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Old 09-04-2016, 07:34 PM   #1
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Should camper be level when parked for storage

Hello. We have a slightly slanted lot where we store our camper (Forest River Grey Wolfe 24RK) when not using it. We put adhesive levels on the front and side and the bubble is not in center and the camper somewhat leans very slightly one way more than the other. My question is, is it safe to keep it like this when not in use or should we always ensure that the unit is fully level while parked for storage? We just picked our 1st TT up this weekend so being a newbie every little thing has me nervous. Thanks so much.
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Old 09-04-2016, 07:46 PM   #2
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In a storage situation (fridge is off)unleveled is the way to go, helps the water run off faster.
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Old 09-04-2016, 08:11 PM   #3
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I park on our concrete driveway which is level side to side, but I always raise it so it is high in the front by about an inch.
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Unless you want to run the fridge, you should be fine.
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X2 what Dan said. If you don't plan on running the fridge, don't worry about it.

Also, you don't say how much off level it is, but from your description, it isn't much either way.
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Old 09-05-2016, 09:45 AM   #6
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You can only run the frig IF it is level side to side. Front to back is not that critical.
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You can only run the frig IF it is level side to side. Front to back is not that critical.
X2. Our TT is parked on a slight hill. I get it as level as I can, front to back, but can't ever get it completely level. Side to side I am level.
So the frig works just fine. I always run it a day or two before we go on a trip. In fact, our previous TT a Wilderness had the same parking issue and I never had any problems keeping the frig cold.

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I should have been a little more clear. The refrigerator itself should be level from side to side whether it be on a side wall (slide) or against the front or back wall of the camper. Best way to determine is put a 6" level on the frig door(closed) to determine if it is level.
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I agree with storing it. If you're not using the fridge, it's no problem,,,,,but if you DO want to run the fridge,,,,being out of level a little bit like you described shouldn't cause a problem.
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Old 09-05-2016, 04:14 PM   #10
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You can put a six foot level on the trailer rear bumper. Put pieces of 2x4 under level at end. This will tell you how many boards to put under tires and on which side to get level side to side.
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You can put a six foot level on the trailer rear bumper. Put pieces of 2x4 under level at end. This will tell you how many boards to put under tires and on which side to get level side to side.
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You can only run the frig IF it is level side to side. Front to back is not that critical.
I think that advice is only accurate if your fridge is located in the rear of the unit or in the middle positioned sideways.

The VAST majority of RV fridges are located on the side walls or in a slide. This positioning places the cooling unit with the long axis, where the cooling fluid has to slowly fall inside the tubing on the fore/aft axis. Side/side will not prevent the flow of the coolant but out of level fore/aft level can raise the slope where the coolant will not readily flow through the tubing. Blockages at the ends or curves in the tubing are the result and cannot be cleared.
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I think that advice is only accurate if your fridge is located in the rear of the unit or in the middle positioned sideways.

The VAST majority of RV fridges are located on the side walls or in a slide. This positioning places the cooling unit with the long axis, where the cooling fluid has to slowly fall inside the tubing on the fore/aft axis. Side/side will not prevent the flow of the coolant but out of level fore/aft level can raise the slope where the coolant will not readily flow through the tubing. Blockages at the ends or curves in the tubing are the result and cannot be cleared.
X2 quite true!
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Old 09-05-2016, 09:27 PM   #14
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You can put a six foot level on the trailer rear bumper. Put pieces of 2x4 under level at end. This will tell you how many boards to put under tires and on which side to get level side to side.
I've used this method for 3 yrs, because it eliminates guessing(trial and error),...... but since the tt's are 8' wide(or at least mine is), using a 6' level doesn't give a 1 to 1 ratio for determining how much the low side needs to be raised,..... meaning, if it shows level on a 6' level when using one block, it won't be level across the width of an 8' tt if you use the same thickness of that one block under the tires on the low side,...... there is a ratio that has to be determined if using anything less than the full tt width, which is 8',..........

so using an 8' level would show a 1 to 1 ratio, meaning it would show the exact height to raise the low side, but anything less than an 8' level would require determining what that ratio is, to be exact on your height....... I use a 2' level, which is an easy 4 to 1 ratio for a 8' wide tt, meaning if a 1/4" block makes my 2' level level, then I know that I need to raise the low side 1",....... very simple and exact, no trial and error,... lets me know how high to stack boards, or pads, or how far to roll up on my Andersen Leveler a predetermined distance, to get the correct height,......... works great, first time, every time, no guessing,......
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Thumbs up I use a 2' level, which is an easy 4 to 1 ratio for a 8' wide tt

X2. Can even eyeball the lift required between the 2 foot level and the floor or counter top (easier to see) and multiply by 4.
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How much is too much off level?

My TT sits slanted on our gravel parking pad at home, been storing it this way with the fridge running for 3 years with no fridge issues. Should I have been leveling it to avoid long term damage or something? Fridge is towards the front of the trailer mounted on the door side wall facing the dinette. Hard to say how off it is because I hadn't worried about it a whole lot but it's not just a little meaning if I was going to spend a lot of time in there / sleep in it I'd level it.
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Old 09-08-2016, 09:50 AM   #17
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Ours is an RK with the Fridge against the back wall at the left end of the camper. I went again yesterday to where its stored and I think we're good. When we park it next time at the storage we are going to attempt to level it slightly more. Really appreciate the help aND feedback.
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When we stored out TT,,, I always set the front as low as I could,,, for drainage !!!
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You can only run the frig IF it is level side to side. Front to back is not that critical.
Unless fridge is on the back wall--?
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Unless fridge is on the back wall--?
I'll try once again, IF THE FRIG ITSELF IS LEVEL SIDE TO SIDE. In other words it makes no difference if the frig is on a back wall, front wall or in a slide. THE FRIG ITSELF MUST BE LEVEL SIDE TO SIDE.
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