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Old 06-05-2013, 08:29 AM   #1
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over night stops

We are planning on going to Texas for family event. Leaving Indiana and taking 3 to 4 days to get there (no hurry). As this will be the first time towing our toad on a long trip, my question is when you stop to camp overnight do you leave your toad hooked up and plugged in?
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If it is just an overnight, crash stop... I leave it hooked and plugged in, but I pull the key from the ignition and lock it up.

then I put the key right on the transmission control panel to remind me to unlock it and put the key back in ignition and to the right position.

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Same here.
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:11 AM   #4
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I had a dummy key made..unlocks the wheel...but with out the chip so it will not start the vehicle ..lock the doors ...done! In some areas I lock the tow bar to the jeep too!
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Dummy key... GREAT idea Ditto! I am on it!

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We are planning on going to Texas for family event. Leaving Indiana and taking 3 to 4 days to get there (no hurry). As this will be the first time towing our toad on a long trip, my question is when you stop to camp overnight do you leave your toad hooked up and plugged in?
Depends on length of the site also. Don't want the toad sticking out into the road.
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I had a dummy key made..
Dummy key a lot cheaper than a chipped key and no wait --- chipped key needs to be programmed.
I had forgotten our backup/second set of Jeep keys on a trip, stopped at a Jeep dealer in Amarillo and chose to go with the dummy key.
If I recall, the dealer wanted $95+ for a chipped key (+ wait time) and the dummy key was $15.

And yes we leave toad fully hooked up when stopping for an overnighter.
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For boondocking we do remove the unlocked parts from the tow rig like the safety cables, coiled electrical cord, and breakaway cord. In the morning we do a walk around check, add the cables, enable the towed brake and do a lights check. Everything else is locked. No reason to give someone some reason to light finger.
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We just look for places with pull through spots, plug into electric and pour a drink.

Oh yeah, I also unplug the Brake Buddy and depending on how many days we've been traveling, might start the toad and let the engine run a while to recharge the battery. We never disconnect the toad on overnight stays.

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We just look for places with pull through spots, plug into electric and pour a drink.

Oh yeah, I also unplug the Brake Buddy and depending on how many days we've been traveling, might start the toad and let the engine run a while to recharge the battery. We never disconnect the toad on overnight stays.

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I do the same but also remove umbilical cord. They're $100 ( EEK )
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Yep, if we are stopping for the night and don't need to leave the CG, AND we can get a site long enough, we leave the toad as is!
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When I leave Florida and head for Indiana. It takes me 4-5 days.
I leave my HHR doors locked, hooked up, key on and plugged in all the time.
Until I get to my destination at West Boggs.

But I use the BrakeMaster air brake system that doesn't use any of the HHR battery power.

If you use a brake system that uses the toad battery. You may want to charge it each night. If you don't have a charge line from the MH to it.
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We tow with a dolly so I always make reservations ahead of time for a pull thru site. The exception would be if we stay several days and want to see some local attractions. With Pull- thrus you can just crank up in the morning and leave.

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I turn off the ignition and lock up the car. Then I have a piece of Velcro that organizes data cables on the ring. I place this key on the steering wheel of the motorhome so I know to remember to unlock the steering wheel again when back under way.
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