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Old 07-24-2019, 01:49 PM   #21
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I assumed that this was an etiquette question rather than a technical one. If staying hooked up is because you are in a parking lot for the night then common sense and manners would be your answer. If having the slideout deployed does not interfere with someone parked next to you or someone walking by, then go for it.
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Old 07-24-2019, 01:55 PM   #22
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Old 07-24-2019, 02:12 PM   #23
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I live in a campground full time and I see people doing this very often. Usually they are only there for a quick night stopover and are leaving early in the morning. It only takes a couple minutes to pull in the slides and raise the jacks then they are on their way.
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Old 07-24-2019, 10:56 PM   #24
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But after it's all said and done, in a 5er and auto-leveling, you're really not saving much time and energy. I realized I should've just unhitched and auto-leveled. So much easier.
I would agree that it would be quicker to unhook, auto-level, auto-hitch height and reconnect, then to try to do it by manually lowering jacks and trying to get a resemblance of being close to level while still hooked.
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We have used auto-level while hooked to our truck before. Extended all 6 jacks. Granted, it was a very level sight. So if that's the case, and you're towing level, or close to level, it should not be a problem.

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We have used auto-level while hooked to our truck before. Extended all 6 jacks. Granted, it was a very level sight. So if that's the case, and you're towing level, or close to level, it should not be a problem.

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I would be sceptical of doing that while hooked, as the first thing my unit does after unhooking and pressing the auto-level is to take a nose dive. After I brought the 5th home the first time and unhooked, I didn't clear the back of the truck. Boy, was that a scramble when we saw the front of the 5th coming down aiming for the tailgate. Now we make sure the truck is clear.
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Old 07-25-2019, 01:39 PM   #27
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I would be sceptical of doing that while hooked, as the first thing my unit does after unhooking and pressing the auto-level is to take a nose dive. After I brought the 5th home the first time and unhooked, I didn't clear the back of the truck. Boy, was that a scramble when we saw the front of the 5th coming down aiming for the tailgate. Now we make sure the truck is clear.
Same here. Ours did the same thing, takes a nose dive when I hit auto-level. I would never try while it's hitched up.
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Not sure I'm following. How can it "nose dive" when hooked up? All the weight is already on the hitch. The camper isn't going any lower.

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Not sure I'm following. How can it "nose dive" when hooked up? All the weight is already on the hitch. The camper isn't going any lower.

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It can't nosedive and therein lies the problem. Auto-level was not meant to be used while still hitched.
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I disagree. As I mentioned, if you tow fairly level, the camper will end up in relatively the same position hitched or unhitched. Lower the front legs like normal and hit the button. It works fine.

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I disagree. As I mentioned, if you tow fairly level, the camper will end up in relatively the same position hitched or unhitched. Lower the front legs like normal and hit the button. It works fine.

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Ok. Well I tow level and probably have to raise mine higher than most as I have a Pullrite 2600 and it has to clear the hitch for the truck to pull out. So I see it go down quite a bit to auto-level. Still, don't plan on hitting auto-level while hitched up.
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Yes, when you unhook you have to raise the front quite a bit in order to unload the truck suspension and also clear the hitch. It will then need to drop back down to get back to level. When it's hitched, it's already down where it needs to be.

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Yes, when you unhook you have to raise the front quite a bit in order to unload the truck suspension and also clear the hitch. It will then need to drop back down to get back to level. When it's hitched, it's already down where it needs to be.

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We're going around in circles here dude. I'll get off here. Not a fan of auto-level when hitched.
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Old 07-27-2019, 04:26 PM   #34
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Agree with you NOT to hit auto leveler

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We're going around in circles here dude. I'll get off here. Not a fan of auto-level when hitched.
Iím with you on this. We can sleep in our bed without putting out slide and use our restroom and get to frig (not freezer) on our residential frig so if we ever stay just over nite Iím not unhooking and only putting front jacks down to give truck suspension a break. Less is best 😀
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This is what I do: Remain hitched, drop the front legs, unload the truck suspension, extend the bedroom slide, sleep. Reverse procedure in A.M.
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We traveled from Seattle to Tampa, stopping for mostly one night, but a few times 2-3 nights. On the one-nighters we positioned the trailer as level as could be and only ran the front jacks down, raising the truck bed up a few inches. Doing this stabilized the trailer while walking around inside. Then we ran the 6 slides out.
While staying more than one night we dropped the trailer, using the automatic
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I have now seen 2 large MH's with a slide out, and traveling 60+ mph.
Yeah, what could go wrong.
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We own a 2020 Pinnacle SSWS, and we leave it hooked to the truck as well, and drop the front legs. We just make sure the drivers side of the camper is not infringing on someones space. Its the only down fall of this model, you have to put the slide out to get to the bathroom or bedroom. We love it though.
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When we travel and have to stay just one night I normally put the front jack and the rear manually, I also disconnect my power to my truck and use the pedestal and let all the slide out.
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