Refrigerator Hinge Reinforcement

by Greg Zimmerman

The Dometic fridge in the 17′ Casita has a weak plastic hinge.  It can break if it pops open in transit, is overloaded, or by leaning on it while open.  Replacing the hinge required a costly new door from Dometic until Little House Customs came to the rescue with a stainless steel reinforcement plate that will help prevent the hinge from breaking.  It will also fix a broken hinge.

For this project I needed a drill with a 1/8″ bit, phillips screwdriver, and a pair of 10mm wrenches.

The plastic trim cap on top of the hinge needed to be pried off, I used an old knife.  Working with the 10mm wrenches, the lower is used to loosen the nut 1/4 turn, then the top one is used to unscrew the hinge pin while keeping the lower nut from turning.  Pull out the hinge pin.

Here I opened the fridge, being careful to not let it drop or flop, and laid the reinforcing plate on top of the door.  Re-insert the hinge pin to hold the door through the plate and nut and screw it down while keeping the bottom nut from turning with the wrench. Then tighten up the lower nut.

I drilled just one hole before inserting a screw by hand before going onto the next hole.  If you drill them at all at once, they might not line up.  It’s soft plastic, so no power tools or the screws can strip out.

Installation complete.  With the door closed you can barely see it.

6 comments

Russell June 7, 2020 - 7:06 pm

This is an excellent article of a very important modification. To my knowledge, no one has been able to get an answer from Dometic as to why they cannot manufacture a door hinge from something other than cheap, weak plastic – or if they insist on doing so, why they don’t reinforce it in a fashion similar to what LHC has fabricated.

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Ruben November 12, 2020 - 3:21 pm

Where can I order it?

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ruben November 12, 2020 - 4:04 pm

where can i buy the reenforcement kit for my domestic fridge

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Richard F Sacks December 30, 2020 - 11:36 am

My Dometic RML 8555 euro fridge has weak plastic hinges on the inner freezer door. It’s broken numerous times, and the hinge replacement is expensive. The last time it broke, I received a bonk above the eye. Dometic knows about the problem and gave me some new hinges gratis.

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Rick January 28, 2021 - 7:41 am

yes, I broke the same hinge in the freezer and it didn’t last long w/ superglue —ended up buying a new one amazon that nearly fits – $100/each if I recall.

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