yes, we also prefer the front bunk end, in our '07 23SS.
we've only opened one end many times, in colder camping times.
the only issue with being still hooked up, is whether the front bunk door will clear the back of your tow vehicle.
ours does, so it's not an issue to camp that way.
but your post is confusing. the Equal-i-zer doesn't have "a" stabilizer bar. it has two weight bars.
do you have the Equalizer or are you using a basic WDH with a friction anti-sway bar?
with our Equalizer, we always back up with the bars still attached.
we always use a ceramic heater, the rare times we've had electric hookups.
and Zoe the Wonder Dog(R.I.P.)
'07 Roo 23SS pushing an '07 Chevy Avalanche
Equalizer WDH and Prodigy BC