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Old 06-06-2013, 07:44 AM   #1
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I understand that breaking camp with a full hookup is a lot more trouble for some than others. Some say it can be done in just a few minutes, others say much longer. So, what is reality? What is a good time for two people properly breaking camp in a motorhome?
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:53 AM   #2
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We usually take an hour to an hour and a half. Sometimes longer.

We are more concerned with doing it methodically than we are with speed.
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X2, but depends on how much stuff we have out and how much prep I do the day before. If I know we have to get to a shop early or et an early start, we can pack up and be moving in 35-45 minutes and still be methodical.

That does not include if we need to fill the fresh water before leavings.
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It all depends on what else was taken out. Like tables, chairs, lights, grill etc. If nothing and just the electric, water and sewer then it's less then 10 mins, if all the other stuff then a few hours just to make sure it's all packed away right.
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We also do it methodically with DW handling the inside of the coach and myself doing the outside. It usually takes less than an hour including the final "walkaround" and hooking up the toad.
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As all have said, it depends...

Are we in a rush ?
is it 105 degrees and 99% humidity ?
is it raining ?
Do we have 'help' (which usually slows me down )

each rv'er and each RV do it differently and you will find the best way for your situation... just be sure you don't miss a step and even if rushed -
take a breath and SLOWLY do your final walk around/check for the things you missed when rushing !
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When we leave in the morning the only thing left to do is the water hose, power cord, and a walk-around check.
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When we leave in the morning the only thing left to do is the water hose, power cord, and a walk-around check.
Same here. We put away all outside stuff the afternoon or evening before to avoid packing up " wet stuff ".
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I understand that breaking camp with a full hookup is a lot more trouble for some than others. Some say it can be done in just a few minutes, others say much longer. So, what is reality? What is a good time for two people properly breaking camp in a motorhome?
Here is one of those responses that doesn't REALLY answer your question, but may help.

I am single in my 8th year as a full-timer, "kind of a minimalist" (meaning no nicknacks, pictures, plants, etc sitting out that need storing), and have a written checklist.

Bottom line, disconnecting utilities, pulling in slides, raising the levelers, and running through the checklist, I can, and have done it in less than 30 minutes. But that was serious "get on the road-iris" due to an approaching storm. Normally, 40 to 45 minutes. I also will occasionally do some of the chores the night before if getting on the road early is a goal.

My checklist was developed over 3 years in this motorhome and, in fact, speeds things up. When I go through the list, I can comfortably get behind the wheel without worry or "double thinking" myself (ya know, "hmmm, did I check this or that?, did I close the whatever, did I stow the thingy, that kinda stuff")!

Some of the items are reminders of more detailed stuff, like "refrigerator doors secured" always makes me check the inside for loose, rolling items. But as I travel A LOT, I normally store stuff in the reefer as if it was going down the road, for instance - I can load a full case of beer in one of the crispers (did I mention I was single, with no adult supervision?) I never knew what a crisper was for anyway . . .

Here is my checklist (starts in the back of the MH and goes forward):


BEDROOM
Windows closed/locked
Washer/Dryer cabinet doors bungeed closed
Wardrobe doors locked
NOOK stowed
Pocket door locked open
Thermostat OFF

BATHROOM
Toothbrush, hand soap & shampoo stowed
Shower doors locked open
Vent closed
Lid down
Drawers secure

GALLEY
Ice maker OFF
Residential Frig & freezer doors secured
Counter top cleared/secure
Drawers secured
Window Blind up
Dish drainer/soap in sink

LOUNGE
Ceiling Vent closed
TV antenna down
MacBook stowed
iPad mini stowed
Bose System 10 secured
Dining chairs secured
Hummingbird feeder stowed (only in El Centro)
Windows closed & locked
Recliner stowed
Satellite & remotes stowed
ALL slides in & locked

CAB
Driver's window screen stowed
Door screen stowed
Awnings stowed
Jacks raised

EXTERIOR
Electric, water, sewer, & cable stowed

DBL CHECK: All jacks up, ALL slides in, locked, & sat dish in stowed position

The reason I included my check list is that I believe it is what makes breaking camp faster and easier (don't forget I am alone and don't have someone else's eyes to double check things or ask questions)

Again, this may not have answered your direct question, but may help in some way.

Hopefully, others will share their system with you
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Here is my checklist (starts in the back of the MH and goes forward):


BEDROOM
Windows closed/locked
Washer/Dryer cabinet doors bungeed closed
Wardrobe doors locked
NOOK stowed
Pocket door locked open
Thermostat OFF

BATHROOM
Toothbrush, hand soap & shampoo stowed
Shower doors locked open
Vent closed
Lid down
Drawers secure

GALLEY
Ice maker OFF
Residential Frig & freezer doors secured
Counter top cleared/secure
Drawers secured
Window Blind up
Dish drainer/soap in sink

LOUNGE
Ceiling Vent closed
TV antenna down
MacBook stowed
iPad mini stowed
Bose System 10 secured
Dining chairs secured
Hummingbird feeder stowed (only in El Centro)
Windows closed & locked
Recliner stowed
Satellite & remotes stowed
ALL slides in & locked

CAB
Driver's window screen stowed
Door screen stowed
Awnings stowed
Jacks raised

EXTERIOR
Electric, water, sewer, & cable stowed

DBL CHECK: All jacks up, ALL slides in, locked, & sat dish in stowed position

The reason I included my check list is that I believe it is what makes breaking camp faster and easier (don't forget I am alone and don't have someone else's eyes to double check things or ask questions)

Again, this may not have answered your direct question, but may help in some way.

Hopefully, others will share their system with you
I like this...

I'm going to steal that for our coach, when we break camp. Being a novice at the MH lifestyle at this point, I need all the help I can get.
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Hummingbird feeder stowed (only in El Centro)
Thanks for the list. I surely would have forgotten the hummingbird feeder!
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I like this...

I'm going to steal that for our coach, when we break camp. Being a novice at the MH lifestyle at this point, I need all the help I can get.
I too use a list, but nothing this detailed. I love it! While we're new to the lifestyle we've been on a just a few trips, with many more to come. We always make breakfast in the morning as we're in no hurry to go home. After breakfast we start shuttling stuff inside where my wife will wash, dry, and stow. I take care of all the outside stuff; cleaning and stowing tables, chairs, grill, fire pit, etc. You get the point. So far, it hasn't taken longer than 2 hours (remember, we're novices). But at least 30 mins of that is dedicated to flushing the black tank and disconnecting the hotel services. Then I make sure the fridge is running on propane, do my final walk around making sure all doors and the awning is locked. I don't use jack pads when on a cement site so the last thing to "come in" are the jacks. I drop my rig, start the engine, wait for the jacks to stop screaming at me, then get underway!
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There are some RV checklist apps for android. The one I use is by adventure treks. Comes preloaded with stuff and you can edit etc.
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Some say it can be done in just a few minutes, others say much longer. So, what is reality? What is a good time for two people properly breaking camp in a motorhome?
If we have been parked for a month or more, it can take several hours to pack up and go. If just leaving after a night or two, we will typically take an hour or two. Ther reality is we will take as much time as we have or want. Once, when faced with an emergency evacuation to avoid a fast moving forest fire, we packed and left in ten minutes.
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