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Old 04-16-2016, 12:45 PM   #1
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Refrigerator Installation question.

Hi Folks,

I am hoping I could get some opinions on a refrigerator Installation question. It is probably an easy one. I have built the cabinet to meet all specs (except the gap in back which can't be done with the curved wall of AS) to give me a seal from the inside of the trailer.

Can I shim the back edge of the refrigerator without any problems, to provide a little needed leveling?

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Old 04-16-2016, 01:23 PM   #2
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In short, yes. However, cabinetry 1-O-1, why isn't your cabinet surface level to begin with? Or, is it your belief that once the curve is cut you might be off level a bit? Either way, be sure you have the trailer frame level first before making the adjustment to the refrigerator or cabinet pointing points.
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Good question. Although I redid the floor with great care one spot that had a slight hump maybe 1/8 to 3/16 ( like a crown in a joist if it was a house) remained. That area is very isolated but the drop happens to be the last foot going into the C channel behind the refer. I replaced the floor with Marine Fir and did a full epoxy coat on it after checking the frame, sanding and grinding off the rust and then painted POR 15 on it. The frame and the floor is sound but that is the way it is. Anyway good question back to me.

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Refrigerator Installation question.

Just make sure that the fridge is shimmed level when the floor or whatever reference surface you will use to level the trailer is level also. In mine, the counter top above the fridge is my reference when parking so the fridge is more or less level.


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Tony, if I understood your reply correctly, I'd consider shimming the cabinet at the floor so all aspects of the cabinet would be level or perpendicular as my first approach.
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The cabinet is level. It is just that the refer prior to shimming fell back a little bit leaving contact ( seal ) with cabinet edge. Shim will tilt up and restore contact. A couple of pics
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Be sure to fasten the shims in place when you final the fit, so they don't move and possibly warp the fridge. A slight warp can make the door seal leak a little. Been there...


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I think one of the most important part of the installation is making sure that the rear of the fridge is separated from the front so the airflow comes in at the lower exterior access door and flows up and out of the upper vent of the Airstream to the rear of fridge.
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