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Old 04-16-2013, 07:28 AM   #1
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I will be camping for 3 nights and wonder if it is ok to leave the TT hitched to the truck for the weekend? I still put the stablizers down.
Is there any harm in leaving the TT hitched? I was just wondering.

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Old 04-16-2013, 07:51 AM   #2
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As long as you are level for the sake of the refrigerator there is nothing wrong with remaining hitched. I would disconnect the electric cable from the TV until you are ready to leave. You don't want the trailer charging the TV battery if you are hooked up to shore power nor do you want to draw from the TV battery if you are not hooked up to shore power.
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:31 AM   #3
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The only thing to think keep in mind, emergency evacuations, floods, fires. There are some reasons to not stay hitched. I have camped and stayed hitched many times, I just have a plan. Worst case scenario is to pull the receiver pin and chains and tear out.

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Old 04-16-2013, 10:19 AM   #4
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The only thing to think keep in mind, emergency evacuations, floods, fires. There are some reasons to not stay hitched. I have camped and stayed hitched many times, I just have a plan. Worst case scenario is to pull the receiver pin and chains and tear out.

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I always unhitch for this exact reason. Oftentimes I never move my truck, but I like to know that I can if I need to. Plus it only takes like 10 minutes to hitch and unhitch anyways.
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Agreed, I just about always unhitch for the same reason.. I said "just about" only because there has been a time or two where I have just stopped for a brief night and planned on leaving bright and early the next morning. When I do that I ensure both the stabilizers and thighs jacks are down.
Also a great point about the emergency evac plan. I have kids and always think this through. Plan is usually just to pull the receiver pin, unchain and go as well. Also agree with unplugging. Make sure you still go through your full pre-departure checklist we well.
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As long as you are level for the sake of the refrigerator there is nothing wrong with remaining hitched. I would disconnect the electric cable from the TV until you are ready to leave. You don't want the trailer charging the TV battery if you are hooked up to shore power nor do you want to draw from the TV battery if you are not hooked up to shore power.
Just curious why you say not to let the trailer charge the TV battery? I leave mine hooked up quite often and keep the tv battery topped off since I tend to leave the doors open and go on a bad out a lot.
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Just curious why you say not to let the trailer charge the TV battery? I leave mine hooked up quite often and keep the tv battery topped off since I tend to leave the doors open and go on a bad out a lot.
I really don't think it would hurt anything to let the trailer charge the TV battery. It's just my way of doing things. Your reasoning makes sense if you leave the doors open with the lights on.
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Thanks everyone for the responses. An emergency plan is a must. So, I think I will leave it hitched, but the WDH and the sway bar, the elec cable and chains off.
If I need to pull out in a hurry I only have to raise the hitch and go.

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Thanks everyone for the responses. An emergency plan is a must. So, I think I will leave it hitched, but the WDH and the sway bar, the elec cable and chains off.
If I need to pull out in a hurry I only have to raise the hitch and go.

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No offense, but if you are going to remove the w/d, sway bar, chains, and electric, why not just finish the job and remove the tongue from the hitch ball? Just my .02
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Just curious why you say not to let the trailer charge the TV battery? I leave mine hooked up quite often and keep the tv battery topped off since I tend to leave the doors open and go on a bad out a lot.
I unhook the electrical to the tow vehicle, just because of all the electronics in vehicles these days, I feel better only having the alternator charge the vehicle, not the inverter on the trailer. Last year, my charging fuse blew in my Traverse, I don't know if it was because the Traverse was running with the AC on while I was still plugged in (getting ready to leave home).
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