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Old 11-12-2016, 04:40 PM   #1
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Securing your fridge?

How's everyone securing their fridge?
I've got a 9.9 cubic foot residential style (top freezer/bottom refrigerator)
It's perfect for my needs... My cabinets are not built yet, so I ratchet strapped my fridge to cargo hooks (to the wall) already in my bus when I went camping last week, then took straps off when parked. Wasn't ideal, but wasn't too difficult to mess with.

What I'd really like to do is add steel plates to fridge and bolt it to wall... But, I wouldn't be opposed to going (from the floor) up, over, and down with ratchet straps once the cabinets are built... There will be a microwave space in the cabinet above the fridge.

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Old 11-12-2016, 10:31 PM   #2
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I have a fridge similar to yours, 11 cubic feet I think.
It came new screwed to a lightweight pallet.
I replaced the pallet with two 1 inch by 6 inch oak boards. Bolted to the base of the fridge.
The boards are maybe an inch wider than the fridge on each side.
After the fridge was in place I just screwed the oak boards to the floor with three washer head torx screws each side.
I don't know how it would hold up in a major wreck but it hasn't moved in eight years.
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Old 11-12-2016, 11:22 PM   #3
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Things have changed a lot in 11 years...
My fridge came in a box with layers of corrugated cardboard serving as the base foundation, just cut along the lower dotted line of the box, lift the box off and slide it off the base.
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Old 11-12-2016, 11:23 PM   #4
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You know after 5 months i still have everything ratchet strapped to the side rails.
Im certsin there is a fancier way to do it but those straps just work so well and also allow me to change my mind about where i want stuff.
No need for my mini fridge here, which btw is ratchet strapped right behind the drivers area, but yea i mostly have canned goods and its cold as... lol its cold enough to keep my butter firm.
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Old 11-12-2016, 11:30 PM   #5
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I've actually got rows of forged cargo eye bolts in rows every few feet where the Air Force would fasten cargo nets.
They're fastened into some pretty heavy steel, because when I took a 2" ratchet strap (from floor to ceiling) and cranked on it, until it twanged like a guitar string... Purposely popped the ratchet loose and saw absolutely no deflection!

They really come in handy.
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Old 11-12-2016, 11:47 PM   #7
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You know after 5 months i still have everything ratchet strapped to the side rails.
Im certsin there is a fancier way to do it but those straps just work so well and also allow me to change my mind about where i want stuff.
No need for my mini fridge here, which btw is ratchet strapped right behind the drivers area, but yea i mostly have canned goods and its cold as... lol its cold enough to keep my butter firm.
That reminded me of a meme I saw last week!
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Old 11-13-2016, 07:20 AM   #8
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Most of the friges that aren't specifically made to be mounted are made out of pretty flimsy material.
I literally built the bus around mine. It is sitting on a box made out of glued and screwed 3/4" plywood. It is bolted to this, that will prevent lateral movement at the bottom. I then glued and screwed pieces between top of fridge and roof ribs, that will prevent any kind of tipping in any direction. I also built a wall on either side of it. The walls are built of 2x2 studs, the wall covering has vents top and bottom to allow air circulation. My fridge has coils on the back so that is open to allow air circulation.
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Old 11-13-2016, 08:46 AM   #9
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If your building a space to put your fridge in I would consider putting brackets on the sides of the fridge held by that red 3m double stick foam tape from Home Depot. (In the paint department I think) Its rugged construction rated stuff. Then screw the brackets or run straps from them to anchor points in your bus or woodwork. Wicked strong in sheer. No fasteners into the fridge. Use as much tape as needed to feel secure. No strap across the door

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