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September 22, by libertatemamo Comments. See my updates in italics below the original text on each topic. One of the beautiful things about aging is you carry along the wisdom of years of experience that, and your wine gets better of course. By many standards you could easily call me but a pup in the great dog-park of life, but as our multi-year journey in RVing progresses I have managed to glean a few gems of sageness which I can happily pass along. I always imagined that you should try to buy the biggest RV you could afford. Our travels over the past years, and perhaps more specifically the kind of travel we like to do camping in public campgrounds, forests, state parks, off-the-beaten-track spots has taught me that bigger is not always better.
Will it hurt anything truck or 5th wheel to hook up Thursday evening while it is still daylight, so we don't have to worry about hooking up in the dark? Walaby wrote: I hook up the night before ALL the time.
I hook up the umbilical cord the night before AND hook up to shore power.
Never had an issue. Now, I have a TT, not a 5er, but I highly doubt that matters. Just drop front jacks for stability. EgorKC wrote: There are 2 things to consider. Landing gear is nothing to raise in the AM and why leave the truck squatting? There is a potential for a parasitic drain on your truck battery, for instance gas detector, inverter fan or running fridge overnight. Unlikely to cause you any grief but why take chances.
Keep in mind this opinion is worthless, but then aren't all? Print Close. We are wanting to head out early Friday morning before daylight. The only thought that comes to mind is whether the unit has the fridge running on shore power overnight and is it level enough, but generally, I wouldn't think its a problem. We got home on Monday and parked out in front of the house and I still haven't bothered to put down the landing gear and unhook.
When we're traveling we seldom unhook unless we need to level front to back. There are 2 things to consider. Greg You cannot stop growing old but you don't have to grow up.
Level for the fridge is the only concern I see. TALL flag pole. Bicyclist14 yr. No, it won't hurt a thing. I rarely unhook for an overnight and frequently hitch up the night before a trip so we can just load last minute stuff and go. I don't ever drop the jacks and leave it attached to the truck because I'm afraid I'll have a brain fart and damage the jacks by just taking off in the morning without raising them. There's not enough jiggle in the trailer to bug us for an overnight stop to bother with putting jacks down.
If the truck doesn't squat in the daytime it won't squat at night. Our TT sometimes stayed hooked for a week at a time. As long as the fridge is level all is well. Mine is hooked up in storage for months some times. No worries. I personally put the landing gear down to take some pressure off the springs of the pickup. Others obviously disagree, but I think the additional weight will wear the springs on the pickup quicker. Like several have mentioned, have the fridge fairly level, even if you need to put something under the FW tires. Fords have an automatic shutoff, stopping current from truck battery, so plug in the cord, no need to worry about TV battery.
Yup, hook it up, be ready, just do a head count before leaving in the morning. Any danger in having the 7 way umbilical hooked up to the truck AND being hooked up to shore power?
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I hook up the night before ALL the time. Mike Im Mike Willoughby, and I approve this message. I leave mine hooked to shore power and hooked to the truck quite often. So far no issues. Been doing it for many years. I do it all the time. Just did it this afternoon as a matter of fact. We're pulling out at oh dark thirty tomorrow. All hitched up and ready to roll. Sitting here, I think I forgot to fold the steps up. Remind me in the morning, will ya?
They don't fit through the gate folded out. I know, because I tried once with our last rig. Mike Same with me for about 12 years, ever since I installed a 30a plug at my house. SOME trucks the 'battery charge' line remains hot with truck ignition key off.
Ford isn't, Ram is Hooked up, umbilical cord still plugged in and on shore power. Is it time for your medication or mine? We hooked ours up Wednesday night. Pulled the camper out of the barn and up near the house and plugged it in. Last night we filled it will water, food, clothes and put the bikes on the rack. Now tonight after work all we have to do it unplug it and hit the road.
We never leave the jacks down Wanting Springdale hook up b4 work I'm also afraid I'll forget to pull them up before we leave. Also, I don't think that extra day or two of having the weight on the truck is really going to make much difference in the life of the springs. Unless of course you are grossly overloaded. No problem and while it doesn't hurt to put the landing legs down, it won't hurt the springs if you leave the landing gear up.
If the springs can handle a big bump at 65mph, the static load just sitting there is nothing. We do this all the time - hook up the night before so we can leave at 5am the next morning. We leave our FW plugged in to shore power and unplug the FW power to the truck.
In the AM, all we have to do is unplug shore power and stow the cord, then plug in the FW to the truck, double check the lights and go. Where we park is on our property and is level, so if your site is not level, you may want to leave your front landing gear up till you pull out, but then again, you should be level hooked up. The only reason I mention this is because I'm a stickler for being level for any length of time for the fridge.
Never had an issue yet in 10 years to camping this way. What's your hurry?!? Why do you think staying hooked over night would hurt anythingwhen you are bouncing down our wonderful ro don't Hurt anything Busdriver Chevy Duramax- Grand De RLS. The night before a trip I get my 5'er out of storage and park in front of my home.
Plug it into shore power, turn fridge on, pack it with clothes etc.
Next morning I load the fridge, unplug power and we're on our way. When traveling we'll sometimes pull off the highway for the night at a Casino lot or Walmart. Never unhitch or put the stands down. Sleep for the night and back on the road in the morning.
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Why would there be any problem having it hitched for the night? It tows hitched!! Thank you! Posted By: mr. Greg X2, especially on lowering the landing gear just enough to take some weight off of the truck.
Don't raise too much, remembering that the fiver is still attached to the truck! The only concern is if the fridge is running and is too much off level when doing this.
However, the slight rise in angle would probably not put the fridge in jeopardy as long as side to side leveling is good. Better still, if you don't need to run the fridge leave it off. Ed fulltiming since Life is fragile. Handle with prayer.