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Old 08-01-2015, 04:55 PM   #1
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My wife and I recently bought a new 2016 Coleman 23' travel trailer that we are towing with a Grand Cherokee (5.7l Hemi). We are leaving for a month of traveling out West fairly soon and part of this will entail one-night stops; maybe at rest areas, national parks or maybe even a Walmart or something. I have a simple question. When one stops for a single night and assuming the tow vehicle is not required for going to a store or somewhere, so you normally unhook from the tow vehicle or just stay hooked up? What do you do? Thank you for any thoughts.
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When we tow our 5th wheel, we look for pull troughs and just stay hooked up. I put the jacks on the trailer down to keep the wiggle down. This also is dependent on how level the site is.
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Old 08-01-2015, 06:42 PM   #3
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It will all depend on how level the trailer is. We unhook if we need to get it level.
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My wife and I recently bought a new 2016 Coleman 23' travel trailer that we are towing with a Grand Cherokee (5.7l Hemi). We are leaving for a month of traveling out West fairly soon and part of this will entail one-night stops; maybe at rest areas, national parks or maybe even a Walmart or something. I have a simple question. When one stops for a single night and assuming the tow vehicle is not required for going to a store or somewhere, so you normally unhook from the tow vehicle or just stay hooked up? What do you do? Thank you for any thoughts.
I think most would leave it hooked up if close to level. I wouldn't unhook in a walmart parking lot but then we would never stay in a walmart parking lot.
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I like to at least take the weight off the truck springs using the tongue jack but as noted it depends on the level
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If your trailer is fairly level, it shouldn't be a problem. I put the front stabilizers down and pull the power cord from the truck to reduce any possible discharge of the truck battery.

If I were at a Wal Mart (not something we do), I wouldn't put stabilizers down as I'd want to be able to move quickly if the need arose. Our style of traveling is to be off the road by 4 pm and enjoy the late afternoon/evening at a campground. But, that's easy to do when retired and not have to worry about time constraints due to vacation time and the demands of working!
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Thanks to all of you who replied with your thoughts. Good info and I appreciate all of it. Motor easy!
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