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Old 03-22-2020, 08:47 PM   #1
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Take the time to check things even when you are running late.

I took a trip to newmars new repair facility 2 weeks ago( which i will write about my experience and why i went in another post).

But i thought i share quickly a little reminder, that even when you are behind and running off schedule, dont take things for granted.


For my trip, i planned to leave home the saturday before my appointment at about 11 ish, and try to make it to ohio turnpike before dark ( for $20 bucks they have rv designated sites with power, cant beat it) I prefer not to drive in the dark if i dont have to. Being it is my first motorhome , in winter , it took a little time to get prepared. I fell behind schedule 2+ hours. I was about ready to drive off , and i thought “i really should check tire pressure, but i am running late, its probably ok, its a new rv, i havent really used it, it should be fine” i told myself. Well , i decided to take the few minutes to check them, rather than get bigger problems later. 5 of the 6 tires were at 80lbs pressure( sticker on cabin wall driver seat recommends 100lbs). Last tire i checked, was 40lbs. I dont know what would have happened for that last tire i checked, but i venture it would not have been good. I am thankfull i took the xtra time then, rather than face possible trouble on the road.
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Old 03-23-2020, 08:31 AM   #2
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Glad you checked! And hope your trip report has a happy ending.

This is why I consider my TireMinder TPMS essential kit. A continuous readout of all coach and toad tire pressures is invaluable. Happy travels!
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Old 03-23-2020, 08:39 AM   #3
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Good advise and a good reminder for all.

As much as I am tempted to speed things up when getting ready to move the camper, I always slow myself down and take the time to do it right. Sometimes that completely frustrates my wife, but far too many things can go wrong when on the road. If a moment of checking this or checking that can eliminate a future problem, the small amount of time to check is well worth it.
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Old 03-23-2020, 08:50 AM   #4
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My Daddy used to say "whenever you get in a hurry, sometimes for every step forward, you take two backwards", meaning it's better to slow down and do things correctly.

Reminds me of a camper trying to get a early start one morning when it was still dark thirty. As he left the campsite he pulled the service post right out of the ground along with sparking electric wires, water pipe and the TV cable. Yep, he forgot to make one last trip around the RV and failed to disconnect the electric shore power cable.
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I saw a rig try to leave the campground before sunrise this morning. He missed the turn to go out (easy to do in the dark) and proceeded up a dead end... he was barely able to turn around without unhooking his toad. Nice to know your route and have daylight too!
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I was taught something about RVing by my dad over 50 years old. He didn't just have a check list, he had a procedure list. He said by following a set procedure you'll never forget anything. My father-in-law was a U.S. Army Air corps veteran (before it became the Air force) and he was conditioned the same way so my wife understands. I have shared this with probably thousands of RVers as a fool proof way of departures.
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"The hurrier I go... the behinder I get"!

Thanks, Dad. That keeps me in tune on most important items!
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Well , i decided to take the few minutes to check them, rather than get bigger problems later. 5 of the 6 tires were at 80lbs pressure( sticker on cabin wall driver seat recommends 100lbs). Last tire i checked, was 40lbs. I dont know what would have happened for that last tire i checked, but i venture it would not have been good. I am thankfull i took the xtra time then, rather than face possible trouble on the road.
That's one of the reasons I love my TPMS. i can check all the tires from the driver seat.
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Spent 20 years operating “Pointy Flying Machines”! More Aircrew died or were injured because of failure to follow Checklists... I have 5 for our Essex and they are followed faithfully, I don’t care how far behind schedule I am! One last addition, “Last Chance Walk Around”!! When ready to drop her into gear I get out of the seat, exit the coach and do a walk around looking and checking everything, doors, Toad, connections, disconnects, EVERYTHING!! I can’t tell you how much embarrassment it’s saved me!
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I ALWAYS do at least 2 walk arounds of the coach before leaving. Look high and low, and also my planned path out for any possible problems.
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I ALWAYS do at least 2 walk arounds of the coach before leaving. Look high and low, and also my planned path out for any possible problems.
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Very good advise Jukenut, this thread has some good advise and pictures of what might happen with a low tire.
Another good advise sticky with fixes can be found here plus all links below in my signature.
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A couple poster have already mentioned it was a good idea to use a TPMS, and I totally agree. Actually I would not be without my TST system.

Just to add a reminder about TPMS's though. When I sit for a month or longer I will remove my tire sensors to preserve the batteries. Prior to hitting the road I replace them and test everything. It is a good idea to do this a few days prior to departure.

Last year I re-installed my sensors just a couple days before heading out and discovered a really low trailer tire. After some closer examination I found it had a slow leak. I barely had enough time to get it off and have it repaired.
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