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Old 09-02-2011, 12:05 PM   #11
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I noticed on my way out the door to work this morning that the top part of the door seems to have a loose fit to the door frame. I'm going to look at that when I get home to ensure it's tight enough to prevent leakage during a rain.
Ours also has the slight gap at the top of the upper part of the door. It can be made worse if the plastic turnbuckle (for lack of a better word) on the upper door isn't turned exactly vertical. After 7 months of use, there has never been a leak around our door, so although you should check it a time or two at first, I don't think it'll be a problem. The door gasket is good at channeling rain away. When you're inside, you can use the turnbuckle to hold the door even tighter. It's also a handy place to hook a bungee cord when you want to keep the door open (turnbuckle to lift handle).
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Old 09-02-2011, 01:11 PM   #12
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Fridge ..

heres a pic of the fridge ... showing the faux finish .. which looks so close to stainless steel it had me fooled .. now it just has me upset that it looks so bad ... i may have to reskin the thing if things dont turn out the way i wish.


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Old 09-02-2011, 01:40 PM   #13
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That's really disappointing to see. It would upset me greatly too. I suppose the panel comes out if the edge molding is taken off. I wonder what's on the other side of it? Even if the other side isn't suitable you'll have a template for replacement. On some TV home decorating show they mentioned a thin SS veneer you could buy to reface kitchen appliances like dishwashers, etc. I wonder if that's available in your area (haven't seen it here, nor looked). Think I'll mosey over to homedepot.com...
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some good thoughts about doing a rip on the door and checking to see whats on the other side of the panel ... never even gave that a thought .. most likely these things are dipped in the finish .. so i may get lucky ... a good little project when we get back from pres'quille provincial park ...

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well, its not dipped i can tell you that ... i just pulled the door and unscrewed 3 little screws on the bottom and the whole panel was able to slide out. The faux SS finish is on super thin plywood, believe it or not. What im thinking now is just do the darn thing properly and have someone cut a piece of real stainless up in the matching colour - using the origional as a template, like you suggested hamguy. this way i will have no more of these issues again.

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its not that they didn't think of rain i don't think - i think it comes down to being able to hit the target pricepoint while still delivering on certain essentials. they've made most of the appliances, heat, a/c, heated mattress, stereo, outside shower, etc standard... i think this is more than others come with standard... so i expected some cost-cutting elsewhere to keep it around $10K retail. i can remake the particle board shelf and dinette table on my own with better materials... so the OEM tables are junky, i get it, but i don't think for a minute that was a "mistake" they made. it was a deliberate decision and i'm sorta okay them cheaping out there instead of somewhere else that i might care more about.
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:33 PM   #17
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heres a pic of the fridge ... showing the faux finish .. which looks so close to stainless steel it had me fooled .. d-mo
That looks just like mine - so it had me fooled too. While I agree that the ease of messing it up is a pain, I have to admit that Dometic did one heck of a job on a faux finish. For kicks, I'm going to see if the coating on mine is conductive.
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lol ....

yea .. im in the same boat as you guys ... im just going to fix the fridge with a Stainless steel film that i found on the i-net ... used on HGtv to cover "older appliances". Thanks again to previous posts, and supporting posters.
I totally agree with the statement of cost statements Rawlus is making. This i can fix for with 40 bux or so. No big problems ...and no dragging it back and negotiating .. which i know is a loose/maybewin/baybe loose scenario ( my time/my effort)
This is just a good heads up for anyone with a hardside, or other popup that has this new finish.

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Behind the curve on this one

I was "lucky" and didn't dink my refrig until the end of the summer. I called Rockwood and they basically that the brochure should have read "Stainless Steel Appearance" like some other trailers but it was a typo. I saw it before I bought it so it is my problem.

The Dometic owners manual says:

13. INSTALLATION OF DECORATIVE
DOOR PANEL
The door panel can easily be mounted. The dimensions
of the panel must be:
Height 19-3/4"
Width 17-27/32"
Thickness Up to 1/8"
Weight 49 lbs.
A. Remove the door. See Section 12.
B. Remove the lower trim molding. (NOTE: Trim molding
is not installed on new units in cartons)
C. Fit the new panel in place and slide it up as far as
possible.
D. Fit the trim molding back in place.


A 304 #4 Finish 24 guage SS panel is about $ 16 cut to size online
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When my panel gets it's first nic, I'm sure I'll be lookingmfor a real panel...
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