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Old 04-23-2012, 10:53 PM   #1
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Another question fron a newby. How level is level?

Know that my camper should be level for the fridge to work, but how level. It's fine front to back here in the driveway, but side to side is off by 1/4 bubble. I want to turn on the fridge for our first trip this weekend and really don't want to have to hook up to level the camper. Is this close enough? Also, I have a battery disconnect switch. Should I leave it on or off when connected to power for an extended time? Thanks.
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:14 PM   #2
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A bulls eye level in the bottom of the fridge.
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As long as you don't fall out of bed...... No really. The fridge can be off a little. If you get down to it, and the floor is level, the cabinets may not be, and neither the fridge. Get as close as you can, in a reasonable amount of time. A lot of people, me included, run their fridge on propane while towing, so how level is that? True, the fridge should be level to be the most efficient, and work at it's best, but nothing to loose sleep over.
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Also, I have a battery disconnect switch. Should I leave it on or off when connected to power for an extended time? Thanks.
If you're plugged into 120V, you needn't disconnect the battery. The camper's converter will keep the battery fully charged. I store our camper at home and it's plugged into 120V year-round.

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Know that my camper should be level for the fridge to work, but how level. It's fine front to back here in the driveway, but side to side is off by 1/4 bubble. I want to turn on the fridge for our first trip this weekend and really don't want to have to hook up to level the camper. Is this close enough? Also, I have a battery disconnect switch. Should I leave it on or off when connected to power for an extended time? Thanks.
Dometic suggets leveling so that it's comfortable to live.

Leveling the refrigerator
"leveling is one of the requirements for proper operation with absorption refrigerators. To ensure proper leveling the vehicle needs to be leveled only so it is comfortable to live in (no noticeable sloping of floor or walls).

Any time the vehicle is parked for several hours with the refrigerator operating, the vehicle should be leveled to prevent this loss of cooling.

If the refrigerator is operated when it is not level and the vehicle is not moving, liquid ammonia will accumulate in sections of the evaporator tubing. This will slow the circulation of hydrogen and ammonia gas, or in severe cases, completely block it, resulting in a loss of cooling.

When the vehicle is moving, the leveling is not critical, as the rolling and pitching movement of the vehicle will pass to either side of level, keeping the liquid ammonia from accumulating in the evaporator tubing."


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As for the disconnect, leave it on so the batteries can charge. This assumes you have a three-stage charger with your converter. Almost all newer trailers will, but check your manual. It's all there.
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Thanks for the advice. Hopefully will make our first trip this weekend. Looking forward to finally using the trailer.
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Turn your fridge on one day before leaving, helps cool it down. I leave mine on during towing.
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Have fun with your first trip. FWIW, the first trip in a new trailer is a great way to shakedown all your systems and the procedures you need to know. If you run across anything that you want help with, and have an Internet connection, be sure to post. I'm sure you'll get help in "real time".
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A bulls eye level in the bottom of the fridge.
That's what I do.
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