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Old 08-21-2012, 09:49 AM   #1
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Refrigerator

As a newbie can I turn my refrigerator on at the house when then coach is not level? Our driveway is sloped and I would like to plug the coach in before our 1st trip to get ready
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:59 AM   #2
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The short answer is no. You will start a process that will plug the tubes in the cooling coils. The process can't be reversed and the damage will accumulate until cooling stops. The manufacturers owners manuals will tell you how far out of level is ok. I think it's generally 3 degrees in one direction and 6 degrees the other. I generally consider if I can get within half a bubble on my level I'm ok.
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Old 08-21-2012, 11:07 AM   #3
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The spec is 3 degrees fore & aft on the RV (which is side-to-side on the fridge). 3 degrees is actually a rather uncomfortable slope, so you are probably ok if the rv doesn't feel to bad to walk through.
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Old 08-21-2012, 11:38 AM   #4
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I am following this post with interest. My DW always plugs our norcold fridge in when sitting in front of our house on the street. I do not know the slope of front streets. We just got back from camping in one of our provincial parks and we had a leveling problem while there. When we go to rv parks the pads are level???or so. I don't have leveling jacks, only air leveling. I had better carry some wood blocks for leveling in a extreme case..I think this is one downfall of air leveling vs jacks..We tend to go by the bathroom door, if it stays open or is close... we are close for leveling...or are we??

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Old 08-21-2012, 01:52 PM   #5
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3 degrees is a LOT of difference, the sine of 3 is something like .05 So multiple that by 12 and you have 0.6,, multiple that by 8 and you have 4.8 inches side to side on an 8 foot wheel base. (That is side to side) if your wheels are 7 foot that's still 4.2 inches.

Front to back this coach is a bit over 20 feet so that would be over 12 inches.

NOTE I rounded the sine a bit, Your windows calculator can give you better figures, choose the SCIENTIFIC view option from the view menu.
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Not knowing what vehicle or refrigerator you have I'll say what I REMEMBER from my book is if your are comfortable walking around inside the RV it is level enough. But that might not do it for your refrigerator.
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Old 08-21-2012, 11:36 PM   #7
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On another thread I told them ours was about 12" low in front and I got "lambasted" for it being too far out of level. But they forgot to read that our rig is 41' long so that's only 6" in 20'.
Been doing it 27/7/365 for 10 years and never had any trouble till the ammonia sprung a leak. Now have the Amish cooling unit and it's doing just fine too. Just over 30 in the refer and much colder in the freezer. In fact I was reading the thermometer today and put it in the freezer to check the temp there.
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Not knowing what vehicle or refrigerator you have I'll say what I REMEMBER from my book is if your are comfortable walking around inside the RV it is level enough. But that might not do it for your refrigerator.
That's what I've read too.
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If you look at the cooling coils through your vent opening you will see the slope of the coils when your coach is level.
I have to always made sure that slope is there when your coach is not level the slope of coils could favor to rear of coach or to front of coach.
If the coils look level you will have a problem need to raise front or rear of coach.
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