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Old 06-03-2016, 10:29 AM   #1
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AC/LP refridgerator

Do these type refrigerators fail to work when the coach is parked at an angle, front to back?

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Eventually it will "lock" up as it doesn't have a compressor to move the coolant. It uses sodium chromate (smells like ammonia) and when it's heated either by the burner or the electric heating element, it rises and then cools as it falls through the coils. It needs to be relatively level to keep working.

It can be fixed (I'll get back to this in minute) if you remove the refrigerator and turn it upside down and let it sit for several hours. It's not really a fix but a temporary fix. More than likely, if you have to turn it upside down, it will work for an indefinite period of time. In other words, it may work for day, week, month or it may immediately fail. So, the moral of the story is keep your rig as level as possible when using the refrigerator.
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:31 AM   #3
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Read the specs for yours. Typical is 3 to 6 degrees off level becomes an issue. To give you a calibration 3 deg off level would be 12.5 inches for a 240 in long floor. That is ~1 foot in 20. You would not be happy about level. ;-)
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Eventually it will "lock" up as it doesn't have a compressor to move the coolant. It uses sodium chromate (smells like ammonia) and when it's heated either by the burner or the electric heating element, it rises and then cools as it falls through the coils. It needs to be relatively level to keep working.

It can be fixed (I'll get back to this in minute) if you remove the refrigerator and turn it upside down and let it sit for several hours. It's not really a fix but a temporary fix. More than likely, if you have to turn it upside down, it will work for an indefinite period of time. In other words, it may work for day, week, month or it may immediately fail. So, the moral of the story is keep your rig as level as possible when using the refrigerator.
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We parked at a fairly steep angle (front to back) while going on a cave tour. Fridge stopped working (we were there for a couple of hours). It eventually got cold again that evening after driving most of the day. We won't make that mistake again! No long term issue- it will freeze things in the fridge when set to 4 of 5 and a small battery air circulator inside the fridge. Outside temps were in the high 80s.

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Always use the little bubble level that came with your unit, it needs to be placed on the floor of the freezer (temporarily) to check the level. If you have at least a quarter of the bubble in the circle, you're OK. Remember, the RV can be level, and fridge may still be out of level... always level to the fridge.
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