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Mondooker

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Posted: 06/16/22 07:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’m curious, When you stop for the night at Walmart, Park etc do you unhook? With my fifth wheel I have to open a small bedroom slide with the dresser and a large slide with the kitchen table and theater seating. Both on the park side of the Coach.

What do you guys do? Do you stay hitched and deploy the jacks?

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Posted: 06/16/22 08:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Probably not if:
We are more or less level
Moving on in the morning
don't want to use the truck


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Leave hooked up if reasonably level. Jacks down to take out some of the bounce.

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The more you look like camping the more restrictions for the anti RV types. Stay hooked up, jacks up, slides in, etc.


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Posted: 06/16/22 08:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If just crashing for the night (arrive 8-9pm on the road 7am), we generally don't do that but I would just leave it hooked up.

We also made a priority to have full access while slides are in.

For single night stops where we arrive 1-4pm and depart 9-11am, yeah, we typically unhook. We usually are going out to see or do something and it gives a chance to top up the fuel tank without the trailer.


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Posted: 06/16/22 09:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We've done it both ways, if we need to use tow vehicle for whatever reason we detach, otherwise we quickly drop stabilizers and get some shuteye. When having to overnight when trying to get as far as possible, usually we arrive between 10pm to midnight and just stay attached, have done the same when arriving late at private parks, just hookup to shore power and get some sleep. Whatever the scenario we don't fret the hitching/unhitching process as it takes just a few minutes, it is more a matter of what you personally prefer at the time of arrival.

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Once I loaded the family camped across the road in my pickup to haul to shelter when tornado warnings went off. Unhooked, takes less time to run for cover.

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Thanks guys, I’m glad I asked the question and good reply’s as always.

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Posted: 06/16/22 10:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We stay hooked up but put the front levelers down to take a little weight off of the hitch. Fortunately for us, we can access everything in our kitchen, our bathroom, and bed with all the slides in so we leave them in.


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Posted: 06/16/22 10:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If I'm on a level site for an overnight stay, Walmart or CG, I try not to unhook. I select manual, put the front jacks down to ground, then put down the rears, all without attempting to get perfectly level.


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