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Posted: 05/27/12 06:29pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I was just curious how serious you all are about leveling the fridge in certain circumstances. For one if you are on the road and you stop for lunch and a break maybe about a hour. Lets say your parked and your on somewhat unlevel ground. Like where you would have to raise one side a inch or two and also front or back a inch or two. Would you be worried about your fridge in that situwation. I have never been all that concerned as the manual says if your okay with it for walking around in the rig the the fridge is too.

I also read someplace that it is way more important that you are level front to back than side to side if you have a side mounted fridge. Is there any truth in that.

Final question is how long would you run your fridge a lot out of level. Like if you were going through the mountains and stop into one of the mountainside spots to get a snack and look around a bit.

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I level my truck to where the bubble indicators on the back and side for both dimensions are within the marks to either side. If I am not able to level to just barely not inside the marks, I switch to electric if possible. There have been instances where the fridge propane will not ignite if there is too much lean. You can also damage the refrigeration elements by not leveling when on gas. My Woodall's guide explains how the coils can be damaged and clogged by not leveling. I am told that new absorbtion type fridges are more tolerant of the problem.
In short, try to level as best you can and if it's close, you should be ok.

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just an FYI a compressor fridge does not have to be level EVER(i know that wasn't your question [emoticon])on an absorption fridge i would always in all circumstances try to park level as possible if parked over 30 minutes be it parking lot,sightseeing,etc.hope this helps,sorry for the off topic response,couldn't help myself. [emoticon]

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Posted: 05/27/12 06:43pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Half a bubble is close enough.

Only absorption riges have the issue. Compressor (home) types do not.

While underway it's a non issue also due to the dynamic movement of the coolant.


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My rig is six years old and it has not been level a few times. A couple for three days in a row. It's still workin. My Norcold manual states it needs to be reasonably level.

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sch911 wrote:

Half a bubble is close enough.

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Posted: 05/27/12 07:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've NEVER worried about it when parked for a limited period of time.


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You can go to the Norcold website, and they will tell you.
Also, it's not as critical on the newer units, as it was decades ago, but it's still best to get as level as possible, but I wouldn't worry about stops for lunch.

Someone once said that as long as you are "comfortable" sitting in the galley, it's probably level enough....

On edit.....here is what Norcold says on Their website:
How level must the refrigerator be?

If you have a gas absorption refrigerator, normal leveling of the vehicle is sufficient. The refrigerator is made to operate within 3 degrees off level side-to-side and 6 degrees off level front-to-back (looking at the front of the refrigerator).


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At the moment my trailer is high n the fen enough that we notice...I drive with the fridge on and always have ... So long as the trailer is comfortable I don't see a problem...I think we are more sensitive to the need for level then the fridge.


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We try be as precise as possible, unless we'll be parked for a short time 3 hours or less. I hear that the newer fridges are as picky, but we don't want to take any chances and have problems.


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