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Old 09-30-2016
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I just removed my Norcold 1200 (not so cold) refrigerator which I just installed a new cooling unit in December of 2015 (1200.00). After our trip to the Oshkosh airshow and out west we continued to have cooling problems and we got to the point that we were afraid to eat the food which we threw out. I to had concerns about the Samsung RF18 Refrigerators size. I found this unit at Lowes in Wilmington so I could get the measurements first hand. The box is a little over 24 " Deep without the doors and door brackets removed. I removed the coach door (with the screen) door stay which gave me over 26.5 " width so I had no problem getting the unit in. I also removed the passenger seat which made it a lot easier to get the unit in. I did have to remove the lower cabinet drawers and make a new platform so I could get the height that I needed to install the Frig. You need 71" because of the electronic unit on top. Width is no problem I had more than the 32" I had to install a wood strip to fill in the cabinet a little . Depth of door with handle 30.5 confirmed. No problem in the hall way and we now have ice cold milk ice cubes and more important ice cold BEER. It also works great with my 2000 watt Trace inverter. If I could figure out how to post pictures I would.
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Get it installed and this is what Tim at RV Interiors and More can do
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I guess you talked me into it! And not even a pep talk from Mallie. He is enjoying the beach too much. But it is only two weeks until WOG, so I will start this project after that.

Jim, where did you get those handles to keep the doors closed?
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I was going to cut down that cabinet above the fridge and reinstall but Michele is so short she couldn't reach it when we had the Dometic let alone the Smasung, so I just gave up the space.
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I guess you talked me into it! And not even a pep talk from Mallie. He is enjoying the beach too much. But it is only two weeks until WOG, so I will start this project after that.

Jim, where did you get those handles to keep the doors closed?
Brian, I made them. You can go to Lowe's at their specialty section, where they have all the drawers of special items. Find a knob that has the hole drilled through already with a countersink. Then if I recall right it takes a 3 1/2" 6 mm bolt with a washer and a nut. Put the bolt through the handle add the washer and then take the nut and tighten it. Take out the inner most screw on the hinge and replace it with what you just made. You will have to play with it a little to find the exact depth that works best for you, after the doors are closed. Anyway, you just turn the knob to the right to open and then to the left to close or visa versa. But you need a consistent pattern so the knob stays oriented in the proper depth. Easy to do.
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No problem with the Samsung RF18 French doors and freezer on the bottom .Easy access to the top of the refrigerator
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Brian, I made them... Anyway, you just turn the knob to the right to open and then to the left to close or visa versa. But you need a consistent pattern so the knob stays oriented in the proper depth. Easy to do.
Jim - What did you mean by "consistent pattern"? How about adding a nut tightened against the door hinge bracket, to keep the bolt screwed in at the desired depth & torque?

Overall an ingenious but simple solution! Nice that unlike other latches it doesn't require new holes be drilled. With just my straps, sometimes the freezer drawer slides out when I take right turns too fast. This should solve that problem . Many thanks!
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Jim - What did you mean by "consistent pattern"? How about adding a nut tightened against the door hinge bracket, to keep the bolt screwed in at the desired depth & torque?

Overall an ingenious but simple solution! Nice that unlike other latches it doesn't require new holes be drilled. With just my straps, sometimes the freezer drawer slides out when I take right turns too fast. This should solve that problem . Many thanks!
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Van, I guess my concern was that if the knob is loose enough on the bolt to turn without the bolt turning, I was concerned it would "roll" to the open position, while going down the road. But with it being tight to the bolt, then each time you open it or close it, you may be unscrewing it or tightening it. So I just remember "righty tighty, lefty loosey". That way the bolt stays in at the depth it is intended to stay. Maybe I didn't think it through or didn't think on it long enough, but that was what I came up with.
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I love the Blue Bird trim at the top of your fridge. I just used a piece of radiator screen with alum trim strips. Simple but not near as pretty! I can see having a pretty one made someday when I find a water jet.

I purchased baby proof fridge locks at wally world. They just stick on but have worked well so far.



As for securing the fridge, I made some Alum brackets that bolt on the bottom front where the adjustable feet went (I removed them)


While not near as custom as other solutions posted (You guy never cease to amaze me with you talent) These solutions are simple and just work.

I like the knob idea. What if you added a nut tightened against the hinge to hold the bolt from turning? ... Just a thought.
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sometimes you just have to do a little wood work!
But,its worth the money.
Run up to Pea Ridge,Tim can fix you right up.
I also removed the drawer on the bottom. Removed top cabinet, rebuilt it to full 20" depth and used existing doors. Lots of extra storage, need a step stool to access.

Fabricated some catches for the top drawers with a keeper bar. Used kid latches on side of freezer. Love the auto defrost feature. Samsung on economy and ice maker off, will run overnight on Trace inverters.
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