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Old 07-15-2011, 09:09 AM   #1
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Working on the checklist - practice towing our '09 20ft.Flying Cloud/get mud flaps for Avalanche/fill propane tanks/figure out water tanks,toilet,shower stuff/ get extended side view mirrors. Anything else?
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:14 AM   #2
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Make yourself a pre-flight checklist for just the towing aspect of things including stabilizer jacks and steps up, vents and windows closed, safety chains and breakaway connected, antenna down.... we have a two sided one that is in a zip loc so we can check it with dry erase... or at least that was the plan. For now we have just been checking it off vocally between pilot and navigator. Plus always do your walk around to make sure all those things have indeed been done.
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:30 AM   #3
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Check lights and brakes if equiped.
Desanitize tanks the night before.
Wash the exterior, Can't have a dirty AS going down the road. Ha-Ha
Maps, directions, GPS, for the planned route, To & From.
Button up the inside as well.
Spares, spares, spares. Fuses, tools, etc...

As Goal says, pretrip pull out check list. Don't want to tear something up at the start.
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:34 AM   #4
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Above all, take a deep breath and relax - a tense tower is trouble waiting to happen. It is a lot less stressful than you may make it and the higher the stress level, the lower the enjoyment level

I'd also say to NOT do any more than you are comfortable with (distance, time, destination, etc.).
Take breaks as needed - driver fatigue can sneak up on you and can be dangerous.

Oh, and remember to pull forward as far as possible before making sharp turns - it'll save the sides of your bauxite beauty!
(That is the voice of experience).

Best of luck and let us know how it goes!
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:50 AM   #5
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Working on the checklist - practice towing our '09 20ft.Flying Cloud/get mud flaps for Avalanche/fill propane tanks/figure out water tanks,toilet,shower stuff/ get extended side view mirrors. Anything else?
Hi to Reno - (We lived there in the 1970s) - Many of the folks on this forums helped us make our checklist. It's a simple text file on my iPhone and we recite it to each other as we pack-and-go:

Pre-flight Check List

OUTSIDE

Coupler Latch down and secure
Hitch Ball tight and lubricated
Spring Bars in place and adjusted
Sway Control hooked up
Safety Chains secured
Break-away Cable hooked up
Tongue Jack retracted
Jack Pad stored
Hitch Side struts tight
Connector plugged in 12volt and brakes
Gas Bottles off or on (there's a debate)
Bottle Hold down tight
Back and Side Awnings down and tight
Patio Awning closed and locked
Front rock glass panels closed, secured
Tire pressure monitors installed
Chocks and Ramps picked up and stored
Stabilizing Jacks picked up and secured
Water Hose disconnected and stored
Drain Sewage Hose disconnected and stored
Power Cord disconnected and stored
Wheels lugs tight
Tires condition and proper inflation
Trunk closed and locked
Side storage closed and locked
Steps UP
Spouse on board TV

INSIDE

All Gas Appliances lines closed
Fridge to gas, when gas bottles ON
Toilet water drained from bowl, lid closed
Bag of ice dumped in toilet
Water Pump switch off
Water Heater switch(s) off
All drain plugs in tight, including shower
Shower Door latched
Furnace off
Windows closed and locked
All loose items stowed
Vents closed tightly (or open 1" for summer)
Cupboards and Closets closed tightly
Refrigerator Door latched
TV antenna down and centered
Entrance Door locked
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:57 AM   #6
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Oh and seriously . . . dog inside crate in tow vehicle.
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:23 AM   #7
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Relax and have fun.

