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Old 06-02-2010, 08:49 PM   #1
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Dometic M70 door problems. New Gasket?

The original fridge in my '69 Ambassador works great, but the main door doesn't close just right. The top of the door seems to make contact before the bottom. The door doesn't look bent, but I guess it must be. Has anyone seen these doors get bent before? Anyone know where I can get new door gaskets?

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Old 06-02-2010, 09:26 PM   #2
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Jason,

From my experiences with Dometic, they do not offer door gaskets......only ENTIRE DOOR SETS

You might try shimming either the hinges (if they are attached to the face frame of the refer) or try adding thin strips of closed cell insulation BETWEEN the door and the gasket to build it up so it contacts the frame where it should.
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You've probably dealt with the problem by now. But, if not, you might check and see if the door insulation has expanded and pushed the bottom of the inside liner out. We have that problem with our '69 and plan to do a repair/rework of the door this winter that we read about in the forums.
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In case ayone else stumbles across this older thread. PPL has a ton of parts for the M70 - three pages:

http://www.rvdealership.com/rvdstore...rNumber=885555

Choose refrigerators - then Dometic - then the unit from the list.
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Gary,
I tried to order parts for the M70 from PPL and they usually don't have them. You can find the parts on their site, but after you order them, they'll send you an email stating the part is no longer available.
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You've probably dealt with the problem by now. But, if not, you might check and see if the door insulation has expanded and pushed the bottom of the inside liner out. We have that problem with our '69 and plan to do a repair/rework of the door this winter that we read about in the forums.
Thanks for the info. What thread had the repair information?
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You can try tightening up the door joints. The plastic piece that holds the trays and forms the shelves inside the door adds a lot of rigidity to the door. If it is cracked, that may be your problem.
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Well . . . I am thinking on that. Best thing is to just do a search for refrigerator door repair. Meanwhile, I'll take a quick spin through and see if I can find it again. The guy used a 2 part epoxy called Plasticweld (from an auto parts store), duct taped the cracks together and applied the epoxy. After it was set, he sanded it smooth with a dremmel tool, lightly sanded the door panel and painted it with marine epoxy paint.
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Did you get your refer fixed? I had the same bulging problem with mine last year. It is an RM 75a, but similar construction to you 70 I'm sure. I got a lot of great suggestions on how to fix it here.
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Thanks for the advice, Top. I haven't fixed it yet, as I just use the travel pin to hold it closed. The problem is either the door or fridge walls have swollen just a little so that the door is now slight too big for the opening. I will have to get in there to shave down the foam one of these days.

FYI, I just read the thread about your fridge. My fridge stays at 42 all summer in the desert, even when it gets up to 115. It doesn't have any cooling fans.

I could buy a new one that automatically switches from gas to electric, but why would I do that when I can spend a few days "upgrading" this old one to do the same thing!
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