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Old 03-03-2019, 11:49 AM   #1
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Staying hitched for the night - put stabilizers down?

If you are pulling over for the night and you don't unhitch because you intend to take off first thing in the morning or for some other reason, do you put your stabilizers down?

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Old 03-03-2019, 11:54 AM   #2
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I do - just because Iím slightly motion sick sometimes - just takes a couple minutes....no harm no foul either way! Happy camping!
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Old 03-03-2019, 11:59 AM   #3
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I do and I make a habit to stick a reminder that they are down in the middle of the steering wheel in the event, especially early morning departure, I forget they are down! I also tend to drop the jack as well to take a bit of strain off the rear axle of the truck.
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Old 03-03-2019, 12:01 PM   #4
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It depends. If we are sitting level, and it's not windy, I usually don't bother. I just level fore and aft with the tongue jack to add some stability. Our rig doesn't wobble much sitting on the tires.



If the wind is blowing hard, I put the stabilizers down after I level with the tongue jack. One time in the Texas hill country the trailer wiggled in spite of the stabilizers, etc being cranked as tight as I dared, Estimated windspeed was well over 50 MPH sideways. Was a rough couple days sitting in the same spot.



I leave the truck fully hitched in either case...and run the full departure checklist no matter what before getting underway...
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Old 03-03-2019, 12:10 PM   #5
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I'll put the tongue jack down to level if needed and also to stabilize a bit. When I do, I put a (unused!) dog poop bag over the gear shift to remind me it's down.
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Old 03-03-2019, 12:15 PM   #6
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Yes - I put my stabilizers and my jack foot down.

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Old 03-03-2019, 12:16 PM   #7
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Stabilizers if I have the time tongue jack down.

If Iím only on the ball then no stabilizers.

If we are staying hitched and simply pulling through just for a night I typically donít bother with stabilizers, one less thing to do in the morning.
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Stabilizers if I have the time tongue jack down.

If Iím only on the ball then no stabilizers.

If we are staying hitched and simply pulling through just for a night I typically donít bother with stabilizers, one less thing to do in the morning.
Same here.
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Old 03-03-2019, 12:41 PM   #9
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If in a campsite I normally put down the tongue jack to level and the stabilizers to get rid of the side to side motion. If in a "walmart", I don't lower anything for a fast get away!!
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Old 03-03-2019, 01:16 PM   #10
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Yes when staying in Walmart or a truck stop I let down the tongue jack and stabilizes. Stop the feeling on board a ship in the night.
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Old 03-03-2019, 01:27 PM   #11
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No, I do not do a thing but cut off the engine if the site is level or if the lynx blocks are enough to level it.
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Old 03-03-2019, 04:33 PM   #12
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we don't. I think it is largely a question of what you like. Without them there is a bit more bounce in the TT as one walks around. We don'd find it to be disturbing for a night.
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Tongue jack down if front to rear leveling is needed. Stabilizers down.



Don't forget them when you are getting ready to leave!!
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I simplify everything for a RON (remain overnight). I shut off the truck, set the parking brake, and that’s it. If I’ve got a pretty open view to the SW, I’ll push the button and let the antenna find DirecTV. (It’s always nice to see a familiar news program.) A lot of what we’ll do trailer-wise depends on distance to destination. We like to travel with full water and empty black/gray tanks so we can boondocks if the mood strikes us.
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