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Old 05-19-2015, 10:13 AM   #1
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Dropping off TT at park early?

We are picking up our TT tomorrow. The park we plan to stay in is closer than home and we will be camping there Friday night. The park rangers are most reassuring about the safety of leaving it there. I have some questions for y'all though: Should we leave the slides in or out? Electricity connected or not? We plan to connect water, but turn it off. Please give us your experienced advice as this is our first ever RV excursion. We are VERY excited.
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:20 AM   #2
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If not staying, I'd personally just unhitch and lock it up. I wouldn't connect water or power and I'd leave slides in. And I'd put a lock the tongue latch.
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:25 AM   #3
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Slides in or out is personal preference. Depends on how much more secure you think it will be. Keeping them in is probably slightly safer. Less chance of damage to them.

Electricity on or off depends in if you want your fridge to stay cold or not.

Turning the water off is a good idea but if it's just a matter of connecting two ends, why not just leave the hose off completely?
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:30 AM   #4
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Being a new trailer I would probably just unhook and lock it up. I would want to be there in case there was a problem somewhere. You never know until you use it. You'll probably have no issues at all but better safe than sorry.
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Thanks this is very useful! We will open it and load our gear and then close it back and unhook everything before we leave the park. I have always christened my canoes. Is this appropriate for TT?
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Old 05-19-2015, 10:48 AM   #6
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Just my two cents if you plan on getting in late on Friday night hook everything up less to do when you get there..... Other than that what ever you want to do will work. We have done it every way. I would put the slides out a thief isn't as apt to try to hook up & drive off. If the trailer is sitting there buttoned up it says hey I am ready to go.................

I would leave the water turned off & put a lock in the hitch at minimum.

Campground theft is very rare though.

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Your brave.

I am too protective to leave my camper alone for too long. I do not mind leaving for most of the day to do some sightseeing but leaving it for a few nights would be a bit unnerving. I just think that once the sun goes down, then all the crazies come out.

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Old 05-19-2015, 10:54 AM   #8
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Thanks this is very useful! We will open it and load our gear and then close it back and unhook everything before we leave the park. I have always christened my canoes. Is this appropriate for TT?
Just don't drip it in the lake!

I agree leaving things unconnected. Most parks I have been in are safe, a state park most likely is isolated, relying on local rangers is good.
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I look at it like at home if it looks like someone is there they will move onto on that looks empty......... Having said that if gone for the day usually lock the doors but not always. Gone several days yes lock. But we don't bring anything in. Leave the chairs & grill etc out.... 30 years of camping nothing has been taken to date.

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I look at it like at home if it looks like someone is there they will move onto on that looks empty......... Having said that if gone for the day usually lock the doors but not always. Gone several days yes lock. But we don't bring anything in. Leave the chairs & grill etc out.... 30 years of camping nothing has been taken to date.

More or less the same for me

I have had one thing taken, a Satellite Dish that was locked. The new dish is double chained now. Camping in one form or another since 1965 and never had anything stolen.
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