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Posted: 06/16/22 03:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

There is a current thread on the 5th wheel area and it got me to thinking about what travel trailer do.

So here goes. When you stop for just one night, regardless of where, do you unhitch?

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Posted: 06/16/22 03:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bgum wrote:

There is a current thread on the 5th wheel area and it got me to thinking about what travel trailer do.

So here goes. When you stop for just one night, regardless of where, do you unhitch?
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I try not to unhook when traveling to a destination. I will book a pull-through site at an RV park. My Coachmen Freedom Express is 22' long so it's usually not a problem. Plenty of room for TT and tow vehicle. I hook up the electric and water ........... and settle in for the night.

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Texas Nomad wrote:

I try not to unhook when traveling to a destination. I will book a pull-through site at an RV park. My Coachmen Freedom Express is 22' long so it's usually not a problem. Plenty of room for TT and tow vehicle. I hook up the electric and water ........... and settle in for the night.


Same here - except I may not even bother with hooking up to water or electric. The house battery is already completely charged from driving, and I usually travel with some fresh water in the tank anyway.

I never stay just one night at my destination - It doesn't leave enough time to enjoy the location.

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We stay hooked up when just overnighting unless we plan on going somewhere that night; like visiting a relative or going to a special attraction/food.


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I avoid unhooking if possible.


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Yes. Usually went out for dinner and filled up gas tank. Also, had truck available in case of an emergency.

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Another consideration is where you find yourself camping or even just spending the night. Out west {here in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado etc.} half of the state is on fire or at risk for one breaking out on very short notice.

When we camped with our 22'TT I would stay hooked up and I do the same now that we are using our 24' class C, usually towing our 6 X 10' cargo trailer. I never stay hooked up to water or sewer but just use them as needed for a quick fill or dump.

Being able to flee in mere minutes should the winds shift or a new fire breaks out is a no brainer. Picture the chaos in a crowded campground when a wind shift puts everyone at risk from a fast approaching fire. [emoticon] We have had to literally turn around on a two lane highway due to a fast moving fire suddenly closing down our intended route more than once.

This pic was taken about 30 miles east of Zion in June of 2020. We were headed up to Jacob Lake when this fire over ran the highway not far in front of us:

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Be safe out there folks...

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Desert Captain wrote:

Another consideration is where you find yourself camping or even just spending the night. Out west {here in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado etc.} half of the state is on fire or at risk for one breaking out on very short notice.

When we camped with our 22'TT I would stay hooked up and I do the same now that we are using our 24' class C, usually towing our 6 X 10' cargo trailer. I never stay hooked up to water or sewer but just use them as needed for a quick fill or dump.

Being able to flee in mere minutes should the winds shift or a new fire breaks out is a no brainer. Picture the chaos in a crowded campground when a wind shift puts everyone at risk from a fast approaching fire.


That's also a consideration in campsites next to rivers or washes. One heavy rainstorm, and your RV is now a boat.

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So glad I read this thread. I never unhooked but neither did I consider the unforeseen emergency. And there are 2 listed here and who knows what else could happen. Medical emergency, who knows? That’s why they’re unforeseen. Unhooking from now on as standard procedure. Thanks!


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