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Old 08-24-2016, 02:01 PM   #1
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Norcold on electric. Level required?

My TT is parked on the curb for the next camping trip on the Frio River in Concan, Texas.

I understand the requirements to level the trailer to operate the frig on gas.

However, electric operation is a whole different process. Why would it be critical to have the TT level for electric operation?

The warranty expires in 2 weeks.
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My TT is parked on the curb for the next camping trip on the Frio River in Concan, Texas.

I understand the requirements to level the trailer to operate the frig on gas.

However, electric operation is a whole different process. Why would it be critical to have the TT level for electric operation?

The warranty expires in 2 weeks.
When stationary, the fridge must be level. Or very close to it.

REGARDLESS of which power source you are using.


The gas absorption process needs gravity and a full boiler to operate correctly. Out of level (or sloshing while underway) operation for extended periods will permanently destroy the cooling system.
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It's all voodoo science to me, but I think you need to try to stay level weather you are using LP or electricity.

Here's an article. Polkā€™s Top 7 Tips for Maximizing your RV Refrigeratorā€™s Efficiency
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It's all voodoo science to me, but I think you need to try to stay level whether you are using LP or electricity.

Here's an article. Polkā€™s Top 7 Tips for Maximizing your RV Refrigeratorā€™s Efficiency
It's not Voodoo... Ammonia is boiled out of water which rises into radiator that allows the heat to escape and then expands in an hydrogen atmosphere which causes additional cooling and condensation of the ammonia. That extra-cooled ammonia then trickles down the back of the fridge absorbing heat from inside the box. The liquid ammonia then mixes with the puddle of water in the boiler and the process starts again.

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The weather typo came from the fact that it has been raining non-stop since last night and I can't stop thinking about it.

I stand behind the voodoo science comment though.
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The weather typo came from the fact that it has been raining non-stop since last night and I can't stop thinking about it.

I stand behind the voodoo science comment though.
Maybe this will explain it better.
Gas and Propane Refrigerators - How Refrigerators Work | HowStuffWorks

It took me several tries to get ahold of how it works.

And I am in the camp that doesn't like to operate the fridge while underway. It's a propane issue.
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Thanks to all

Thank you for your comments. I do appreciate the information.

Currently, the trailer is nose down 3 degrees and right side down by 3 degrees. (If the bubble levels are accurate) So, it's within the recommended limits. We'll cool it overnight, load up and hit the road.

In the final analysis, I believe we'll select the 2 year extended warranty for the frig thru Norcold.
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As you have figured out by now, the way the fridge operates is exactly the same, no matter the heat source, propane or 120v AC. So it has to be level within the tolerances given by the refrigerator manufacturer either way.



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My TT is parked on the curb for the next camping trip on the Frio River in Concan, Texas.

I understand the requirements to level the trailer to operate the frig on gas.

However, electric operation is a whole different process. Why would it be critical to have the TT level for electric operation?

The warranty expires in 2 weeks.
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Hello, I found manual for our norcold 2113 . the spec was 3 degrees LR and 4 degrees FB . not much room for off level, the company told me dont let it run on electric or gas when it off level. So now i only turn on with those specs.
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Hello, I found manual for our norcold 2113 . the spec was 3 degrees LR and 4 degrees FB . not much room for off level, the company told me dont let it run on electric or gas when it off level. So now i only turn on with those specs.
My level does not include a protractor. As long as the bubble is between the lines, I call it good. If I can get the bubble centered between the lines, even better. Make the water leave the sinks better, too.
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