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Old 05-31-2007, 10:34 PM   #1
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Fridge door panel replacement... how to?

We are making replacement panels for my Dometic model RM2801. I bought it without the panels so I don't know how they were placed in the doors.

The metal strip around the door has a small indentation all of the way around. I am not sure if the panels fit into this and get glued into place... or do they slip all the way behing the whole metal strip? I will try to add a picture.
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Old 05-31-2007, 10:50 PM   #2
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Take the top frame off and slide the panel down.
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Old 05-31-2007, 10:58 PM   #3
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The frame is one continous piece... I thought of that but it is not removeable as far as I can tell... Is the panel made to slide behind the whole frame piece?
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The frame is one continous piece... I thought of that but it is not removeable as far as I can tell... Is the panel made to slide behind the whole frame piece?
Either the top or bottom of the frame is removeable-all I have ever seen was on the top edge of the frame for both the freezer portion as well as the fridge portion. Look it over closely.
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Old 06-01-2007, 09:51 AM   #5
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Mine has a flat trim panel-one that goes across the top of the bottom door and one that goes across the bottom of the top door. When those are removed, either panel can be changed. Your photo doesn't seem to show an opening in the frame.
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Old 06-01-2007, 10:18 AM   #6
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That's my problem... the frame does not open... I am sure there is an easy solution! I just can't see it...
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There is a trim part that should be inside your refg. one for top and bottom door it will screw into the metal trim around each door.
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Here is a link to the parts catalog for your unit;
RM2801 Parts
It shows a decoration strip on both doors. One on the bottom of the top door and one on the top of the bottom door. Can you find / remove those?
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Old 06-01-2007, 11:52 AM   #9
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Thanks for your help! That is the problem... I got the fridge without the decorative trim. It looks like I might be able to order them. I have no idea how old this fridge is. The PO of my Tradewind threw it in with the deal, because the original fridge was broken. This one works fine, I just know nothing about it. This has been very helpful and thanks again. Pam
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Old 06-01-2007, 12:00 PM   #10
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Not a big problem. You can purchase flat aluminum strips from a hardware store to replace the missing pieces. Trim panels can be just about anything. Ifr you sue something really thin you may want to make a backing of melamine or sheet steel or aluminum. Best go take a look at a similar refer unit to see how it goes together. From time to time peoploe part out older units and you might get someone to give you the trim pieces.
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Panel backing?

I know this is an old thread - but we just added stainless steel panels on our Dometic fridge doors (purely for magnets - looks almost exactly like the aluminum panels). The originals are attached with glue to thin plywood which slides in to the panels with the plywood side touching the insulation on the face of the doors.

When we put the stainless panels in, we reversed the aluminum side so the aluminum faces the insulation, then the plywood, then the stainless on the outside. You need the depth.

My question is whether aluminum (instead of plywood) toward the insulation does anything in terms of cooling or condensation at the inserted panels? I could simply reverse it so it's stainless on aluminum on plywood. But wont bother if it's not a problem. I really didn't think of it until an hour after I installed it ��
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Shouldnt

In my opinion, the difference of the metal facing the wood, would be negligable.
Ifine, I would't give it another thought.
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Have you tried sticking magnets to you stainless panels?
I was considering painting mine with magnetic paint. It comes in a shiny silver that I think would look alright.
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Fridge door panel replacement... how to?

Thanks steelbird!

AWCHIEF - yup (should have said sheet metal, not stainless). First magnet is the Airstream (see zoomed in pic). Now we need to grab one of those kitchy but very important RV states magnet sets 😄

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