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frisbeekev

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Besides the obvious like everything you do for hooking up, hitching and final checks on the truck and trailer. What other things are on your must do (non negotiable) list before you leave on a trip. Mine are:

Wash all windows in the truck (visibility is key when towing)

Wash truck and camper. I hate traveling in a dirty vehicle

Have a full water bottle for me and the wife and kids

Pack everything the night/day before. Leave the travel day for last minute items

Vacuum the house, run disheasher. Then I don't have to do it when I get back.

* This post was edited 11/04/19 05:44pm by frisbeekev *

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Fuel the truck before hitching, I hate to fuel up when I'm hitched up if it can at all be avoided.


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I assume you also checked the safety essentials:

Check brake fluid level -- and all other fluids.

Tighten tire lugs of both towing vehicle and trailer to prescribed torque.

Check and see that air on all tires, again TW and TT, are on the recommended pressure.

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When hooking up trailer and connecting lights, chains, tongue lock, etc...if anyone talks to you while doing this, recheck everything again after they have left[emoticon]


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hotjag1 wrote:

When hooking up trailer and connecting lights, chains, tongue lock, etc...if anyone talks to you while doing this, recheck everything again after they have left[emoticon]


Wifey keeps on nagging me to do a check-list.

Dragged my jack once -- and still I have not done a check list, lol.

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Since we had a flat on trailer last year, I added "check air pressure in spare tires" to my pre trip checklist. Our spare was fine, but not because I remembered to check it..

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We have a "doggie bag" in each of our vehicles. "Doggie bag" is a baby diaper bag and all the contents are for the dogs and cat. We keep it stocked with extra water for the dogs, and collapsable dog bowls. Paper towels, extra poopie-bags, extra dog leashes (short ones, not retractable and retractable). Cleaning solution for carpet seats / windex too. Doggie treats, trash bags, air freshener, childrens tylenol, pepto-bismal, and clorox wipes, and a baby syrenge for injecting any medicines into the dogs mouth.

We check the bag and restock it every time before hitting the road.

After all, these guys are worth it!

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I have the truck and camper ready to go the night before. I get up shut off the water and water heater, adjust the thermostat, lock the doors, load the dogs and head out. The RV stays loaded with everything but food, and the dogs food.

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I check most fluid except trans and axle before heading out and then just engine oil at each fuel stop. Other than that I make absolutely sure I have a socket that fits the truck wheels and the trailer wheels, 6" extension and 1/2" breaker bar.

When hitching trailer I double check everything and then do a walk around looking at each door lock and jack making sure they are locked and Up. Then roof vents closed, awning in UP position and arms strapped closed. Steps up and Door locked. Sewer cap on and valves closed.

I only check air pressures first thing in the morning and don't fret if it's down a pound from all the previous mornings checks.


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Dutchman, that is a handsome cat. How much bigger is he compared to those doglike creatures? [emoticon]


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