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Old 08-29-2013, 08:19 PM   #1
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Anyone keep their scamp hooked to the truck while camping?

We just arrived and it seemed like the capmer was more stable and level while hooked to the teuck so I left it that way..Is this the norm or weird? Guess the ipad doesnt have a flash lol.
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:37 PM   #2
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When on the road with the 5er I do that a lot. Just unplug the trailer connector from your tow vehicle.
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:37 PM   #3
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We just arrived and it seemed like the capmer was more stable and level while hooked to the truck so I left it that way..Is this the norm or weird? Guess the ipad doesnt have a flash lol.
Whenever we "overnight" in transit, we use the trailer, hooked to the TV without any other support. It works fine.
It is not, however, as stable as when set-up with stabilizers and the tongue jack.
I can see how the TV attachment could add a little stability even with the trailer set-up and level, but that will often prove impractical.
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Some doz and dozn't. I do at times. If I'm just sleeping like in a rest area I leave the truck and trailer connected. In a campground I usually disconnect the trailer. It's easier to access the stuff in the back of the truck with the tongue out of the way.

Others find it too difficult to get hooked back up. It's up to you. However once you get rear stabilizers you'll probably want to unhook.

Once you get rear stabilizers the set up is really pretty easy.
First make sure you're level side to side, in my case I use a BAL Wheel Leveler, you can use wood blocks, or plastic "legos" to get the trailer level side to side.
Then I disconnect from the tow,
Lower the tongue jack until the trailer is a bit nose low, about 1/2 a bubble.
The deploy the stabilizers on the rear making sure each stabilizer's foot is in contact with ground, or pad surface. Back to the front and raise the tongue with the tongue jack until the trailer is level.
A level trailer becomes important when you're using the refrigerator, most RV fridges want to be level. Once level I light the fridge and pull out a chair, relax an look around at what ever there is to see from the comforts of my camping chair.
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:47 PM   #5
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Thanx all..i did bring a jack for the back on one side and a plastic milk crate for the other ..also have the front jack down so super stable at present..will take a few pics in morning..happy holidays all
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:36 PM   #6
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I camp connected a lot and, as a result, I installed a solenoid type battery isolator in the charging line so that I don't have to unplug the 7 pin connector when stopped.
Total cost is less than $30 and it takes less than 30 minutes to install. This has several benefits:

1. You can't run down the TV's battery.
2. You won't fergit to reconnect and drive off with no stop and turn lights
3. You won't drive off with the 7 pin plug dragging on the ground for about 16 miles, at which time it will be ground off to a bare wire.

NOTE: This is for a solenoid type isolator, not a solid state isolator. A nd a starter solenoid isn't the same thing either, they will burn out when used as a battery isolator.
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I camp connected a lot and, as a result, I installed a solenoid type battery isolator in the charging line so that I don't have to unplug the 7 pin connector when stopped.
Total cost is less than $30 and it takes less than 30 minutes to install. This has several benefits:

1. You can't run down the TV's battery.
2. You won't fergit to reconnect and drive off with no stop and turn lights
3. You won't drive off with the 7 pin plug dragging on the ground for about 16 miles, at which time it will be ground off to a bare wire.

NOTE: This is for a solenoid type isolator, not a solid state isolator. A nd a starter solenoid isn't the same thing either, they will burn out when used as a battery isolator.
Can you expand with pics or explanations..love the idea but have no ideawhat and how it works lol
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:50 PM   #8
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Depending on tow vehicle, some have them installed from the factory, mine does.
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I camp connected a lot and, as a result, I installed a solenoid type battery isolator in the charging line so that I don't have to unplug the 7 pin connector when stopped.
Total cost is less than $30 and it takes less than 30 minutes to install. This has several benefits:

1. You can't run down the TV's battery.
2. You won't fergit to reconnect and drive off with no stop and turn lights
3. You won't drive off with the 7 pin plug dragging on the ground for about 16 miles, at which time it will be ground off to a bare wire.

NOTE: This is for a solenoid type isolator, not a solid state isolator. A nd a starter solenoid isn't the same thing either, they will burn out when used as a battery isolator.
I use a 30A switch with an LED, as an isolator. Works fine and can be turned on or off even while moving.
The only drawback is that it is like an old fashioned headlight switch or ignition ...you have remember to operate it manually!
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Old 08-30-2013, 05:22 AM   #10
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Last weekend I think I this was the problem. I was hooked up most of the weekend and didnt unhook the the 7pin connector and when I went to start my Rav4 I need a jump...been fine since. The battery is 5yo but they usually go for 6 before dying.

I often times stay connected if I dont have to drive anywhere and not told I have to disconect...mostly out of lazyness lol. I still have yet to use the rear stabilizers. When I do disconect, I have 2 jackstands I put out under the frame near the tongue so the tongue jack isnt supporting all the weight. Seems stable to me. I am guessing that since the large dinette is down full time and I am sleeping really close to the axle Im not putting enough weigh farther back to lift the tongue. Had that happen once with my lil home built gypsy vardo though lol
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My 19' scamp will get light in the back with 40 gallons freshwater and a person or two in the back. I just use regular jackstands for now. I'm going to put a bal dual rear stabilizer setup on it, but I'm waiting until I get the doubled up frame rail under the back.
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We stay connected to the trailer on occasion. Though our tow vehicle charge wire, like Floyd's, has a switch in series, we always disconnect the 7 pin connector. As well we put the trailer jack down.

In my opinion even though you're still hooked up you should check your trailer connections before hitting the road again. We go through our traditional series of checks whether we stay connected to the tow vehicle or not.
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Unless I'm planning to use the tow vehicle to get somewhere else while stopped, or need to unhook to level the trailer, I rarely unhook for one night stops. I do have a disconnect relay between the vehicle & trailer...
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I use the BAL leveler even when connected if its not close to level. I will disconnect the umbilical cord though from now on. I was running my fantastic fan nonstop so it must have been pulling from my TV battery
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