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Old 05-24-2008, 11:43 AM   #1
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My wife and I are preparing for our trip to TX to pick up our Casita and we have planned a trip back to CA stopping mostly for single nights. When stopping for a single night and not needing to drive around with the tow vehicle, is there any real downside to keeping the trailer hooked up to the vehicle?
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Old 05-24-2008, 11:59 AM   #2
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If your hitch height is correct, there is no need to unhook. You can raise and lower slightly to level out, but I wouldn't go to extremes.

I stayed hitched for almost two weeks once, never stopping anywhere longer than 2 nights. I DO put stablizers tripod jacks in front tho. Just staying on the ball won't keep you from wiggling.

If I am only pulled over long enough to sleep, I don't even do that.
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When stopping for a single night and not needing to drive around with the tow vehicle, [b]is there any real downside to keeping the trailer hooked up to the vehicle?
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If your hitch height is correct, there is no need to unhook. [b]You can raise and lower slightly to level out, but I wouldn't go to extremes.
You gotta level to allow the fridge to operate properly, so selecting the spot is more critical when staying hitched.
Otherwise, if the fridge is off, no worries!
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Old 05-25-2008, 11:03 AM   #4
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Casita helped us to level out our truck/trailer when we picked up the casita in 05. They provided a riser ball for our hitch. Since then we added air shocks to make our towing more enjoyable.
Enjoy your trip! We sure did. Domenica
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You can leave the hitch hooked up indefinitely just fine, but don't forget to unplug your 7-pin trailer connector for the night, or you may not have enough oomph left in your Tow Vehicle battery to start up again in the morning. And remember to plug it back in again before leaving too! (but I'm sure you would have figured that one out.) Enjoy your trip.
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Old 05-25-2008, 11:20 AM   #6
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One of the benefits of towing level is exactly what you're talking about. I can't imagine sleeping in some trailers the way I see them towed either nose up or nose down. Talk about falling out of bed!
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I've done it a couple times on longer trips. I put the stabilizers down to minimize rocking but I put a big card in front of the speedometer reminding me to raise stabilizers before starting off again!!!
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I have literally gone a month or more without ever unhooking, not even the umbilical cable (I don't have a fridge to level or run down batteries). I put a block under one wheel to rise the head of my bed and might drop the tongue jack for a little stability.
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