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I am trying to make our RV trips less "taxing" on my "old body," and have made up my mind to have shorter days, perhaps no more that 150 miles, at the most. Then I realized that "setting up" the 5th wheel ---- and doing all that has to be done ---- and "taking down," takes a lot of time and energy which can really be a problem in hot weather. So, I am thinking about just leaving the 5th wheel connected to the truck and doing whatever has to be done to level the trailer, and just leaving it that way until the next morning. I guess I need to say that my trailer sits on an air ride hitch with four air bags. What are your thoughgts.

 

Thanks, C. Skinner

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I have airbags and air hitch so the air would probably leak out. Does it cause a problem if the pin sits on deflated air hitch overnight?

If you put the jacks down on the trailer, then you could wind up hanging the truck from the pin when the air springs deflate.

 

We level the trailer on the Big Foot Leveling system so we always unhook. We unhook the trailer and move a couple of feet forward. We leave the trailer umbilical cable attached

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If you put the jacks down on the trailer, then you could wind up hanging the truck from the pin when the air springs deflate.

 

We level the trailer on the Big Foot Leveling system so we always unhook. We unhook the trailer and move a couple of feet forward. We leave the trailer umbilical cable attached

 

To clarify,

 

I was more concerned whether 5-6k pin wt on a deflated Trailsaver or suspension would be a problem. This being done without lowering landing gear.

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We always stay connected in travel mode. Drop the air from the hitch, Do a reasonable level, plug in the electricity and that is it. I really don't understand why people feel they need to unhook and hook up water, sewer and electricity every night. This is why RVs have tanks.

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When I travel on longer trips where it will take several days to get to my destination I usually stop for the night at a truck stop. I just stop leaving the trailer hitched and get in the trailer for the night. I never unhitch, hookup anything or even unplug the cord to the truck. I never lower the jacks. I just park next to the semi's and get some sleep. My rig is ready to go when I get up in the morning. Sometimes I may put my slides out to make dinner but I always move them back in for the night.

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We can leave the truck hooked up to the trailer up to three days before the air bags lose air and drop. Unless we have dumped the air to get the trailer level. Have dropped the air in the hitch sometimes too get the trailer level. So far haven't had any problems.

 

Sometimes I remember to unhook the cord from the truck, other times not. Haven't had any problem when I haven't either.

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Bags shouldn't leak down. We're in the:"Set the parking brake and don't touch anything" camp. Try to find a place with enough room for the slides (need them out to use the galley) but can nap if they are in. Most rest areas/truck stops are level enough. And, for one night a little tilt won't hurt me. (Or the fridge).

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I have left hooked and unhooked over the years with different 5er's and tow vehicles. With the HDT if the 5er is not level enough to sleep comfortably I will disconnect the 5er from HDT and pull forward just enough so the pin and box clears the hitch not even disconnect umbilical. I don't want to take the chance of the HDT hanging from pin should I lose air. Now normally I won't lose air in hitch or HDT air springs but things happen. :)

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