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Skibane wrote:

^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]


LOL. Many car wash/RV combinations could do much more damage than hail is likely to

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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?


If I can be reasonably level and within the allowable length for the spot don't unhook unless we also need to use the TV. In fact there are times when even for many days I don't unhook (except for the trailer plug to the TV) if we aren't going to use the TV.

And if is overnight or even a few days I often don't bother to hook up for water, sewer or power either. Unless it is hot enough I need the AC I pull in, get level, DW pops the slides, I put out the mat and chairs and then we relax with a cold favorite beverage.


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90 miles an hour down a back road will likely end in a second emergency that may involve an innocent. Don't do it.


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If it's an overnighter thing I don't plan to unhook unless leveling requires it. The most I may do is unplug the 7pin connector....and I usually don't even do that.


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bucky wrote:

90 miles an hour down a back road will likely end in a second emergency that may involve an innocent. Don't do it.



EXACTLY.

I'll rely on my Garmin Inreach and the SOS button to put me in contact with GEOS rescue, 911, emergency extraction personal and air rescue and then
a) assess the situation
b) pinpoint my location to a radius of less than 100ft.
c) determine what rescue operation to undertake, ambulance, air transport, etc. and during the time have EMT's give guidance for first aid through a two way communcation channel on the inreach.

In one case our son was in an offroad group in dense forest and single track trails where one person suffered serious injury. GEOS did an excellent job of coordinating the remote rescue team and air extraction.

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Lantley wrote:

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


Lol, right?


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I suppose it depends on when you call it a day and where you stay. We are both still working and have limited time, so when we have to stop for the night it is not until midnight and typically at a Walmart so I have never unhooked. If I was stopping at 5pm, staying at a campground, and leaving the next morning I probably would unhook just to make it easier to level, and because many sites are not long enough for our trailer plus truck. Never done this however so I'm just guessing.

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Grit dog wrote:

Lantley wrote:

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


Lol, right?


It falls into the "peace of mind" category. I chuckle when folks purchase costly warranties for peace of mind in case their engine grenades or tranny falls out only to find it doesn't cover grinding engines if:
it was on a Monday
there was a full moon
you actually drove the vehicle after you purchased the warranty
Your last name begins with the letter A thru Z
you consume kale
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My though is if I need to be hooked up in case the fire comes my way or the river over flows. Or whatever calamity might be over the hill than I need to choose a camping location with fewer hazards waiting to chase me away.


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