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Old 09-02-2015, 12:53 PM   #11
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Thank you everyone.. we will be stopping at RV parks..since this is our first.. "big" trip.. but wanted to make sure that we were safe staying hooked up for the night to the TV.. doesn't take long to hook up the elect.. or water.. so we will have that.. and sleep on the table/sofa area.. will make for a quicker breakdown, and moving out in the morning...i think ( or thinking about).. just stay hooked up.. put down chocks..and go from there..
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Old 09-02-2015, 02:20 PM   #12
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Staying hooked up for an overnight stop is definitely the way to go. One thing to remember though, you should disconnect your trailer plug-in from your TV. If you don't, funny things will happen to your 12v operations in your trailer, like your radio, and you may very well find your TV battery run down too much to start in the morning.

No one told me about this, another lesson learned the hard way.
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Old 09-02-2015, 03:09 PM   #13
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when we turtled, we just parked and stayed hooked up.
opened the slide and setup the dinette and sofa for sleeping.
didn't put the stabs down, didn't put the canvas bunks up.

didn't use a generator.
why would you need this(talking about hybrid TTs) for a quick overnite stay? your RV is self-contained and all necessary things run on 12v battery power and propane.

turtling is a feature only hybrids have and is great for quick stops enroute to somewhere. it means doing the minimum, as possible.

if you unhook and set everything up, it's not turtling, it's camping or boondocking.
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Pretty sure I would drop at least one bunk end for better sleeping. Dinette area not the most comfortable and folding up a bed only takes a couple minutes. Time well spent for this old guy. But as others have said...no wrong answer. ..whatever works for you.
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'properly' is whatever works for you. Nice thing about R/Ving is that there is usually no hard-and-fast rules. works for them, who am I to judge.

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Our standard quickie stop usually involves pulling into a Cracker Barrel sometime after 11pm. Find the RV spots and look for one that allows me to open the dinette slide over grass so as not to take up another parking space. We say hooked up to the tow vehicle and setup the couch air bed and the front bunk. It's quick and easy.
Get up at 7am and go in and thank the manager and order breakfast for the family. Everyone is happy and we continue on our way.


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When we do a one night stand, we do minimal, basically, plug in the electric and thats it.
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Our standard quickie stop usually involves pulling into a Cracker Barrel sometime after 11pm. Find the RV spots and look for one that allows me to open the dinette slide over grass so as not to take up another parking space. We say hooked up to the tow vehicle and setup the couch air bed and the front bunk. It's quick and easy.
Get up at 7am and go in and thank the manager and order breakfast for the family. Everyone is happy and we continue on our way.


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That sounds like a yummy plan to me..
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turtling is a feature only hybrids have and is great for quick stops enroute to somewhere. it means doing the minimum, as possible.
I think any TT with slides that doesn't extend the slides, doesn't unhook from the TV and doesn't hook up any electric, water or sewer can be described as turtling.

At least that's what I'll be calling it when I do it.
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I think any TT with slides that doesn't extend the slides, doesn't unhook from the TV and doesn't hook up any electric, water or sewer can be described as turtling.

At least that's what I'll be calling it when I do it.
I agree with this also! Youroo!!
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