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Old 11-24-2020, 01:48 PM   #1
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HI, I am new to this and have a question: the Norcold manual says the refer should not be run if more that 3 degrees off side to side and 6 deg. off front to back. My limited math abilities shows 3 deg at about 5/8 inch drop off in a foot, and 6 deg at about 1 1/4 inch in a foot. Anyone agree or disagree?? Thanks, John
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Level the RV so that it is 'comfortable' to be inside...no obvious tilting, Blood does rush to your head when laying down (or away from it), glass of water doesn't slide off counter, eggs stay in fry pan

Glass of water is simple means to check if too much tilt...
Just eyeball if water level is reasonably same

Bathroom door doesn't swing one way or other ...stays open

Reasonably Level.....no need for 'precision' leveling
Or geometry, calculus, quantum theory

(.017 Per Degree Per Inch ----- 3* x .017 x 12"=.612"/foot)
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I went to factory school for norcold and Dometic. They both said to place a round level on the bottom of the freezer. It should be in at least half a bubble. The school was in the nineties. They taught that the new burners were redesigned and would NOT hurt the refrigerators if operated off level. According to both factories a newer refrigerator would have to be run off level for a couple of weeks to do damage. My coach is a 1998. I have parked it off level for several hours at a time and have had no problems with it.
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Our Norcold 1200 has the same limitations. We always kept ours within a half bubble on small round level and never had any issues, but I never really knew what the angle actually was. I decided to get a small digital gauge. I got this one from Amazon. I like Klein tools but there are others out there a little cheaper.


Klein Tools 935DAG Digital Electronic Level and Angle Gauge, Measures 0 - 90 and 0 - 180 Degree Ranges, Measures and Sets Angles
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I went to factory school for norcold and Dometic. They both said to place a round level on the bottom of the freezer. It should be in at least half a bubble. The school was in the nineties. They taught that the new burners were redesigned and would NOT hurt the refrigerators if operated off level. According to both factories a newer refrigerator would have to be run off level for a couple of weeks to do damage. My coach is a 1998. I have parked it off level for several hours at a time and have had no problems with it.
Lack of COOLANT FLOW causes OVERHEATING regardless if on electric element or propane flame
Overheating is due to off level operation causing lack of gravity flow of coolant.
Sodium Chromate turns to crystals when overheated...crystals plate out on inside of tubing causing obstruction in coolant flow which causes more overheating of coolant/restricted flow ...more crystals/more plating---repeat
Damage from off level operation/formation of crystals is accumulative and permanent

ARPrv Device is a 'real time' monitoring system
Constantly checks temps while operating and has shown that unsafe conditions (overheating) can occur in less then 20 minutes

Time has changed since the 90's (different production/materials used)

Check out the ARP Defend Device
https://www.arprv.com/data-interface-controller.php
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I went to factory school for norcold and Dometic. They both said to place a round level on the bottom of the freezer. It should be in at least half a bubble. The school was in the nineties. They taught that the new burners were redesigned and would NOT hurt the refrigerators if operated off level. According to both factories a newer refrigerator would have to be run off level for a couple of weeks to do damage. My coach is a 1998. I have parked it off level for several hours at a time and have had no problems with it.
Ummm, given that Norcold (and Dometic) recalled a bazillion fridges manufactured between 1997 and 2010 because they were catching fire and burning RV's to the ground in a matter of minutes, I'd say the folks teaching that school might have been mistaken.

Those fires were the genesis of the infamous "recall box" that monitors the boiler temp and shuts the fridge down if it reaches 800 degrees F. That recall box is still installed on fridges manufactured today.

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