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Old 06-19-2018, 01:21 AM   #1
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Dometic RM 8551 door repair

Last May we went camping for a few days. Part way through the trip I noticed the fridge door was leaning to the left. There was obvious something wrong with the top hinge. When we got home I took the fridge door off and quickly saw the problem. As the first picture shows the flimsy plastic hole where the metal pin sits (allowing the door to pivot) just cracked and broke apart.

I phoned a local RV store and was quoted $1,100 Canadian Loonies for a new one. Phoned ETI and Reese’s guesstimate was $500. Both out of the question.

Then I got the idea to get some epoxy and fill the whole cavity. I used J-B Weld MarineWeld.
https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/sea...#!q=MarineWeld

First I put a drill bit the same size the metal pin hinge into what was left of the original hole. I put a small amount of grease on the bit to stop the epoxy from sticking to it. (picture #2) I did this so I wouldn’t have to drill a new hole and the hole the bit would create would be in the exact same spot as the original. When I put the epoxy in I slightly over fill the cavity and made sure there were no air bubbles.

After the epoxy set but had not hardened yet, I removed the drill bit which came out easily and then using an exacto knife I cut off the extra epoxy.

I let it harden, then installed the door two days later. But before I did I noticed the bottom hinge was wearing into the bottom portion of the door creating possible future problems. ( picture #3) So I got a small nylon washer and put it between the door and the hinge (sorry no picture) My plan is to keep an eye on the washer and replace it as necessary.

This fix seems to be working. We just returned from a five day trip and so far no problems with the repair.
It just amazes me how something as vital as fridge door is so cheaply made.
Hope this helps someone with a similar problem.
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Old 06-19-2018, 01:30 AM   #2
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Impressive.
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Old 06-19-2018, 06:11 AM   #3
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We had the same problem but it was within the warranty period and the entire unit was replaced.
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I am going to look at mine today. Any suggestions of what to look for? Does the door need to be removed for evaluation?
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Excellent repair solution. What can you do but keep the door strapped in place whenever towing?
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and do not overload the door....
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this site;
https://littlehousecustoms.com/store.html

has a;
FRIDGE HINGE REPAIR/DAMAGE PREVENTION KIT
which looks like a fix for these things

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Brilliant! I love J-B Weld and use it quite a bit. Bet it holds up a long time.
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We had the same problem but it was within the warranty period and the entire unit was replaced.
I would keep a close eye on your new unit. If it happened once it can happen again

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I am going to look at mine today. Any suggestions of what to look for? Does the door need to be removed for evaluation?
Just look for abnormal wear. If it is the same model as ours then yes you have to remove the door to see any problems. Don't know about other models.

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and do not overload the door....
That's the frustrating thing, we travel with very little in the door
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Old 06-19-2018, 11:43 AM   #10
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this site;
https://littlehousecustoms.com/store.html

has a;
FRIDGE HINGE REPAIR/DAMAGE PREVENTION KIT
which looks like a fix for these things

I'm looking for a thin piece of aluminum and hope to make something like that myself and put on the bottom of the door.
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