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Old 07-28-2018, 06:56 AM   #1
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Refrigerator level when off?

I know the absorption fridges should be roughly level when parked for any length of time. I didn't know if that only applies when the fridge is on or when it is off also.



The roof of my 21' puddles water when I keep it flat so in storage I would like to give it a few inches of lean to the rear to let the water run off.


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Old 07-28-2018, 07:08 AM   #2
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With just a few inches of lean you can still operate the fridge, so you should have no problem.

These fridges only need to be near level, Dometic says a max 3° side to side and 6° front to back when operating. With an Escape 21 this means 4 5/8" side to side, or 2' - 2 1/2" front to back. They also say not to leave it tilted more than this for more than a couple hours.
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I know the absorption fridges should be roughly level when parked for any length of time. I didn't know if that only applies when the fridge is on or when it is off also.



The roof of my 21' puddles water when I keep it flat so in storage I would like to give it a few inches of lean to the rear to let the water run off.


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With the refrigerator off the angle is not as important. I imagine the angle needed to affect the fridge would be very acute while it is off.
We leave our trailer nose down when parked at home. Partially since the driveway is angled and I do not want to stress the suspension and partially so water on the roof drains forwards. So ours is angled more than 3 degrees. I level it before we fire up the fridge overnight when getting ready to travel.
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Old 07-28-2018, 07:55 AM   #4
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I always tilt my 21 forward a bit for water run off, particularly since there are no front windows to worry about with water. You can drop it to where the bubble is still touching the level lines and have no impact on refer operation, the water will still run off.
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Old 07-28-2018, 09:51 AM   #5
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I used to drop the front of my last bumper pull trailer down when not in use for the same reason and had no problems. It was the Americana fridge so if you drop it within reason I'd say you are fine.
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Good technical and anecdotal advice. Thanks!
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Shutting down refrigerator when parking on an incline

If a person needs to park their trailer on a significant incline, for let's say a lunch in a restaurant, would shutting down the refrigerator during lunch protect it? The refrigerator would have been running using propane while traveling.
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If a person needs to park their trailer on a significant incline, for let's say a lunch in a restaurant, would shutting down the refrigerator during lunch protect it? The refrigerator would have been running using propane while traveling.
Yes. There's no chance of the boiler temperature going way up and resulting in damage to the system if the fridge isn't running.
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Yes. There's no chance of the boiler temperature going way up and resulting in damage to the system if the fridge isn't running.
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