It may take a few trips to figure out exactly how to get things set up the way you want them. Checklists vary from one person to the next, and the only really critical things are:
1) the security of the hitching system
2) leaving nothing attached to the campsite or parking site (tongue jack, stabilizers, cords, hoses)
3) security of outside items. Hatches, door, awning, windows
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Old 07-18-2011, 11:57 AM   #8
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As I solo travel it is a little 'harder or easier' to run down my check list, but make one. A last note, for me, I walk around the rig in one direction and then just before I pull out, I walk around the rig again, in the other direction. You will be amazed at the things you will see. Just remember to "measure 3 times, mark it twice, and cut it once', that is my way.
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:40 PM   #9
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Your hitch setup is critical. After operating (in this order) the hitch ball, hitch ball lock, weight distribution trunnions, safety chains, electrical hookup, breakaway cable, retracting tongue jack and stowing jack foot, I stop and look at the whole hitch setup for a moment. It's rather complicated and mystical, and deserves our attention and fear.

And please heed Steve and Susan's excellent advise about making right turns, especially in city traffic. And avoid parking lots!
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:16 PM   #10
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Most 'checklist' stuff is visible during your pre-trip walk around...

The three items that I have to burn into my brain (or actually use the check list) are:

1. turn off the water pump - our indicator light is hidden behind an overhead cabinet door - so It's easy to miss...

2. put restraint on refer door - ours is an older unit that doesn't lock automatically, so we use a bungie on it!

3. remove and stow the AS's dual axle parking brake - we use one of those 'scissor' type devices that expands between the tires to effectively 'apply' a parking brake - it's easily overlooked as it's somewhat hidden...don't ask me how I know this...

There's lots of other important stuff, and a check list is a good idea till you've done the 'routine' many times...

Happy trails...
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3. remove and stow the AS's dual axle parking brake - we use one of those 'scissor' type devices that expands between the tires to effectively 'apply' a parking brake - it's easily overlooked as it's somewhat hidden...don't ask me how I know this...



Happy trails...

We've nearly forgotten those on a couple of occasions! We let the kids do the pre-flight checks, then we check again!

One thing I've learned is that it always take longer to get wherever it is that you're going than you think it will. So, leave more time than you think you'll need. IMHO, Airstreaming isn't about rushing.
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Old 07-24-2011, 07:10 PM   #12
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Hi to Reno - (We lived there in the 1970s) - Many of the folks on this forums helped us make our checklist. It's a simple text file on my iPhone and we recite it to each other as we pack-and-go:

Pre-flight Check List

OUTSIDE

Coupler Latch down and secure
Hitch Ball tight and lubricated
Spring Bars in place and adjusted
Sway Control hooked up
Safety Chains secured
Break-away Cable hooked up
Tongue Jack retracted
Jack Pad stored
Hitch Side struts tight
Connector plugged in 12volt and brakes
Gas Bottles off or on (there's a debate)
Bottle Hold down tight
Back and Side Awnings down and tight
Patio Awning closed and locked
Front rock glass panels closed, secured
Tire pressure monitors installed
Chocks and Ramps picked up and stored
Stabilizing Jacks picked up and secured
Water Hose disconnected and stored
Drain Sewage Hose disconnected and stored
Power Cord disconnected and stored
Wheels lugs tight
Tires condition and proper inflation
Trunk closed and locked
Side storage closed and locked
Steps UP
Spouse on board TV

INSIDE

All Gas Appliances lines closed
Fridge to gas, when gas bottles ON
Toilet water drained from bowl, lid closed
Bag of ice dumped in toilet
Water Pump switch off
Water Heater switch(s) off
All drain plugs in tight, including shower
Shower Door latched
Furnace off
Windows closed and locked
All loose items stowed
Vents closed tightly (or open 1" for summer)
Cupboards and Closets closed tightly
Refrigerator Door latched
TV antenna down and centered
Entrance Door locked
Thanks buddy! I photographed your checklist to my iPhone for easy reference! So excited about our first trip. A dream come true.
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why the ice in the toilet
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:32 PM   #14
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why the ice in the toilet

Helps bust up the "stuff" then melts soon there after so it makes dumping easier the next time - no big lumps. Theory anyway, I like to freeze bigger chunks than ice tray cubes.
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