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Old 05-22-2019, 09:18 AM   #1
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How level does it have to be to operate fridge?

Our 2016FC23D is parked on our property on a slight hill with nose up. When the jack is lowered all the way down, we can make the trailer almost level but not completely level. It is almost imperceptible but with instrument, we can detect nose being slightly elevated still.


I'm wondering if I can operate the fridge in this condition. It doesn't have to work really well as long as we can get it to somewhat cooler the night before a trip.


If I turn it on, it's not going to blow up, is it?
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Old 05-22-2019, 09:28 AM   #2
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Our 2016FC23D is parked on our property on a slight hill with nose up. When the jack is lowered all the way down, we can make the trailer almost level but not completely level. It is almost imperceptible but with instrument, we can detect nose being slightly elevated still.


I'm wondering if I can operate the fridge in this condition. It doesn't have to work really well as long as we can get it to somewhat cooler the night before a trip.


If I turn it on, it's not going to blow up, is it?
Not sure, but probably OK. Is it possible to park your trailer heading the opposite direction? That way you should be able to make it level, I would think.
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If it's anywhere close to level it will work. We've been in spots where we couldn't get level and it still worked. The situation you described won't be a problem.
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My manual says:
"Leveling is one of the requirements for proper operation with
absorption refrigerators. To ensure proper leveling the vehicle
needs to be leveled only so it is comfortable to live in (no noticeable
sloping of floor or walls)."

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With a modern fridge, if you can "live" in the trailer, it's level enough. If you feel awkward walking around in the trailer, it may not be level enough.

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If I turn it on, it's not going to blow up, is it?
No, it will either work or not. Probably will.
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We recently camped in a very unlevel site and my best effort to get situated was still way off. It was an epic location at Kirk creek on big sur coast and no other sites available so we made do. Fridge was a concern but worked fine, the shower drain not so good.
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Mine won’t cool if it’s more than a half bubble off.
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Old 05-22-2019, 06:13 PM   #9
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I'm wondering if I can operate the fridge in this condition.
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What does your owner's manual say?

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Our 2016FC23D is parked on our property on a slight hill with nose up. When the jack is lowered all the way down, we can make the trailer almost level but not completely level. It is almost imperceptible but with instrument, we can detect nose being slightly elevated still.


I'm wondering if I can operate the fridge in this condition. It doesn't have to work really well as long as we can get it to somewhat cooler the night before a trip.


If I turn it on, it's not going to blow up, is it?
...you want it to last.....level...the bubble is 90% in the circle...I have never had to replace one..since 1971...
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It's the same in any TT with an absorbent type Refrig - make it as level as human possible.
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AS a side note, I've read it's okay to have the fridge operational when underway to keep food from spoiling when travelling from one destination to another. Given the ups and downs of highway surfaces, will this varying degree of levelness pose a significant problem?
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Plus or minus 5 degrees will work fine........

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How level does it have to be to operate fridge?

No, not usually because the motion helps circulate the fluids in the system by sloshing them around. The problem is when itís far out of level and sitting still. Bubbles stop the liquids from circulating properly, hot spots occur, and then the problems start.

Most modern absorption units work fine when leveled properly fore and aft in the trailer assuming the fridge is mounted against the outer wall like normally done. Leveling the other way is not as critical. If yo can walk comfortably and sleep with your head up slightly (I have a crosswise bed) itís good enough.

My criteria is if DW is not complaining about being out of level, itís close enough. A degree or so wonít matter. I try to get the head of the bed, on the street side, higher than the foot for comfort. Fore and aft leveling is easy to get precise with the tongue jack and then stabilizers to prevent rocking. I use a level on the floor near the fridge to check it.
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