fridges are these that don't stay shut? If it's a weak point should not ETI address it?
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I wouldn't call it a weak point. We're talking really bad washboard.
However, the 6.3 cu. ft. fridge in the 21' has an extra lock that can be set with the press of a button for travel.
Gaffer tape is used in the movie industry, stage and photography. Costs about five times what duck tape ( duct tape to some ) costs. I used it before I switched to the bungee cord. There is some risk of damage, but minimal if you take it slow removing it.
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What kind of fridges are these that don't stay shut? If it's a weak point should not ETI address it?
This was a VERY rough road. ...7 miles of washboard. The fridge had stayed closed fine on normal roads but this was well above and beyond the norm. I had packed up everything else in the trailer very securely and it all stayed in place...except for the fridge door. Perhaps if I had secured the hook where the bungee was attached it would have been just fine. Just looking for a better solution for future bad roads.
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maybe a child proof lock:

I haven't used this in my Escape, but one of my friends used this after her cocker spaniel figured out how to open the fridge. I thought it looked promising. We had the fridge come open once, but after we tightened the hinges, we had no further problems.

On the other hand, if the road is so rough that your door comes off (as opposed to open), you may need something stronger.

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I haven't used this in my Escape, but one of my friends used this after her cocker spaniel figured out how to open the fridge. I thought it looked promising. We had the fridge come open once, but after we tightened the hinges, we had no further problems.

On the other hand, if the road is so rough that your door comes off (as opposed to open), you may need something stronger.

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Thanks! I have been looking into these child-proofing locks. Maybe I'll find just the right configuration....
It COULD work...as long as the door stays closed then it won't get shaken off the hinges!
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