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Old 09-24-2010, 12:36 PM   #15
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I keep my MH plugged up at home inside the shop(50 amp receptacle) with only frige on all the time. Appliance tech said would be better on frige to run rather than stopping and starting all the time. Anyone else keep theirs on?
We've kept the fridges on continuously on all the RV's we've had, longest we owned one was 4 years, never a problem. Lots of FT RVers leave their fridges on for many years without any problems.


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My manual says 6 degrees fore and aft, three degrees side to side. I live on a slight hill and have been successfully got mine to cool fine. I don't know what the grade is but it seems a bit less than some of the 7 degree grades I've had to go up and down periodically.

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62morgan is right, if you are comfortable living/sleeping in your RV it is probably level enough to not harm the Frig cooling unit. You may calculate exactly how much one end of your RV may be high/low just using 3 degrees and length of your RV.
Paul T, a road grade is measured by percentage of 45 degrees from horizontal. That is much different than the 6 and 3 degrees specified by Dometic and Norcold.
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We use the blue ice blocks. Freeze them at home. Start the frig 24 hours ahead of trip. Install the blue ice blocks to accelerate the action. Then keep them in the freezer for coolers for day trips.
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I like to keep a couple of jugs of water in our freezer downstairs. The few times we start from "scratch", I put a jug or two in the fridge to thaw out and give a jump start. Then use it for drinking water and coffee

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you gotta keep it running all the time, where else would you keep the spare beer jim
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The manual on the frig will list how many degree you can be off side to side and front to rear. Do not run the frig unless it is reasonably level.

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Last time I got a one pound block of dry ice (not very big) for only 2 dollars and used that to jump start. Seemed to work very well.
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We have left ours on since we bought the used MH in 2002. I had to replace the cooling coil last summer after 15 years. First replacement leaked so the company sent a second one on my word. I returned the original and first replacement for my due refund. I still keep the fridge on at all times.

As mentioned above, can anyone confirm with some tech data that propane cools better than electricity? Ours is always plugged in, and I always thought that was the best way to cool from scratch.
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Careful where you put that ice... Put it to close to the thermotat and guess what.. it thinks it's already cold and shuts off
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Ummm.. The tech data is the palm of my hand... and YES the Propane will cool it down much fast. If your leaving it plugged in then you don't have to worry about that.. wish I could do the same.
If I'm leaving from my son or daughters house in northern California... I plug it in the night before. If I'm leaving from my sons house in Las Vegas.. I turn on the propane. The propane gets much colder, much faster.

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