Good advice above. However, if you decide later that you need the truck you have twice the amount of work to unhitch and re-level, etc. When on the road overnight we typically stay hitched. For the weekend we always unhitch.
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Lots of people leave their trailer hitched overnight (but you will want to unplug the umbilical so it doesn't put a drain on the TV battery). For a whole weekend, I would unhitch so you can level properly as being out of level can affect your fridge (doesn't work right out of level).
You do know, your Ford battery won't discharge while the truck is turned off. It sends no power to the trailer, when the switch is off.
I often leave mine hooked up over night.
Yes but my previous tv did not. Not knowing what type of tv the op has, this was the simpler answer.
When we traveled to Disney world and back we stopped along the way and did not unhook. However, we did learn that you can get kind of sea sick if you don't at least drop the tongue jack to stabilize the whole hook up. If not you get motion from both the truck suspension and the trailer's suspension. If you have an electric tongue jack this is simple enough to drop and pick up in the morning before you get going.
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I never unhitch unless I am going to want to go somewhere in the tug.
I installed an isolator solenoid which switches off the charge line connection when I switch off the engine. They are inexpensive and they eliminate those "I forgot" moments. I don't unplug except when I unhitch.
Neither the TT or the TV care if you're hitched or unhitched.
The refrigerator does care (if it's being operated). As long as the TT is level enough for the fridge, you're gold either way.
Just make sure when parked and still hitched, just make sure the umbilical cord is unhooked, or you have some other way to disconnect the trailer from the TV's electrical system. You do not want to drain the TV's battery.
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Long ago I had a small SCAMP.
If we were stopping just for an overnight, I left it hooked up,
but ran campground power, when it was available.
It the morning we fixed breakfast, unhooked from shore power,
and hit the road. Still works today...
I prefer to un-hitch if I'm going to be there over a weekend, or if we
go anywhere while there...
Um,, I'm not trying to say anything bad here. But, if you are going to drink at the park in your TT while it's hitched to the TV you are technically slightly more in violation of the law. By this, I mean that they could say that since you are drinking in the trailer and hitched to the pickup you have intent to drive and they could give you a ticket. Now, the probley wouldn't but, just to be on the safe side during those times I have a few beers I unhitch and put the keys to the pickup in a drawer so that I'm not carrying them in my pocket. This is still against the law because I would still have access to the keys but, It's just one more safe step. Really, you should unhitch and give the keys to a sober person to be completely legal. Again this is all getting technical and I'm known for my over cautiousness. Have a nice Day
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I always see the comments on the fridge having to be level, I'm not sure how level it has to be. Other than the plains states, when pulling, the rig is NEVER level. Going up and down mountains and valleys, my fridge has never had a problem. Been parked overnight at rest stops that were far from level, no problem there also. Maybe I'm just got lucky. Seems like it would be useless if it had to be level all the time.
Has anyone actually had THEIR fridge quit on them because of this? I think this is an old wives tale. Yeah, when your actually camping for a while you want it level, its nice to have the water drain, etc.
That said, when I overnight at a CG, rest stop, etc. I dont unhook unless its very unlevel. I do jack the trailer some to stabilize the trailer, and take weight off the truck springs.