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Old 06-28-2007, 03:15 AM   #1
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level fridge ?

Reading in threads that the frige should be level before starting...so that means you cant use it while driving on propane. or with an inverter....right? or wrong?
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Old 06-28-2007, 07:36 AM   #2
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Wrong. You can use your refer underway. Lots and lots has been said about wether you should use propane while driving, but that is a seperate issue. If you want to read more than you ever wanted to know on the subject just use the search feature or scan the refer section. FWIW: I often keep mine running while on the road during the hotter times of the year. If you do this, remember you MUST turn it off before entering gas stations and not turn it back on untill you have left the fueling area.
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Old 06-28-2007, 07:55 AM   #3
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I regularly run the fridge on gas on the road. But if you have a short hop of a couple hours or less, probably won't melt the ice cream if it is off. I'm a fireman and have never heard of a gas station fire started by a running fridge although in theory it is possible.
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I'm a fireman and have never heard of a gas station fire started by a running fridge although in theory it is possible.
As a former firefighter/medic, I have no desire to be that historic first case....All joking aside though, I would rate running a refer while fueling to be like smoking there. Why risk it?
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Old 06-28-2007, 08:38 AM   #5
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Regarding the fridge's flame and gasoline: it's going to be 12-20 feet away from the fueling point. If you're generating an explosive or flammable vapor while you're fueling (unless you're one of those ditzy dames that just "has" to get back in the car and rub her rayon-covered butt across the plastic seat cover while the fuel is pouring into her gas tank, generating more static electricity than a dozen cats), I'd think your nose would be telling you to stop long before the cloud got to the fridge. I'm more concerned about the guy who pulls into the station in his old truck with holes in the muffler. Or those who pull in to the station while smoking.

There are so many inadvertent sources of ignition in the everyday life of a gas station that shutting down your fridge (do you do it 1 block away, 100 feet away, after you arrive at the station [and near others who are in the act of fueling]?) probably doesn't reduce the risk level at all.

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Yes, you can use your fridge while driving. Damage happens when a non-level fridge completely evaporates the working fluid and the tilt of the fridge prevents the condensing fluid from getting back into the evaporator. When you're driving, the motion/bouncing of the trailer always "sloshes" fluid back to where it needs to be.

The damage results because the total evaporation of the working fluid creates crystals of one of the components (can't recall which) and once the crystals form they cannot be dissolved.

I just wish someone would publish the no-kidding real alloable tilt angles. Is it 1 degree, 5 degrees, or 15 degrees?

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Zep, Zep, Zep...Sigh

Your example is true if you are the only one refueling. In todays gasoline marts and truck stops, your refer's open flame may be a substantially safe distance away from "your' fueling point but right next to someone elses fueling point. The real danger is a fuel spill from that adjacent vehicle (when the nozzle doesn't trip itself off for example) followed by a river of gasoline under your Airstream, followed by ignition from your refer, followed by... well you know the rest.

Everything you say is true, but why take the risk or encourage anybody else to take the risk?

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I just wish someone would publish the no-kidding real alloable tilt angles. Is it 1 degree, 5 degrees, or 15 degrees?

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And in which Axis? Trailer Fore/Aft or trailer Port/ Starbord?
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And in which Axis? Trailer Fore/Aft or trailer Port/ Starbord?
If you have an older fridge (original? in your case) you must be bubble level.
Newer fridges, the camper must be level enough for comfortable living.

Don't ask how I know this...

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I guess the question on the table is
"How level is level?"
I have a precision level for equipment setup that would be overkill, assuming there is a standard location on the fridge to check for level...

In looking at the design, I wouild suspect the units would be more sensitive to trailer fore/aft but I could also make a good argument for the other axis.

Anyone seen published info?
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I always carry a ice chest in the front seat with me, that way when I need a beer I just reach over and pop one. Having to pull over and get one out of the trailer wouls cut into my ETA to the campsite. I keep the fridge stocked with BUB (back up beer) for when I get where I'm going. But I'm half a bubble off anyho.
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I guess the question on the table is
"How level is level?"
I have a precision level for equipment setup that would be overkill, assuming there is a standard location on the fridge to check for level...

In looking at the design, I wouild suspect the units would be more sensitive to trailer fore/aft but I could also make a good argument for the other axis.

Anyone seen published info?
It's here somewhere; Refrigerators — Dometic USA
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The older the unit the more critical it is to be level. Level means to all sides and the earlier posts describe what happens if you aren't level.

Supposedly the newer fridges are more tolerant of level and the word I've heard is "if you are comfortable with the level of your trailer when you are inside, it's ok for the refrigerator".

Normally you can check the level of the fridge with a bubble level where the bubble is in a central position and will show all directions. The bottom of the freezer compartment is a pretty good spot to check (assuming the bottom is flat). Once you get the trailer level, front to back and side to side, according to that level in the freezer, you can mount an external level on the outside of the trailer that will reflect level (if you don't have one there already or don't know if the outside level is accurate).

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FYI the most analytical unit I've seen so far to describe "level" is a round type bubble level, in the center of the freezer compartment floor, must have at least 3/4 of the bubble in the ring.
I was hoping there was a more defined specification.
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