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Old 06-13-2013, 04:17 PM   #1
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Need a hook/unhook checklist

We finished with the Readybrake Elite install, lights, the whole 9 yards. I hooked up the toad to the coach and drove it a bit while my other half followed in her car, communicating on a portable radio to me, as I stopped, turned, etc.

As we unhooked for the first time, I went to store the towing equipment away when I heard a gasp. The toad had rolled forward and touched the coach!

I never put it in park before I unhooked the toad. OMG
Glad no one was between the coach and toad, and glad the slight hill wasn't going the other way!

No damage to either vehicle

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Old 06-14-2013, 12:49 PM   #2
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Checklists are always a good idea - just be sure that you keep to it. They are also very easy to foget/ignore/'temporarily' put aside, etc.

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Old 06-15-2013, 06:45 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by WrongWayRand View Post
Checklists are always a good idea - just be sure that you keep to it. They are also very easy to foget/ignore/'temporarily' put aside, etc.

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I started out with checklists and after 2 years no longer use them. And that's the problem.

Regarding the coach....

On a couple of occasions doing a walk around, one time looking up and the next looking down I found surprises. Things like the shore power line was still hooked up, or an awning was out, or the dish was still in the deployed position. Of course I'm 63 and these kinds of surprises are now just a part of my life. Too bad we can't retire at 30 when we are all still quick and alert.

No problems with the toad however. I try not to park on a hill though. [wink]


PS From experience: Best to do your walk around looking down first, not up. That may protect you from tripping over the shore power cord you left out. LOL
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Old 06-15-2013, 08:19 AM   #4
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There is not much you can do for the roll situation you were in, it just happens once in a while. Maybe not to everyone, but you and I have approximately the same mental facilities when it comes to that scenario.

I typically (except on 2 occasions) open the door, push on the brake pedal, and put it in park. That eliminates the roll. Where I get in trouble is when the hitch is being stubborn and I get back into the car and put it in neutral so I can negate the bind on the hitch pins. I get the out, but forget that the car is in neutral. In both of my occasions I was able to hold on to the car and keep it from going anywhere, so almost flat ground, but not quite. The next words out of my mouth are to the DW, "Hey! Help! Go put your foot on the brake!"
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We have a checklist taped inside a cabinet door, and we still refer to it every time we break camp, even after 6 years of full-timing.

Every time something messes up, it goes on the list. So the list reads like a comedy of errors of all the things that could go wrong and did!!

Keep a list, refer to it each time you hook up, and keep adding to it!!!
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How bout chocks? would that work? you could rock the car but not much.
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You are one lucky guy! As you said, had the hill been sloping the other way it could have been a disaster! Checklists are definitely the way to go!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!

BTW- I love my ReadyBrute tow bars!
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Maybe a label on the tow bracket as close to the pin as possible? Or on the tow bar?
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:24 PM   #9
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We've gotten away from using a written checklist but there are some critical things we both inspect such as making sure the transmission on the toad is in neutral and that all the jacks are up. We both do the final walk-around before we put the MH in gear.
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I have a laminated checklist I use when connecting and disconnecting the TOAD (modified a few times early on). I use the ReadyBrute which is fairly straight forward.

On the RV I put a clothespin attached to a 3x5 card and clip it to the steering wheel That serves to remind be of the standard things I must do each time before we drive off (jacks up, ant down, electric power cable in, steps up with eng start/door closed).
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I tend to forget to check the little things, like the jacks under the MH. Not pretty when you begin to close the slideout!! I have an IPhone and found a fantastic app that can be downloaded. I use "RV Checklist" and you can edit it to add anything unique to your unit. Since I always have the phone with me I can simply open it and begin going down the checklist. Sure saves repair expenses......
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We have multiple checklists that are located in the areas that are applicable (toad list is in the toad, etc.). However, we have found that the key ingredient is that TWO PEOPLE need to review each item and agree verbally. One person can go thru a procedure so many times that they "see" it happening regardless of whether they actually checked. Ask me how I know (yup ... the toad key is on and steering wheel is not locked) ...

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