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Old 09-17-2019, 06:28 PM   #1
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Step by step Dometic 7 cu ft. refrigerator removal

I wanted to make my refrigerator more efficient by installing fans behind it, but could not find a good step by step process to remove the fridge. So I made notes and took some pictures.


  • Remove Phillips screws on hinge supports located on each side of the top edge of fridge.
  • Top display/control panel can then be removed by pulling straight out.
  • Unplug both plugs from the display and control panel, freeing the display/control panel from fridge.
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  • Top pin/screw of freezer door is removed with 10mm wrenches.
  • Unscrew by turning the top of the 10mm pin/screw, while holding the lock nut below with 10mm wrench.
  • Washer goes between top pin/screw and lock nut.
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  • When top pin/screw and lock nut have been removed, freezer door can be removed.
  • Remove freezer door by lifting straight up and setting aside.
  • Lower freezer door pin/screw is also the upper fridge door pin/screw.
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Old 09-17-2019, 06:33 PM   #4
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  • Use two 10mm wrenches to remove lower freezer door/ upper fridge door pin/screw.
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Old 09-17-2019, 06:35 PM   #5
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  • Remove fridge door by lifting straight up and setting aside.
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  • With freezer and fridge doors removed, start removing the two screws located along the top edge of the fridge frame.
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  • Check for additional screws along the frame edge of fridge.
  • There should be only one on the latch side of the fridge, located towards the top.
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Old 09-17-2019, 06:38 PM   #8
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  • Remove two screws from the bottom edge of fridge.
  • Bottom trim can now be removed and set aside.
  • This will expose a bead of caulk between the fridge and cabinet.
  • Use a putty knife to cut through the caulk.
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  • Everything holding in the fridge from inside the trailer should now be free.
  • Start at the back of the fridge from the access vent on the outside of the trailer.
  • Remove the propane line, and cap both ends to keep dust and debris out.
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  • Remove the 12v DC wires from the power termination block.
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  • There are two securing points located at the back of the fridge and are 10mm anchor bolts.
  • Remove second anchor bold and slide condensation drain tube from clamp.
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  • Remove 110AC plug.
  • The fridge should now be free to slide out from the inside of the trailer.
  • The fridge is not heavy, have a box/crate ready to slide fridge out of cabinet compartment.
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Old 09-18-2019, 11:35 AM   #13
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Fridge

Thanks for the blow by blow description, very informative.
Hope I never need it.
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Old 09-18-2019, 03:31 PM   #14
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Removal of Fridge

Thank you for taking the time to show the steps.

We will be watching this tomorrow as our new Refrigerator in a new 2019 is being replaced. I am having extra fans installed while it is out.
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Broupman, thanks for the detailed instructions and photos! Do you have any of the fans you installed? I’d be interested in seeing how / what you did there. We’ve got a 3-way in our Globetrotter and think it could use some more ventilation.
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Broupman, thanks for the detailed instructions and photos! Do you have any of the fans you installed? I’d be interested in seeing how / what you did there. We’ve got a 3-way in our Globetrotter and think it could use some more ventilation.



I also have step by step notes/pictures on the fan installs. To answer your question, this is where I put the fans pushing the air upwards. It's surprising how much of a difference the fans make towards the fridge's efficiency. For temperatures under 90, the factory design seemed to work fine. At 90 or above, I noticed my fridge struggling. With the fans installed, I don't notice it struggling at all anymore. The "start-up" time for the fridge to get down to temperature is noticeably faster as well. So I'd say it's not just a hot weather enhancement.


The picture is looking up with the fridge removed.




Here's the link to a good kit.


https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-DOMETIC-R....c100290.m3507
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Hey gang,

Here's a video showing the same process, end to end--except I did not remove the doors or any hinge screws...

https://youtu.be/WQDBur7ItHo
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Thank you! I have a project that may involve pulling the fridge out temporarily and this is invaluable! Your timing is perfect!
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Thank you! I have a project that may involve pulling the fridge out temporarily and this is invaluable! Your timing is perfect!
Once you know how to do it, it's a remarkably simple process requiring only a couple tools. Go for it!
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Something to be mindful of, if keeping the doors on when removing the fridge..... The stainless dents very easily, and when wrestling the fridge out they swing open very easily. I think you get my point. Taping them so they won’t swing open, even though they “latch” is good insurance. If you plan on leaving them on the fridge.
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