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Old 05-24-2016, 07:33 PM   #15
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I have a set of "remove before flight" streamers and a set of hooks and labels inside our closet to hang them on, plus a checklist.

Hopefully that will limit the possible damage.

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Old 05-24-2016, 08:19 PM   #16
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You're not lazy...just efficient. As others have said... disconnect the umbilical, so you don't drain your vehicle's battery.

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Old 05-24-2016, 08:25 PM   #17
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We have done just that hundreds of times. We do unplug the umbilical, and maybe put down the stabilizers. We will also side-to-side level, if necessary. In the morning we are ready to roll.

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Old 05-24-2016, 08:26 PM   #18
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I've left my trailer hitched to the truck for two weeks between trips. Didn't bother the truck or the trailer.
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Old 05-24-2016, 08:28 PM   #19
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We do it all the time, we don't drop the stabs or disconnect.
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Old 05-24-2016, 08:34 PM   #20
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We don't put anything down for overnight stays, or disconnect the cord. If there is a storm forecast, we try to point the truck/trailer toward the direction it is coming from.

We want to eliminate Murphy's Law from our many overnight stops, at least minimize the chance of forgetting something in the morning. And if we want to leave suddenly, we can get in the truck and go.

We rarely use campgrounds for overnight stops, we can usually find some place to pull off. If hooked up to services things would be a bit more complicated anyway. Then the checklist is a good idea.
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Old 05-24-2016, 08:36 PM   #21
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I normally do not put down the jack or the stabilizers and do not unplug the connection. Seems to work fine. I do put the plastic blocks under the low side if needed. If the site is really not level then I will unhook if I need to to get it reasonably level. If the load does not hurt the TV suspension when bouncing along the highway it sure is not going to hurt it sitting still.
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Old 05-24-2016, 10:16 PM   #22
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Unhook the discharge line (umbilical), it's good to have battery power in the tow vehicle. I know a fulltimer that never puts the stabilizers down, for a month.
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Old 05-24-2016, 10:49 PM   #23
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We do it all the time, especially wally world overnights and the such. We also will sometimes be hitched and ready to roll the night before in a regular campground. I've never done stabilizers or put the tongue jack down in these situations. Spent enough years on boats, a little movement is no big deal.
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Old 05-25-2016, 02:48 AM   #24
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Safe escape plan

What you're doing can also be a "safe escape plan" - What if the weather turns horrible and you're in low lying ground? You can put on your slippers and a poncho, cram the umbilical in, flip the steps up and BOOGIE to higher ground, or get the hell away from that dead tree and into an open field.

Flash floods, etc. are rare; but I personally was at my home campground when they announced the campground would close in 1 hour due to rising water. Everyone was "fully camped" and I think about 5 people left antennas in the trees... or steps down and scraping. (and that was pre-Hensley hitch - now I feel sick.)

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Old 05-25-2016, 05:58 AM   #25
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The stabilizers seem to make quite a difference for me. I'll take the time to put those down. But the hitch? Ughhh. Tomorrow.
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Old 05-25-2016, 06:30 AM   #26
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I always leave the AS hooked up for a one night stand unless we need to drive someplace. Then I only unhook. Since we are really only going to sleep in the travel that night I do not put the stablizers down or even put the TV antenna up. I do hook up water and electrica if provided. when leaving in the morning I do a complete walk around to ensure everything is hooked up correctly and/or put away. I have learnt this the hardway because I have on occasion failed to put up the steps.
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Old 05-25-2016, 06:44 AM   #27
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When I started doing this - ie stopping overnight without unhooking - I made a point of pulling the umbilical, just seemed like a smart thing to do.

I do hook up to shore power of course when available, and it usually is. and I wondered if that possibly could cause a problem with the truck if I left the truck plugged in, although I didn't really think it should.

Over the years though, a few times I forgot to pull the umbilical and all was fine, so I don't know that it really matters.

If ever we do camp overnight with the trailer still hooked up and have no shore power though, I do try to remember to pull the power cable just in case we might run our truck batteries down.

Although being a diesel, we have two full size batteries in the truck as well as the two AGM coach batteries, so most likely all would be fine.

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Old 05-25-2016, 07:04 AM   #28
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Of we're just passing through, we try to get a pull through and don't unhook anything. If it's summer and hot, whole different scenario.

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