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Old 03-21-2014, 03:16 PM   #1
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Checklists for Camping

I recently purchased a Rand McNally 7715 GPS. One of the features are programmable checklists that can be typed into the unit. I am new to the RV world and fear doing something stupid while learning. One example was my last trip out, November 2013. While getting ready to go home, I forgot to retract the leveling jacks. I have also forgot to retract the Television antenna. Does anyone know a place where I can find a good checklist with stuff I need to do when setting up, and breaking down a camping site? I have already made one for prepping my toad for travel. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-21-2014, 03:49 PM   #2
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I just looked at the checklist built into the GPS and it looks pretty thorough. They even have a checklist for taking your pet. Sorry for taking your time. I thought I needed to build my own checklist.

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Yeah, but does the check list include..."Never assume your DW is in the RV's back bathroom when leaving a CG?"

Customizing your own check list is not a bad idea.
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Old 03-21-2014, 04:52 PM   #4
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We use an iPad app called "RV checklists". It has some standard checklists and allows you to create custom lists. We use the checklists we've created on there for every phase of our trip, planning, packing, setting up, leaving camp, storing the RV, getting it out of storage, etc. Wouldn't leave home without it.
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:03 PM   #5
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Scroll down this website - it has a bunch of check lists. it might give you some ideas to make your own list. Need An RV Checklist?... Here Are All The Best Checklists For RVers | The Fun Times Guide to RVing
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Old 03-23-2014, 12:05 PM   #6
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Look up those "check-list" sites, find a good one and print out a few copies. One for the drivers area, one for kitchen area, another for outside utilities area. Make sure kitchen area has "remove micro plate", or stuff a roll of paper towels in there. When the micro door opens and plate hits the floor it shatters into a million pieces, and hard to find a replacement while on the road. ANOTHER IS TO EMPTY THE PETS WATER, OTHERWISE IT SPILLS OUT ON TURNS. The one by the drivers seat will remind you about jacks, antenna, etc. If co-pilot is not in seat, your decision to leave or not !!!
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Old 03-23-2014, 03:08 PM   #7
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We started using an online checklist that we found by doing a basic search, but we regularly edit it to reflect things that have changed for some reason or that we discovered we needed but which were not originally on the list. A good way to check the check list is to do a full setup and take down in the driveway while noting EVERY STEP on paper. It's easy to overlook things that seem obvious or so simple that you would never forget to do, but write those down too because one day you will be in a rush and skip something (it's raining, someone feels ill, or just that you are running behind.)

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Old 03-23-2014, 04:28 PM   #8
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Check list are wonderful things! I have the same GPS and the list should work.

When I purchased my first rig the wonderful couple I purchased it from gave us a tour and handed us two envelopes, one said setup, the other tear down. Each contained index cards with their checklists. The last item on each was " say a little prayer and have fun". When I upgraded campers I made copies and left the originals in the rig. I have adjusted them for our current rig. They were the greatest "gift" for our RVs I have received so far.

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