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Old 08-30-2010, 05:29 PM   #1
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Refrigerator Upright During Shipping?

I was able to locate a 1959 Dometic refrigerator for my Overlander. I'm going to have this shipped to my home. Does the refrigerator need to be kept upright during shipping? I've called numerous RV repair shops and they've given me all kinds of answers. Don't know what to believe. Does it matter or does it need to be kept upright during shipping?
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Old 08-30-2010, 05:43 PM   #2
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I would think that it wouldn't matter, as long as the thing doesn't get crushed in transit. I've talked to (ok, read here that) folks will leave them upside down, or on the side, etc. for days at a time trying to "burp" them to bring them back to life. Sometime with success, sometimes not. I think the important thing is that they stay upright and level when in use, and more or less level when they are not in use. Others will have a different opinion.

Is it currently working? What's the transit time? Can you go get it? When we picked our used one up, it lay on the side for about 3 hours while we brought it home. Worked fine after we got it upright and powered up. Well, for a few months anyway, but that's a story for another thread.

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Old 08-30-2010, 05:52 PM   #3
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I have been told, After a refrig has been on its side for a period of time, set it upright for 24 hours before starting.

Do not know if it makes any difference just something I do.
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Old 08-30-2010, 06:12 PM   #4
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Bought a new Dometic at CW this spring. I brought it home on its back (or side).
It was stored upright about 2 mo's before I installed it, and worked great.
I have moved many conv refr. on their side. Have been told to let them stand upright for a day or so, before starting.
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Old 08-31-2010, 12:04 AM   #5
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Cool, thanks guys. That should makes things easier and will also ease my mind.
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