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Old 06-12-2016, 11:35 AM   #1
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Running fridge while parked in yard

We are getting ready for an upcoming trip so the camper is sitting in our yard but not level...not even close to being level. Will we hurt the fridge because of that? I wouldn't think so since we can use it will driving down the road but wanted to check w the experts! Thanks!
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Old 06-12-2016, 11:37 AM   #2
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If it's an LP/electric, yes, it will hurt the fridge.
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Old 06-12-2016, 11:41 AM   #3
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Depends on how out of level it is and in which direction.

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Old 06-12-2016, 11:47 AM   #4
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Why not just level the trailer before you start up the fridge? My drive isn't level and that is what I do as part of getting ready for a trip.
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Old 06-12-2016, 12:08 PM   #5
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I never level my camper when I return from a trip and I always plug in and keep my fridge going, never had an issue.
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Old 06-12-2016, 12:16 PM   #6
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The frig should be level side to side for the ammonia system to cool it correctly. There has to be liquid ammonia where the burner is or trouble will ensue.
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Old 06-12-2016, 12:54 PM   #7
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It is generally not advised to run the fridge way off level. The internal mixture (water, liquid amonia, hydrogen gas, sodium chromate) has to be able to move thru the system as designed. The reason it isn't an issue on the road is you're always turning, going up and down hills, and hiting bumps allowing the mix to keep moving and not pool in one place and overheat. The sodium chromate particles in the mix ... when overheated can turn to crystal and start to block sections of internal piping in the boiler. Your fridge gets less and less efficient. This won't happen instantly, but over a period of time repeatedly running off level ... so why invite failure ... level her up a bit?
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Old 06-12-2016, 12:56 PM   #8
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When you are on the road, the ammonia is not staying at rest anymore. The level seen by the fridge is continuously changing. When parked, should be at level or almost.
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Old 06-12-2016, 01:01 PM   #9
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If you are going to run your fridge to cool down at your house level the TT as you would at a camp site side to side front to back. not being level you run the risk of doing damage to your fridge
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Old 06-12-2016, 02:36 PM   #10
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Just curious, but if the trailer is plugged into electrical, is the amonia still a concern?
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