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Old 06-07-2011, 07:13 PM   #15
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As a pilot, I'm good with checklists.

I've seen the results of items skipped on checklists...it happens more often than it should!

One thing NOT on any of my checklists, but is really easy to remember.


Before we move the coach, we (both of us, separately) walk through the coach, from the back to the front. Just looking to make sure everything looks right. Outside, after everything is hooked up and ready to move, another WALK AROUND. Stop at each corner and look...top to bottom, left to right and right to left. Look for leaks, look for open compartments, look for obstructions to your intended path, look at the tires. Look at the BIG PICTURE. The checklists will have you focusing on the minutia. This is a BIG PICTURE look at things.

Finally, the first 10 - 20 feet of move is done with DW outside checking to make sure the toad is right...no wheels dragging, lights working, toad tracking.

Good luck and have fun.

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Old 06-08-2011, 07:50 AM   #16
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Thanks for the reminder!! We used to do a canoe with a tent on a river type of camping and when we pulled up stakes and re-loaded the canoe, we'd check over our camp site ensuring we left it BETTER than we found it. Then we joined a little "social" club that began with just one "guys only" camp out per year and evolved into THREE family included camp outs. There were always a few core members that did most of the set up and take down and I always made it a point to be the last one out, pulling out on to the road and walking the whole area over not so much for clean up (As a club, we also believed in leaving it BETTER than we found it!) but to retrieve lost or forgotten items A few times I ended up just holding on to those items until the next camp out. Now that we have a permanent base where our RV lives, we've got to re-think our lists. If I HAD done a walk around before our trip for propane, I might still have that antenna!! LOL!!

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Old 08-08-2011, 08:36 PM   #17
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Does anyone have a departure checklist to use for the house if you are planning a longer trip. Things we can think of are:
1.lower thermostat
2.turn off water and drain plumbing
3.turn off power to hot water tank
4.forward mail
5.notify neighborhood watch
6.suspend garbage service
7.blow out underground sprinklers
8.set vacation lock on garage door
9.replace lightbulbs in lights with timers with new flourescent bulbs (to last longer)
10. lock windows and doors
11. suspend cable service
12. arrange for neighbors to pick up unsolicited newspapers
13. arrange for snow removal
14. winterize hot tub
15. empty refrigerator, prop open doors and turn off power

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