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Old 06-17-2008, 12:38 AM   #1
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I have a 66 Caravel. I'm starting to do some interior work, including patching some floor rot near the door. I'm also planning to replace the refrigerator, so thought I'd go ahead and take it out now. How do you go about removing the refrigerator? Seems like I saw something on that at one time, probably on airforums, but can't find it now. Thanks
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Old 06-17-2008, 01:06 AM   #2
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I have a 66 Caravel. I'm starting to do some interior work, including patching some floor rot near the door. I'm also planning to replace the refrigerator, so thought I'd go ahead and take it out now. How do you go about removing the refrigerator? Seems like I saw something on that at one time, probably on airforums, but can't find it now. Thanks
Screws, screws and more screws (did I mention the SCREWS???)

Airstream was particularly screw happy in the earlier units, using 2 at the back of the unit (accessible thru the exterior door) and a bunch holding the unit to the cabinetry. Look for hidden screws on the top wooden shelf above the unit if you have one.

They also might have used a sealant around the inside flange, which has to be cut in order to remove the fridge.

Happy hunting!
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Old 06-17-2008, 08:44 AM   #3
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If you think Lew may have overstated the screws, he didn't. Not sure about 66 but to get at the screws holding in the fridge in my 71 I had to take out the counter over the fridge and the bulkhead next to the door. Held in place by screws. Also the screws holding in the fridge from the inside of the pantry closet.
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Thanks. I did get her out. Took a Dremel cutter to a couple of frozen screws. Slow but sure works fine. Now on to the floor repair which doesn't look very bad. I'll probably be posting some photos and asking for advice on that from this excellent forum.

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Ventilation for Refer...

There is a 12" x 6" ventilation hole underneath my Dometic in my 66 Overlander. It doesn't appear to be an original opening, or is it? Is it even necessary to have an openeing? The hole is cut through the plywood and the belly skin so you can see the ground from the inside, if your sitting underneath the refer... :-)
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There is a 12" x 6" ventilation hole underneath my Dometic in my 66 Overlander. It doesn't appear to be an original opening, or is it? Is it even necessary to have an openeing? The hole is cut through the plywood and the belly skin so you can see the ground from the inside, if your sitting underneath the refer... :-)
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Greg,

RV refers need a constant flow of air upwards in the rear compartment to provide proper cooling for the condenser coils at the top of the cooling unit. Most of this is accomplished with the lower exterior refer access door.

Airstream seems do add these floor vents in some models. It sure won't hurt, but I would cover the opening with 1/4" mesh screening to keep the critters and mud daubers out.
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Greg,

My '66 also has a hole for ventilation beneath the refrigerator. It is covered with screen to keep insects, mice etc.... out. You can see the ground through the hole. It is there to assist with the upwards flow of warm air behind the refrigerator and up and out of the vent in the roof.
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Mine has the same ventilation cut-out and screen in the floor. I will probably be replacing that section of floor but plan to duplicate the hole.
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