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Old 07-10-2003, 08:53 AM   #15
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John,

Did they happen to mention what changes they made compared to the old fridges that makes leveling it not as critical or was the leveling thing an ol' "fisherman's tale" to start with. I've always followed the leveling thing and have been a bit nervous at times when I couldn't get the trailer just right.

I've looked at a 20 year old Dometic and a 2003 Dometic and the guts look identical as do the inside parts.

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Old 07-10-2003, 10:56 AM   #16
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Just guessing

I did read what the changes were at some time in the past and the Norcold rep told us about them, but that was about 8 years ago. I remember that one thing was increasing the slope of the tubing to insure flow, but there were more changes than that.
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Old 07-10-2003, 11:29 AM   #17
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When I first bought my AS I was told you had to have it exactly level or the fridge would self distruct.
I put one of the large leveling gages on front and have the drive on blocks that I seem to be able to get close enough. It is not a hassel but I only get close enough to feel level and the gage ball is close to center.

I read that with the new fridges if you felt comfortable in the camper than you were close enough and they explained what the differences were. Had to do with bigger tubes and angles for the return line !!!!

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Old 07-10-2003, 12:03 PM   #18
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We have one of those, as John put it:
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relics of the past when levelling of the older refrigerators was super critical.
Garry has a good idea:
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I put one of the large leveling gages on front and have the drive on blocks that I seem to be able to get close enough.
But, the key with putting the levels on the front & side of the trailer is having the "fridge" level and not the trailer. Our bed, cabinets, floor & fridge each have their own idea of what "level" is and it's different than reality. So if you decide to add levels...be sure that the fridge is level when you add them...may seem obvious to some, but then again....

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Old 07-10-2003, 12:24 PM   #19
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I like the if you're comfy then the frdige is too way of thinking. What I do is I take a small level with me and take a few different measurements. Floor in back, fridge and counter and so far, when one is good, they all are. I didn't notice the tube sizes.

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I like the if you're comfy then the frdige is too way of thinking. What I do is I take a small level with me and take a few different measurements. Floor in back, fridge and counter and so far, when one is good, they all are. I didn't notice the tube sizes.

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I think that on new trailers like ours with all of the furniture parts cut by automated machinery, the difference between any two surfaces is in the noise. Everything in my trailer is right on.

My levels are applied parallel to the beltline of the trailer. When the levels ore centered, everything in the interior is dead on. When I park, I like to stay within a half-ball.

Before I put the levels on the outside of my trailer, I used to step inside and test to see whether a can of vegetables would roll either way on the galley cabiinet. If they stayed put or would only move a bit, I knew I was plenty level.
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Old 07-10-2003, 01:05 PM   #21
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It's funny all the little things we do to check for level! I'm with you on the fit of the furniture bit. It's all pretty standard issue....even if some of the trim comes off sometimes!

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Old 07-10-2003, 02:22 PM   #22
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I seem to rember reading in my manual not to use jacks to level the trailer. I don't believe it said why. That's on an 89 though.
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Old 07-10-2003, 03:37 PM   #23
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I used a round bubble level checking inside the freezer and on the refrigerator racks. Once I got that level we mounted the main level on the exterior of the trailer. I don't trust the cabinets to be level which is why we work from the insides of the refrigerator.

I also have heard that the liquid tubes are bigger and other words which say "if you are comfortable then you are level enough for the refrigerator to operate". Personally it doesn't take that long to get things level and the way my Tamarack gauge is set up, each mark is one inch which equates to the height of one Lynx leveler block. Makes it pretty much a no brainer to level.

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might want to check my new page at

http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/ow.../leveling.html

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might want to check my new page at

http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/ow.../leveling.html

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Good summary. Most sites don't specify any actual degrees or measurements, they just say "level". That leads folks to get all panicked up about levelling which is not brain surger.

You are right that more than about a half bubble off doesn't feel good when using the trailer.
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You are right that more than about a half bubble off doesn't feel good when using the trailer.
Is the procedure any different for those of us who are ALWAYS half-a-bubble off?

I know... I just couldn't HELP it!!!

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leveling refrig

Am I the only one where EVERY surface in my refrig. is a different level...they say to use the freezer rack, but on my Dometec it is thin alumin. and could be bent easily....where do you get a true level?....jem
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Our bed, cabinets, floor & fridge each have their own idea of what "level" is and it's different than reality. So if you decide to add levels...be sure that the fridge is level when you add them...
Since the one area that is most critical is the fridge/freezer, we "average level" between them. Besides, who knows if the adjustable shelves are "level" with the bottom shelf, or the bottom shelf is level with the cooling unit, or the cooling unit is level with the fridge cabinet, level is as level does, if it's not broke, don't fix it, are we there yet!?...make it stop!!!

I don't think it's worth fretting over to that degree...

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