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Old 09-21-2016, 10:33 AM   #1
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Need checklist

I am picking up my motorhome shortly. Is there a place I can go that has a checklist for things needed for our first trip so I wont forget anything.

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Old 09-21-2016, 11:53 AM   #2
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I'm sure there are checklists available online, but I'd rather rely on my own resources. Mentally go through a set up of the RV in a campsite. Electrical hook up -- 50 amp? dogleg to convert to 30 amp, 30 amp to 15 amp converter? Water hookup, drinking water safe hose, pressure regulator, extra hose gaskets. Sewer hookup, box of rubber gloves, hose to wash and rinse sewer hook up. Campground TV cable? long section of cable to connect between RV and cable drop.

Packing interior, think of clothes, bedding, dishes, cookware, utensils, personal hygiene, cleaning supplies, etc.

It's a given you won't have all that you need, make a list for next outing or check out local Walmart. Campground stores are very expensive for most items, drive to stores off campground.


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Old 09-21-2016, 12:00 PM   #3
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#1: Sense of humor
#2: Wallet
#3: Everything else that you think is relevant
#4: More stuff that you don't think is relevant, but that ultimately will be (see #2).

Enjoy your first RV Adventure! I can't begin to create a real list for you because it's just way too individualized based on your specifics, like where you are going, what you already own, what your RV comes equipped with, what you plan to buy, what you'll do when you get there, etc.

Nevertheless, my above list really does apply to practically all scenarios.
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Old 09-21-2016, 12:01 PM   #4
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You have a smart phone?

RV Check list on Google App store

Some of the default lists in this app are fairly thorough.
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Old 09-21-2016, 12:09 PM   #5
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Here's more than you'll ever need about checklists but as Bob points out- you'll want to make a hybrid of your own containing some items from each type of list and then add your own depending on the type of rig you have and what you consider important. Things that I don't include on departure and arrival checklists are maint items...like checking oil, generator, tires, etc. Those things are maintenance items.

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I use the example of airline pilots. Their checklist is divided into sections. They can't simply pull to the side of the road (sky) if something is forgotten . . . but neither can we when we enter a freeway, especially entering crowded, fast moving traffic. So I use a pre-departure checklist; interior and exterior. Yes, I've revised it a few times. We all know the obvious things: sewer, water, electrical disconnect, antenna down, levelers up, clearances, tow car connections, supplemental brake test. Some people have more items but I most often plan to depart with a planned stop perhaps a quarter mile or mile at which time I do a walk around the rig to re-check toad, connections, tires, feel for hot brakes with my hand to sense radiated heat, dripping leaks of any kind. I prefer driving without worrying about things left undone. Oh, yeah, make sure your pets and passengers are all on board too.
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Old 09-22-2016, 04:12 AM   #7
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I parked it in my driveway for a week, and lived in it there. You'll quickly realize a number of things you wish you had.

That'll get you about 95% of the way there, the rest will only come after you have stayed at a number of different campgrounds which have unique individual challenges.
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The driveway (when long enough) is a good test. For our "shake down" trip we went to an RV park about 2 miles away. We didn't want to be far from home while we were trying to learn how our rig worked. It was our second motorhome and each one has its own "personality". Eleven years later and we're still learning.
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Ronald73 have to share a rest stop experience we had. Traveling with 3 dogs, wife uses facilities and I walk the dogs, she comes back and dogs are still wandering around off leash on outer edge of rest stop. I go to buy a couple drinks, come back loaded up and head down the road. About 10 miles down the road she looks around and screams, where's Bubba. Not in the RV. Next U turn and headed back to rest stop. Wife calls 911 looking for emergency # for rest stop. 911 actually jumps in and helps with getting us connected. Wife visualizes Bubba running down the interstate chasing us. Get back to rest stop and Bubba has been turned into visitor center and is laying under someones desk asleep after having been fed a huge bowl of food. Visitor center people were telling us they always keep pet food around because they have animals dumped with them all the time. Good lesson for us to count heads before leaving a stop. Left them a nice donation for food and thanked them for being good animal caretakers.
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Need checklist

Originally Posted by Ronald73 View Post
I use the example of airline pilots. Their checklist is divided into sections. They can't simply pull to the side of the road ........ So I use a pre-departure checklist..... Yes, I've revised it a few times. We all know the obvious things:..........

I agree, Ron. I use an app someone recommended, written by a retired IT guy named Dan Sentaro, called "RV Checklist". Not very original, but you can find it in the Apple App Store, free. It has some preloaded lists, which I generally find too wordy, but it is very easy to make your own custom lists. I prefer a simple one or two word Challenge-Response setup, as is common in aviation (and elsewhere). Be sure the list is set up as a CHECK list rather than a DO list.
I've created segmented lists that work well after some revision, though some think they're too long. My departure list comprises 69 items in six categories.
When you structure a checklist, you'll always revise to the way you do things, and to make sure the list isn't taking you in circles, requiring you to duplicate items and waste effort. Example: at some point there'll be an item like "basement doors secure". If I place this item too early in the process I may have to reopen a door to stow wheel chocks, stow jack pads, stow the pull rod I used to retrieve the jack pads, get out the umbilical cord to hook up the toad, and get out that pull rod again to retrieve something else I just noticed under the coach. See the point?
The simple fact is that if a checklist is cumbersome or inefficient you will stop using it after a while, simply because it becomes a pita. I find this RV Checklist very easy to set up, and useful to have around.

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Originally Posted by bshan0711 View Post
I am picking up my motorhome shortly. Is there a place I can go that has a checklist for things needed for our first trip so I wont forget anything.
There are generic CLs on line.

It would really, really, really, really help your cause if you added the year, make and model of your RV in your signature.........

Someone just might....just might have a checklist that they prepared and would share.....

I have one for a 2014 Winnebago View 24 G.

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