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Old 11-17-2015, 10:06 PM   #1
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31RK Residential Fridge issue

We took a trip to Florida last month. That involved crossing Louisiana and Mississippi. Now both states pride themselves on low Taxes. And by gosh it shows. Worst roads I have seen since Oklahoma. No offense but if the shoe fits you gotta wear it. Anyway the trip from Hattiesburg to Shreveport literally broke the cabinet supporting the residential fridge. I am not sure why it is mounted on a single drawer cabinet but it is and the thrashing it got from absolutely horrible roads broke the cabinet and the fridge almost fell over forward. I think it tried though. I literally duck taped it in for the trip home. I built a support to give more strength to the shelf below. Removed the drawer, jacked up the cabinet and fridge with a board and hydraulic jack and installed this. A bit I very engineered but think it might work.Click image for larger version

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Old 11-18-2015, 07:56 PM   #2
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I had a similar issue with our Daydreamer. The fridge took on a jaunty angle. Found the floor under the fridge had lost its support under the rear corner. The fridge sits over the furnace in this unit. Had to pull the fridge and furnace to rebuild the support under the fridge platform. It won't fail anymore. The factory could have done this right with little effort in the first place.
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Old 11-18-2015, 09:06 PM   #3
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Made that trip 4 years ago with my THEN 36 ft Keystone with standard pin box. Shook the literal HELL out of us!
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Old 11-18-2015, 09:23 PM   #4
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We took a trip to Florida last month. That involved crossing Louisiana and Mississippi. Now both states pride themselves on low Taxes. And by gosh it shows. Worst roads I have seen since Oklahoma.Attachment 94512Attachment 94513
Nice work. The factory should use some of those Simpson structural brackets to begin with.

Please do not give all the credit to LA and MS. We hold the distinction here in PA of having the worst roads, and we have about the highest taxes. We are currently looking forward to them getting even higher. We take pride in taxes and sh%$#y roads. Feel free to come here after spring thaw and road test your repairs.

Screw guns and hydraulic jacks is good stuff.
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Old 11-18-2015, 09:32 PM   #5
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We took a trip to Florida last month. That involved crossing Louisiana and Mississippi. Now both states pride themselves on low Taxes. And by gosh it shows. Worst roads I have seen since Oklahoma. No offense but if the shoe fits you gotta wear it.....
Have you ever driven the roads in New Jersey? No low taxes there but terrible roads. Maybe it is more about priorities... I live in Florida and took a trip to Canada (east cost). The roads in the northeast US were horrendous and all those states are known for high taxes, so I don't know about wearing the shoe...
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Mass has you all beat. I have been up there three times and each was worse than before. Hard to get around Mass to go north!
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Old 11-20-2015, 05:54 PM   #7
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As much as I will agree with all the statements (the factory could do better) it always comes down to two very important things folks;
1) cost, cost, cost
2) weight, weight, weight
and two things combined to cause some issues, when you look at the weight of a fridge and the roads we all travel there can be issues.
Hope it all works out in the end and Happy Camping to all
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