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Old 05-08-2015, 09:17 PM   #31
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As I suspected the replacement door does help solve the 4.3 frig cooling inefficiency problem . The door is the same size and weight. The only difference is the inventory number. With ambient temps above 82 degrees F. the frig does not cool below 40 degrees F. in any mode. Yes, I have had the Dometic frig serviced twice at my expense and was told that the frig is operating within the design Specs. The cooling capacity is inadequate for our climate. ETI continues to sell this refrigerator as the standard option for the 19'. WILL THERE EVER BE A FIX OR REPLACEMENT FOR THIS ? INDIANA TO ETI !!!!
You are right Bob .When I received the new door I weighed both doors and they are the same weight . Just got back from camping trip to beach and outside temps were 50's to 60's . Frig on shaded side . Setting on 4 before we left home 2 days , only put cool food in , not packed . Made sure frig was level . Messed around different area's with my cu fan I installed with help of Kountry Kamper . Still on level 4 . Not much sun and we had cold wind . Frig stayed 37 . Until you open your door which we do fast , then frig would go up to 41-42. We also bring ice chest for all the drinks and if we don't want to get sick -meat , mayo ,milk .
The door is a scam . Disappointed . Pat
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Old 05-08-2015, 09:49 PM   #32
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Short answer is yes but I would just install one of these in the back lower area mounted to the wall or somewhere instead of cutting the wires on the factory fan. It comes with a switch and has a temp sensor that I just bypassed and I turn it on with the switch when I want it.

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I have one mounted up near the top vent but it is designed to be mounted anywhere. ETI had a RV shop install one in the back of Parker's fridge and installed the switch in the same area.
My next mod . Thanks again . Shouldn't someone be paying us for all the time we spend to try to fix someone else's product we actually paid for ? What a great scam ! Pat
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Old 05-08-2015, 09:55 PM   #33
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Jubal (Bob)- we all know you meant to say the new door does NOT help solve the 4.3 reefer issue for adequate cooling. Those of us with the 6.7 fridge who got the email over two weeks ago saying to contact Dometic are still waiting for new instructions as Dometic doesn't know what we're talking about.

What is going on at ETI? Fan boys stand down please!
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Old 05-09-2015, 07:44 AM   #34
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Shut your interior fan off before you open the door if it has a switch inside. The fan will actually blow some of the cold air out when you open the door.

Also if you have not removed your sensor from the coil you may want to try pulling it out of the plastic holder on the coil and tapeing to the wall. After removing ours, I run the fridge on 3 bars.

The difference I see in the two doors is that the new door has denser/stronger insulation inside. In our case the new door is stronger and does not flex like the old one so it seals better.
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... I have had the Dometic frig serviced twice at my expense and was told that the frig is operating within the design Specs. ... :
I too am one of those with an underperforming 4.3 fridge. One of the things that I haven't seen on any of these threads is Dometic's performance parameters. What specific, quantifiable expectations should we have in terms of temps? If we knew that, we'd know whether or not our fridges were, or were not, performing adequately. I also find it odd that this particular unit is designed for ( in part ) the Asian market. I lived in Laos for a couple of years and temps were often 110+. Wonder what those folks think of this unit?
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Shut your interior fan off before you open the door if it has a switch inside. The fan will actually blow some of the cold air out when you open the door.

Also if you have not removed your sensor from the coil you may want to try pulling it out of the plastic holder on the coil and tapeing to the wall. After removing ours, I run the fridge on 3 bars.

The difference I see in the two doors is that the new door has denser/stronger insulation inside. In our case the new door is stronger and does not flex like the old one so it seals better.
Will shut fan off . It is right there on closet wall . Previous camping trip month ago same place a little warmer 70-80's had sensor taped to wall off fins as per Reace's suggestion , didn't find it worked better even thought it worked worst . As for the door do not notice any improvement at all . Went to rv lot looks at new frig 's which by the way are 2 door even in small rigs -have a slide for the sensor and up is colder , down is warmer . Maybe tape that sensor up instead of across might help . My older door seem to seal fine used a dollar bill trick , didn't flex and both weigh the same . Go figure . Wondering where the improvement.
Will get that fan for outside compartment too. That's where I'm at now .
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Will shut fan off . It is right there on closet wall . Previous camping trip month ago same place a little warmer 70-80's had sensor taped to wall off fins as per Reace's suggestion , didn't find it worked better even thought it worked worst . As for the door do not notice any improvement at all . Went to rv lot looks at new frig 's which by the way are 2 door even in small rigs -have a slide for the sensor and up is colder , down is warmer . Maybe tape that sensor up instead of across might help . My older door seem to seal fine used a dollar bill trick , didn't flex and both weigh the same . Go figure . Wondering where the improvement.
Will get that fan for outside compartment too. That's where I'm at now .
Have you sealed the latch area? The ceiling fan running on exhaust will pull the cooling out thru the latch. I tried a couple things but found blue painters tape to work best.
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Some of the best improvements I found helpful did require pulling the fridge.

Insulating around the fridge
Insulating the exterior wall
Baffels, but I changed the design ETI sent out

Bottom line is these fridges are marginal even after making lots of mods. Above 90 degrees they are going to struggle. Before spending some time working on it myself it was not performing above 80 degrees. We are heading out in a couple weeks and it will be the real test. Im afraid in the summer I will still need a cooler.
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Have you sealed the latch area? I tried a couple things but found blue painters tape to work best.
Yep . Still haven't figured out the posting pics yet . Cut pieces of high density foam to pack openings with black sprinkler tape on top of that also got the bottom of door hole . Pat
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