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#1 larrysmith

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Posted 13 November 2016 - 07:29 AM

If your refrigerator went out on your 13 ft Patriot, how would you remove it.  I have heard that you take a side window out and saw a bigger opening in the fiberglass big enough to remove frig. Replace frig then re fiberglass and paint.   Anyone have any ideas?     Larry Smith



#2 clairemr1

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Posted 13 November 2016 - 08:45 AM

if memory serves, larry gamble takes the fridge apart, removes it through the door, then takes the new fridge in in pieces and reassembles it inside before installing. don't know if he's posted pics of how he does it online or not....................


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Posted 13 November 2016 - 08:52 AM

Many others have replaced theirs by removing the large rear trailer window and passing them through the opening, (without having to take them apart.) Of course, this is on the larger Casita trailers. I'm not sure what size window packages they use on the 13 footers, so this may or may not work out. But they also use smaller fridges as well. Seems to me that, if possible, removing a dozen or so screws and buying a new roll of Butyl rubber double sided tape to reinstall the window after the swap-out would be a lot easier than having to take both fridges apart first, and then reassembling the new one inside. But I'd measure the dimensions of the fridge and the window cut-out first just to make sure it would fit. Just my thoughts.


Edited by Euphoria, 13 November 2016 - 08:56 AM.

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Posted 13 November 2016 - 09:38 AM

    the rear window in the 13 ft PD is much smaller than on the 17ft model, so i imagine that's why larry gamble takes the fridges apart to remove the old/install the new one. i'd rather he do that to my fridge than have to cut/repair the fiberglass. less expensive, too, i would think. hopefully it will be many years before i have to replace my fridge!

    for a detailed explanation of larry's technique, you might want to PM him. best of luck on your project..........


Edited by clairemr1, 14 November 2016 - 06:02 AM.

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Posted 13 November 2016 - 07:43 PM

Larry is a member here and can be contacted by PM..

 

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