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Old 09-14-2018, 09:50 AM   #1
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Advise re Solo Camping

I have a question for forum members who camp alone.

Next week I’m planning to go out alone for the first time. (I’m not ready to pack it in for the year but my wife is.). This will be my first time backing up without my trusted partner so I plan to go to a campground I know very well and stay in one place for a few days and do some hiking.

I plan to leave the tow and trailer hooked up the entire time. ? when hooked up, is there any benefit or concerns to using stabalizers or the Anderson Stabalizer? The CG sites are quite big and reasonably level.

Thanks for any advise, Larry
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Old 09-14-2018, 09:59 AM   #2
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I have a question for forum members who camp alone.

Next week Iím planning to go out alone for the first time. (Iím not ready to pack it in for the year but my wife is.). This will be my first time backing up without my trusted partner so I plan to go to a campground I know very well and stay in one place for a few days and do some hiking.

I plan to leave the tow and trailer hooked up the entire time. ? when hooked up, is there any benefit or concerns to using stabalizers or the Anderson Stabalizer? The CG sites are quite big and reasonably level.

Thanks for any advise, Larry
If you are walking around within your trailer or even roll over in your bed, the trailer will tend to move with you if the stabilizers are not down. If only making a quick stopover without unhitching the tow vehicle, I have sometimes left the stabilizers up. However, if staying over a couple of days, even if not unhitching, I will always put the stabilizers down.
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Old 09-14-2018, 10:03 AM   #3
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If I am staying in one place for more than a couple of days, I put the stabilizer jacks down, even if I don't plan to unhook. For overnights, I rarely lower them if I stay hooked up. The trailer shakes a bit more, but since it is only me, it doesn't cause problems.

As to the Anderson leveler, I use it if necessary, even for small changes, hooked up or not. I also level front to back, using the jack to lift both the tongue & truck. Obviously, there are limits as to how high you can lift the tongue, and you can't lower it while attached to the tow vehicle.
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Done a lot of Walmart overnight stops with my trailer, and never deployed the stabilizers or de-hitched. Even with a combined 360+ pounds in the rear queen size bed never got the shakes.
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To me, the main reason to level would be the use of the refrigerator. If the trailer is level enough to keep the bubble between the level lines, then that should be fine. If I were going to be parked for several days, I would probably unhitch, but not move the vehicle unless necessary. That way if you decide that you have to move for some reason, you won't have to deal with unhitching. Even if you only have to move the vehicle forward several inches, rehitching shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 09-14-2018, 01:03 PM   #6
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Done a lot of Walmart overnight stops with my trailer, and never deployed the stabilizers or de-hitched. Even with a combined 360+ pounds in the rear queen size bed never got the shakes.
Same for us and we don't worry if the trailer is dead level. Maybe years of 24/7 boat use, where the boat never stops moving, makes us more tolerant of a little wiggle when someone moves around. Only thing that I do correct is if the trailer slopes in the direction of where our pillows are. Hate sleeping slightly head down.

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I travel alone and I never use the stabilizer jacks. You subconsciously compensate for your own movement in the trailer and don't even think about it rocking, or at least I don't.
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Hi Larry, Lawrence here! It was great running into you two recently at Ruckle Park. Don't blame your wife for packing it in, what with all the rain and cool weather we've been having.

Remember I said I thought you had a quotable quote and that someday I might use it back on you? You said, "Sometimes you just have to suffer a bit." So there you have it: leave the stabilizers up and see if you "suffer a bit."

Bon chance on your next trip. Maybe run into you again someday, but don't think it will be this fall.

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It is important to get the weight off the tow vehicles springs and shocks. I would suggest at least putting down the jack to do that.
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It is important to get the weight off the tow vehicles springs and shocks. I would suggest at least putting down the jack to do that.

The tongue weighs about 350-500 lbs. The vehicle weighs thousands of pounds. Why would it be important to unweight the tow vehicle?
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