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Old 05-24-2016, 05:37 PM   #1
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Unhook every time?

So I got to the campsite late. I'm tired. I'm leaving tomorrow morning early. I don't feel like unhooking the hitch. I put the tongue jack down to take a little bit of the edge off the bumper, put the stabilizers down, and plan to go to sleep.

Any problems with this unquestionably lazy approach?
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Old 05-24-2016, 05:41 PM   #2
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Might want to disconnect the electrical umbilical. Just to be safe so your truck battery isn't somehow affected.
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Old 05-24-2016, 05:43 PM   #3
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Can't see any problem - we do it all the time when we are traveling and just stopping overnight to sleep and carry on next day.

Only issue is whether we have a long enough site to do it as we also carry bicycles on teh front of of the truck.


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Old 05-24-2016, 05:50 PM   #4
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Under the same circumstances, we do this all the time. Use the hitch jack to take pressure off the tow vehicles suspension, disconnect umbilical and go to sleep!
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Old 05-24-2016, 06:07 PM   #6
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DON'T forget to put the jack and stabilizers back up before you leave, and re-connect the umbilical cord.
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Old 05-24-2016, 06:09 PM   #7
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If I'm just staying overnight I don't even bother to put down the stabilizers.
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I've done it plenty of times as well and have never thought about it not being good for either the tow vehicle or the trailer. I'm glad to hear others do it too.
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Another reason I keep the trailer hitched to the truck is if there's a forecast of severe weather. It adds that much more mass so the wind is less likely to blow us away. Of course, if it's really bad, I'll be in the shelter, not in the trailer.
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Old 05-24-2016, 06:53 PM   #10
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Unhook every time?

If it's really windy, maybe the stabilizers go down. My TV disconnects the charge line when the ignition is off. My tongue jack adjusts fire and aft level sufficiently most times when hitched.

Our "get there" travel is fast enough that we can get away with staying connected.


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So I got to the campsite late. I'm tired. I'm leaving tomorrow morning early. I don't feel like unhooking the hitch. I put the tongue jack down to take a little bit of the edge off the bumper, put the stabilizers down, and plan to go to sleep.

Any problems with this unquestionably lazy approach?
Ditto to the earlier comments, fine to do this, but def. disconnect electric from tow vehicle.

Please be patient in the morning and take the time to re-assess your goals and timeframe for the trip. Rushing to stay on schedule can lead to remarkable lapses in judgment IMO.

Stay safe and healthy . . .

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Ditto to the earlier comments, fine to do this, but def. disconnect electric from tow vehicle.

Please be patient in the morning and take the time to re-assess your goals and timeframe for the trip. Rushing to stay on schedule can lead to remarkable lapses in judgment IMO.

Stay safe and healthy . . .

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Boy is that excellent advice!!

What you're doing isn't lazy, it's economical. Why go through all those motions if you have no plan on heading out to see the sights, grab a dinner somewhere or any other activity that would require you to unhook? It just wouldn't make sense to disconnect in the scenario you're talking about. And even more economical (not lazy) if you can do this in a pull through site!

I did exactly that in my recent trip to Jackson Center staying in a campsite midway between home and the factory each way (there and back). Both times I had a pull through. I pulled through, dropped the Jack just enough to take some pressure off the TV, loosened the WD (not sure that was necessary but just in case...) disconnected the umbilical and relaxed like you read about 😀

Got up early the next morning, double checked everything and hit the road fresh (another benefit - who'd want to get up an hour earlier than "really early" just to reconnect what shouldn't have been disconnected in the first place?).

Be economical, relax, go forth and conquer! 😀
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Old 05-24-2016, 07:30 PM   #13
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Might want to disconnect the electrical umbilical. Just to be safe so your truck battery isn't somehow affected.
This. ^^^

I did exactly the same tonight; we are in Eugene OR on the way north. I put my jack pads down in contact also, is about it though.
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Totally cool do do that, though we're sometimes even lazier for a quick overnight - if the site is level enough, we drop neither the tongue jack nor the stabilizers.

We feel better, however, when we have a departure checklist that takes our "lazy overnight stop" configuration into account. For example, it would be way too easy to retract the tongue jack without first remembering to raise the stabilizers, or to drive off with the tongue jack and/or stabilizers down. No shortcuts in the morning, even if planning to get off to a quick start.
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