Fridge slides - how to keep the wires out of harm's way?

Submitted: Monday, May 14, 2012 at 11:29
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For all those with "fridge slides", obviously you need a wire going to the fridge to provide power to the fridge - the question is: how do you make sure this wire has enough movement so that it can move with the fridge on the slide, and make sure the wire doesn't get caught in the mechanism of the fridge slide?
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Reply By: The other Norm C (WA) - Monday, May 14, 2012 at 11:52

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 11:52
Hi Tim
I mounted the power socket high in the vehicle and ran the power
cord along the handle and tied it to the top of the fridge.You need to allow
enough slack for the fridge to slide and drop down.The cord slips down the side of the fridge when moved in and outI've put up a couple of
photo's they may help.
Norm

Fridge in back of ute

Extended out

And lowered
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Reply By: Dave(NSW) - Monday, May 14, 2012 at 12:02

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 12:02
tim,
I've got mine hooked up by an Occy strap to the cargo barrier, With just enought slack for the fridge to slide in or out.
Cheers Dave.
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Monday, May 14, 2012 at 12:15

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 12:15
I had a curly cord made up from these guys and put the right connectors on it. You can specify the tail lengths and curly length bit. They stretch 2 - 3 times their compressed length. Lots of types are available

Curly Cords
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Reply By: Member - Noldi (WA) - Monday, May 14, 2012 at 12:35

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 12:35
Actually had the cable caught in my slide a few years ago, cut the cable, shorted and blew 2 fuses. Put some fairly thick spiral plastic cable protection on it, not had a problem since
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Reply By: olcoolone - Monday, May 14, 2012 at 12:54

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 12:54
We have found is you enclose to power cable in convoluted tubing and leave loose in a way not to foul with any moving parts you will not have an issues.

We have never had a power cable damaged on any installations of fridge slide by following this method.

And we do the same for the 240v side.


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Follow Up By: River Swaggie - Monday, May 14, 2012 at 18:50

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 18:50
Your spot on mate,Ive done the same for 4 years using the Evakool slide its worked a treat,No issues at all...

Heah why your at it change the shonky ciggy lighter adapter to Anderson Plugs too...

Goodluck
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Monday, May 14, 2012 at 21:24

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 21:24
We don't use any plugs on the end..... we always hard wire the 12v cable as we don't see the need for having 2 plugs within 1m of each other.... if you want to disconnect just unplug it from the fridge.
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Follow Up By: River Swaggie - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 17:58

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 17:58
Yeah i see where your coming from...Although i take my fridge inside and use it periodically so its not sitting idle for months not working...

Although i could buy another connection to the fridge so it can be hard wired in the Canopy although ive had no issues with the setup i use...

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Alan H (QLD) - Monday, May 14, 2012 at 16:14

Monday, May 14, 2012 at 16:14
I also use an occy strap and hang it from the cage which I put over the fridge.

I have a cage made3 from some weldmesh that goes over the the top of the fridge. This prevent any cargo from falling into the Fridge space when the fridge is pulled out. The electrical cord goes through the top of the cage and is held off the floor by the occy strap. Works well for me.

Alan
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Reply By: Echucan Bob - Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 12:13

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at 12:13
I used to use the occy strap method, having once damaged a cable. Now I run the cable up from the fridge socket to the handle at the back of the fridge. I then run the cable to a mounting point on the vehicle half way along the fridge. When the fridge is fully slid out the cable is as taught as when its fully in. The only time it loops down is when the fridge is half way out and then the loop remains clear of the slide track anyway.
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