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Old 12-03-2021, 11:54 AM   #1
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Angry Refrigerator Door

So we just got back from a trip over Thanksgiving weekend. Got the MH all emptied and cleaned up. 2 days later I went into the MH to retrieve something I had forgotten to take in. Was walking past the Frig to go to the bedroom, when I noticed I had not opened the doors on the Frig, so I did and continued to the bedroom when I heard a loud crash! I was astonished when I turned around and found that the Frig door, not the Freezer, had fallen off and was laying on the floor. What????? I picked it up to inspect to see what the problem was and it appears that the bottom hinge had broken off the frame.
It is a Norcold Frig and my Itasca Sunstar is a 2013.
Can anyone tell me if I am going to have to replace the whole Frig or should I be able to get it fixed?
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A picture of the hinges on the fridge and door, plus the latches on fridge and door would certainly make the problem easier to troubleshoot.

Could be anything at this point. Screws loosened during travel, one hinge rotated and etc. etc.
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Same thing happened to me about 5 years ago in my previously owned class C. We were rolling down the road when my son opened the fridge door to get a pop, we hit a bump and the door came clean off. Same thing, bottom hinge broke off. If I remember correctly, I was not able to just replace the hinge, as it was permanently attached to the door as one piece. I believe it was a Norcold fridge. I was able to get a new door, and easily install it. Wasn't cheap, but cheaper than replacing the entire fridge. After that, we had a rule, "No opening the fridge while rolling down the road". Also, try and limit heavy items in the door shelves. Good luck.
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Model of this Norcold Fridge?????

Hinge Kits are available depending on model and what broke
Alternative...replacement of door if door hinge broke

Model of Fridge???
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Refrigerator Door Pictures

1. Top of the door
2. Top hinge on frig
3. Bottom hinge on the Frig
4 Bottom hinge on the door

The bottom one is the problem.

Thanks
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It's a known and longstanding issue, you'll need a new door. More info and source for new door here: https://thenorcoldguy.com/blog/norco...roke-at-hinge/
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This is a known problem with Norcold. Interestingly they do make a bracket to support the hinge to prevent breaking but they don't provide it with the refrigerators. Either very creative custom fabrication or a new door is required. If you want to try a repair first there is a pretty good youtube video on how to.
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For those who are reading this thread whose Norcold 61X or 81X Series Refrigerator Door have not failed yet, you can buy a reinforcement kit that will strengthen the doors so this won't happen to you.

I bought and installed in June, 2020 and it was a fairly easy job to do. Took an hour or two.

3doglady, read the comments on the Amazon listing, some have bought this kit and used it to repair their existing doors after the plastic broke, so you might consider that. I'm not sure how it would work or last.

Norcold 634166 Door Hinge Kit, link to order from Amazon.com from Norcold ...

Norcold 634166 Door Hinge Kit, $ 25
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It's a known and longstanding issue, you'll need a new door. More info and source for new door here: https://thenorcoldguy.com/blog/norco...roke-at-hinge/
Direct link to the lower door assembly
https://thenorcoldguy.com/norcold-lo...ooth-interior/
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