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Old 02-10-2024, 09:50 AM   #1
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salem 37BHSS2Q refrigerator tie down?

have 2016 salem 37BHSS2Q which has full size electric frig, not gas.. that quit working...can not pull it out to work on it because of some sort of tie down...how do I release it?
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If its a gas/electric then there will be screws on the back side on the bottom rails and in the inside behind the trim at the top and bottom.
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Old 02-10-2024, 10:58 AM   #3
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If its a gas/electric then there will be screws on the back side on the bottom rails and in the inside behind the trim at the top and bottom.
I looked around and saw one of those Forest River campers for sale and the residential refrigerator didn't look like it was framed in. Not sure if it is gas/electric but I kind of doubt it since it looked like the refrigerator in our kitchen It would be helpful if the OP posted pics of this fridge...
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If its a residential style, then likely you have to remove the front lower grill and look for long screws through the wheel mounts.

The one I found has a standard LP/AC fridge, so its a "wait and see" sort of thing.
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If its a gas/electric then there will be screws on the back side on the bottom rails and in the inside behind the trim at the top and bottom.
electric..120VAC
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I looked around and saw one of those Forest River campers for sale and the residential refrigerator didn't look like it was framed in. Not sure if it is gas/electric but I kind of doubt it since it looked like the refrigerator in our kitchen It would be helpful if the OP posted pics of this fridge...
full size electric frig, not gas
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If its a residential style, then likely you have to remove the front lower grill and look for long screws through the wheel mounts.

The one I found has a standard LP/AC fridge, so its a "wait and see" sort of thing.
full size standard electric frig, not gas
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Ok, take the lower front grill off and look for screws through the frame near the leveling wheels.
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I looked around and saw one of those Forest River campers for sale and the residential refrigerator didn't look like it was framed in. Not sure if it is gas/electric but I kind of doubt it since it looked like the refrigerator in our kitchen It would be helpful if the OP posted pics of this fridge...
it's just standard about 16 cubic ft whirlpool
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Old 02-10-2024, 12:29 PM   #10
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Shipboard, occasionally we placed conventional fridges and freezers in passageways to accommodate extended voyages. We would weld angle iron to the bulkhead down both sides of the appliance and simply use short sheet metal screws into the sides to secure them. We never screwed into anything to mess up the appliance and they took some heavy rolls and pitching at sea. The only other addition was latch hooks to secure the doors.
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Old 02-10-2024, 12:59 PM   #11
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That trailer, the 2016 Salem 37BHSS2Q, is a Forest River trailer, not a Keystone trailer. Dutchman did have some travel trailers back in the late 80's and early 90's that had "Salem" in the brand name, but since about 2000, all Salem brand travel trailers are Forest River products.

You might be able to find more "model specific information" on the Forest River forums rather than on the Keystone forums. There's a much better chance of someone having a similar trailer on those websites than on this one.

That said, all (or most) trailers use similar appliances and similar construction techniques, so the way a refrigerator is secured inside a trailer will be very similar.

As Chuck suggested, open the door, remove the lower vent grill and you'll see the roller wheels. Either there will be blocks in front of those wheels or metal plates screwed to the refrigerator frame and then the blocks or plates are screwed to the trailer floor. On some brands, there may be a metal plate located on the top rear of the refrigerator and that plate is screwed to a stud in the wall, essentially at the top rear of the refrigerator. Once you remove those plates or blocks, the refrigerator should roll forward.

In order to get the refrigerator out of the trailer, you will, at a minimum, need to remove the doors to get it out of the trailer entry door. Even then, on many trailers, you may find that you'll need to remove the large window and lift the refrigerator out that window. Sad (or bad) part is that you'll need to bring the new one in using the same technique.

Remember that if you lay any residential refrigerator on its side, the oil in the compressor can be displaced. Most refrigerators, in the operator's manual, caution to allow the refrigerator to stand "IN THE UPRIGHT POSITION" for a time period before plugging them in or turning them on. For most, that's a 24 hour time frame, but on some it may be more or less. In other words, read the manual if you have to lay the new one on its side to get it into the trailer.
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Old 02-18-2024, 05:46 PM   #12
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well finally got back to trailer and looked...sure enough there were 2 little brackets keeping it from rolling forward..removed them and now all good, so simple haha
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well finally got back to trailer and looked...sure enough there were 2 little brackets keeping it from rolling forward..removed them and now all good, so simple haha
Thanks for the post, good to know you got it.
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