How To Remove An RV Refrigerator? (Step-By-Step Guide)

Last Updated on December 1, 2023 by Jess

The first step to Removing a Motorhome refrigerator is to disconnect the power supply and turn off all gas connections. Empty the refrigerator and remove all parts such as drawers and shelves. Then locate the brackets and screws that secure the refrigerator inside the motorhome. Release it from the motorhome cabinet and then slowly slide it out through the door of the motorhome. Be careful when doing this, as you could damage everything.

Did you know that motorhome fridges differ from domestic fridges in their design and installation? RV refrigerators are designed to run on both electricity and propane, which makes them versatile. However, this also means that the installation requires special steps and precautions.

I will discuss all the steps and tips you should follow when removing your RV refrigerator. I will mention the safety precautions, preparation and inspection after disassembly. By the end of this article, you’ll have the knowledge and confidence you need to remove your RV refrigerator like a pro!

In this article, we go over how to remove a motorhome fridge!

Pull the plug out of the socket

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First disconnect the motorhome from the power supply. Make sure again that the motorhome is not connected to the shore power. This first step guarantees that there is no active electrical connection.

Locate the refrigerator’s 110-volt power cord and unplug it from the outlet in the motorhome. This cord is responsible for powering the refrigerator when it is connected to a generator or shore power.

Some RV refrigerators also draw power from the RV’s 12-volt system, so look for wires connecting the refrigerator and disconnect it from them. This step is important to completely disconnect the power supply to the refrigerator.

Turn off the gas connections

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Locate the propane gas supply near the refrigerator and turn it off. This will ensure that no gas flows into the refrigerator during removal.

Once the propane gas valve is securely closed, disconnect the propane gas line from the back of the refrigerator. Depending on the type of connection, you may need a wrench or pliers to do this. Make sure that the area is well ventilated and that no gas escapes.

Empty the refrigerator

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Clear out the fridge and freezer compartments after you have disconnected the power and gas supply. Clear out items that have expired or are no longer required and dispose of them responsibly.

Once the fridge has been cleared out, look for removable shelves and drawers. Remove these from the refrigerator to reduce weight and prevent damage.

Disconnect the water supply

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Some refrigerators may have a water dispenser or ice maker connected to the water supply. You must disconnect this water supply before removing the refrigerator.

To stop the water flow, locate the water valve and close it. Once you have turned off the water supply, you can remove the water pipe at the back of the refrigerator. Keep a towel or bucket handy in case of a small water leak.

Remove the ventilation cover

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Now you need to get out of the motorhome to expose the rear of the refrigerator and prepare for removal. To do this, you must remove the vent cover near the top of the refrigerator on the outside of the motorhome.

Once you have located the vent cover, take a screwdriver and carefully remove the screws holding it in place. Once you have removed the screws, carefully pull the vent cover off the motorhome. Keep the vent cover in a safe place as you may need it later for re-installation.

Free your refrigerator

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This step is difficult to carry out alone, so you will need help. Inside your motorhome, you will find the brackets and screws used to attach the refrigerator. These brackets are usually located on the top and sides of the refrigerator. The brackets ensure that the fridge remains stable during your adventures in the motorhome.

Carefully remove the screws or brackets that secure the refrigerator. As this requires a certain amount of force, you will need help to support the weight of the refrigerator while you work.

Once the fasteners are loose, carefully slide the refrigerator forward. Then slide it safely down onto the floor. Finally, remove it from the mobile home.

Inspection after dismantling

Now that your RV refrigerator is free and clear, it’s time to inspect the area where it was located. This inspection is important to make sure everything is in order for reinstallation or a new refrigerator.

Take a few minutes to thoroughly inspect the space and look for signs of damage or wear and tear. If you are reinstalling the same or a new refrigerator, make sure the area is clean. Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions if you have specific requirements. Preparing the space now will make re-installation easier.

Watch the following video from The Mobile Traveler YouTube channel to better understand the process:

Reinstalling or saving

Regardless of whether you want to reinstall an old refrigerator or install a new refrigerator in your motorhome, you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions exactly. Re-installation is carried out in reverse order to the removal of the refrigerator. Secure it properly in its intended place and connect all power and water sources.

If, on the other hand, you wish to store the refrigerator, proceed as follows:

  1. Clean the refrigerator thoroughly to prevent odors and mold from forming during storage.
  2. Defrost the freezer and dry it completely before storing.

Tips for removing the motorhome refrigerator

The following advice will help you remove a domestic refrigerator from a motorhome:

● Make sure you have all the necessary equipment and materials before you start. This includes a tape measure, a drill, a screwdriver and wrenches.

● Remove any food or other items needed while removing the refrigerator. This makes the work easier and reduces the risk of damaging your property.

● Before starting work, disconnect the refrigerator from the power source. This will help you avoid mishaps.

● First remove the screws securing the refrigerator. When it is time to refit the refrigerator, label each screw if possible so that you know where it belongs.

● Carefully remove the refrigerator from its location. If the appliance is large or heavy, you may need to call for help.

● Clean up any debris after removing the refrigerator.

● Inspect the area where the refrigerator is located and make any necessary repairs or modifications. This may mean repairing defective insulation or plugging holes in the wall.

● If you do not want to reinstall the refrigerator, you can dispose of it at a nearby recycling facility.

If you follow these tips, moving a fridge out of a motorhome will be easy. With a little planning and preparation, moving your fridge won’t take long.

Common challenges and troubleshooting

When removing your RV refrigerator, you may encounter common problems. Don’t be discouraged; many people face similar problems during this process. Below, I will identify some problems and offer solutions for effective troubleshooting:

  • Unruly screws or fasteners: Stubborn screws or fasteners are often encountered during removal. In this case, you should apply some lubricant, such as WD-40, to facilitate removal. Allow the lubricant to work for a few minutes before trying again.
  • Access problems: In some RVs, space around the refrigerator is limited, making it difficult to access certain components. In these cases, you can temporarily remove nearby cabinets or panels to make them easier to reach. However, make sure you label and store the parts to make re-installation easier.
  • Leak in the gas pipe: Always check for gas leaks when you turn off the propane gas. If you smell gas or feel a leak, immediately close the propane supply valve and ventilate the area. Contact a professional RV technician to fix any problems with the gas line.
  • Weight Management: RV refrigerators are heavy, especially when loaded with food and drinks. When removing the refrigerator, take everything out and pay attention to the weight and balance of the refrigerator. Use appropriate lifting techniques and ask for help.
  • Concerns about the electrical wiring: Make sure you have correctly identified and labeled the wires when disconnecting them. Check the connections before reinstalling to avoid electrical problems.
  • Reinstallation challenges: If you want to reinstall the refrigerator, it can be difficult to align it properly and secure all fasteners. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and take your time when reinstalling it so that it sits correctly.


1. how long does it take to remove a motorhome refrigerator?

The time until to remove a motorhome refrigerator varies depending on the size of your fridge, your experience and any complications you may encounter. On average, it takes a few hours to complete the process, so be patient.

2. what tools are required to remove a motorhome fridge?

You will need important tools such as a screwdriver, a wrench, pliers and a drill with various bits. Special tools may be required depending on the model of the motorhome refrigerator.

3. what do you do if stubborn screws or plugs are stuck?

If you encounter difficulties when removing them, take your time and do not use force. Lubricate stubborn screws or plugs if necessary. If you still cannot manage it, contact a professional motorhome technician.

4. are there any precautions to be taken when storing the refrigerator after removal?

If you want to store the refrigerator, clean it thoroughly, defrost the freezer compartment and leave the doors slightly open to prevent mold and odors. Store it in a cool and dry place.

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