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Lovinlife312 01-28-2018 03:33 AM

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?

JamieGeek 01-28-2018 03:38 AM

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).

Lovinlife312 01-28-2018 03:45 AM

It's slightly off, its that I'll for the night?

JamieGeek 01-28-2018 03:48 AM

You'll be fine if its less than 3 degrees (its actually 3 degrees one way and 6 degrees the other way).

captmetal 01-28-2018 05:26 AM

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.

SuperD 01-28-2018 11:11 AM

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.

sage 01-28-2018 11:53 AM

How about slide operation? Ten years ago it was SOP that you needed to be level to operate your slide(s). Has that changed?

TurnerFam 01-28-2018 12:02 PM

'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.

blw2 01-28-2018 01:52 PM

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.

Bob Denman 01-28-2018 02:39 PM

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gmc 01-28-2018 11:28 PM

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Originally Posted by SuperD (Post 105985)
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.

Bob Denman 01-28-2018 11:59 PM

I agree... for a quick "overnighter": as long as you can lay down without holding on to something... you're good! :thumb:

blw2 01-31-2018 07:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Bob Denman (Post 106005)

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.

Bob Denman 01-31-2018 07:50 PM

I might consider towing a mini-grader behind the rig, and bringing along a transit... :coolsmiley:

rick kirby 01-31-2018 10:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Bob Denman (Post 106464)
I might consider towing a mini-grader behind the rig, and bringing along a transit... :coolsmiley:



Will work for lot rent ?

Bob Denman 01-31-2018 11:12 PM

Not me: I work for Chili! :thumb:

Whirnot 02-01-2018 02:16 AM

If it is level enough for me to sleep comfortably, that's good enough. Used that method with dozens of RVs

steve76 02-01-2018 05:36 AM

Seems to me, should be level enough for water drain systems to work right.

Lovinlife312 02-03-2018 03:54 AM

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???

steve76 02-03-2018 04:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Lovinlife312 (Post 106854)
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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