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RoyF

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Posted: 05/27/12 03:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Never thought that I would need a checklist, but in the last couple of years my wife and I have (1) brought in the slides before checking that the space between was clear, (2) driven off with steps down, (3) driven off forgetting our 2x12 leveling boards, (4) pulled away forgetting that our rear stabilizers were down! That last one in April cost about $250 for a new set of stabilizers. Enough was enough!

My checklist for fifth-wheel has 32 items. Yours may have a different number. (Mine has "load Tailgater dish" and "load Honda generators", for example.) I put the printed page inside a plastic page protector (also called sheet protector) and keep it on a clipboard. DW and I check off each step as we do it using an erasable marker. There are three sets of steps: "Inside", "Outside", and "In truck" (which covers hooking up to the fifth-wheel).

My wife is the official "enforcer", seeing to it that every line gets checked off. Especially the line "rear jacks up" before I start to hook up.

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yeah I've had a couple of small oops when pulling the trailer out. Forgetting to remove the wheel chocks, I've done that a couple of times. Making a list probable wouldn't be a bad idea.

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Posted: 05/27/12 04:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We never turn a prop or a wheel without going thru a checklist.

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I don't use a checklist but the last thing we do before pulling out of a space is to do a complete walkaround. Both the wife and I.
Once I pull out, my wife does a walk around the site and checks the faucet to make sure the Watts regulator has been removed
Then she catches up in the toad and we hookup. Once the toad is hooked up, she again double checks my connections.


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Posted: 05/27/12 04:54pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

hershey wrote:

she again double checks my connections.


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Howdy!

If you have a smart phone there is a app for that now look up "RV checklist".

"Happy Trails"
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We used a check list when we started. Now we each do our chores, then check that the other has done theirs.

This year I will be bring out the list again as it will be DS first year driving and helping with set up take down.

Before we set off a final walk around is done. We have found open storage compartments, the camp stove under the picnic table, a drink on the bumper and more.

One year the first trip of the season was planned and we were a few miles from home when one of the cats jumped down from the over cab bed. It turned into her first camping trip and she was a trooper.

Oh and when we leave a camp site, after we have pulled out the navigator does one last check of the site. We often forget when we had stowed under Mobi. Tackle box tucked behind a tire oops

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After we think we have checked snd put away everything, we do two walk arounds, first looking up, clearance lights, ANTENNA, etc. Second looking down for things out of place, compartment doors not closed, hookups, toad connections etc. Now we pull off the site, park safely on side of roadway and then go back and walk around the site for anything left behind, including garbage. Double check on lights while walking back to RV, then confidently leave knowing that nothing has be left behind or will fall off the MH while driving.

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A must for us. Just happened to blog about it today..


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I always do a 'walk a round' before I get in to drive away.. We do have our packing lists to make sure we have what we need before leaving the house however and that's still in force..

Now, I have left a thing or two in 10 years of travel... So far, the walk a round works for me..

Mitch


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