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Old 04-05-2016, 01:48 PM   #15
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I stand corrected. If it requires a fairly unimpeded flow of liquid for cooling, it shouldn't matter what source of energy is used. I wasn't thinking clearly.

On the subject of leveling, "If it feels right, it is right", is what I go by. I have some levels, but I don't use them. If I were to see a bubble "cross the line" in my trailer, I would personally feel off kilter for the duration of my stay, just by knowing that. Better not to know, sometimes. But 3 degrees is not very much of a tilt, assuming 0 degree to be level, and 90 degrees to be a fridge on its' side. So, I share your concern.

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Old 04-05-2016, 02:59 PM   #16
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Interesting. None of my fridge manuals have ever given anything in degrees, but obviously Dometic knows what they're talking about.

No one I know uses a level with degrees...I think that's kind of overkill and worrying too much about stuff, but everyone finds their own comfort level and gadgets, so go with what seems right to you.
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Old 04-05-2016, 03:26 PM   #17
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This can be done without having a level calibrated in degrees.

3 degrees is pretty close to 3/8" in 12-inches. 1/4" under the end of my little 8" Stanley level is 3%.

If the bubble in a 12-inch (one-foot-long) level centers up with a 1/4" shim under one end of the level you are at 2%.

I guess if you have little stick-on or bullseye bubble levels on your trailer, you'd need to learn how they should look in order to meet Dometic's spec.

The Stanley 42-294 8-Inch Torpedo Level is a $2.61 add-on item at Amazon (you need to add it to a larger order). Ace Hardware has a similar one for $4.99.

Mine features a brilliant orange color that has assisted me in not losing it at a camp site. At least so far.
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Old 04-05-2016, 04:23 PM   #18
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Thank you for your suggestion Carol. We will give this a try as a possible way to solve our problem. I think this might be doable.
As I currently in addition to my single axle Scamp have another brand of trailer that is dual axle I suspect its going to take some creatively but you could build a reverse ramp - i.e. back the trailer further back than needed put a ramp under the front axle and then pull the trailer back up onto it so the front axle rises. Depending on the lift you need you may even be able to use a couple of Anderson leveller or even something like a RhioRamp or even make something out of stacked wood planks.

Good luck with it... I know my next home is going to have a level driveway!!!
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Old 04-05-2016, 05:41 PM   #19
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Does your fridge have a 120V option? Perhaps a suitable extension cord would keep things running in your parking spot.

I have to sneak in my opinion on RV refrigeration. I believe my 12V fridge would work at any angle. Lose the propane. Enjoy the sun. So there. I said it.

Stay cool,

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It may work at non level angles, if it is NOT an absorption type.
But most RV fridges must be reasonably level to work, regardless of the energy source.
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3 degrees is pretty close to 3/8" in 12-inches. 1/4" under the end of my little 8" Stanley level is 3%.

If the bubble in a 12-inch (one-foot-long) level centers up with a 1/4" shim under one end of the level you are at 2%.
I have posted some incorrect information here.

I calculated for percent grade, not for degrees slope as is specified by Dometic.

The correct numbers are:

3 degrees is pretty close to 5/8" in 12-inches.

7/16" (just shy of 1/2") under the end of my little 8" Stanley level is 3 degrees.

I apologize for the goof. I hate posting bad information.
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Civilguy,

I know how you feel. I've done that. Often I'll post something and find, thanks to forum members, that I've got something wrong. This is a wonderful place to learn.

Correcting yourself.....that's cool!

Yet, what I've learned from your post is that 3 degrees is a lot more than I thought. I think it should be easy to see that difference.

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Civilguy,
I know how you feel. I've done that. Often I'll post something and find, thanks to forum members, that I've got something wrong. This is a wonderful place to learn.
Correcting yourself.....that's cool!
Yet, what I've learned from your post is that 3 degrees is a lot more than I thought. I think it should be easy to see that difference.
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Thanks Gordon. I really hate leaving bad information online to misguide others, so I just post corrections and take my lumps. Actually, it gets easier with practice. And I get plenty of that!

And yeah, 3 degrees was a surprisingly high amount of slope to me too. Now I better understand the common guideline that was noted by Zach in Post #8 "if you're comfortable, the fridge is level enough".

At 5/8" per foot, 3 degrees in either direction is definitely not a setup that I would call 'level enough'; even if setting up late at night in a hurry. Never mind 6 degrees; that would be crazy.

So, there's some comfort in figuring I'm not likely to risk messing up the fridge due to a poor setup. Especially since I anticipate that Dometic provides some conservatism in their guideline to begin with.
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