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Old 11-20-2014, 10:48 AM   #1
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Refrigerator not level

Tomorrow after work I will hitch up the trailer and it will sit out of level tongue down for about 2 hours till my wife gets home. How bad is this on the refrigerator? My driveway is slanted so theres nothing I can do. Thanks Mike
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:13 AM   #2
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Why can't you wait and hookup once she gets there?
Takes what 10 minutes at the most?

Or once hooked up run the jack down to raise truck and trailer a bit.

How out of level you talking?

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Old 11-20-2014, 11:58 AM   #3
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New refrigerators are not damaged by being out of level like the old ones were (within reason). They just don't cool as well. I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old 11-20-2014, 02:39 PM   #4
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Maximum allowed is 3° front-to-back or side-to-side.

Damaging effect is cumulative. Enough unlevel long enough and it will stop cooling.
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Old 11-20-2014, 03:11 PM   #5
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My driveway's slanted as well (like maximum range on tongue Jack is still about 1 degree out). When I'm able to hookup early I just pull it out on the street, run around the block and then parallel it in front of the house.


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Old 11-20-2014, 09:07 PM   #6
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I am camping at a rv resort about 2 blocks from Disneyland so leaving on a friday night at 6 pm I need every minute I can get, It takes me about 30 min to hitch up. With my trailer level my tongue is 28" and my rear bumper is 12" so my drive is steep. My street is narrow but I guess thats where its going. I guess I'll put cones around it. Thank You Mike
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Old 11-20-2014, 09:18 PM   #7
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Glad to help. Just make sure it's legal to have it there if it's that narrow. Hate to see you get a ticket or worse, toaded.

Btw, 28" doesn't sound that bad. When I've got mine in the driveway my tongue's about chest high.


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Old 11-20-2014, 10:05 PM   #8
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Not worried about a ticket just the jerks that speed on my street
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Old 11-21-2014, 11:33 AM   #9
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Quote:
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Maximum allowed is 3° front-to-back or side-to-side.

Damaging effect is cumulative. Enough unlevel long enough and it will stop cooling.
That is incorrect for new units. Check out your manual.
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Old 11-21-2014, 12:56 PM   #10
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Why not just turn it off for the two hours you are waiting for your wife to get home? Restart it when you leave.
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Old 11-21-2014, 07:44 PM   #11
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I don't agree with 30°. If we are talking an AC/DC (compressor driven) frig then 30° may be okay but if it is an absorption frig 3° (maybe 6° on newer models) is the maximum.

"Whether you are in a trailer, a full-scale RV, or anything in between, your refrigerator should not be turned on if it is leaning more than 3 degree's from side to side or 6 degree's from front to rear to avoid unfortunate damage. If you can walk around without feeling like your RV is leaning (in other words, if you have the general feel that it is level) then it should be fine".

"Damage can occur in only 20 minutes if a refrigerator is left running parked on a steep slope. If you are just traveling and going into a restaurant or the store, for instance, and you believe you are not level, then simply turn the refrigerator off and just remember to turn it back on when you return. Being level is not an issue when you are driving on the road, even in the mountains".
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Old 11-25-2014, 11:50 PM   #12
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I am not sure how to measure 3 deg and 6 deg, I have just been using a bullet level. I guess I should shut the refrigerator down if its out of level ,I do not want to damage it. Just paranoid about it not starting up or me forgetting about it. I came back from orange county and hit some heavy winds in Fontanna. Talk about pucker factor, My rig handles the cross winds very well but when a semi passes it gets exciting. Thanks for the info MIKE
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