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Old 08-29-2007, 02:26 PM   #15
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'nother question:

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What I do:
  1. Disconnect the cord to the TV to prevent draining the TV battery
  2. Lower the hitch jack to level the trailer
  3. Leave the stabilizers up.
Why don't you put the stabilizers down?
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Old 08-29-2007, 02:48 PM   #16
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We don't because if we are staying connected to the truck, it's because it's just a quick overnight stop like at Wal-Mart, not setting up camp. We're also usually planning an early departure...so no need, just one more thing to pack up in the morning.

BTW, ours are the loose pyramid kind - not attached to the trailer.

If we park more than a quick overnight to catch some ZZZzzzz's we detach.

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Old 08-29-2007, 02:51 PM   #17
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We don't because if we are staying connected to the truck, it's just a quick overnight stop like at Wal-Mart, not setting up camp. Also usually planning an early departure...no need. BTW, ours are the loose priamid kind - not attached.

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So it's just for speed/convenience - gotcha.
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Old 08-29-2007, 03:01 PM   #18
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All well and good until the husband has to go to the emergency room and the wife doesn't know how to disconnect!

Unless you just stop for a snooze, take it from experience! it's not too pleasant of a task to disconnect at 3:00 am when you don't know how! can't ask the husband and there are no helpful neighbors around.

If you call 911 and have to follow the ambulance it's still no easy chore!

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Old 08-29-2007, 03:16 PM   #19
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All well and good until the husband has to go to the emergency room and the wife doesn't know how to disconnect!

Unless you just stop for a snooze, take it from experience! it's not too pleasant of a task to disconnect at 3:00 am when you don't know how! can't ask the husband and there are no helpful neighbors around.

If you call 911 and have to follow the ambulance it's still no easy chore!

Don't say I didn't say so!

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Old 08-29-2007, 03:50 PM   #20
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All well and good until the husband has to go to the emergency room and the wife doesn't know how to disconnect!
Does she know how now? If not...why?

Everybody should know how...just in case ~ sounds like it all ended well, you are here to post about it.

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Old 08-29-2007, 04:06 PM   #21
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What he said! "don't ask me how I know...." UNPLUG IT, twust me!

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Old 08-29-2007, 04:34 PM   #22
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All well and good until the husband has to go to the emergency room and the wife doesn't know how to disconnect!
I was kind of wondering if this would come up as I had read this before. So this is a vote for a complete disconnect, not just the step 1, 2, 3 that we have been discussing. Just knowing how doesn't save precious time. Good point by William Ales.

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Old 08-29-2007, 04:48 PM   #23
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I guess you guys are saying that it is OK to leave the tow vehicle connected and "hanging" from the tongue when you jack the tongue up to level the trailer front to back? And that it doesn't put too much weight on the tongue jack to leave the rear of the tow vehicle's weight pulling down on it overnight?
I'd say use discression. Do what's reasonable. I've been at sites where I've had to take the trailer off the ball to get the nose down further that what the tow vehicle suspension will allow. I've also had situations where I'd have to lift way too much to get things level. Technically you don't want to exceed the capacity of the tow jack and as you noted, raising the rear end of the tow vehicle adds to the weight that the jack has to carry.

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Does she know how now? If not...why?

Everybody should know how...just in case ~

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Old 08-29-2007, 07:36 PM   #25
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I was kind of wondering if this would come up as I had read this before. So this is a vote for a complete disconnect, not just the step 1, 2, 3 that we have been discussing. Just knowing how doesn't save precious time. Good point by William Ales.

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Trouble is , there are all kinds of emergencies . Some you won't want the trailer in tow , others you will . Hard to know ahead of time . Personally I like to be able to take everything with me in less than 5 min. when making a quick stop , plug in cord , raise jack , start engine , gone.
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I always disconnect ever since we lost some sleep hearing a drip in the night under the wet bath, only to find out it was the electric brakes making a ticking noise. Found that out at 2 AM crawling under the trailer to find the leak. (Is the noise normal or should I start a new thread asking about that?)
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Well, I suppose it's a matter of preference...and situations. When we are stopping over and not needing to go anywhere in the TV, what we do is unhitch from the TV (to give the TV a rest) and disconnect the Equilizer bars from the tongue, unplug, and drop the tongue stand...but unless we need to lower the tongue lower than the ball to get it leveled, we don't move the truck...that way it's already in position to re-hitch, plug in and we're gone...

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I always disconnect ever since we lost some sleep hearing a drip in the night under the wet bath, only to find out it was the electric brakes making a ticking noise. Found that out at 2 AM crawling under the trailer to find the leak. (Is the noise normal or should I start a new thread asking about that?)
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Jamie, this is not normal for my '73. The only time I remember hearing any noise from the brakes was when the brakes in the tow vehicle are applied. A slight humming noise in my case. I wonder if you have a trailer brake or TV brake controller issue. You might want to start that thread.

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