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Monday, October 19, 2009

Refer Removal

I have a 1975 Sports Coach I recently purchased. The refrigerator is not working so we decided to go with an all-electric unit. My question is how do I get it out of the motorhome? The refrigerator is approximately 24-inches wide and about the same depth. I measured my door and it is approximately 20-inches wide. I cannot figure any way to remove it and to install the new one.
Jae, (N. Wilkesboro, NC)

Better sit down Jae; I'll say it as gently as I can. During that era, in some instances during manufacture, the refrigerator was placed on the floor of the RV before the sidewalls were erected. Then after the walls, roof and cabinets went up, the refrigerator was installed in its final position. I remember one particular manufacturer where it was actually necessary to remove the windshield in order to muscle the old refrigerator out. The door opening was simply too narrow. With some coaches I’ve been able to remove the doors, hinges and garnish trim on the old refrigerator to obtain a slimmer profile and then remove the motorhome entry door completely. The opening in the sidewall for the door may be wider than you think. Be sure to measure the actual opening in the sidewall, not just the opening between the door jambs. With the entry door removed and the refrigerator stripped to its narrowest profile, perhaps it will fit. As a last resort, there is always the windshield. I sincerely hope, however, it fits through the entry door rough opening.


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