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Old 09-13-2010, 03:32 PM   #15
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Heck, I've camped in spots worse than that. Puts some levelers under the front axle and some blocks under the jack and crank it best you can. You only need a few hours to get the fridge cooled down.

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Old 09-13-2010, 03:34 PM   #16
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I'm actually a bit scared, as Andy has said over and over again that it has to be level, and I just don't want to mess it up.

Yeah, I would absolutely love to, but we're on a cul-de-sac, so I physically can't unless I want to block a drive or store it a few blocks from the house.
Can you block your own driveway, or is your lot too narrow in the front?

I am on my third travel trailer and have parked on a lot steeper places than your drive way and never messed up a refrigerator.
I am thinking the worse outcome would be that it would not function correctly, but someone correct me if that is wrong.

Hope you find an answer.


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Old 09-13-2010, 03:45 PM   #17
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Yeah, it's too narrow on the front (the property is pie-shaped). I think that I'm going to keep a few 3/4 filled gallon water containers in the freezer, throw them in the AS a few hours before we leave, and just light it when we pull outta the drive. The photo is a bit off because I know that the camera was tilted slightly (judging by the fact that the house is not vertical), but in person (and in the AS, for that matter) the incline is pretty jarring.

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Old 09-13-2010, 05:15 PM   #18
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If you can still see light under the back you still have a few inches to crank the front. Instead of 2x4 under tongue use a solid 4 in block.
If you put an indoor outdoor thermometer in the frig you can monitor temp of coils and know if the system is working, Andy probably was referring to turning it on and forgetting to monitor, gas refrigerators have improved a lot from the originals. I have seen a lot of cg paved or gravel sites with a lot more incline. I have been known to kick out a couple of inches to improve level, and kicking back on leaving. Hard to do on concrete;>0
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Old 09-13-2010, 05:28 PM   #19
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Block/chock the wheels and crank it up to level. You're not going to hurt the axle unless you store it long term like that; overnight is fine. As stated above, I've been in sites worse than your drive. Heck, because of the length of my trailer, my drive is worse than yours. My tongue jack is almost fully extended and the rear bumper is about 4" off the ground in my drive. I use one of those "between the wheels chock thingies" (name escapes me right now) and the whole thing is really stable. Wouldn't ever work under it like that, but for loading and unloading and fridge cooling, problem.
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Old 09-13-2010, 05:40 PM   #20
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Just bite the bullet and move to a house with an Airstream friendly driveway.
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the op has a 70s unit (is the fridge original?)

so fridge positioning is more important to FUNCTION than 4 you folks with newer units.

it does need to be level to cool effectively and NOT develop issues in the freezer plate.

still with a block under the tongue jack it would appear it could be raised pretty close to level (2-5 degrees)

if not then keep the food IN a cooler and run it on gas while towing...

it will cool down within 3-4 hours normally, while moving.

if this is JUST pre trip loading i don't think it's worth messing with blocks at the tires...

one could just wait to buy groceries mid day on the first day...

it will be cold by the time u reach a grocery store mehbe.

and the ONLY relevant thing IS the fridge...

so use a round/square target shaped bubble level INSIDE the freezer...

don't use the trailer floor to determine level, it's not important.


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