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Old 06-05-2024, 06:58 PM   #1
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How important is leveling now?

Since 2007 I have been camping in RV's with propane refrigerators. I have always gone to great pains to get them fairly level so as not to damage the fridge. On Wednesday, a week from today, I am picking up my new 2024 Flying Cloud 28RB Twin. It does not have a propane refrigerator. It has a 12v condenser refrigerator.

How important is leveling for this trailer?
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Old 06-05-2024, 07:06 PM   #2
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We've got the Norcold N8 DC, manual says:
"The refrigerator is made to operate within 10° off level in all directions."


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Old 06-05-2024, 08:13 PM   #3
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Thank you.

Somebody can check my math, but I calculate that 10* on 8.5' wide is 18 inches high on one side. I calculate that 10* on 28' long is 60 inches high front to back.

I can do that.
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Old 06-06-2024, 10:07 AM   #4
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The main reason to get reasonably level in the past is to ensure proper operation of the evaporation style propane fueled refrigerators.

With the new 12v DC compressor style refrigerators used in the newer airstreams, the refrigerator will handle much greater tilt angles than you will be comfortable with, so the refrigerator is no longer a constraint on how level the Airstream should be.

The remaining constraints are:

1. Ensuring that the shower will drain well enough.
2. Ensure that your sleeping arrangements have your head at the same level or higher than your feet.
3. Ensure that your airstream main door, shower door and bathroom door operate properly and don't want to slam open or closed due to too much trailer tilt.

These above 3 items represent much more relaxed constraints as opposed to the requirements of the evaporation style refrigerators as those really need to be spot on level front to back and side to side to operate well.

I hope this helps.
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Old 06-06-2024, 10:16 AM   #5
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My goal is to make sure the inside doors do not swing out and get in the way. I never give a thought to the fridge. I carry a couple of 2X6's to put under the low side if needed to level. Almost always works. You can also change the angle of your rig to help level it.
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Old 06-06-2024, 11:47 AM   #6
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As an aside, that's one great thing with the N/S beds, we are much less fussy with side to side leveling. It's simple to adjust with the jack to get a good sleeping angle.
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Old 06-06-2024, 01:12 PM   #7
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I can attest to the drainage. Last time, when it was time to go, we hitched up, went to wash hands, and the sink wouldnt drain!! After a brief sinking feeling (lol pun was NOT intended!!) I noticed after the p trap, the horizontal run was not so horizontal anymore. Back on level ground, prob solved. So yeah, still kinda important.
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Old 06-06-2024, 06:30 PM   #8
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Thanks everybody. It all helps.
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Old 06-12-2024, 02:11 PM   #9
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Since 2007 I have been camping in RV's with propane refrigerators. I have always gone to great pains to get them fairly level so as not to damage the fridge. On Wednesday, a week from today, I am picking up my new 2024 Flying Cloud 28RB Twin. It does not have a propane refrigerator. It has a 12v condenser refrigerator.

How important is leveling for this trailer?
Another reason you would need to be more vigilant on “other” trailers is slide operation! Slides tend to like to be level!
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Old 06-13-2024, 06:34 AM   #10
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The main reason to get reasonably level in the past is to ensure proper operation of the evaporation style propane fueled refrigerators.

With the new 12v DC compressor style refrigerators used in the newer airstreams, the refrigerator will handle much greater tilt angles than you will be comfortable with, so the refrigerator is no longer a constraint on how level the Airstream should be.

The remaining constraints are:

1. Ensuring that the shower will drain well enough.
2. Ensure that your sleeping arrangements have your head at the same level or higher than your feet.
3. Ensure that your airstream main door, shower door and bathroom door operate properly and don't want to slam open or closed due to too much trailer tilt.

These above 3 items represent much more relaxed constraints as opposed to the requirements of the evaporation style refrigerators as those really need to be spot on level front to back and side to side to operate well.

I hope this helps.
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