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Author Topic: Fifth Wheel - To unhook or not to unhook on single overnighter  (Read 520 times)

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When we're travelling from point A to point B with overnight stops at campgrounds along the way, I generally drop the landing gear just enough to relax the load on the truck and unhook the trailer plug if the campsite is reasonably level. 

Thoughts? 
2004 Keystone Challenger 33' Fifth Wheel
2015 Chevrolet 3500HD SRW
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Rene T

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Re: Fifth Wheel - To unhook or not to unhook on single overnighter
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2017, 12:54:56 PM »
When we're travelling from point A to point B with overnight stops at campgrounds along the way, I generally drop the landing gear just enough to relax the load on the truck and unhook the trailer plug if the campsite is reasonably level. 

Thoughts?

Same here.
Rene & Lucille & co-pilot Buddy
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RVRAC

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Re: Fifth Wheel - To unhook or not to unhook on single overnighter
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2017, 09:41:34 PM »
If you do that and the FW is leveled or mostly leveled, go ahead.  Otherwise, unhook completely.
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Re: Fifth Wheel - To unhook or not to unhook on single overnighter
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2017, 09:56:40 PM »
My biggest concern would be out of level with an absorption fridge.  If you are close enough for the fridge, go for it!

Remember to unplug the wiring harness from the truck.  If left connected, it can drain the truck battery, making it very hard to start in the morning!
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kjansen

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Re: Fifth Wheel - To unhook or not to unhook on single overnighter
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2017, 07:52:47 AM »
For a one night stay I try to get it as level possible and drop the front supports to help stabilize the rig, but that's all and sometimes I don't even drop the front supports for just a one night lay over.
Keven Jansen
'06 Chevy 2500 Duramax
'02 Montana Big Sky
Alexandria, Mn

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Re: Fifth Wheel - To unhook or not to unhook on single overnighter
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2017, 01:40:28 AM »
I do the same thing with my TT. we go once a month to the grand daughters JR Rodeo and take the TT with us. We usually go Friday evening after the wife gets home from work, so we're not up at the crack of dawn having to drive down there. It also gives us a nice comfy place to go to in between her events, a heated or air conditioned place to keep the 4 month old grand son. The parking lot there is about as close to perfectly level as can be, so I don't unhook at all. I just drop the stabilizers before I let the slide out, hook up the honda 3000eu let out the awning and we're set.

this is our set up back in April, I didn't take any pics for may
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Re: Fifth Wheel - To unhook or not to unhook on single overnighter
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2017, 08:04:04 AM »
I've done this several times with our TTs. I have not had the opportunity to do this with the 5th wheel yet but I would not hesitate as long as I did not have to yank the back of the truck up in the air too much to level things up.
Joe & Kim
Upstate NY - Kuyahoora Valley
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Re: Fifth Wheel - To unhook or not to unhook on single overnighter
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2017, 08:42:47 AM »
If you operate the slides on uneven ground you  may put them in a bind, and cause headaches.

 

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