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Old 12-31-2013, 09:58 AM   #15
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I have found (after turning 70) that I now routinely do things I only attributed to "stupid" people.
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I would never call myself stupid. I let DW handle that side of it. She does a pretty good job of it.

However, we do have a routine and the routine is on a list that she calls out to me and i have to confirm that it is "done." At the very end before we pull out from the S&B, or from a camp site, she does a final walk around checking all the bay doors, the jacks are really up, the antenna down and then all the exterior lights are working as supposed to. She has walked back inside and asked if i was going to disconnect the electric before leaving - that is a way of calling me stupid. My only response is "Oh crap!"
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:31 AM   #17
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I learned the value of checklists by watching my father use a checklist every time I flew with him. It became a way of life for me and the more complex a machine, be it an airplane, boat, or motorhome, the more important it is.
I learned my lesson early in life when I got in a hurry to depart an airport and a fellow pilot brought to my attention the tail of the plane was still chained down. They really rubbed me about that one.
I have checklists for all kind of things.
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:34 AM   #18
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I'll admit to the power cord. I was on the interstate when a nice motorist flagged me down.. Pedistool was still attached.. Sad part was I did a walk around and said it's hot, Ill just keep it on as long as I can to keep the A/C running..

I have also stopped at a rest stop to find the fuel pump nozzle still hanging out of the gas hole. Stuff just happens.
I can't imagine not seeing this in the mirrors.
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:36 AM   #19
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That is the reason you need to do a walk around to see if every thing is read to roll.....

Having RV'ed since 1984, I have seen a lot of things that you can attribute to lack of experience and being a newbie...other things are just plain stupid.

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So since 1984 you have never done anything STUPID? I have rv traveled since 1970 and seen alot, and done a few.
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There is a saying in the boating community. " If you haven't been aground , you haven't been around.
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:45 AM   #21
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Clothes pins help...

Our steering wheel spokes are flat aluminum and perfect for clothes pins.

Read here some time ago about them.

Keep fresh ones and a sharpie in the drawer with the ones already marked.

As things are done a pin goes on the wheel.

Things are stored and made ready, pins only removed when item is confirmed ready to roll.
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:54 AM   #22
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Before leaving anywhere I do a close proximity walk around checking basement door, levelers, electric. and water hook ups.. I then do a walk around from approximately 20-30ft. at the front left to right of MH again. Rechecking levelers antenna tires and general all around check of MH.
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When I first got my new 5er I was backing it in to its new parking spot repositioning it beside the house and for whatever reason I had been inside the RV and left the steps out.....well I backed the steps against a post and twisted the assembly pretty bad.....Boy did I feel stupid.......Made me aware that routines.....especially the walk around should never change. Oh yea...The post came out the next day.....just in case..lol
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The interuption of the routine is what gets you. Use a check list...if interupted you start over.
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When parked in storage at my home, I have a 6X8 inch white poster board. I place it on the speedometer cutout. 1. unplug and remove trickle charger and extension cord. 2. remove tire covers. 3. remove tennis balls from under wiper arms. 4. close refrigerator doors.
While camping I don't use a checklist. I do have a nonworking ign. key. I install it in the ign. switch when i raise the TV antenna and it has a orange streamer. I remove it after letting the ant. down.
I always go outside and get everything ready for travel. I then come inside and start the coach and walk back outside and do a final walk around while the engine warms up.
This has worked well for me since we got our first camper in 1968.
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I have a permanent label on my dash just about the tach "Is everything disconnected?"

Reminds me to do that walk-around one more time.
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Lightbulb Walk around X2

My wife and I have got into a habit of walking around the RV twice. Once when in the site,once after we pull out. The things that crawl under that motorhome when camping is amazing!
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Our Berkshire has a checklist built into the dash gages, have to click each one to clear the messages, covers just about everything.
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