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Old 02-03-2016, 04:45 PM   #1
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Dometic door hinge broken

The last time I moved my trailer I ended up with my fridge door on the floor. After reading around I see it is a very common issue. My hinge broke and there is no way to piece together the broken pieces. Everything I read is quite old so I was wondering if there are any new fixes out there. I haven't phoned the dealer or Dometic yet. We are a few months from heading out again so I am just starting to figure out how to solve this problem. My fridge is a RM3762 but I suspect all fridges are similar around the hinge. It would seem to me that it is only a matter of time before the freezer door has the same problem. I think the best fix would be a metal cap of a sort, probably for both the top and bottom hinge as I notice the top hinge is cracked also. I don't have the ability to fabricate anything too elaborate and I am quite fussy. So I want more than a bandaid fix. If the answer is in a forum I am sorry but the only answer I found was from 4 years ago. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-03-2016, 06:09 PM   #2
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I'd call Dometic corporation first. I called them for the clear plastic that covers the switches on our fridge and they simply sent me a new one!
No idea if yours is still in production or in their parts catalog but they were more than accommodating to me...
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Old 02-03-2016, 06:53 PM   #3
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broken hinge

Bugman3

I had the same thing happen to me. I ended up making a strap out of hose clamp that I cut to size. I know this is a temporary fix, but it solved the problem for the rest of my trip. I haven't gotten around to calling Dometic since I put the trailer away for the season, but I would be interested in what they have to say about your situation. Keep us posted on what you find out.

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Old 02-03-2016, 07:32 PM   #4
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I have Rm3807. Probably a similar setup to yours. When mine broke I took a length of 1/8 inch by 1 inch bar of stainless steel and cut it to match profile of the full width of the door. Counter sunk two holes in it to mount to the door with the screws that were in it and drilled a hole for the hinge pin(location of this hole is critical). Has worked perfectly for at least 5 years now.
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Old 02-04-2016, 11:11 AM   #5
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in a perfect world I would have a piece of aluminum fabricated that would fit along the bottom of the fridge door, but I suspect it would cost me more than just replacing the door. I will talk to Dometic and see what they say.
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Old 02-04-2016, 11:36 AM   #6
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Body Shop "Plastic welding"

I had the same problem and since I owned a Body Shop, I had a technician "plastic weld" the hinge. This is a procedure that any modern BodyShop can perform. Cost efficient and lasting repair. Hope this helps
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Old 02-04-2016, 04:30 PM   #7
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i did the same as BigAl, except i used a piece of alum. The most difficult part is tapping the threads for the hinge post. If you remove the two screws that holds the hinge on the door and broken piece to a metal fab. shop they can duplicate easily and it should be less than buying new hinges, look as good and are a lot stronger.
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Old 02-04-2016, 10:46 PM   #8
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in a perfect world I would have a piece of aluminum fabricated that would fit along the bottom of the fridge door, but I suspect it would cost me more than just replacing the door. I will talk to Dometic and see what they say.
I had the top hinge break off to expose the poorly designed plastic hinge last year.

I am a civil engineer, and it almost looks like it is designed to fail

My AS is a 2004 Safari, and the dark brown door replacement door was no longer available but I was able to get it in Taupe and it looks fine. The cost for the door was almost $200.
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Old 02-05-2016, 05:52 AM   #9
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On my fridge it was the plastic corner of the door that broke, not the metal hinge pin mount that is screwed to the box.
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Old 02-10-2016, 03:13 PM   #10
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I can't imagine the metal hinge breaking, I am sure in all cases it is the plastic portion that breaks.
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I can't imagine the metal hinge breaking, I am sure in all cases it is the plastic portion that breaks.
You are correct. I can't imagine the metal hinge breaking either, so when I read it, I must have identified with the plastic part that the hinge holds in place breaking. Good news is that the hinge is an easy fix, not so much the plastic door!
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Old 02-15-2016, 12:52 PM   #12
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So far no success, the Dometic Rep never really answered my question. She just emailed me a schematic of the fridge and said these are the parts available. And from what I can see there is no part there to fix this.

Our local RV shop, after a few days, got back to me saying there is some sort of fix from Dometic but he had no part number or price and would get back to me.

It baffles me why this is so hard to find a fix........it is obviously a common problem.
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We had a hinge break and we were able to find a RV repair shop in Lexington, SC that had a used door. We got that for a good price and swaped it out. The chances of you finding another door like we did may be slim, but it is at least something to look into.
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Dometic door

Have you called Airstream repair center? I would think they would have tons of doors laying around after updating all the Airstreams that have come through their shop over the years.
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