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Old 03-05-2012, 09:05 AM   #1
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Over night parking procedure

This will be my first time traveling with a toad. My question is one of stopping at a camp ground over night. If I have a pull through site do I need to:

1. Put jacks down if I put slide out?
2. Disconnect my TOAD if I put jacks down?

Just trying to do as little as possible for an over night stay.


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Old 03-05-2012, 09:14 AM   #2
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I always put the slides out for stability even if the site is level.

I don't disconnect the toad unless I am raising the rear end quite a bit. As you raise the rear the toad will be pulled forward. After a certain point you will putting a lifting pressure on the hitch and I don't want to do that so I unhook. That doesn't happen often though. Very few sites are that unlevel.

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Old 03-05-2012, 09:15 AM   #3
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All manufacturers (to the best of my knowledge) recommend that your jacks be deployed and the coach leveled before putting the slide outs out. You should also bring the slide outs back in before raising the jacks.

No you do not have to unhook your toad as long as you don't have to back up.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:26 AM   #4
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I would put the jacks down before putting out the slides but as far as unhooking the toad, I don't see a reason for that. That of course is unless your WAY out of level but I doubt that would be happening if you're in campground.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:29 AM   #5
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Monaco and Entegra manuals say slides out first then level...do whatever your manuf recommends. As far as how much effort you put out setting up for an overnight, it's really up the individual taste/comfort level/how tired they are.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:50 AM   #6
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I keep the toad hooked up, but turn the key to "off" since it uses a bit of electrical power when in the first position, that allows the steering wheel to turn.

Understand Monaco and a few other coaches say to extend the slides first...but, IMHO, that makes no sense. I would think you would want to get level, then, with no stress on the slides, extend them.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:08 AM   #7
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We have never unhooked the towd just for an overnight. Our motorhome recommends level before slides out. After parking, we idle the towd for 15 minutes or so to top off the battery and then turn ignition to off and transmission in Park.
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Old 03-05-2012, 11:18 AM   #8
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We put the jacks down to take the wiggle out, that's it. Our coach is pretty functional with the slide in.

Regarding the toad, I would rarely disconnect it, but we have one of those we must turn the key off when not traveling too. I'm generally a little concerned about that (hooked up, key off), as with the key turned off, there's potential to take off with the toad steering locked! To avoid that, I generally will drape the toad keys over the steering wheel, or insert the coach keys through the toad key ring, then into the ignition making it impossible to turn without removing the toad keys...
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We always put the jacks down unless there is some specific reason not too, e.g. we are sitting in mud or something. Obviously we try to avoid that sort of situation in a campsite, but sometimes it happens. We don't disconnect the toad unless we plan to drive it, but once again, there may be circumstances where the rear end is going to be raised enough that disconnecting the tow bar may be wise. It takes a fairly extreme condition, e.g. the back end of the coach is hanging out over an obvious hill, so it's not somethng you need to get out an measure each time you set up. It should be fairly obvious.
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Old 03-06-2012, 03:14 PM   #10
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Go to just about any RV Show and you will see just about every Motorhome with the slides out and the jacks are not down. Then there will be thousands of people walking thru them kids jumping on everything including things in the slide outs. For one night at a campground without the jacks down and the toad hooked up I dont see a problem. Just my opinion I could be wrong you milage may vary.
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I hardly ever unhook the toad when overnighting. I level the coach, then put out the slides.

I start the toad and let it idle for about 15 min then I shift into park. My insurance policy so I don't try pulling the toad while in park is: I take the toad key's and put them on the ignition to the motorhome.

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We have an Entegra Aspire and the instructions are slides out then jacks down. On level ground it probably doesn't matter but if the ground is not level the coach does flex when the jacks level it. The slides then are are stressed running in or out.

We tow a Kia Soul and don't disconnect unless we're going to use it. It has an interesting key position. The key can be turned to the off position and not lock the steering, however if you pull the key out the steering locks. Putting the key back in does not unlock the steering until you turn it to on. Then back to off and you're good to go. The Koreans do things a little different but at least this way the ignition system is totally off. Now locking the doors with the key in the ignition is an interesting feat!
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I like to unhook the toad each time. In the case of an emergency, it's ready to go with no delay.
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Originally Posted by jazzguy View Post
This will be my first time traveling with a toad. My question is one of stopping at a camp ground over night. If I have a pull through site do I need to:

1. Put jacks down if I put slide out? (More stable but not absolutely necessary if the site is level.)
2. Disconnect my TOAD if I put jacks down? (No)

Just trying to do as little as possible for an over night stay.

If it's level you can just pull in, park, eat & sleep.

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