How to remove a residential refrigerator from an RV?

It’s not as difficult as you might think to remove a residential refrigerator from an RV. In fact, with a few tools and some careful planning, you can have the fridge out in no time. There are no special tools or equipment required for this job.

Tools and Materials Needed

Drill
Screwdriver
Wrenches
Tape measure
Level

What type of refrigerator do you have in your RV and is it a residential or commercial model?

The first thing you need to do is to determine what type of refrigerator you have in your RV. There are two basic types of refrigerators: residential and commercial. Commercial models are usually found in RVs that are used for business purposes, such as traveling salesmen or mobile office workers. These units are designed to be used in a variety of settings and can be more difficult to remove. Residential models, on the other hand, are typically found in RVs that are used for leisure travel or as second homes. These units are designed for use in one specific location and are generally easier to remove.

What size is your refrigerator and how much space do you have to work with?

Next, you need to determine the size of your refrigerator and how much space you have to work with. If you have a small fridge, it will be easier to remove than a larger one. However, you may need to make some adjustments to the way you remove the fridge if you have limited space to work with.

How much does the removal process typically cost?

The cost of removing a residential refrigerator from an RV can vary depending on the size of the unit and the complexity of the job. Generally speaking, the larger the fridge, the more expensive it will be to remove. The cost can also increase if the removal process is more complex, such as if the fridge is built into a cabinet or other structure.

Steps to safely remove the refrigerator from your RV

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. First, disconnect the power. You’ll want to unplug the fridge or turn off the circuit breaker that supplies power to it. This will ensure that there is no electricity running through the fridge while you work.
  2. Next, empty the fridge completely. Take everything out food, drinks, condiments, etc. Once the fridge is empty, it will be much lighter and easier to move around.
  3. Now it’s time to start removing the actual fridge. The first thing you’ll need to do is remove the doors. On most models, the doors are simply held on with screws or hinges. Once you’ve removed the screws or hinges, the doors should come right off.
  4. With the doors off, you’ll be able to see the fridge’s exterior better. Locate the screws that hold the exterior panel in place and remove them. The exterior panel is what gives the fridge its finished look, so it will be easy to spot. In some cases, there may be more than one exterior panel – just keep removing them until you reach the bare fridge.
  5. The last step is to remove the fridge from its mounting bracket. This is usually accomplished by removing a few screws or bolts. Once the fridge is free from the bracket, you can carefully lift it out of the RV.

That’s all there is to it! With a little time and effort, you can easily remove a residential refrigerator from an RV. Just be sure to follow these steps carefully and have everything planned out before you begin.

What are some tips for removing a residential refrigerator from an RV?

Here are some tips for removing a residential refrigerator from an RV: 

  • Before you begin, make sure that you have all of the tools and materials that you need. This includes a drill, screwdriver, wrenches, tape measure, and level.
  • Remove any food or other items from the fridge that you will need during the removal process. This will make the job easier and help to prevent damage to your belongings.
  • Unplug the fridge from the power source before you begin working. This will help to prevent any accidents.
  • Begin by removing the screws that hold the fridge in place. If possible, label each screw so that you know where it goes when it is time to reattach the fridge.
  • Carefully remove the fridge from its location. You may need to ask for assistance if the unit is large or heavy.
  • Once the fridge is out, clean up any debris that may have been left behind.
  • Inspect the area where the fridge was located and make any necessary repairs or adjustments. This may include patching holes in the wall or replacing damaged insulation.
  • If you are not planning on reinstalling the fridge, you can dispose of it at a local recycling center.

With these tips in mind, removing a residential refrigerator from an RV is a relatively easy process. With a little bit of planning and preparation, you can have the fridge out in no time.

FAQs

If you are not planning on reinstalling the fridge, you can dispose of it at a local recycling center. Most centers will accept fridges and other large appliances. You may also be able to find someone who is willing to take the fridge off of your hands, such as a scrap dealer or metal recycler.

The cost of removing a fridge will vary depending on the size and type of fridge, as well as the location. In most cases, you can expect to pay between $50 and $100 for the removal. Additionally, some companies may charge an hourly rate for their services.

Citations

https://www.irv2.com/forums/f106/removing-a-residential-refrigerator-424348.html
https://www.thorforums.com/forums/f8/how-remove-residential-fridge-27102.html
https://www.forestriverforums.com/forums/f230/changing-out-residential-refrigerator-185913.html
https://heartlandowners.org/threads/residential-refrigerator-installation-my-experience.53972/page-3

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