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 on: June 21, 2015, 08:07:30 am 
Started by PJ Corey - Last post by Barry-Sue
Ron,

From the broken doors I have seen it doesn't matter how it swings, how heavy it is loaded but boils down to design of the hinge.  The hinge is sitting on a piece of plastic, heavy as it looks, it is not strong enough.  Norcold should do a recall but instead they made the reinforcement kit.  The reinforcement kit is made out of "metal" not plastic.  Before we ordered the kit I called Norcold and spoke with them about this.  This is definitely not a fix once the hinge breaks, this kit is to be used on an unbroken hinge to prevent it from breaking.  Only time will tell.

Sue

 82 
 on: June 20, 2015, 11:09:20 pm 
Started by PJ Corey - Last post by ron.dittmer
What I am about to describe is difficult.

I wonder if some of the problem with broken fridge hinges is related to where a free-swinging door makes contact to other things.  Does the end of the door hit something like a wall for example, or is contact made close to the hinges which increases abnormal stress by many magnitudes.  If this is the cause for broken hinges, I wonder if a door limiter could be installed.

Our 2007 2350 fridge and freezer doors both hit other things when fully open, but contact is made on the outer-most surface of each door.  Eight years so far with lots of water and soda stored in the door and we have not broken a hinge.

Now watch one break on us this season because I said this.  Smile


 83 
 on: June 20, 2015, 08:02:54 pm 
Started by PJ Corey - Last post by Barry-Sue
Judy and Jerry

This has happened to many folks with different RVs.  There are a few fixes shown in some of the forums such as the following
http://forums.woodalls.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/23753243/print/true.ccm
and
http://democracydoctor1.blogspot.com/2014/02/shameful-engineering-by-norcold.html

If you do an internet search for norcold fridge door hinge broke you will see many different fixes.  This might save you a few dollars.

After we saw this happen to one of our fellow PC friends we bought the reinforcement kit from Norcold as an insurance.  This kit really seems to have reinforced our lower hinge.

Sue


 84 
 on: June 20, 2015, 05:34:00 pm 
Started by nellie 2 - Last post by Joseph
Done working, I doubt that insulation will work in this circumstance. It's designed to be used in the windows like you stated and does well there. Its also excellent for garage doors however in that case it requires a 1 1/2 inch to 2 inch vapor barrier in order for it to be effective. It can't be used between the cat converter and the chassis as the heat would melt the bubble wrap layer between it and be a fire hazard.

This is why I noted the THERMO TEC it can be placed between the chassis and the cat.  It will easily handle temps up to 2000 degrees with no fire hazard.


Doneworking, one last note on the insulation you noted. I bought it at lowes and installed it with a 1 !/2 vapor barrier on my garage doors. The metal on the garage doors would temp out at 160 in the afternoon soon. When I placed the insulation  directly against the metal it go so hot I couldn't touch it. With vapor barrier it barely gets warm to the touch and my garage never breaks
 100 where before with the sun hitting the doors it would get to 120 even on days where it was only in the 90's out side.

 85 
 on: June 20, 2015, 05:28:20 pm 
Started by Joseph - Last post by Joseph
It's a bit warm where I live, asits been running 114 to 116 all week. Went to the Rv the other day, cranked up the gen and the AC would not start. The thermostat flashed ER2. I looked through the manual and error messages were listed for 1, 3,4 and 5 but nothing for an error 2 message.

The only thing we could think of was it being fairly warm was causing the issue. We took a large zip lock bag, filled it with ice and held it against the thermostat. It took a good 10 minutes but the error#2 message went away and the AC unit started up and worked fine after that.

So just an FYI for anyone who travels in the warmer climates like the Low desert I live in should this ever happen to you. It's an easy fix and its not in the manual.

 86 
 on: June 20, 2015, 02:33:23 pm 
Started by dickreid1 - Last post by JimDenny
Thanks for clarifying that point.  Apparently, not all Service Managers are completely in-the-know or without personal bias.

 87 
 on: June 20, 2015, 01:35:26 pm 
Started by PJ Corey - Last post by wnc2551
Well, our bottom hinge broke last week during our 3-week cross country adventure. Duct tape and an ice chest worked for the rest of the journey. Now to figure out a permanent solution!
Judy and Jerry

 88 
 on: June 20, 2015, 12:18:40 pm 
Started by PJ Corey - Last post by skipper
Our Norcold 621 bottom door broke on our last trip.  The plastic part on the bottom of the door that has a hole in it snapped at the door frame.  I got online with Norcold chat and ordered a new part after giving the rep the model number and serial number.  She gave me a part number and I ordered it from a local RV center.  The part arrived Friday and this morning I went out to replace it.  Well, wrong part and not even a part that will work on my fridge.  Looking for help, I came across this old thread.  I will call Norcold next week and see what they will do.  According to the parts diagram I just found, this particular part isn't available so I will probably be looking at a new door.  I don't know what the warranty is, but I bet my 2013 is well out of warranty.

As a warning to my fellow PCers, check your lower hinges on the door and if they are plastic, don't even think about loading the door with drinks.  All those holding places are just for looks!  I didn't check mine as I thought by 2013 the issue had been addressed.  Mark

 89 
 on: June 20, 2015, 11:01:52 am 
Started by nellie 2 - Last post by Joseph
How about placing some thermo tec barrier between the converter and underside of the floor.   I had a real issue with heat in my saddle bags on my motorcycle. Item woul melt from the heat of the exhaust pipes directly beneath the hard bags. I used some of this on the bottom of my bags and the problem was solved. It doesn't cost much, is thin, easy to cut and apply as well as on side has seld stick adhesive.    You ca buy diff widths on Amazon.

 90 
 on: June 20, 2015, 07:25:51 am 
Started by dickreid1 - Last post by TomHanlon
Thank you Mike, very good information.
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