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The Fit RV: Why I took a hacksaw to our RV refrigerator

From the bloggers at The Fit RV.

One of the things Stef really wanted in a new RV was a larger refrigerator.  And she certainly got that in our Travato.  The refrigerator is a Dometic RML 8330, which is a 3 way fridge.  It’s also a manual changeover fridge, which means you have to access the controls to change it from 12 volt to 120 volt to propane.  And it also has manual ignition, which makes it kind of like lighting a grill.  It doesn’t always light on the first try, so there are times when you may need to access the controls for a minute or more.

And therein lies the problem.  The design of the refrigerator is sleek and modern, with an uncluttered front.  The Italian in me loves the look.  But the German in me is driven absolutely insane because you have to hold the door open to access the controls.  As in – “Shut the refrigerator!  You’re letting all the cold out!”  (Thanks for that, mom, I can still hear you…)  It seems a strangely inefficient design.  It had always bugged me, and in the end, let’s just say I’m a lot more German than Italian…

I finally realized I could, possibly do something about this.  The gasketing on the refrigerator actually only covers the compartment proper.  The controls are not inside the gasketing, and are just covered up by a piece of plastic.  I reasoned I could remove the door, cut it down, and thereby have access to the controls without opening it.  I had a little free time this afternoon (OK, not really.  I never have free time. I was just goofing off.), so I decided to tackle it.  Here’s how it went.

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