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    Technical questions about overnight camping

    We have a 2017 Reflection 26rls 5th wheel. We are relatively new to RVing and are not ready to dry camp yet. We've been staying at parks where we have full hookups and stay for a few day, so we unhook from our truck and use our stabilizers. If we wanted to spend just one night somewhere and don't want to go through the whole process to unhitch, is it safe to open slides overnight while hitched to the truck? Also, while hitched to the truck should we put down the stabilizers? For a quick overnight we wouldn't be bothered by wobbling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivipic View Post
    We have a 2017 Reflection 26rls 5th wheel. We are relatively new to RVing and are not ready to dry camp yet. We've been staying at parks where we have full hookups and stay for a few day, so we unhook from our truck and use our stabilizers. If we wanted to spend just one night somewhere and don't want to go through the whole process to unhitch, is it safe to open slides overnight while hitched to the truck? Also, while hitched to the truck should we put down the stabilizers? For a quick overnight we wouldn't be bothered by wobbling.
    We've stayed hitched a few times. We manually put the stabilizers down just enough to take the weight off the truck DO NOT USE THE AUTO LEVEL. Yes, you can put the slides out.
    Last edited by livinthelife; 04-25-2021 at 11:10 PM.
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    The critical thing is to make sure that the coach is level. You do not want your fridge to be running if you are out of level and not moving for an extended period of time.
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    My personal opinion is to make the rv as level as possible, if I cant get it close to level without unhitching, i will disconnect and then put the slides out. Maybe it's ok to put slides out while not being level, I'm not 100% sure so I dont do it. I did it one time on my Momentum and after that, the slide gears made a chatter sound that was never present any other time before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DECelt View Post
    The critical thing is to make sure that the coach is level. You do not want your fridge to be running if you are out of level and not moving for an extended period of time.
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    My personal opinion is to make the rv as level as possible, if I cant get it close to level without unhitching, i will disconnect and then put the slides out. Maybe it's ok to put slides out while not being level, I'm not 100% sure so I dont do it. I did it one time on my Momentum and after that, the slide gears made a chatter sound that was never present any other time before.

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    OP seems to be asking if it's OK to stay hitched while in a campground. Generally (not always) campground sites with hookups are pretty level.

    I do agree to make it as level as possible, but don't use the auto level feature to accomplish this.
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    Every time I cut corners I meet Murphy the law guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by el Rojo View Post
    Every time I cut corners I meet Murphy the law guy.

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    Ya, I've met him a few times. He's no longer welcome anywhere near us but he doesn't seem to get the message.
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    When we do a quick overnight at Walmart Inn, I'll lower the jack and sometimes but not always the stabilizers.
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    livinthelife x2, make the coach as level as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ynot4me2 View Post
    Ya, I've met him a few times. He's no longer welcome anywhere near us but he doesn't seem to get the message.
    LOL. Yeah like a bad dream.
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