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Old 08-16-2014, 04:12 PM   #1
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Replacing Condensation Drip Hose on Refrigerator

Hi guys,
My condensation drip hose has has rotted and is falling apart.
I have found a couple of good videos on You Tube on how to replace it,
but I can't seem to find one on how to pull the unit out so that I can reach the drain and replace the hose.
I have a Dometic unit that is about 5 years old.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Bill
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Old 08-16-2014, 04:15 PM   #2
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I can't help you on removal, but maybe you can help this guy FIND his hose:

Water dripping from ac on floor
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Hi guys,
My condensation drip hose has has rotted and is falling apart.
I have found a couple of good videos on You Tube on how to replace it,
but I can't seem to find one on how to pull the unit out so that I can reach the drain and replace the hose.
I have a Dometic unit that is about 5 years old.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Bill
I just did a repair job on mine - I think that you will find that when you remove the outside cover panel, that the drain hose portion that has been protected from the sunlight is still in good condition. I simply cut the original hose off above where it had become brittle, used a piece of plastic tubing, and spliced it onto the still-good portion of the original drip hose and fed the bottom of the new part out through the openings in the cover. Doing it this way, I did not have to access the rear of the fridge where the original drain connects to the fridge. I still had the small plastic bug screen from the original hose and it happened to fit into the end of the new piece of plastic tubing quite nicely --- bonus !

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Old 08-16-2014, 05:21 PM   #4
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can't help you on removal, but maybe you can help this guy FIND his hose:

Water dripping from ac on floor
OOOPS. I was thinking AC 'cause I had just read this guys post. I now see your's is for the fridge.
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Replaced mine with a clear rubber hose. If you go inside the refrigerator and pull the water catch out it is the part the hose connects to. I was able to feed the hose through that hole and slip the end of the hose over the end of the drip catch and was able to get it back through the hole. The rubber hose gripped the barbs good enough that I didn't think it needed a clamp and works fine.
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Replaced mine with a clear rubber hose. If you go inside the refrigerator and pull the water catch out it is the part the hose connects to. I was able to feed the hose through that hole and slip the end of the hose over the end of the drip catch and was able to get it back through the hole. The rubber hose gripped the barbs good enough that I didn't think it needed a clamp and works fine.
I was hoping it would work that way.
Thanks for the info.
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I just did a repair job on mine - I think that you will find that when you remove the outside cover panel, that the drain hose portion that has been protected from the sunlight is still in good condition. I simply cut the original hose off above where it had become brittle, used a piece of plastic tubing, and spliced it onto the still-good portion of the original drip hose and fed the bottom of the new part out through the openings in the cover. Doing it this way, I did not have to access the rear of the fridge where the original drain connects to the fridge. I still had the small plastic bug screen from the original hose and it happened to fit into the end of the new piece of plastic tubing quite nicely --- bonus! Al
Did the same on our 08 Flagstaff. Easy fix.

The Norcold has a drain tube going into a pan at the back and is not exposed to the sun. Good improvement over the Dometics.
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The drain hose on my Dometic is completely enclosed inside the wall of the trailer, behind the fridge. No sun exposure at all. Seven years of desert heat took its toll. But the whole length of the hose crumbled as soon as touched it. I was able to reach up behind the fridge and replace with a length of clear vinyl tubing. It was tight, but doable.
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Anyone know where I can find the end bug cap for the drain line? It also has fallen to sun light, and is falling apart....
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Anyone know where I can find the end bug cap for the drain line? It also has fallen to sun light, and is falling apart....
Made one, bought an hose plug at hardware store and drilled several small holes in it cost about .50 . You can get them at any RV store or on Amazon for about $15
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I replaced mine with the clear vinyl hose. There are two screws on the back. Pull off the access panel on the outside to get to those two. There are 4 screws on the inside. Two are at the bottom and two at the top, look in the corners. You may need to remove some of the metal trim to get to the bottom ones and the top plastic where your on/off, gas, etc. buttons are. You will also need to disconnect the gas line and the battery. Are you pulling the unit all the way out from the cabinet?
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Made one, bought an hose plug at hardware store and drilled several small holes in it cost about .50 . You can get them at any RV store or on Amazon for about $15
I bought mine at Lowes somewhere about the same price of .50 and drilled small holes in it as well. I couldn't see spending a couple dollars for a new one and $12.00 to ship it. they could have stuck it in an envelope and mailed it for .49
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