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Old 12-04-2011, 12:14 PM   #1
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UHaul Refrigerator Gasket

Newbie here with lots of questions. My new CT13 has a very stiff icebox gasket. I'm wondering if a replacement is readily available or if anyone has found other workarounds. I know that BMW sells a liquid softener that works on rubber parts on cars to keep them soft, but this gasket seems to be a soft plastic.

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Old 12-04-2011, 05:59 PM   #2
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Sorry I can't help you with the original gasket, but my guess is that it is dried out beyond all help. You will probably need to search around websites that carry gaskets for other trailer fridges or small dorm fridges. One of those gaskets may be able to be cut to fit. You might check out an old style hardware store, too. They often carry strange old things that might work. Or, as we did, replace your ice box with a small dorm fridge. We had to cut the hole slightly larger, but it is great having cold food and pop! Ours is electric (110) only, but I know Dometic has 3-way fridges for gas/12v/110v. We got ours at WalMart.
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Thanks for the reply. We plan to mostly dry camp, so that means ice or an LP 'fridge. And I know how much an LP fridge is - half the cost I have in this camper.

I researched it a bit and one recommendation was to wipe the seal down with mineral oil. So I tried that and will check it in the AM to see if it helped. If nothing else, I'll find something close and modify it to fit.
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Did the mineral oil work?
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Did the mineral oil work?
The gasket is a little softer, but it is hard to tell quantitatively, as it has also gotten colder here. I plan to continue wiping it with mineral oil to see if it continues to soften. Somewhere else I saw a recommendation of using Vaseline, which may have the same basic ingredient.

BMW also sells a gasket softener - Amazon.com: einszett 914806 'Gummi Pflege Stift' Rubber Care Stick - 3.4 fl. oz: Automotive

I think that either method is definitely worth doing.
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:58 AM   #6
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I decided to remove the icebox. Very inefficent. I will turn the forward seat well into a cooler. Using the fiberglass insert, I will put in a drain and insulate it. From the floor and wall I will use a combination of foil insulation and expanding foam, making sure I can remove it if needed. I did a front dinette mod on my U-haul, so the bench nearest the door is the one I will use. All I need to do is make a good lid. The major drawback is the small size, and no midnight snacks if we have a third camper.
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I decided to remove the icebox. Very inefficent. I will turn the forward seat well into a cooler. Using the fiberglass insert, I will put in a drain and insulate it. From the floor and wall I will use a combination of foil insulation and expanding foam, making sure I can remove it if needed. I did a front dinette mod on my U-haul, so the bench nearest the door is the one I will use. All I need to do is make a good lid. The major drawback is the small size, and no midnight snacks if we have a third camper.
Interesting concept. I hope you will post a few pictures when you are done.

I'm thinking of keeping the present icebox, but adding 1.5" of foam with foil surface to 5 sides and maybe doubling up on the gasket..
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I thought about adding insulation, but it still allows cold air to flow out when you open the door. Also, I could not come up with an idea to fix the door. The cold box will double as storage when not needed.
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Under the seat next to the door

Isn't that the location most use for the Porta Potti?

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Iceboxes so 1990's......
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Iceboxes so 1990's......
I guess I am missing your point.
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IF I needed to replace the gasket on my refrigerator (and don't) and couldn't find a direct replacement.... I might try a closed-cell foam like this: Shop Frost King 10'L x 1/2"W Black Rubber Foam Tape Weather Strip at Lowes.com=

and put it on the refrigerator itself... rather than the door.
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IF I needed to replace the gasket on my refrigerator (and don't) and couldn't find a direct replacement.... I might try a closed-cell foam like this: Shop Frost King 10'L x 1/2"W Black Rubber Foam Tape Weather Strip at Lowes.com=

and put it on the refrigerator itself... rather than the door.
Good suggestion. Why do you prefer the attachment to the fridge vs the door?
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I guess because I prefer to put gasket materials on fixed surfaces. The closed-foam tape I have on the trailer to seal the door is also on the body... not the door. YMMV
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