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Old 01-28-2018, 02:33 AM   #1
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How important is your coach being level when parked? what if it's just overnight?

If got coach is slightly not level, is it OK for overnight? What's too long to be not level?
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Old 01-28-2018, 02:38 AM   #2
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The biggest reason to keep it level is the fridge. RV fridge's don't like being out of level.

Thus if you're stopping overnight somewhere and its extremely unlevel simply turn off the fridge (make sure you remember to turn it back on in the morning when you leave).
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Old 01-28-2018, 02:45 AM   #3
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It's slightly off, its that I'll for the night?
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You'll be fine if its less than 3 degrees (its actually 3 degrees one way and 6 degrees the other way).
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Old 01-28-2018, 04:26 AM   #5
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out of level

i find the worst problem is draining of the shower, you don't want a huge puddle of water in the shower base, i have been going farther out of level when doing quick overnight truck stop camping and have not had any problem.
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Old 01-28-2018, 10:11 AM   #6
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Norcold recommends that their refrigerators operate within 3 degrees off level side-to-side and 6 degrees off level front-to-back. What does this mean for you when leveling your rig? Half a bubble on your RV level should be good enough for an overnight stay, but if I’m going to be boondocked for several days or a week at the same location then I like to get my rig as level as possible. Taking a few extra moments to properly level your rig will enable your refrigerator to cool better and last longer by preventing ammonia crystals from forming.
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Old 01-28-2018, 10:53 AM   #7
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How about slide operation? Ten years ago it was SOP that you needed to be level to operate your slide(s). Has that changed?
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Old 01-28-2018, 11:02 AM   #8
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'Exactly LEVEL' is a relative term, meaning that being TRULY LEVEL is probably never going to happen...but being close is what we all shoot for...

your SLIDES don't care if you are not 'exactly level' since they are a mechanical device, but GRAVITY works against them when they are being deployed if the mechanism is trying to go 'uphill', for example. Being a little 'unlevel' is not any deal breaker.

We have run our slides out and in many, many times when the coach was not first 'leveled' and not on exactly level ground. Sure, most of the time you try to get a level as possible first, but sometimes you just may not have that option. For instance, we've deployed our Levelers on some pretty unlevel sites at rv parks and campground where you don't really want your front or rear wheels to be off the ground to get 'exactly level', so we're ok with the rear being a little 'low'. The slides still work fine.
When your coach is off of level side-to-side is where you can have the slides working harder.
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Old 01-28-2018, 12:52 PM   #9
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fridge level comes into play if its a ammonia system....one that works on electric or propane. If it's a residential it's not as big of a deal....

for amonia fridges, check out this site.
https://www.arprv.com/
he's tested what happens when it goes out of level, and explains very thoroughly why this is a problem. Tons of info on this site.
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Old 01-28-2018, 01:39 PM   #10
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Old 01-28-2018, 10:28 PM   #11
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Norcold recommends that their refrigerators operate within 3 degrees off level side-to-side and 6 degrees off level front-to-back. ...
Yep... just remember - fridge 'side to side' is RV 'front to back'...

Sensitivity of individual units may vary too... My 2000 fridge ran just fine in my driveway - which was slightly nose down (not extreme - but certainly easily noticeable)... My 2014 wouldn't run at all in same environment.

For just an overnight - I wouldn't even run out the slide typically... but I can get to everything needed in my rig with slides in (just a few cabinets can't be opened - and we plan around them for what we will need for overnights.
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I agree... for a quick "overnighter": as long as you can lay down without holding on to something... you're good!
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Old 01-31-2018, 06:16 PM   #13
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that reminds me... the place we're planning to go this weekend is I'm pretty sure the park where I ran out of boards and had to try a different spot. I think I moved twice before getting one level enough. This was not too long after we bought the MH and that's the only time I've run into it. Only used my boards a handful of times in all these years.
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I might consider towing a mini-grader behind the rig, and bringing along a transit...
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Old 01-31-2018, 09:31 PM   #15
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I might consider towing a mini-grader behind the rig, and bringing along a transit...


Will work for lot rent ?
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Old 01-31-2018, 10:12 PM   #16
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If it is level enough for me to sleep comfortably, that's good enough. Used that method with dozens of RVs
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Old 02-01-2018, 04:36 AM   #18
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Seems to me, should be level enough for water drain systems to work right.
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Old 02-03-2018, 02:54 AM   #19
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Got levelers and chocks, even made some works great. Now my question is what about when the slider is out on my gemini 23 tb and my husband and i are sleeping in the Queen bed. Doesn't that offset the coach with our weight being mostly on the left side of the coach???
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Old 02-03-2018, 03:38 AM   #20
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Got levelers and chocks, even made some works great. Now my question is what about when the slider is out on my gemini 23 tb and my husband and i are sleeping in the Queen bed. Doesn't that offset the coach with our weight being mostly on the left side of the coach???
I wouldn't think it would be an issue since you only sleep in it and your weight is not there 24/7.
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