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gavingear

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Hi all- pulled the trigger this weekend on a 2011 Komfort Resort 299QB, and am very excited to pick it up in a couple days.

I'm "downgrading" from a 1975 Airstream 31' trailer that had the original (35 year old) Dometic refer that still worked great. I know these old refers are sensitive to being run when not level, so I was always careful to have the RV level when running it.

Does anyone know just how sensitive the Norcold refers are? My driveway has a slight grade, and I'd love to hitch up the trailer the night before and run the refer. What I don't want to do is risk burning the element or anything like that.

How much of a grade/angle is safe for these units? (this is a 2 way 6 cubic foot).

On a side note- how long do they take to get down to temperature? (is it overnight like my old Dometic?)

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Norcolds website says..."If you have a gas absorption refrigerator, normal leveling of the vehicle is sufficient. The refrigerator is made to operate within 3 degrees off level side-to-side and 6 degrees off level front-to-back (looking at the front of the refrigerator)."


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Posted: 10/04/10 05:21pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

gavingear wrote:

Thanks - looking at 6 degrees, I'm sure my driveway is less than that.


front to back as looking at the fridge, nor front to back of the trailer...


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Posted: 10/04/10 05:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you have a older fridge 3* side to side will ruin the cooling unit… I have never talked to repair tech’s that thinks 3* is a good idea on the new ones either… my opinion is level is level, while some on here will argue that…


Here is a recent thread on the subject no need to rehash it…



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Who do you suppose you should trust? The manufacturer or some internet expert with a keyboard? What is the saying -- "Trust but verify".

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Thanks - looking at 6 degrees, I'm sure my driveway is less than that.

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Page 4 of the Norcold owners manualstates 3 degrees side-to-side, 6 degrees front-to-back exceeding those limits may damage the unit.
If you are traveling and stop long enough to eat,etc.(20-30min) and the trailer is slightly beyond those limits it should do no harm.

The rule of thumb is: if you are comfortable living in the RV it is level enough for the frig to operate properly.

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Posted: 10/04/10 08:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

get it as level as you can, and no longer than necessary, you should be ok… that said it would have to be very close to level before I would do it…

The new boilers are designed to slow down the damage from overheating that can be caused by using them out of level…

Edit: here is a good site that describes how your fridge works, there are plenty of others out there with the same information…

how it works

* This post was edited 10/04/10 08:24pm by JJBIRISH *

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Posted: 10/04/10 07:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jauguston wrote:

Who do you suppose you should trust? The manufacturer or some internet expert with a keyboard? What is the saying -- "Trust but verify".

Jim


OH MY I’m touched

I am not asking him to believe me or to trust me… Google is a wonderful thing when used…

Its his fridge to do with as he sees fit…

Its also foolish to risk the damage when leveling is so elementary…

I agree trust but verify…

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Actually, going back to my post:

"My driveway has a slight grade, and I'd love to hitch up the trailer the night before and run the refer."

That's why I asked the question. I wouldn't park it for storage or camping off-level, it's really about getting the truck "ready to roll" the night before. I can't do that *and* have the trailer totally level...

I'm wondering if I should avoid this- "better safe than sorry" that kind of thing.

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