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Old 12-08-2012, 02:15 PM   #127
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:21 PM   #128
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Hey Plasticman here's a check list

Here's the check list i came up with after spending $5k on the toad because I forgot to double check it was out of gear. I tried to attach it as a doc file but it didn't work. The following is my pre trip check list I have 3 date columns to document what I've done. Hope it helps

Pre Trip Check List Date:
Check oil
Check antifreeze
Check Tranny Fluid
Awnings: In and Locked
Power Cord: Unplugged and Stored
Water: Unhooked and hoses stored
Rugs Snake etc. : Picked up
Walk Around: Tires, Obstructions, Leaks
Compartments: Closed locked
Front Shade: Off & stored wipers up
Dump: Hoses cleaned , picked up, valves closed and capped


Inside:
Refrigerator: Off
Hot water heater: Off
Doors: locked
Toilet Seat: Down
Dishes and loose: Stored
Shades: Stowed

Start up:
Slides: In
Back up Camera: On
Step: On
Tire Monitor: On
Mirrors: Adjusted
GPS: Programmed ready to go
Toad: Properly Hooked up (see toad check list)



Toad Check List Date:
Tow Bar:
Hooked
Pins: in and locked
Safety Cables: Hooked up (X pattern)
Break Away: Hooked
Air: Hooked up
Power Cable (lights): Hooked (screw up)
Turn Signals brake lights (toad and bus): work
Emergency Brake: Off
Transmission: Neutral
Key: One click back
Slack: Removed from tow bar
Tires: No flats or low
Walk Around: Double check all of the above

Transfer case: Neutral (n.a. Subaru)
Fuse(s): pulled (n.a. Subaru)
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:35 PM   #129
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It really is amazing how it's always something. It doesn't matter who you are, somehow you are never left unscathed.

It's always:
-Oops I shouldn't have done that!
-Why did I do that?
-Why did I do that again?
-Why would that happen?
-Who would have thought that would happen?
-Why didn't I see that coming?
-Why didn't I see that?
-Why didn't someone tell me it was there?
-Why did that break?
-How do I fix that?
-Who am I going to get to fix that?
-Who put that there?
-Man that's twice I've done that!
-Man that's three times I've done that!
-When am I going to learn?
-Am I ever going to learn?
-Why didn't I listen to her?
-Where does that go?
-Why do I have parts left over?
-Where am I going to find that?
-Who makes that?
-Why would they make it like that?
-How come that's missing?
-That shouldn't look like that!
-Why does it do that?
-When did that start happening?
-What am I going to do now?
-What was I supposed to do with that?
-I can't believe I did that!

And the Peace du Resitance.......I wonder how much that's going to set me back?
I love the list. Have done many. My favorite; stop when it sounds expensive!
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:48 AM   #130
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:07 AM   #131
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This thread should be placed in a binder and provided to every new RV owner at time of purchase.
DH and I are picking up pur first MH 28 Dec. I'm going to make this into my own Notebook and add it to all the owner's manuals we will undoubtedly receive. Thanks to everyone who has shared. I'm sure we will have something to add before too long!
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:25 AM   #132
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Don't forget to detach your shore power cord from RV before leaving the house........yup I forgot once.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:32 AM   #133
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Remember those site number markers on the site opposite the one you are backing into are in the ground all the way to a CG in China. They do not move but the fiberglass on the front of your rig does when you cut the wheels to back in. Twice I have done this. The first no big deal the second looks not so hot but not really that noticeable. In the body shop she goes this spring when we get home.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:35 AM   #134
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Here's one for the newbie. Make sure to crank the dolly legs on your 5th wheel camper high enough to take the weight off the truck before pulling out. And for extra safety, don't put your hand on the truck box side rails when your partner pulls out... ouch!

Life is an adventure, experience it!
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:40 AM   #135
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Heres one for ya remember to always check under the steps on your Rig, if you have one of those DWs that likes to put the extra little step under your Rig steps before you let airbags down . Your steps will have quite the bend in them , gonna be fun to fix this one. DWs so dang cute couldnt get upset with her she was tearing before i even saw it .Got to love her. It is what it is--
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:12 AM   #136
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Heres one for ya remember to always check under the steps on your Rig, if you have one of those DWs that likes to put the extra little step under your Rig steps before you let airbags down . Your steps will have quite the bend in them , gonna be fun to fix this one. DWs so dang cute couldnt get upset with her she was tearing before i even saw it .Got to love her. It is what it is--
Ahhhhh, the old "Tear in the eye" routine. Oldest one in their arsenal!

Man you're lucky!

It could have been....."I broke your piece of junk" like someone I know.

Oh oh......that's gonna hurt. OUCH! Yup, starting to swell! I was just kiddin Honey!
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Here's my take on all this.

If it didn't cost over $500 to fix, it wasn't an error of judgement on my part.

I'm stickin to that!
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Ahhhhh, the old "Tear in the eye" routine. Oldest one in their arsenal!

Man you're lucky!

It could have been....."I broke your piece of junk" like someone I know.

Oh oh......that's gonna hurt. OUCH! Yup, starting to swell! I was just kiddin Honey!

lol lmao ---oooouch hey guess thats what i get for laughing at your comment dont get me wrong there patch she will still get me to when im not paying attention. Good shes out of the room :whistli ng::wh istling: as she laughs and walks away
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We recently added an enclosed car hauler to our repetoir of things towed. Prior to that, I towed a '91 Toyota P/U on a towbar. I did all of the 'hooking up', it was pretty straightforward, and didn't require DW's help.

After a series of 'hooking up' the trailer behind the 40' Diesel Pusher, our set of hand signals was expanding to include some vulgar ones. She directing, me in the seat backing.

I hit on the answer. FRS walkie talkies. After cautioning her that I will still stop immediately if I lose sight of her in the mirror, she decided to be on the curb side for our first hookup on the road. Everything went swimmmingly, I am creeping backwards, closing the 10 foot gap back to the hitch. I had also preagreed that she keep the mike button depressed while talking to me, and I would immediately stop if she let go of it.

As the gap closed, her beautiful soft voice saying the words close... closer...stop! The cold clattering Cummins had completely covered up her commands as it got closer. Just about the time that my brain said I must be there, the lurch told me I was.


Of course, the body shop can fix that.....

We now use a combo of visual and voice on any backup manuevers.
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I painted my hitch and ball white and can see them in my rear view camera.
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