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Old 09-10-2020, 01:34 PM   #1
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Keeping 5th wheel attached during stopover

Has anyone kept their 5th wheel attached to their pickup during a one night stopover if site is level? If so, any problems?
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I have done it several times and even manually leveled it if it was close and wouldn't put too much pressure on the pinbox.
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Old 09-10-2020, 01:44 PM   #3
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We see this all the time. Makes the next morning exit significantly faster.
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Old 09-10-2020, 01:50 PM   #4
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Ideal for overnighting

Sure! We've done it dozens, if not hundreds of times. When we go on long trips and boondock overnight we try and remain hitched. We will adjust level as best we can, sometimes driving the rear tires of the truck on boards or leveling blocks as needed.

As long as you're not trying to lift the rear of the truck up via the 5th wheel pin you're good. Make sure the truck's parking brake is set firmly and functions well and chock all wheels as needed. DO make sure not to take off for a quick convenience store run and forget the trailer is attached and possiby sitting on landing legs!
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Old 09-10-2020, 07:18 PM   #5
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Yes, like others, we've done this several times; quick and convenient. We will drop the landing gears just enough to steady up a bit for a good night's rest.

I recommend always unplugging the umbilical cord (trailer lights/brakes) from the truck any time you plug into shore power though just to be extra cautious to prevent potential damage to truck electrical components due to a power surge...Damage is not likely if using with the right EMS/Surge protector, but zero chance if your unplugged.

Just remember to plug back in the next morning; I typically hang the cord over the outside edge of the bed rail so I will see it as a reminder.

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We leave ours hooked up whenever we can while traveling, never unhook the cord or anything, just plug in and be done if we have hookups, otherwise, just put the slides out and relax.
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Old 09-10-2020, 07:57 PM   #7
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Also drop front landing just enough to stabilize/stop side to side sway when moving about inside
Course first thing done is WHEEL CHOCKS

Umbilical cord///unplugged
Ford uses a relay that prevents back flow of current///ignition key has to be ON for Power/Battery wire to be hot
If OFF....no problem

RAM and Chevy Power Wire is HOT all the time unless they FINALLY changed it with new models
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If you do not need fuel by all means leave it attached. Really can not do much harm. I would even level the trailer and take some weight off the truck.

I had a pivoting head on my hitch so it would move in all directions so I never worried about any damage to the hitch when I leveled.
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Yes. No problem at all. It just moves a bit indoors.
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I have done it for over night stops. I do unplug the trailer from the truck. I also use boards for leveling the side to side, and use the landing gear for stabilization. We've been pretty close to level when we've done this.
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We've done it lots - never leveled the trailer while still hooked up, but we have opened the slides.
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You guys got me wondering now if my setup is correct. When connected there's no way my RVs front end is close to being level. It drops down at least a foot when I disconnect and level the RV. So does this sound right?

I have about six inches from my trucks bed rail to the RV when connected.
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You guys got me wondering now if my setup is correct. When connected there's no way my RVs front end is close to being level. It drops down at least a foot when I disconnect and level the RV. So does this sound right?

I have about six inches from my trucks bed rail to the RV when connected.
The way it sounds is like you're driving nose high almost a foot? It must look nose high when just looking at it hooked up? Stick a 4' water level front to back on the underbelly of the nose of the 5er when hooked up.
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You guys got me wondering now if my setup is correct. When connected there's no way my RVs front end is close to being level. It drops down at least a foot when I disconnect and level the RV. So does this sound right?

I have about six inches from my trucks bed rail to the RV when connected.

If you can get your rig to sit like this when towing, you don't need to disconnect for a one night stay over.


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