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Old 09-16-2016, 12:52 PM   #1
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Residential Refrigerator Opening While Driving?

Does anyone else have problems with the residential refrigerator opening while driving? I don't drive with excessive speed, or do severe maneuvers, but my fridge kept opening while I was driving.

My coach came with a bungee cord wrapped around the handles, but it doesn't hold much back, and I was having trouble with my kids getting snapped in the face when they tried to get in.

I've seen some discussions about how to load the fridge to help keep this from happening, but I was wanting a better solution.

Being a retired engineer, I designed a device that will positively keep the doors shut, and is so easy to install and remove that my kids can do it. Additionally, the same device can be used to keep the doors open during unpowered storage so that mold and mildew don't form.

The installation is easy (10 minutes), and does not require any modifications to the refrigerator. Also there are no messy glues, or adhesives.

I'm currently pursuing patents on my design, and hoping I can find a retailer that would be interested in carrying my device.

I was just wondering how many other people have this problem with their refrigerators? Would a device like this be something that you would be interested in purchasing? I'd appreciate any feedback you all have before I go too far down the financial rabbit hole... Thanks!

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Old 09-16-2016, 01:50 PM   #2
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I have no idea what your device is so how would I apply this to our residential refrigerator?

I have the 19 CUFT residential refrigerator and the doors will not open when we are towing the trailer. The refrigerator has a star screw and thread rod that is used to keep the refrigerator doors close when towing. This has worked for 10K miles so far on our unit.

We also place tension rods in the refrigerator to keep items in place during travel.

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Old 09-16-2016, 07:10 PM   #3
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We just use a couple of short bungee ball wraps on the handles plus the cords that came with our camper. It works for us without doors coming open just be carefully opening the left door.(milk and tea jugs)
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Old 09-17-2016, 02:39 PM   #4
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We made a couple of long straps with clips on them to go all of the way around the fridge. Even made one for the freezer. In a rig we had come through I saw a genius idea. It was a large padded upside-down "U" that went behind the fridge door handles and dropped down through the freezer handle.
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Old 09-17-2016, 02:48 PM   #5
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A velcro strap around the handles and it will keep the doors shut. Had the same bungee cord setup (still use that for freezer drawer), but after first trip went to the velcro strap. Cheap and easy.
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Old 09-17-2016, 03:28 PM   #6
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I just got a new Camping World sale flyer and it had a two door ref locking mechanism for $4.99. it looked like it would work. you mite try their website and look.
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Old 09-18-2016, 12:35 PM   #7
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We bought a pair of these on Amazon. Works great!
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Old 09-18-2016, 12:46 PM   #8
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I had the same issue. My simple fix is this. 1/4" plywood, red felt, spray glue, done. Easy for kids/wife to get in and out while driving and the freezer keep frig doors closed and frig keeps freezer closed, no need for the bungees any longer.Click image for larger version

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Earlier this year I copied Sternhappens design. Only differences are mine is natural wood finish on the front and black felt where the device sits against the doors. I still use the two bungee cords that came with the MH. Works perfectly!
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Old 09-18-2016, 01:42 PM   #10
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This was a first try. If I was going to make another one I would extend the bottom out into a modified upside down V shape. I always enjoy seeing what others have done to customize their setup ans share ideas.

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