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Old 10-30-2009, 05:41 PM   #1
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We all know how important it is to keep the fridge level when in use. We all know that household fridges should stay upright when being transported. So, here's the q:

Can I lay the Airstream fridge on it's side to bring it home?

Here's the details:

I'm thinking of buying a used (about 10 years old) Dometic that came out of another Airstream. It needs to be horizontal for about two hours while I drive it home. It's raining this weekend, so it can be transported in the back of the pick up under the camper shell. The alternative is borrow son-in-law's pickup and transport it upright, but well wrapped and tied down.

OK y'all, yer turn.

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Old 10-30-2009, 05:46 PM   #2
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I turned my 63 refrig upside down twice to get it to work. After the treatment it worked fine. The answer is I think you will have no problem but I would wait for the gas and liquid to settle into its proper locations before turning it back on. The usual electric compressor refrigerators have an oil in them to lubricate the compressor. you should always leave these in the vertical position for at least 4 hours to allow the oil to get to the bottom of the compressor.
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...Can I lay the Airstream fridge on it's side to bring it home...
yes

and flipping them over/around/upside/down is a long used technique to deal with poor cooling.

a simple browzer search of "inverting refrigerator" ...

will get you 2 100s of posts on many rv forums on this technique....

but ONLY HERE can u read about BEATING UP on the fridge to keep it cool...

see post 14 or so here...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f425...ork-50502.html

or this whole thread on whipping them back INTO shape...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f425...dge-28534.html

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We all know how important it is to keep the fridge level when in use. We all know that household fridges should stay upright when being transported. So, here's the q:

Can I lay the Airstream fridge on it's side to bring it home?

Here's the details:

I'm thinking of buying a used (about 10 years old) Dometic that came out of another Airstream. It needs to be horizontal for about two hours while I drive it home. It's raining this weekend, so it can be transported in the back of the pick up under the camper shell. The alternative is borrow son-in-law's pickup and transport it upright, but well wrapped and tied down.

OK y'all, yer turn.

Jim
Jim.

It's OK to transport that reefer that way.

BUT, YOU MUST, when you get home, place it so that it's fairly level, and then leave it that way for a couple of days.

Then to make super sure, plug it into AC, and see if it functions correctly.

You should also overhual the burner, the orifice and chimney. The spiral diverter must be in place when using the city power as well.

Andy

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Old 10-30-2009, 06:20 PM   #5
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Thanks guys, I guess I should have mentioned that I was familiar with the fridge "burping" technique. I just wasn't sure that it would be okay to lay on it's side while bouncing down the road.

And thanks for the refurb tips, Andy. Suppose a 10 year old fridge needs a little attention.

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