how much damage will i do to truck or camper if i leave them hitched up 4 days ... - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 05-20-2013, 09:37 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
lpk49's Avatar
 
Name: KAYAK
Trailer: 2007 casita freedom deluxe-2013 tacoma
New Hampshire
Posts: 297
how much damage will i do to truck or camper if i leave them hitched up 4 days ...

in a row

they match up about as perfect as they can and camper bubble things say it is level when we drive.
__________________

__________________
lpk49 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2013, 10:41 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
rabbit's Avatar
 
Name: Jack
Trailer: '98 BURRO 17WB
Delaware
Posts: 2,548
You will do no damage to the Taco. Remember to detach the trailer plug from the tow vehicle when the engine is not running. I believe you have experience towing a camping trailer and will remember. Some, me included, might not remember when part of the more customary unhitching/setup protocol is eliminated.

jack
__________________

__________________
rabbit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2013, 12:27 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Jared J's Avatar
 
Name: Jared
Trailer: 1984 19' scamp
Kansas
Posts: 1,610
The scamp fifth wheel has been hitched to my pickup for 5-6 weeks.
__________________
Jared J is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2013, 12:47 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Name: None
Trailer: None
None
Posts: 2,730
Weight

[QUOTE=Jared J;388858]The scamp fifth wheel has been hitched to my pickup for 5-6 weeks.[/QUOT

When you leave your trailer attached to your tow vehicle for long periods of time ,do you lower the front jacks (stabilizers) to take some of the trailer weight off of your tow vehicle's suspension?
__________________
steve dunham is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2013, 12:49 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
deryk's Avatar
 
Name: deryk
Trailer: 2012 Parkliner 2010 V6 Nissan Frontier 4x4
New Jersey
Posts: 2,086
Registry
I think it would be a good idea... save your springs and shocks.
__________________
deryk

All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.... J.R.R. Tolkien
deryk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2013, 02:26 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Jared J's Avatar
 
Name: Jared
Trailer: 1984 19' scamp
Kansas
Posts: 1,610
I don't put the jacks down. It barely squats the pickup, it still sits fairly high in the back, not enough weight to worry about. If it was a mid size pickup or bigger trailer, I might consider it.
__________________
Jared J is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2013, 02:43 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Brian B-P's Avatar
 
Name: Brian
Trailer: Boler (B1700RGH) 1979
Alberta
Posts: 5,000
Assuming that the truck is within its rated load limits, they can be left hooked up indefinitely.

I wouldn't put stabilizers down, because I don't know what would be under what what forces in that case, but I know everything is okay without the stabilizers.

The point of unplugging is to keep the trailer from draining the truck's battery. There is no need to unplug unless your charging setup has no shutoff relay or diode isolation system.
__________________
1979 Boler B1700RGH, pulled by 2004 Toyota Sienna LE 2WD
Information is good. Lack of information is not so good, but misinformation is much worse. Check facts, and apply common sense liberally.
STATUS: No longer active in forum.
Brian B-P is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2013, 08:20 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
accrete's Avatar
 
Name: Thom
Trailer: Chevy AWD Van Conversion
Astoria Oregon
Posts: 1,015
Registry
With the current combination of our particular van (chevy 1500) and the Parkliner @~2400 at scales...the 10 ply sidewall tires on the van don't stray from their normal sidewall curve. So i would have no issue with our set up pulling into camp, putting down the rear stab.jacks and calling it good. & Depending on level, utilize the BAL leveler and possibly the BAL single axle chock.

: ) Your millage may vary
Thom
__________________
Blogging from the WET! Coast of Oregon
Bed, Bath, & Beyond...
2010 Chevy Express 1500 AWD Van
Archive: Parkliner #35 build thread
accrete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2013, 08:57 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
lpk49's Avatar
 
Name: KAYAK
Trailer: 2007 casita freedom deluxe-2013 tacoma
New Hampshire
Posts: 297
as far as i know i dont have any stabilizer jacks. front or rear. you're not talking about the thing you crank down to the driveway when it is unhitched are you...sorry about not knowing what it is called. are you saying to crank that down so it holds some weight...even tho i am hitched up?

i have seen it said both ways on here to unplug the elec and to not unplug so i am glad brian explained why:

"There is no need to unplug unless your charging setup has no shutoff relay or diode isolation system."

but of course i have no idea if i have that or not. how would i know? i never in all my pulling days unhooked the elec. i drove horses to a show. kept the rig hitched up and plugged together for 10 hrs or so. then drove home. i never remember having to undo that. and i never did it to this trailer with my full size p/u(for 2 yrs) until one day it did drain the truck battery and the guy who fixed it told me not to plug it in when the engine was off. the battery was 6 yrs old then so i thought it was just old and thats why it happened.
__________________
lpk49 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2013, 10:10 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Jared J's Avatar
 
Name: Jared
Trailer: 1984 19' scamp
Kansas
Posts: 1,610
Your pickup might have a relay tha t stops the power when off. You just check at the vehicle side of the trailer plug with a meter on the ground And positive pins, key on and off.

I was going to install an isolator, and never got around to it. When I was wiring the trailer, I discovered the pickup shuts it off anyway, if the key is off.
__________________
Jared J is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2013, 12:52 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Brian B-P's Avatar
 
Name: Brian
Trailer: Boler (B1700RGH) 1979
Alberta
Posts: 5,000
Quote:
Originally Posted by accrete View Post
Depending on level, utilize the BAL leveler and possibly the BAL single axle chock.
Yes, although I probably wouldn't use stabilizers, shimming up the low side wheel for reasonable left-to-right level makes sense to me and would make no difference to the tug.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jared J View Post
When I was wiring the trailer, I discovered the pickup shuts it off anyway, if the key is off.
That's normal for factory trailer wiring (in those vehicles which have factory trailer wiring available), and for well-designed aftermarket installations. Mine has a relay which shuts off the connection to the trailer when the engine is not running - I installed it.
__________________
1979 Boler B1700RGH, pulled by 2004 Toyota Sienna LE 2WD
Information is good. Lack of information is not so good, but misinformation is much worse. Check facts, and apply common sense liberally.
STATUS: No longer active in forum.
Brian B-P is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2013, 06:23 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
SilverGhost's Avatar
 
Name: Jason
Trailer: Egg Camper
Tennessee
Posts: 322
I here I thought it funny that it runs my camper battery down if I don't unplug. Though it is pretty obvious when you get in the car and the heater fan is blowing.

Is the relay anything special or is it pretty generic?

I would put the stabilizer jacks down so the trailer doesn't move on its suspension as you walk around. Not for the weight or level, just to keep it from rocking and such.

Jason
__________________

__________________
SilverGhost is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Any bigfoot truck camper owners here? Phil Underwood General Chat 24 10-09-2015 01:05 PM
Got my U-Haul camper 2 days ago! U-Haul Matt Hi, I am.... 38 05-08-2013 09:12 AM
Need a used BigFoot truck camper jamasarah General Chat 0 09-13-2012 09:03 AM
The 12 days of camper X-mas Don'n'Deb General Chat 2 12-03-2011 08:38 PM
How many truck camper owners here??? mountain General Chat 2 01-16-2011 04:01 PM

» Trailer Showcase

Burro

Azurko

Bigfoot

11acs
» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:19 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.