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Old 04-26-2011, 07:54 PM   #1
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newb question: unhitching or staying hitched on overnight stops?

Later this week I'll be starting a long round trip with the Burro - Philadelphia to Wendover Nevada/Utah and back in about 2 1/2 weeks. I'll have many days of driving, parking someplace overnight, and driving more the next day.

So, is there anything to be gained from getting the trailer off the hitch during these stops? Does the car care? Or do most people just leave everything hooked up?
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Old 04-26-2011, 07:59 PM   #2
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If you're just stopping for the night to sleep I would leave it hooked up. If you think you might need to go somewhere then unhook.
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:10 PM   #3
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Just do not forget to unplug to be sure your not draining your car battery.
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We shop at Walmart with it connected and sometimes boondock right there and even if we overnight on a camp ground, we leave it hitched up. I do disconnect the big DC plug to the tow vehicle because in our Chevy truck, the power remains on to the camper battery and I do not want to run down the truck battery. We connect it up the next morning and do a tail lite check B4 departing.
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Unplugging....I would not necessarily have thought of that - thanks!
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Old 04-26-2011, 09:03 PM   #6
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It depends entirely on how much power you are pulling from the battery.

I do a lot of overnight stopping and never unhook.

But everybody is different.

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Unplugging....I would not necessarily have thought of that - thanks!
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So, is there anything to be gained from getting the trailer off the hitch during these stops? Does the car care? Or do most people just leave everything hooked up?
That would depend on:
  1. Is your overnight spot relatively level?
  2. Do you have a refrigerator that must be leveled up?
If #1 = no, and #2 = yes, then I say unhitch.
Don't put unnecessary strain on your tongue jack, trailer frame, or hitch receiver.
Don't ask how I know this.
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I'll be "stealth camping" this weekend. Basically, I'll be parallel parked on a street in Arlington VA. I am going to leave it hooked up in order to look more discreet. Other than that, I usually unhook so that I can level the camper. I guess that depends on how level your site is, and the tow ball height in relationship to the coupler.
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Later this week I'll be starting a long round trip with the Burro - Philadelphia to Wendover Nevada/Utah and back in about 2 1/2 weeks. I'll have many days of driving, parking someplace overnight, and driving more the next day.

So, is there anything to be gained from getting the trailer off the hitch during these stops? Does the car care? Or do most people just leave everything hooked up?
We never unhook except at campgrounds or other places we plan to stay. Overnight at Walmart, Crackerbarrel, truckstops, or rest areas we stay attached. My TV has a disconnect switch in the charge line so we simply turn off the power to the trailer battery.
On cool nights I often forget to turn on the propane until I start to settle in for the night then I have to go out in the cold and turn it on so we can run the furnace. I just look for a quiet level spot away from traffic.
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Old 04-27-2011, 06:17 AM   #10
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McBrew,

Just curious, have you checked if it is legal to park in town with a camper?

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Old 04-27-2011, 06:30 AM   #11
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I would not unhook but I would/do put down the stabalizer jacks, otherwise there is a lot of bounce.
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Just curious, have you checked if it is legal to park in town with a camper?

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I am still awaiting a reply. It is a residential area, so I think it is going to be okay.
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I am still awaiting a reply. It is a residential area, so I think it is going to be okay.
We've parked in residential areas overnight a few times in front of friends homes and stayed in the rig. The friends on occasion has simply called the police to let them know. Never a problem.

As to disconnecting we will sometimes just release the ball and jack the trailer up if it's not level. In these cases we leave the car in position.

Sometimes we just put the jack down, not releasing the ball, to relieve the car and stiffen the front of the trailer.

We do usually disconnect the power cable between the tow and trailer.

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Unplugging....I would not necessarily have thought of that - thanks!
Just recommending to the must-unpluggers that the installation under the T.V. hood of a battery isolator eliminates that necessity.
It's a cheap and easy install that prevents car battery power flow to the trailer when the ignition is off...One less thing to worry about!

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