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Old 12-23-2015, 11:37 AM   #1
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Unhitching Overnight or Not??

I have a Rockwood 8286ws Ultralight which is my first fifth wheel. I travel alone and want to know if I need to unhitch if I am only staying overnight at a campground?? I am towing with a Silverado 2500HD and wonder if I could take the weight off the truck but leave it hitched and save the work of connecting it in the morning?? Not sure what to do here and could use your thoughts on this. Fayliss

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Old 12-23-2015, 11:41 AM   #2
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Hello. If level no problem at all, big thing is the Fridge. I would pull the 7 pin cable and drop the landing gear to tighten things up to avoid too much bounce. We have done it many times.

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Old 12-23-2015, 11:41 AM   #3
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You don't have to unhook.

Depends how level you want to be.

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Old 12-23-2015, 12:09 PM   #4
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Last winter we went 4 days before unhooking it while we over nighted in motels. Left the fridge on and heat on low. Just parked on level parking lots.
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Old 12-23-2015, 12:16 PM   #5
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If on overnight travel I always leave it hitched if I can. Level side to side with level blocks and front to back with tongue jack. Put out the slides and I'm done. Usually do not even put down the stabilizers.
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Old 12-23-2015, 12:20 PM   #6
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Dropping the front landing gear and unplugging from the truck works well in level parking lots.
Special if your opening a slider.

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Old 12-23-2015, 12:26 PM   #7
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Leave it hitched and unplug from the TV. You're by yourself, so you won't really notice movement that much. We have never put the jacks down when just over nighting.
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Old 12-23-2015, 12:55 PM   #8
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When we had our fifth wheel we often left it hooked to TV if we didn't need the truck for anything. Our Ontario Provincial campgrounds often offer lovely secluded level sites which made life easy.

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Old 12-23-2015, 12:56 PM   #9
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We leave it hitched for overnight stays. Even if slightly unlevel.
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Old 12-23-2015, 01:07 PM   #10
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If it's comfortable to walk around in you don't need to do anything about leveling or extending the landing gear. At that point it becomes a personal choice.

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