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Old 05-05-2013, 09:36 PM   #1
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When I pull my 5th wheel home from storage the night before we leave to pack and get my fridge cold, do I need to unhook from the truck or can I leave it hooked up over night? My real question is will it do any damage to the truck to sit for 24 hours with the 5th Wheel hooked on and all the weight on the truck?

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Old 05-05-2013, 09:41 PM   #2
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When I pull my 5th wheel home from storage the night before we leave to pack and get my fridge cold, do I need to unhook from the truck or can I leave it hooked up over night? My real question is will it do any damage to the truck to sit for 24 hours with the 5th Wheel hooked on and all the weight on the truck?

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If you're worried about it, run the landing jacks down to take the load off.

But, it shouldn't be any difference than towing for 24 hrs.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:49 PM   #3
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If it were me, I would set the landing gear down and remove some/most of the weight from the truck. No reason to leave that load on the truck overnight if you don't have to.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:53 PM   #4
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That is what I was thinking. Thanks for the responses!
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:02 PM   #5
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You have no worries about keeping the weight on it over night. You are talking about your Ram 3500?
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:17 PM   #6
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I know a few racers that never unhook their 40'+ race trailers all summer long. Over night should be no big deal.
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:31 PM   #7
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The other thing you have to consider is the fridge level, if you remain hooked up to the truck?
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You have no worries about keeping the weight on it over night. You are talking about your Ram 3500?
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I usually leave mine connected to the truck but do put the landing gear down not just to get a little bit of the weight off of the truck, but more so to add a little bit more stability to the camper. Without it down it really moves around a lot as we are loading and unloading. I just raise it enough to shift the weight to the landing gear, not enough to raise it off the hitch.
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We usually leave it hitched up- sometimes for a day or two or three depending on when we go fetch the camper. We do level it up if we're going to be in and out a lot. Leveling is 4-lynx levelers high. Just going in/out, the movement doesn't bother us.

I've also done overnight stops on the way home and left it hitched up. That time I did run the landing gear and stabilizers down for comfort while we all we inside.

No worries!
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