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Old 08-30-2017, 06:51 PM   #1
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New Fridge Door

When ETI was handing out replacement, reportedly better insulated, doors last year I asked for one. Opened the box, it looked pretty much the same but I was busy so it got stuck in storage. Fridge, with other mods, works well so I didn't rush to put it on. Plus Myron reported that he broke the side trim piece when he took his front panel off so I was a bit hesitant to take it apart.

Anyway, got brave, got lucky and the trim and front panel came off easily.

So I weighed the two doors, both devoid of front panel and shelves etc. The new door weighs 1 pound, 2 ounces more. So I'm hoping that means that the insulating foam is denser and more efficient. Maybe this door is from the tropical rated fridge.

So, it'll be hard to measure any improvement but it seemed like something worth doing.

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Old 08-30-2017, 09:00 PM   #2
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Which Dometic model is this door from?
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Old 08-30-2017, 09:33 PM   #3
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It's the RM 8551. Putting it back with the original front panel now because I need to use the trailer this weekend. Now that I know how to take it off I'll work on getting a nice photo and poster like Myron did.

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Old 08-31-2017, 09:31 AM   #4
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I got one of the new doors too. Found it was much more ridged and had less flex to it. Sealed better too. It was hard to tell if it made any difference to the cooling because I did so many other things to the fridge back then but just sealing better made me feel better.
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We received one of those doors .I weighed both doors and both weighed the same . Didn't see any difference . Pat
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Old 08-31-2017, 11:36 AM   #6
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We received one of those doors .I weighed both doors and both weighed the same . Didn't see any difference . Pat
That's strange. I used pretty good digital bathroom scales. But they weren't accurate enough to weigh that small a weight. So I did the, hold the door and weigh myself, then weight myself only thing. Did it several times and could see that there was at least a pound difference between them.

Then I found our kitchen scales could weigh them. My wife had said they were only meant for up to 5 lbs. I checked and they're good for 5 kg. Weighed them several times and the difference is 18 ounces.

As I said, it'll be hard to notice a difference but there should be at least an incremental one when the interior temperature is high.

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Old 08-31-2017, 11:39 AM   #7
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I got one of the new doors too. Found it was much more ridged and had less flex to it.
I didn't compare rigidity but I did notice, from a side view, that the edge of the old one didn't appear to be straight. It seemed to have a slight arc to it. My thought was, that without a good gasket, it would leak like a sieve.

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Old 08-31-2017, 12:11 PM   #8
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That's strange. I used pretty good digital bathroom scales. But they weren't accurate enough to weigh that small a weight. So I did the, hold the door and weigh myself, then weight myself only thing. Did it several times and could see that there was at least a pound difference between them.

Then I found our kitchen scales could weigh them. My wife had said they were only meant for up to 5 lbs. I checked and they're good for 5 kg. Weighed them several times and the difference is 18 ounces.

As I said, it'll be hard to notice a difference but there should be at least an incremental one when the interior temperature is high.
Ron I did exactly as you did . Yes the scales won't weigh under 5 lbs so got on the scale ( digital ) holding doors and then subtracting my weight . It's how we need to check weight of our dogs too. I called Tammy and told her the results . Maybe Dometic just sent out regular door and that is the one we got .We just have door stored and since others have their door break we have a spare now , though I did offer it to a forum member who had his door break but it wasn't his door . Will just keep it now in case our door breaks being they are very expensive to replace . Will tell you was disappointed and was hoping for a improvement . On another note did the picture poster as I think it was Jon first did ,so not afraid of the trim . See if need there are be places to add some short screws which won't damage door . Pat
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The numbers were different between the two doors. The new one had "VIP" in the series of numbers. That, and the replacement was molded a year later.

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The numbers were different between the two doors. The new one had "VIP" in the series of numbers. That, and the replacement was molded a year later.

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Ron it's been a couple of years now . Don't want to remove anything or go find the other . Someday if I have door apart maybe will check but it is way on back burner now . Besides after all the mods I did Refrigerator has been working acceptable . Our numbers are not bad even in very hot temps . So it is a mute point for us now . Pat
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