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Old 06-16-2021, 06:21 AM   #1
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Overnight Stays - Unhook or Not?

Ok, a rookie question: we are about to embark on an extended trip and will be staying just one night at various campgrounds along the way. Our 2021 Coachmen Mirada will be towing our Jeep Wrangler, using the Blue Ox system. Is it necessary to unhook the vehicle when leveling the coach to extend the slides? Or is there enough play in the system so that's not necessary? Thanks for your help!
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It can stay hooked. The tow bar allows for quite a bit of movement and will be fine unless you are on a site so off level the rear of the coach would be several feet off the ground and that is extremely unlikely.
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Depending on the size of your site, unhooking may be mandatory. Even if I don't unhook, I will lower my tongue jack to take weight off my truck. I will also lower my stabilizing jacks.
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Depending on the size of your site, unhooking may be mandatory. Even if I don't unhook, I will lower my tongue jack to take weight off my truck. I will also lower my stabilizing jacks.
This is not a tongue jack/tow truck situation. This is a coach towing a toad.
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Regardless, the size of the site may require unhooking.
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Old 06-16-2021, 09:11 AM   #6
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Overnight Stays - Unhook or Not?

If we are doing a 24 stop I always ask the camp personnel if itís ok to keep it hooked up. Next thing I do is survey the actual spot to see if itís a cement pad or one with soft ground. Then again this is a TT and not a coach towing a vehicle.
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Thanks to everyone for the input. Most of our sites "claim" they are long enough, but certainly something to keep in mind. I just wanted to make sure there was enough "give" in the Blue Ox system to save me the trouble. But then the wife may want to do some shopping anyway...
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Thanks to everyone for the input. Most of our sites "claim" they are long enough, but certainly something to keep in mind. I just wanted to make sure there was enough "give" in the Blue Ox system to save me the trouble. But then the wife may want to do some shopping anyway...
That alone will be your answer.
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If it's a pull thru site, I have had no problems not unhooking for overnight stays. If it's a back in site, it's nearly impossible to back the toad in attached to the coach!! So yes, different situations require different actions!
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If it's a pull thru site, I have had no problems not unhooking for overnight stays. If it's a back in site, it's nearly impossible to back the toad in attached to the coach!! So yes, different situations require different actions!
I agree. You definitely need to book pull thru sites. Backing it up with a toad is not advised. A pull thru site is almost always level enough that you don't need to unhook.
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If it's a pull thru site, I have had no problems not unhooking for overnight stays. If it's a back in site, it's nearly impossible to back the toad in attached to the coach!! So yes, different situations require different actions!
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I agree. You definitely need to book pull thru sites. Backing it up with a toad is not advised. A pull thru site is almost always level enough that you don't need to unhook.

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If it's a pull thru site, I have had no problems not unhooking for overnight stays. If it's a back in site, it's nearly impossible to back the toad in attached to the coach!! So yes, different situations require different actions!
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I agree. You definitely need to book pull thru sites. Backing it up with a toad is not advised. A pull thru site is almost always level enough that you don't need to unhook.

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For overnight I stay hooked up if it’s long enough. If not I make room. There is plenty of movement at the hitch to level the MH.
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There is another consideration. What car are you pulling and what kind of power will you be hooked to?

If you are not plugged in to shore power and the generator will not be running continuously there is a chance that the car will suck battery power away from the motorhome or conversely, the battery in the car will try to backfeed into the motorhome.

My F53 chassis has the 7-pin connector wired hot to the motorhome even with the motorhome engine off. Without a diode in the charge line there car can have its battery drained by the motorhome. On the plus side, if I do have generator or shore power available, the motorhome's electrical system keeps the car's battery topped off.

If I leave my Equinox in tow mode it actually can drain the motorhome's battery without shore or generator power.

If I am overnighting without shore or generator power I'll disconnect the the umbilical cord between the car and the motorhome.

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Old 06-24-2021, 06:49 AM   #15
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Thanks, NXR. We tow a Jeep Wrangler and use 50 amp power. We always stay at full hook-up sites so will have shore power, but this is good info should we find ourselves in a situation without shore power.
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I stay hooked up if possible but, I remove the key and lock the car and remove the electrical umbilical and the break away cable. I do not spare those items.
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