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Campinghoss@51

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Posted: 05/27/19 09:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Normally I resist posting on threads like this one but I have to. A frig does not have to be shut off when travelling unless you go thru a tunnel or some type of enclosure. There is generally a mandantory stop to be inspected prior to entering if that the case.

The constant movement back and forth when in motion does not affect nor hurt the frig.

You also do not have to shut off prior to filling the tow vehicle. If so then folks on cell phones, cigs hanging out their mouths would be in trouble.

We have pulled over the country when we had a propane frig and other than the tunnels never ever had a problem.

When setting up for a stay then yes you need to be fairly level but off a little bit either way is not a big deal.


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philh wrote:

Hondavalk wrote:

It's Norcolds, not mine. Then again they probably don't know what there talking about. [emoticon]

I don't ever recall seeing "1/2 bubble" on norcold's site.

How big is the level? Is it straight or curved? How long is the trailer?

3° or 6° is a measurable and articulatable measurement.

1/2 bubble is a meaningless unit of measurement.


A half a bubble is about 1" side to side on my Rig
And in case you did not notice up thread I did the math. Several times. I ran it through several on line calculators as well and 3 degrees... Side to side (That is front to back or the fridge Side to side for the RV, assuming an 8' "Wingspan (Axle length) is 5 inches.

NOW.. That said. I agree completly that "1/2 bubble" depends entierly on the level used so your half bubble and mine.. Different.

For me if the bubble is touching center.. I'm happy . And so is my fridge

I can be very unhappy, but the fridge won't mind at all .


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And in case you did not notice up thread I did the math. Several times. I ran it through several on line calculators as well and 3 degrees... Side to side (That is front to back or the fridge Side to side for the RV, assuming an 8' "Wingspan (Axle length) is 5 inches.

Actually, the side-to-side (front-to-back of the fridge) spec is 6 degrees, not 3; Side-to-side of the RV at 6 degrees (8' wide) is 10".[emoticon]


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SoundGuy wrote:

melloftus wrote:

I have read short periods are ok.. i have read never do this.. I have read its ok to have your fridge on when driving ( We wont be doing this as I run ours on propane and I highly doubt that is legal to do in CA and sounds super dangerous)


Even 15 minutes significantly off level can destroy your fridge.

Not illegal to run your fridge on propane anywhere other than where posted, such as tunnels, bridges, etc.


After reading 5 pages of posts I can't understand why everyone is making it so hard. My fridge manual saids 3 degrees front to back and 6 degrees side ways. I bought two stick on levels that are in degrees. I put a bubble level on the fridge freezer plate when I first bought my 5th wheel 13 years ago. I level the 5th wheel till the bubble was in the center. Then I stuck one level on the front of the 5th wheel and one on the side. When I stop I just look at the levels to see if I am in the 3 degree and 6 degree range. If so I leave the fridge on while we stop. When we are at the campground I level the RV as close to level as I can get it.

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After reading 5 pages of posts I can't understand why everyone is making it so hard. My fridge manual saids 3 degrees front to back and 6 degrees side ways.


My manual says the reverse, check again.

Constant bad information is why it is hard for some.





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After reading 5 pages of posts I can't understand why everyone is making it so hard.


What you and every other forum fridge "expert" are overlooking is the obvious - not a single one of you will be there to ante up for a new fridge when the OP takes your advice and later discovers his fridge has pooched. [emoticon] Also overlooked is the simplest solution and one that doesn't take 5 pages of discussion to understand - ignore this "advice" and turn your gas absorption fridge off anytime the trailer isn't sitting level. K.I.S.S. [emoticon]


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Lynnmor wrote:

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After reading 5 pages of posts I can't understand why everyone is making it so hard. My fridge manual saids 3 degrees front to back and 6 degrees side ways.


My manual says the reverse, check again.

Constant bad information is why it is hard for some.

you are right, with the fridge installed the 3 degrees front to back is the RV front to back and the RV 6 degrees side ways.

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Actually what soundguy meant to say, is if one does not understand math (degrees and % slope) and definitions (side to side vs front to back) then there is a greater risk of failure due to lack of comprehension.
While a person can go through life with relatively little mechanical understanding, the risk of errors goes up with the lack of understanding.
While some view these principles as everyday knowledge, others find it confusing. Operating and maintaining an RV isn’t an “everyone plays, everyone wins” game.
Hence the advice that the OP asked for could and is very valuable in these situations.


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As has been pointed out, there is no real need to be a math wiz or anything of the sort. The actual numbers result in some pretty steep slopes; 10" side-to-side (of the RV) is very extreme. 10" front-to-back (of the RV), while not as extreme, is still pretty significant, and easily noticeable.

If you can walk around comfortably, sleep without falling out of bed, and stuff doesn't quickly roll off the table, you are likely close enough. Measuring and bubble levels are fine, but if you simply look around your RV, and it is level enough to spend time in comfortably, then it's level enough for the fridge.

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Concerning traveling while the absorption refer is “on Propane”

Would you rather have Propane or Ptomaine?


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