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Old 05-01-2015, 12:33 PM   #1
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Unhappy How to remove refrigerator 1975 Airstream?

Hi, I'm trying to remove the refrigerator on my 75 Tradewind to clean the vent. I've unplugged it, removed screws from the door side and top, removed the gas line and loosened the top trim, but it won't budge. I'm hoping this will solve my issues with the fridge not working while on gas. works fine on electric but not on gas. I've cleaned the burner and have a nice blue flame but no cooling.

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Old 05-01-2015, 02:28 PM   #2
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Saw a post from someone a couple of years ago to look for ports underneath in the pan. Just went underneath and no ports and no obvious screws. Also, I went in the pantry (next to the fridge)and pulled any screws. Still nothing!

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Old 05-01-2015, 05:06 PM   #3
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Don't know what refer is in a '75.
Here's the instructions from my '72 manual for the smaller units.
Sorry, no illustration in the book to clarify matters.

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Old 05-01-2015, 06:00 PM   #4
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Mine had screws down in the front under the front valance panel. IIRC I had to use a right angle drill to get them out. I have also seen an L bracket or a piece of plumbers strap from the top rear to the wall, I have only seen that once, so I don't think it was factory. Take a thin blade putty knife and run all around the perimeter of the fridge if it hits something take a closer look.

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Old 05-01-2015, 06:39 PM   #5
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Its a Dometic RM 77, according to the manual it only has attachments in the back, but god knows what Airstream did.
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:51 PM   #6
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My '79 had some big screws on the back of the fridge through the bottom supports of the fridge if that makes sense, some smaller ones in the front bottom, and 2 through the front frame edge to the surrounding walls.
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Old 05-09-2015, 03:26 PM   #7
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Finally found it. They put wood pieces all around the sides of the front of the fridge and then had all the panels screwed into the pieces. Plus I removed the exposed panel by the door and there was an eight inch aluminum L bracket with 3 screws in the fridge and 3 in the floor. I have one more screw to go, which is of course hidden by the microwave. Now I have to remove the microwave to get at it. I guess the fridge wasn't going anywhere with over 20 screws holding it in place. Thanks for your help!
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Old 06-09-2015, 04:50 AM   #8
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Don't feel bad - our service manual made no note of the additional 4 screws and an L bracket at the bottom right side of our original 1980 fridge. It was a fun filled day of removing the wall, the credenza side and THEN the fridge...
It definitely was not going anywhere!

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