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Posted: 05/30/21 07:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Definitely not all 1998 and newer, my 2001 Dodge had the batteries drained while hooked up to the trailer. This was not overnight. Not a good feeling when you turn the key and it doesn't even click. [emoticon]


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Posted: 05/30/21 08:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I disconnect- Chevrolet stays hot with ignition switch off (at least 2008 Silverado). Why take a chance of draining my vehicle battery? What if the converter quits, power outage, surge?

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I don't know about where you camp, but I can't see why take a risk leaving trailer hooked to TV overnight. In most CGs I have used there is a strong building somewhere that works as a storm shelter. While I can walk there with no issue, it does not need to be very far away for it not to be faster to get wife and self in TV, drive there, out of vehicle and in the shelter. TV tied to trailer? Take much longer.
If you are worried about the time to hook back up, for many a lot of that time is spotting TV. 5th wheel, if you only move a few inches, just keep hands off the wheel you will be fine. Ball coupler? Put a chock tight behind rear TV tire, keep hands off wheel.

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Posted: 05/30/21 09:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My last 3 Fords all disconnected all lines when the ignition is off which protects me when I forget to unplug it. A failed relay on my high mileage 97 truck kept a turn signal from working.

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Posted: 05/30/21 10:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Skipg wrote:

When spending only one night at an RV park and are connected to power should you pull the 7 pin cord from tow vehicle thanks for your input


ZERO reason to if connected. Without shore power, YES.


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??Never had reason to if I'm hooked up. The first thing I do if unhooking is drop the tail gate and pull the imbilical cord.
If I'm staying hooked up I don't drop the tail gate so never cross my mind to pull the plug.


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JRscooby wrote:

I don't know about where you camp, but I can't see why take a risk leaving trailer hooked to TV overnight. In most CGs I have used there is a strong building somewhere that works as a storm shelter. While I can walk there with no issue, it does not need to be very far away for it not to be faster to get wife and self in TV, drive there, out of vehicle and in the shelter. TV tied to trailer? Take much longer.
If you are worried about the time to hook back up, for many a lot of that time is spotting TV. 5th wheel, if you only move a few inches, just keep hands off the wheel you will be fine. Ball coupler? Put a chock tight behind rear TV tire, keep hands off wheel.


There’s a concern I never considered. And totally unrelated to the topic....


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JRscooby wrote:

I don't know about where you camp, but I can't see why take a risk leaving trailer hooked to TV overnight. In most CGs I have used there is a strong building somewhere that works as a storm shelter. While I can walk there with no issue, it does not need to be very far away for it not to be faster to get wife and self in TV, drive there, out of vehicle and in the shelter. TV tied to trailer? Take much longer.
If you are worried about the time to hook back up, for many a lot of that time is spotting TV. 5th wheel, if you only move a few inches, just keep hands off the wheel you will be fine. Ball coupler? Put a chock tight behind rear TV tire, keep hands off wheel.


Along those same lines, I always unhitch no matter what. A lot of our camping is off-road riding, and we've had to make plenty of unscheduled trips to go rescue someone or take somebody to the local hospital. It's one of my few superstitions: If I don't unhitch, I'll probably need to leave in a hurry and I'll regret that I'm still hitched up.

As for the original question though, I'd compare the risks of disconnecting vs. staying connected.

I can't think of any risk in disconnecting, except for maybe forgetting to reconnect when you leave, but you'll figure that out pretty quickly when you check your mirrors and don't see your running lights on.

Years ago before we had solar, we had a trip or two where we ran the batteries down too low to run the tongue jack or crank up the gen. It was a drag to have to manually crank up the jack before I could turn the truck around and jump start the gen.


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I do not believe it matters. .I'd not do it.

12 volt systems are very.... Socialist (Each according to it's ability/nees, the Commun form of socialism not to be confused with other forms)

Parked, connected, engine off, the Tow vehicle's isolator should be "open" (isolate mode) and the converter on the trailer should be the highest voltage (The most able) so it will provide charge for the trailer batteries, and lights, fans, water pump et-al that need 12 volt inside.

If the isolator fails. it will also top off the tow vehicle (no damage) this assumes all lead acid batteries .

So no need to unplug if not unhooking. If unhooking, then unplug.


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Posted: 05/30/21 04:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Heck, I unplug the 7-pin and drop the trailer jack and stands....for just one night.
Do what makes you happy.

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