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Old 12-22-2023, 03:34 PM   #1
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Dead Frig is too big

I have a refrigerator that needs to be replaced. Not a big job, BUT it won't fit through the door. My options are to take it out the rear window and bring the new one in the same way (not my favored choice) or take the door and door frame off to make sufficient room. How difficult is it to remove the door frame from a 2020 Forest River Sabre 32DPT?
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Old 12-22-2023, 03:38 PM   #2
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Hi, welcome to the forum, I see it is your 1st post.

Are you saying it is till too big even after removing the doors/drawer from the refrigerator?

If so, there have been multiple posts about removing a window, a slide, an entry door or a windshield (on motorhomes) to replace a refrigerator.
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Old 12-22-2023, 04:23 PM   #3
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5picker covered your options that I was going to say.
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Old 12-22-2023, 04:32 PM   #4
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Removal of a window seems to be the solution these days, especially those with house-type refrigerators. As a point of interest, I checked my Dometic frig. It will go out the door with the refrigerator doors removed. I sure don't relish the thought of removing a window, or a door frame!
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Old 12-22-2023, 04:36 PM   #5
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Hey…..once that fridge is out, you’ll see that will make room for an awesome clothes closet.
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Moved thread from the Welcome Mat section to the Sabre sub-forum since the OP is asking for model-specific information and the post is not an introduction post.
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Old 12-23-2023, 03:24 PM   #7
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Door frame or window--the big nuisance is going to be removing the old caulk and applying the new caulk. All the rest is just mechanical.
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Old 12-23-2023, 05:50 PM   #8
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according to floor plan I saw on google your fridge is in a slide


look at how hard it would be to pull the slide all the way out.?


Maybe you can...

build a frame with some 2x4 level with the slide then get slide OUT enough to get fridge out and new one installed?
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Good thought

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according to floor plan I saw on google your fridge is in a slide

look at how hard it would be to pull the slide all the way out.?

Maybe you can...

build a frame with some 2x4 level with the slide then get slide OUT enough to get fridge out and new one installed?
Good thought. Depending on how many electrical and plumbing connections have to be disconnected, this may consume more time than removing a door or back window.
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Old 12-28-2023, 07:12 PM   #10
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I removed the door and cut the opening to fit the fridge. I also had to remove my stove to get the frig passed it.
I upgraded to 12v/120 electric. Works better then the old absorption frig and the propane lasts so much longer
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I have a refrigerator that needs to be replaced. Not a big job, BUT it won't fit through the door. My options are to take it out the rear window and bring the new one in the same way (not my favored choice) or take the door and door frame off to make sufficient room. How difficult is it to remove the door frame from a 2020 Forest River Sabre 32DPT?
hi, fridge just died on my 2016 Fleetwood excursion, even with the fridge door removed, it would not fit thru the motorhome doorway. after a lot of measuring, i removed the inner steps trim and the complete doorway frame. fridge out and new one in. this was a home type standard 110 volt fridge by whirlpool that did not have many hours on it. i think this was the easiest way to go. yes i had to re caulk the door frame but went well.
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The op has left the stage, maybe Christmas vacation.
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Old 12-28-2023, 09:43 PM   #13
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The op has left the stage, maybe Christmas vacation.
He was probably trying to push it through the door from the inside, the fridge got jammed in the opening and he is stuck inside waiting for rescue to come with the jaws of life to get him out 😂
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Could be his angle grinder was making too much noise..
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In our previous trailer, the fridge failed. It would not go through the door. The only option was to take out the rear window. I chose to use my SawsAll and take the fridge out one piece at a time. The new fridge was 1/2" less in width than the door. Add a bit of custom trim work and it looks "factory".

Here is a before an after

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After a month of "careful" measuring both the entry door and several refrigerators at Lowes, Home Depot etc. we decided to replace the Dometic 13 cu ft. 4 door propane/120v with a LG 21 cu ft.! I did have to do a little work in the "box" that the original came out of but, the basic dimensions stayed the same. So, here comes the Lowes delivery truck with our new super sized fridge! Removed the doors and good to go! Yeah right....remember my "careful" measuring??? Well, wouldn't fit through the RV entry door due to a minor quarter inch discrepancy. Even removing a rear bulging access cover only gained an eighth inch (2 solenoids were still sticking out behind the cover). Plan B...took entire door & frame off the RV & in it went with room to spare. Entire door removal and reinstall took maybe a hour and half.

Funny though, after we got it in and reloaded it with EVERYTHING that was in the Dometic, ALL fit on the door shelves of the LG!
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