Originally Posted by Hollybee
WE have nearly the same fabric, at least from the shots you sent.. how did you do w replacing the frig panels? WE like the look but didn't know Dometic sold the panels separately!!!: They wd go well with our larger, brushed stainless sink we think! ..see pix above. thumb:
Replacing panels was a little tricky, because I didnít have a clear path forward. Now that Iíve done it I could it again. Iíll try to explain how I managed. We got the panels from here: panels
Campingworld, Overtons, Gander must all be the same because they sell the same item with same description for same price.
Getting the existing wood panels out is not too hard because the wood is thin and easily bent. First you have to remove the plastic piece of trim from the top of the doors that is holding the panels in. Start at the left side and pull up gently and the tabs will pop out. Keep pulling up toward the right side until the whole piece comes up. You might have to pull gently forward and back. Then you remove the wood panels by bending in the middle until you can release one edge from the frame.
Now comes the tricky part, getting the aluminum inserts in. They are much stiffer and harder to bend than the wood. Because of the low height of the 21 ceiling you cannot simply slide them in from the top. I tried to bend the top door panel and slide it i from the top but so much of it was sticking out of the frame due to the low ceiling I was gouging the aluminum on the door frame. The way to get the top panel in is to actually remove the plastic trim from the bottom of the top door. You will see two plastic pegs that keep the panels from sliding out the bottom. It is easy to bend the aluminum enough to slide it over the pegs from the bottom of the door.
Unfortunately you cannot do this for the larger panel of the bottom door. Fortunately the bottom door panel has more clearance from the ceiling. Unfortunately it is bigger and thus harder to bend. You basically are going to have to find a way to bend it enough to get the edges in the frame so you can slide the panel in. I would first recommend removing the door handle. It is easily done by removing the two Philips screws and sliding the handle up and off. The door handle makes it harder to get the panel in the frame. Next I put the panel up as high as it would do toward the ceiling so I was minimizing the amount of panel I would have to bend to get in the frame. The next part is key. I took a roll of toilet paper and put it on the middle of the top part of the door frame. I put one edge of panel in door frame and then used the roll to push against the aluminum and bend it so I could create enough curve to get the other edge in. Once both edges are in I removed the roll and it was easy to slide the aluminum panel all the way down. I suppose you could use any cylindrical object to create the bend in the aluminum panel but I didnít want to put a hard object against the plastic door frame for fear I would crack the frame if I pushed too hard. The toilet paper roll is soft enough.
I wish I had taken pictures. Anyway I hope my long winded description helps and feel free to ask for clarification. Like I said once you do it once itís easy to figure out. Do be careful not to damage the sides of the aluminum panel when forcing it in.. Itís like thin aluminum sandwiching a foam core. In fact the corners of the panels came dented in shipping but the plastic door frame hides it.