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Old 08-29-2007, 12:47 PM   #1
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Wasn't sure where to post this - stupid question(s)

Tonight is the first night that we are going to stay in our Airstream with the tow vehicle attached. Just wondering:

1) do you disconnect the umbilical cord from the tow vehicle?
2) do you drop the jack or the stabilizers or both?

Thanks for all the great advice I have gleaned from this group.
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Old 08-29-2007, 12:56 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 08-29-2007, 12:57 PM   #3
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Ditto what he said.

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Old 08-29-2007, 01:24 PM   #4
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Ditto what Richard said, except I don't think you have to disconnect the cable. There is a cut off in the TV wiring that breaks this battery charge circuit when the engine stops running (running lights will still work so don't leave those on). Doesn't hurt to disconnect, but I never have.

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Old 08-29-2007, 01:28 PM   #5
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Old 08-29-2007, 01:29 PM   #6
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These guys are reading my mind, and type faster than I do. Ditto. I do, however normally/sometime disconnect the umbilical. Depends, perhaps on if it is raining or not, or maybe even happy hour.
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Old 08-29-2007, 01:51 PM   #7
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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.
This is what most do. The only item I would alter is item 3 if you have a trailer with a slide out and want to extend it. In this case you need to have the stabilizers down to support the slide as it extends.

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Old 08-29-2007, 01:57 PM   #8
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On the occasion that we stayed a single night in a campground, I did unhitch and disconnect the umbilical, chock the wheels, and lower the stabilizers. Anal, over kill, or lack of experience, call it what you will. I just didn't think about saving time by not doing those things. I think it would have saved a lot of time the next morning if all I had to do was disconnect the utilities and reconnect the umbilical.

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?
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Ditto what Richard said, except I don't think you have to disconnect the cable. There is a cut off in the TV wiring that breaks this battery charge circuit when the engine stops running (running lights will still work so don't leave those on). Doesn't hurt to disconnect, but I never have.

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Old 08-29-2007, 02:07 PM   #10
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What he said, for the same reason, and with the same disclaimer...
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Old 08-29-2007, 02:07 PM   #11
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Yep, I'd disconnect the 7-pin just to be sure. My Pathfinder continued to trickle charge even with the key out of the ignition, probably because it was an aftermaket set-up for 7-pin connection. My Titan supposedly has a cut-off to the TV trickle charge when the engine is off ~ but I have trust issues. I'll be disconnecting.

Congrats on your first night in the trailer.
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Ditto. The cutoff doesn't work in my 67. Wasn't a problem with my previous TV because I installed a deep cycle battery and an isolator under the floor of the van. I did manage to run down both the trailer and the deep cycle battery, but because of the isolator, the start battery was unaffected.

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We spent the whole week at Fort Wilderness and I put the stabilizers down hooked up to water, power and cable but left the umbilical connected to the truck. Couldn't believe how level the site was.
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