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Old 04-27-2011, 05:29 PM   #15
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I never unhitch or unplug from my truck when stopping for just the night, I have a relay wired such that power to the trailer is disconnected when the truck's ignition is off. But I do lower the tongue jack and rear stabilizers to take out the bounce when moving around inside the trailer, just don't forget to raise those before driving off.
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Old 04-28-2011, 01:14 PM   #16
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I never unhitch or unplug from my truck when stopping for just the night, I have a relay wired such that power to the trailer is disconnected when the truck's ignition is off. But I do lower the tongue jack and rear stabilizers to take out the bounce when moving around inside the trailer, just don't forget to raise those before driving off.
Unfortunately for me, I can't lower the jacks (rear) without unhitching. There isn't enough clearance. I have to either unhitched or drive up on leveling blocks first. Sometimes both! Maybe it's time for a new axle.
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Old 04-28-2011, 02:07 PM   #17
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Unfortunately for me, I can't lower the jacks (rear) without unhitching. There isn't enough clearance. I have to either unhitched or drive up on leveling blocks first. Sometimes both! Maybe it's time for a new axle.
Weird!
Is it possible that your TV hitchbar is too high? I've seen some rigs around that are towing trailers that aren't level when hitched...
Or maybe your levelers are add-ons, and too tall. They do come in a variety of heights.

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Old 04-28-2011, 02:36 PM   #18
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Weird!
Is it possible that your TV hitchbar is too high? I've seen some rigs around that are towing trailers that aren't level when hitched...
Or maybe your levelers are add-ons, and too tall. They do come in a variety of heights.

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My hitch is rather low. In fact, even when I unhitch and lower the front jack all the way, there is often not enough clearance in the back to flip the jacks down. I replaced the rusty originals with the same height jacks. Either it is because the old Scamps like mine are lower to the ground, or the axle is worn and it is riding lower. I would believe either one.

On level ground, there is enough room for the jack to be IN the lowered position, but not enough room to swing the jack down. This is with the tongue jack in the lowest position, which is quite a bit lower than the hitch height.
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Old 04-28-2011, 02:54 PM   #19
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Dang!
That must be really annoying.
Hope you figure out a fix....

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Old 04-28-2011, 05:01 PM   #20
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We have yet to try it with out 5th wheel. The front bunk sits level with the bed of the pickup so it wouldn't be like you would have the sensation of rolling out except for the person on the outside getting pushed off the ledge.
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Old 04-28-2011, 05:57 PM   #21
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when we overnight at a truck stop or somewhere else,,,we don't unhitch. but we do put down the rear feet--and only sometimes drop the jack at the front..but we don't usually unplug.
and we've never had any difficulties with the car battery in the morning...
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Old 04-28-2011, 06:21 PM   #22
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when we overnight at a truck stop or somewhere else,,,we don't unhitch. but we do put down the rear feet--and only sometimes drop the jack at the front..but we don't usually unplug.
and we've never had any difficulties with the car battery in the morning...
I think a lot depends on what you're using off 12v, and how much amperage it takes to crank your tow vehicle. It's my understanding that without an isolator the two batteries are linked in a series and are drawn down by the trailer at the same rate. If you get below your TV's cold cranking amp requirements, it may not start.
FYI my Trillium manual says that the fridge will bleed the batteries dry overnight, of course most people don't power their fridges off 12v unless underway.

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Old 04-28-2011, 07:56 PM   #23
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I've got a HUGE grin on my face, after...

..someone came out of THE CLOSET about 'stealth' camping!!
I've done it a few times and always feel guilty and spend time wondering whether people are going to knock on my door, rousting me out of my secure little EGGIE, in the middle of the night.
I actually had a very positive experience up in Anacortes, at their annual Motor Cycle Poker Run. I parked right smack in the middle of town, near my boyfriend's Motel, on a side street (in front of a nice residential home). As I left the trailer in the morning, the man of the 'real house', came out, walked down to me and asked me NOT what was I doing there, but wanted to know all about my EGGIE. Amen!

...and had to GRIN, when I saw Frederick's reply, with the punch ending of, "Don't ask me why I know it!"
Very cute. Hope to see you two on the trail this summer. Will you guys be going to Bandon? I haven't yet committed...will see if someone cancels.
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..someone came out of THE CLOSET about 'stealth' camping!!
I've done it a few times and always feel guilty and spend time wondering whether people are going to knock on my door, rousting me out of my secure little EGGIE, in the middle of the night.
Here are some previous discussions:
1 Egg-visible
2 Stealth Camping Vehicles
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Old 05-01-2011, 08:39 AM   #26
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My stealth camping worked out just fine. I parallel parked on the street and was never bothered. We had a long night out on the town in DC, so I didn't even make it back to the Scamp until about 3:30am. Glad I set everything up in advance so I could just crawl inside, turn on the beater, and jump into bed. I'm just getting ready to put on a pot of coffee.
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Old 05-05-2011, 08:11 PM   #27
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I always use a receiver hitch that gives the ball the proper height. That is when towing on a level road the trailer should be level regardless if the back of the tow vehicle is mashed down. When parking for the night you are searching for a level parking spot. That will take care of the front to back level. If parking on a street the road will be crowned for drainage and the curb side will always be lower. I carry a few short scraps of 2x6 to put down and pull the curb side wheel(s) up on. That gets it level enough to run the refrigerator and sleep in. I overnight a lot and I never unhook. There is never a reason to plus I want to be able to leave at a moments notice if the situation warrants. My tow vehicle is a late model Ford and when I shut the key off it disconnects the vehicle battery from the trailer circuit. If you don't have that you should unplug the trailer to avoid the possibility of not being able to start your tow vehicle the next morning.
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Hi, Bruce

Just wanted to say:
Thanks!
We veered off topic for a bit...
It's nice that somebody's paying attention!

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