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Old 06-16-2015, 03:04 PM   #1
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Does this seem level enough?

I have read that the refrigerator needs to be fairly level. I have an older model, 1999. It's level side to side, but front to back it's off by 1&1/2 notches on my level. Will this be ok for a day, while cooling down before our trip?
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Old 06-16-2015, 03:34 PM   #2
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If that's in degrees they you are fine anytime you are at 3 degrees or less on any axis. Generally speaking, if you are fairly comfortable walking around and don't have glasses and plates sliding off tables, you are level enough for the fridge.

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Old 06-16-2015, 03:52 PM   #3
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I have read that the refrigerator needs to be fairly level. I have an older model, 1999. It's level side to side, but front to back it's off by 1&1/2 notches on my level. Will this be ok for a day, while cooling down before our trip?
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It may be "close enough" but why not simply make it level?
I make sure my coach, (and therefore my fridge), is near dead level whenever the refrigerator is running and the coach is parked.. (even while we stop for lunch)...has been for 141k miles.
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Old 06-16-2015, 04:28 PM   #4
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Thanks Guys. I usually level it, but my storage area is large size gravel, and the heavy rains has washed it out some. I've leveled it in the past but my jack sink down, and the boards crack when used. Today I added some 18" x 18" patio pavers under the tires. Of coarse they cracked, but got it this level. So was hoping it was good enough. If I use the jacks I have to back up some because one always sticks, and I have to drive off it.
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Old 06-16-2015, 05:24 PM   #5
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That type of level is not calibrated in degrees.. It is calabrated in 2" Lumber

That is how many slabs of 2" lumber you need if it is side to side.

NO. I'd not be comfortable in an RV that far off level and neither will the Fridge.
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Old 06-16-2015, 06:08 PM   #6
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Wa8yxm,
That's good to know about the 2" lumber. Learn something everyday. Now to figure out the # front to back :(
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If thats front to back, and you have a frig, circa, 1990 or newer, yes. should be OK.
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It may be "close enough" but why not simply make it level?
I make sure my coach, (and therefore my fridge), is near dead level whenever the refrigerator is running and the coach is parked.. (even while we stop for lunch)...has been for 141k miles.
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Well, this is my practice too. Getting it level, is so easy when all you have to do is push a button. But, even when I drive up on lumber it's still not that hard to get it close to dead level. After all, if I screw up a $3500 fridge 'cause I was lazy, I'm the one who's got to pay for it. So, that's why I've taken just a tad extra bit of time to get it level.

If the OPs coach is sinking the pads, get bigger ones. There's always a remedy for this type of thing.
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For what it worth I've never worried about the levelness of the refrigerator in my 45 years of RVing. And I've never had a problem with a refrigerator yet.

My current and last three RV's had Norcold refrigerators and they did fine no matter how unlevel I was.

I think perfect leveling for the refrigerator is over rated.
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For what it worth I've never worried about the levelness of the refrigerator in my 45 years of RVing. And I've never had a problem with a refrigerator yet.

My current and last three RV's had Norcold refrigerators and they did fine no matter how unlevel I was.

I think perfect leveling for the refrigerator is over rated.
The tech that works on my motorhome said the same thing. He stated there are baffles or ridges in the newer refrigerators which help contain the liquid that many are afraid will run to one side if not leveled. (sorry if I butchered that up a bit)
I'd be far more nervous with some of the level jobs that I see when camping in which the front wheels are 12" off the ground. Heck the ones in which all four wheels are off the ground make me nervous too.
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The olderDometic square-box refrigerators were somewhat critical for being level when operating-unless traveling. The newer design cooling units are not nearly as critical, as long as you are comfortable living in the RV, it is likely level enough for proper frig operation. A quick test is to open any door in the RV, if it stays put you are OK. The actual Norcold frig figures are; 6 deg front to back, and 3 deg side to side,(pg 37) while looking at the frig doors.
Figure that out to inches per foot and you'll see just how much that is for your RV. You'll not be comfortable living in there if those degrees are exceeded.
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I have read that the refrigerator needs to be fairly level. I have an older model, 1999. It's level side to side, but front to back it's off by 1&1/2 notches on my level. Will this be ok for a day, while cooling down before our trip?
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Like others said you should be fine. I like to shoot for 0 to 1(personal preference), but given your location, you are well in the zone.
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Google ARP controller. I would not have an absorption fridge in my rig without it.
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