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Old 06-20-2011, 08:44 AM   #15
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If your trailer tows nose down, you can leave it hitched up and raise the tongue AND the TV with the nose jack. Works for me.
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:12 AM   #16
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Andrew makes a great point! We also have a rule to never, never, never tie the dog (or anything else) to the TV for any reason whatsoever. One instance of forgetfulness could mean tragedy.
Is it wrong that I immediately thought of "Vacation" and Chevy Chase and laughed?
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Old 06-20-2011, 12:17 PM   #17
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Smile To unhitch or not to unhitch, that is the question.

I base the hitching/unhitching question on two factors:

1. Will I need the car (for shopping, touring, restaurant visit) during my stay?

2. Do I need to unhitch to get Homelet level (front to back)?

If the answer to either question is "Yes", then I unhitch.

But always remember to unplug the trailer from the car or you may find yourself unable to start the car because you have run both batteries down.

BEFORE I unhitch, I check side to side level because I need the car to pull Homelet up on the required blocking.

ALWAYS remember when you are not unhitched. It would be ugly to jump into the car to run someplace and then find out you are still attached.

Donna, thanks for giving me another reason to love my Trillium. I just use the removable crank to turn my stabilizers down and up.
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Old 06-20-2011, 04:01 PM   #18
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I only unhitch if we need the tug to go someplace.
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Old 06-21-2011, 10:53 PM   #19
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If your trailer tows nose down, you can leave it hitched up and raise the tongue AND the TV with the nose jack. Works for me.
I used to do that a lot, until I discovered that the hitch receiver had broken just behind the 1st pair of bolts; what started out as a 6 bolt connection to the frame became a 4 bolt connection, with a noticeable sag toward the rear. I have replaced the receiver and unhitch every time now.
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Old 06-22-2011, 10:08 AM   #20
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Hmmmm, But by not unhitching for a extended stay are you not putting unwanted weight/tension on the vehicles suspension?

There have been nights when on the road, I didn't unhitch all the way, got the weight of the trailer off the tow vehicle, but I was always told to not leave it hooked up for long periods.
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Old 06-22-2011, 11:49 PM   #21
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CarolMarie:

We stayed hitched when we were overnighting recently. You can do this even if you don't tow nose down or if the campsite is not level. Just put some levelling blocks under the trailer wheels then level fore and aft using the hitch jack and deploy the stabilizer jacks. Disconnect the electrical connection to the towing vehicle and you are all set. The weight of the tongue normally lowers the rear of the towing vehicle, so lifting the tongue with the hitch jack raises it. The trailer will be level for sleeping and operating the fridge. You can be on the road in minutes in the morning.

Here we are camped in the rain in Northern BC still hitched.

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Old 06-27-2011, 02:28 PM   #22
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I always disconect. I can just see me headed to the camp store dragging the awning and whatever else wanted to come along. LOL!
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:57 AM   #23
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We usually unhook as we tend to keep our Bigfoot over to the side, and then park our van cross ways across the site to add a little privacy, help keep our kids contained and help keep stray kids from running/riding their bikes across our site.
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:16 AM   #24
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We usually unhook as we tend to keep our Bigfoot over to the side, and then park our van cross ways across the site to add a little privacy, help keep our kids contained and help keep stray kids from running/riding their bikes across our site.
I'm going to try that!
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