replacement of fridge locks!!

Submitted: Thursday, Nov 11, 2004 at 11:48
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Hi all,
Has anyone had to replace the little locky thingers on their fridge due to rough treatment or grandchildren??? How does one go about replacing, is it a job for BTi, is it going to cost the earth, does one need a degree in refrigeration and honours in locksmithing?
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Reply By: TripnTaps - Thursday, Nov 11, 2004 at 20:59

Thursday, Nov 11, 2004 at 20:59
Hi Prue,
There was discussion about this at Copeton and the inevitablity that the catches will break or at least fail to remain shut on corrugated roads.

At the Rally, Helen Hirst (Greg & Helen Hirst -BOG name Tunza & Mona -who do a lot of after market things for vans) had a stainless steel catch they were selling for someone who manufactured them in Victoria. This catch - primarily designed for the 190litre fridge - fixed into the screw holes behind the blanking plate on the opposite side to where the door is hinged between the fridge and freezer doors (opening side in other words) (This blanking plate is not there in the bigger standard fit fridge-220litre ...well not in Rockgocs van anyway)

The catch itself was simply a half butterfly style flange with a hole in the part that sat just proud of the fridge/freezer doors that a pin fitted through preventing both the freezer and the fridge door from opening unless you removed the pin - very simple but effective. Helen had about 10 to sell and they all went quickly. Might be worth giving her an e-mail (details on members data) for the fellows details that made them as it would definately prevent the grand kids from pulling the door open.

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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Thursday, Nov 11, 2004 at 22:24

Thursday, Nov 11, 2004 at 22:24
If you go to a Marine supplies shop, or go in line to Whitworth Marine, you should be able to buy a catch that has a knerled knob that is on the end of a thread bolt that swivels from where it is attached to the cabinet next to fridge. The bolt then fits into a plate that is attached to the fridge door and when the knob is screwed tight prevents the door from opening. This will prevent the door opening on rough roads and keep the grandchildren out.

After our door opened a couple of times on rough roads, we used a hook and eye on ours and this has worked fine for over 2 years.

Both of these fixes are an easy job for any handy man/woman with a battery drill and a screwdriver.
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Reply By: Tassietracker5 - Thursday, Nov 11, 2004 at 23:53

Thursday, Nov 11, 2004 at 23:53

Our plastic fridge catch broke after 1 week. Admitedly, it was while travelling on dirt (From Milparinka to Cameron Corner) but eggs make a real mess when left to roam with total freedom. "Grey taping" the fridge shut while on the move was a real pain to say the least.

We requested a pair of the older style stainless steel threaded versions from BTi which they dispatched promptly at no charge. Being in Tas we had to fit them ourselves which was no problem.

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