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Old 12-01-2015, 09:29 AM   #1
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Leaving 5th wheel hooked up to truck?

Can you leave 5th wheel hooked up to truck overnight? What is recommended for front landing gear?
Should we still chock it? Thanks
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Old 12-01-2015, 09:39 AM   #2
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I've done it several times. I wouldn't recommend trying to level it still hooked to the truck, but what I did was run the landing gear down and put a little pressure on them to stiffen it up.

Yes, block the wheels. Parking mechanisms can fail and that would be a rude awakening.
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We just did it again this last weekend. The site was very level so I didn't put down the front legs or the rear stabilizers. Hooked into shore power and that was it.
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Old 12-01-2015, 09:54 AM   #4
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I leave the tv hooked to the 5er on the road most of the time, since I will be hitting the road the next day. I do put down the front and rear jacks and put a little pressure on them. Do not use any auto leveling if you have that option, you do not want negative pressure on the TV hitch. If the site is really unlevel I will disconnect for the night. Yes still chock the wheels for the night.
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For just parking in general, I always set the emergency brake on the truck and then shift into Park. When just overnite parking, I do the same and then run the front landing jacks down to more or less level the camper front to back. I never unhook for just an overnite stay. Depending on when we park, I might put the rear stab jacks down also.
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For just parking in general, I always set the emergency brake on the truck and then shift into Park. When just overnite parking, I do the same and then run the front landing jacks down to more or less level the camper front to back. I never unhook for just an overnite stay. Depending on when we park, I might put the rear stab jacks down also.
X2 plus, runing the landing gear down takes a load off the truck suspension - a good thing since you will add a couple hundred pounds to the pin weight when you head off to bed
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I'm literally sitting in my camper which is hooked to my truck. I've never thought of chocking the wheels for an overnight/while it is hitched to the truck, though I can understand the reasoning for it.

More often than not, I do not put down landing gear or stabilizers.

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Old 12-01-2015, 10:22 AM   #8
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For just parking in general, I always set the emergency brake on the truck and then shift into Park. When just overnite parking, I do the same and then run the front landing jacks down to more or less level the camper front to back. I never unhook for just an overnite stay. Depending on when we park, I might put the rear stab jacks down also.
Same here.
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As Fords and Chevys Don't have much in the first place for brakes or parking pawls, they need to choke trailer wheels as a slight breeze would have 'em roll'n off. Never needed to chock for overnight'n.
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over the pond here in blighty, trailers have to be fitted with parking brakes, I don't understand why they aren't compulsory in the USA. My Rockwood is fitted with a parking brake, I don't often use it but its there if needed. Staying hitched is not a problem, I like others just take the weight on the front legs
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over the pond here in blighty, trailers have to be fitted with parking brakes, I don't understand why they aren't compulsory in the USA. My Rockwood is fitted with a parking brake, I don't often use it but its there if needed. Staying hitched is not a problem, I like others just take the weight on the front legs
So you don't. need to chock
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Old 12-01-2015, 01:19 PM   #12
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no, we stopped chocking trailers when the steam era ended!
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Old 12-01-2015, 01:27 PM   #13
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unhooking

To say that only your precious Dodge has a safe parking brake is BS and you know it, I hope.

When we go to PA Speedweeks we don't unhook don't chock don't put down the legs and stabilizers. Put in Park and. set the emergency brake that works and go to the races. Just put the slides in the next morning and go
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Old 12-01-2015, 01:37 PM   #14
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What's the emergency brake lash-up on your Rockwood?
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Old 12-01-2015, 03:38 PM   #15
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None of the transmissions have any different park set-up in the tranny! They are all pretty much the same.
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Old 12-01-2015, 03:58 PM   #16
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In my 35 years of build'n 'em, they pretty much all operate the same, but the thickness of materials differ a bunch. And the activating means have changed.
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Old 12-01-2015, 09:46 PM   #17
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On the road and only one night....never unhook or put legs down.......
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Old 12-01-2015, 11:35 PM   #18
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Biggest problem I have ever seen with people just using park is watch them in a parking lot. Most don't come to a complete stop when they throw it in park!
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And, back'n up, not stopp'n, and putt'n in drive.....STUPID! If people had a clue as to what is happening inside these new trannys.....but, kept me in business.. no wonder these days people have to spend big bucks to o/h one
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Old 12-02-2015, 01:54 AM   #20
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We always put landing gear down if letting out front slide, and put stabilizers down if letting out rear slide....as long as you don t forget to raise them, nothing wrong with putting them down.....as long as weights are not exceeded, if slides are in, nothing wrong with not putting anything down....
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