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Posted: 06/17/22 04:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't think it is any different with a 5th wheel?

For just an overnight, and if the TT is level, I'll leave it hooked up.


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If we factored in all the potential emergencies and pitfalls as reasons to not unhook it becomes too dangerous to go camping at all.


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Tvov wrote:

I don't think it is any different with a 5th wheel?

For just an overnight, and if the TT is level, I'll leave it hooked up.


After having several TTs, and a couple FWs, it is much easier to unhook/hookup a FW.

Normally a TT is level to slightly low in front, so easier to keep level while hooked, than a FW, which is often a bit nose high.

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vakirks wrote:

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!


The idea is to leave your RV hitched up, so that you don't waste precious time having to hitch it up during an emergency.

Quickly leaving the area with your RV is infinitely preferable to leaving your RV behind to be destroyed in the fire/flood/whatever.

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Well, if this isn’t overthinking something, I don’t know what is….
Would seem if it is possible and feels more convenient to stay hooked, that is the answer.
If the opposite, then the opposite is the answer.
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Skibane wrote:

vakirks wrote:

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!


The idea is to leave your RV hitched up, so that you don't waste precious time having to hitch it up during an emergency.

Quickly leaving the area with your RV is infinitely preferable to leaving your RV behind to be destroyed in the fire/flood/whatever.


Or quite possibly the flip side, a medical emergency where you may not want to take the whole camp to the emergency room at 90 mph down the back roads.


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tommyznr wrote:

Or quite possibly the flip side, a medical emergency where you may not want to take the whole camp to the emergency room at 90 mph down the back roads.


A medical emergency is just about the only event where that might be a consideration - And only then if you can't rely on neighbors, park rangers, an ambulance or life flight to get you there.

If a flash flood, forest fire, avalanche, mudslide, chemical spill or massive gas leak is imminent, nobody is likely to help you hitch up - they would all be too busy saving themselves.

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As was mentioned it is all about whether you have a Chev or not. Leave it hitched if you want but if a Chev undo the 7-pin.


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Skibane wrote:

tommyznr wrote:

Or quite possibly the flip side, a medical emergency where you may not want to take the whole camp to the emergency room at 90 mph down the back roads.


A medical emergency is just about the only event where that might be a consideration - And only then if you can't rely on neighbors, park rangers, an ambulance or life flight to get you there.

If a flash flood, forest fire, avalanche, mudslide, chemical spill or massive gas leak is imminent, nobody is likely to help you hitch up - they would all be too busy saving themselves.


In a large part of the country there is a danger not listed. In open country where you can see it at a distance, and if the road goes the right direction, you might be able to out run a tornado. I have done it on a motorcycle, but not sure could of done in pickup. Pulling trailer? I would of tried because no other option.
But in a campground you really need to get to the designated shelter (often restroom) as quick as can. For many that means drive a short distance. Dragging a trailer should not be a option.

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^Might also be used to advantage to quickly move the RV to a more sheltered spot during a hailstorm.

(My personal favorite improvised hail shelter is a self-serve car wash - Nobody's using them to wash their cars during a hailstorm anyway.)[emoticon]

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