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Old 05-16-2015, 12:38 PM   #1
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Refrigerator Door Gaskets

My Dometic four door refrigerator gaskets are discolored and starting to split. Is there a product I can paint on the gasket to return it to a white (or black) color that will remain flexible and not compromise the gasket?

I understand that the gaskets are not available and I will have to purchase new doors in order to get the gasket.
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You didn't give the model number of your refrigerator, so I can't run down the specific gasket set. However, there are many listings for Dometic door gaskets.

Dometic Refrigerator Parts & for any RV Fridge - PPL Motor Homes

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Dometic Refrigerator Gasket Repair

If you have to buy new doors to get the gaskets, you might think instead of replacing the Dometic with a residential fridge.
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Old 05-17-2015, 07:40 AM   #3
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I actually have a Norcold 1200LR SN#941427FR.
My apologizes to you and Dometic .

I am going to continue to search for a product that might prolong the life of the gaskets. There must be a flexible product of some type that might work.

Would my inverter keep a residential fridge running or would I have to keep the generator going anytime I am not plugged into shore power?
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An inverter will do fine (assuming adequate batteries), but most models stipulate a pure sine type inverter.
There are probably several thousand coaches running residential fridges nowadays. Many new models use them exclusively, and lots of people have retrofitted.
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How about a can of Flex Seal, seems it might work, (I'm going to try it on mine when I get home. I have used it on my windshield wiper motor to "fix" the Winnebago rain problem, don't know if it worked yet, waiting for a heavy rain...
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I actually have a Norcold 1200LR SN#941427FR.
My apologizes to you and Dometic .

I am going to continue to search for a product that might prolong the life of the gaskets. There must be a flexible product of some type that might work.

Would my inverter keep a residential fridge running or would I have to keep the generator going anytime I am not plugged into shore power?
I have a Norcold 1200LRIM. The door gaskets are made into the door, gaskets were(per Norcold website) never available separately. New doors are around $400 ea.

My plan is to first find a suitable universal replacment gasket for a household frig. If I can do that, my next step would be to cut-away the old broken gasket, clean up the surface and prep it for gluing the the replacement onto the door.
I don't know if my plan will work, but it beats $400 doors.

A buddy just got a quote to replace his Norcold; around $5,000 including labor, because the windshield must be removed and replaced. He's getting a new Norcold instead of a residential because his extended service contract is paying the cost - deductable.
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An inverter will do fine (assuming adequate batteries), but most models stipulate a pure sine type inverter.
There are probably several thousand coaches running residential fridges nowadays. Many new models use them exclusively, and lots of people have retrofitted.
It's not a residential refrigerator.

To run the refrigerator on propane you shouldn't need to run the generator if your batteries are any good.
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chboone, Gary RVRoamer was responding to the OP's question: "Would my inverter keep a residential fridge running or would I have to keep the generator going anytime I am not plugged into shore power?"

I would hope that Ray, IN will do a nice step-by-step when he does the gasket repair he's described, it should be valuable to many folks in the same situation.
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chboone, Gary RVRoamer was responding to the OP's question: "Would my inverter keep a residential fridge running or would I have to keep the generator going anytime I am not plugged into shore power?"

I would hope that Ray, IN will do a nice step-by-step when he does the gasket repair he's described, it should be valuable to many folks in the same situation.
Sorry, the OP's second post didn't sink in. Missed the question about residential refrigerator.
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chboone, Gary RVRoamer was responding to the OP's question: "Would my inverter keep a residential fridge running or would I have to keep the generator going anytime I am not plugged into shore power?"

I would hope that Ray, IN will do a nice step-by-step when he does the gasket repair he's described, it should be valuable to many folks in the same situation.
I'll do my best to remember to do that Bob, thanks for the reminder. Right now my door gaskets are in OK shape, but 15 years old. I came up with that replacement idea after finding out the price of new doors for my Norcold 1200LRIM.
I have nothing to lose, the OEM gaskets will not be sealing anyway.
If my idea is a bust, so be it.
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A trip to Lowes, $4.00 and a few minutes of applying silicon tub and tile caulking and the gaskets are looking pretty good. They are still flexible enough to provide a seal and they look white instead of that awful stained blackish brown. We are on the road now. Will let you know how they hold up. I like the generic gasket idea a lot. Will be interested to hear how that turns out if anyone does it. Thanks for the input.
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