So, I pick up a Sovereign that has been sitting in somebody’s front yard for 25 years. The 10 years before that it was obviously used heavily. One of the first things I noticed was that I couldn’t close the freezer door.
I thought it was just a warping of the plastic (it had sat in the sun in Big Pine, CA all that time) shape/lining of the inside surface of the door. So I took a heat gun to it and a flat piece of wood to press it back to shape.
No luck. On closer inspection, the whole door was expanded in the top to bottom direction. How to fix? Take it apart, cut out a elongated eye shape in the foam inside the door (along the top and bottom–easy to do with a hand-held hacksaw blade), use clamps to form the door back to something near it’s original dimensions, heat the plastic liner (top and bottom, one at a time) with the heat gun, force the surface flat with a piece of wood and let it cool, then fill the now narrowed “eyes” with foam (keep the clamps on for several days–this foam will expand for a long time). Trim the foam off and replace the outer trim and, wow, you’ve got a door that fits and has retained it’s insulating qualitities! In the right photo, you can’t really see the slit on the top, but there is a new, foam-filled slit along the top and bottom edges.
Once I could close the door, I checked out the fridge. No workie. Went up to Cherokee RV Salvage and they said “just blow all the cobwebs out”, so I got air out to the Sovereign and blew out everything around the burner (and other areas). Son of a gun, works like a charm on propane!! Once I figured out that it wasn’t plugged in, it worked like a charm on 110V, too.