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Old 07-13-2014, 03:17 PM   #1
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Refer Doors won't Stay Shut

Have new 320RS w/4-dr stainless Dometic refer. Doors will not stay shut while traveling. If empty, they fly open even on the freeway. If loaded, they open on curves and trays fall out. The unit has the auto door lock feature (so says the manual). Anyone else have this problem and if so solutions that don't void the warranty?
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Old 07-14-2014, 01:19 PM   #2
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We bought child safety latches and slide them throught the handles. Ours is a three door, two up top and the freezer below. Our freezer does not slide open, so far, so we just use it on the top doors.
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Old 07-14-2014, 09:21 PM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestion. You must have the residential style refer. Ours does not have openings in the handles. I thought of drilling thru the handles and installing a clip or baby type latch, but if I do so it may void the warranty. Thought I might try a spring type clamp to hold the two handles together and hope it doesn't mar or cave in the handles. They are not that thick.
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Old 07-14-2014, 09:30 PM   #4
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Thanks for the suggestion. You must have the residential style refer. Ours does not have openings in the handles. I thought of drilling thru the handles and installing a clip or baby type latch, but if I do so it may void the warranty. Thought I might try a spring type clamp to hold the two handles together and hope it doesn't mar or cave in the handles. They are not that thick.
No don't butcher them yet! My 378 was the same way and the electric lock would not work and when the lock slid by hand two doors wouldn't latch. The latch if you have the electric style is adjustable by loosening the two screws that hold it to the reefer frame and move them up and down to engage the pins. If the electric doesn't work, remove the door outside with the louvers and locate the power supply terminal. Should be red/white and a color on one TB. The leads to the fridge should be red white and blue. The blue lead needs power from the chassis to operate the lock when its fired up, tow veh. or cab of M/H. When power removed the coach power opens the lock.
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Old 07-23-2014, 11:56 AM   #5
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KS, if your refrigerator is like ours, we have observed the same problem.

The issue is that Dometic's flex handle design isn't really very good. I doesn't provide for a positive latch close.

But... I found a very simple solution. I insert a short piece of soft rubber tubing between the handles before we head out. They stay put and ensure the doors don't come open.

Here is a picture of what it looks like with the rubber tubes inserted:

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Old 10-26-2014, 11:14 PM   #6
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Rubber tubes what a great idea. We are on our first trip out and that was a real question.
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Old 10-27-2014, 01:48 AM   #7
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Dutch, wish I would have seen your rubber hose solution earlier, but I didn't receive notice until Bob recently replied. All summer we ended up clamping the doors shut with two spring clamps bought at Home Depot for $1 each, clamped over a washcloth to protect the handles. Kept them closed except for an occasional partial opening on the windiest roads thru the Canadian Rockies. At least doors never came fully opened. Currently our rig is with Camping World for warranty work, including the refer door issue. If they still come open, I'll try the rubber hose idea.
Thx, Ken
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Old 10-28-2014, 11:56 AM   #8
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I inserted a spacer under the latch assembly on door edge to move the engagement pin
out. Seems to work
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Old 10-28-2014, 12:37 PM   #9
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I am on my second set of handles, so far so good.
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Old 12-30-2014, 04:19 PM   #10
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Our doors were completely replaced under warranty. The newer doors have an improved locking mechanism.
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