Best way to secure a 70litre FridgeMate

Submitted: Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 10:39
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Looking for suggestions to secure our bright yellow fridge when under the van awning. It is usually housed inside a closed annex but we may only use the awning at Easter.

If the contents go missing too bad but don't want to lose a $1200 fridge

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Reply By: Notso - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 10:50

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 10:50
What you basically need is a huge snarling dog. But for practical purposes you need something that will at least slow the thieves down and cause em to make noise getting it.

Most of us use a lockable steel wire cable wrapped through handles and onto something solid on the van.

I've seen 3/8th chain used as well.

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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 11:22

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 11:22
Like everything else , insure it and lock it away , or better still is to enjoy the amber fluid contents and become philosophical in that if someone wants your fridge nothing in the way of chains /cables /padlocks/ guard dogs will stop them , Look in the archives of this site and many others about theft of fridges /solar panels ect.ect. Not really worth worring about , insure it then enjoy it.
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Reply By: Wilko - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 11:36

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 11:36
Hi Di,

I've got a 55lt and I think yours is like mine, with only one white handle. I have been using a computer security wire that I thread through and use a padlock to secure.The prob is that the handle doesnt seem strong enough to stop a determined thief from stealing the fridge.

I'm concidering drilling a hole thru the side and installing an eyebolt. I would have to use a stainless steel backing plate to help hold the eyebolt in place and use a liberal amount of Sikaflex to stop any leaking.

At the end of the day it will only stop an honest non determined thief but it may slow him down a little.

Cheers Wilko
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Follow Up By: oldfart1953 - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 15:09

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 15:09
honest non determined thief ???????
Lock are only made to keep honest people out

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Reply By: kend88 - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 15:52

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 15:52
I have the same 70L Fridgemate and leave it up against the van wheels with a chain through the handle and wheel (spokes). I also chain our bikes to the same chain.
Probably not secure if someone really wants it, but it is insured. In some places I leave a $20 motion alarm on top of the fridge at night, covered with a towel, which would wake everyone around and give a would be thief a hell of a fright.
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Follow Up By: didiaust - Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 16:42

Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 16:42
Thanks everyone

Ken are you happy with your fridge- ours had to go back to Qld - it packed it in but was still under warrenty

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Reply By: kend88 - Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010 at 17:54

Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010 at 17:54
Ours has been great over the past four years, touch wood. We have used it for about three to four months each year, mainly at beach locations, under an open awning, and had anticipated that there may be some issues with salt air, but to date it has never let us down.

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