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Old 11-02-2015, 11:47 AM   #15
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Checklists for certain things are essential. As a pilot we have landing checklists that we have to follow on every flight we are told NOT to memorize those activities, but to use the checklist so that nothing gets overlooked.

I had a friend who was a pilot and even when we were traveling on the ground together,he always warned about get home itis and how it could lead to overlooking important safety issues.....

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Old 11-02-2015, 12:25 PM   #16
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The other -itis we fight with our checklists is "get going-itis" (e.g. "C'mon, it's already 10:00. Didn't we check that already? Let's get going!")

To each their own. We salute those of you who don't want / need them.

For us, without checklists we'd sooner or later find ourselves up the creek without a paddle...or an awning, or an antenna, or maybe our trailer.
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Old 11-02-2015, 12:26 PM   #17
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Inside checklist before rolling, I.e. drawers shut, pump off, etc. Outside list, I.e, stab jacks up, kitchen vent latched, door deadbolted, etc. On a long trip far from home, a what to bring checklist. Yes, you'll remember most things most of the time with routine. It's that one forgotten thing, one time, that may do you in.
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Old 11-02-2015, 12:33 PM   #18
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Checklists are good and they do come in handy...we have one for packing what we need to take on trips ... which is essential for us... When we begin to get ready for a trip I print it out and check off things as they are done or packed... it has evolved through time and we don't always take everything on it but at least we make conscious decisions not to take something rather than simply forgetting. Even then I seem to be able to forget things occasionally...like charger cords for the laptop, phone or camera. The upside is that once you do forget something, you tend not to forget it again!

We don't have a checklist for what needs to be done as we unhitch or hitch up, but we also each have our responsibilities...I get the outside things done and Greg gets the inside things done...and Abbey helps us both. Then we double check each other ... then don't move the trailer until we are sure we 100% ready for lift-off.

By the way, outside of unexpectedly using some of your propane...there is no real harm in letting your frig run for that long...
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Old 11-02-2015, 04:13 PM   #19
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As a pilot, checklists are part of my life, as a rv park care taker I have seen the results of not using checklists, TV antennas left up and tore off when they encountered pecan tree branches, power cords left plugged in and then ripped out when the rv pulled foreward, steps left out, stabilizer jacks left down that were bent when the rv went over a speed bump, tongue jacks left down, tv cables left hooked up and then ripped out of the rv when the people drove off so for me checklists are important but everyone has their own ways and in the end the person operating the rv is the person responsible for the rv.
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Old 11-02-2015, 05:45 PM   #20
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In addition to inside and outside checklists, we used to make lists of things to pack, especially before a longer trip. Sometimes, the list would get pretty long so we started making a list of things we would leave at home. Made for a shorter list!
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Old 11-02-2015, 08:32 PM   #21
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My Wife has her check list and I have mine, after we do our list we check each other's.

So far we have left the TV cable, one wrench, for got to close the fridge door and found all of our food all over the floor at the next stop (113 out side).

We have found two TV cables, one water hose, one hammer, rod to pull out the sun shade and a cooler full of beer, not a bad trade off after 9000 miles.
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Old 11-02-2015, 09:05 PM   #22
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My Wife has her check list and I have mine, after we do our list we check each other's.



So far we have left the TV cable, one wrench, for got to close the fridge door and found all of our food all over the floor at the next stop (113 out side).



We have found two TV cables, one water hose, one hammer, rod to pull out the sun shade and a cooler full of beer, not a bad trade off after 9000 miles.

Let me know if you find the bicycle lock cable I left locked around a picnic table. I've got the keys lol


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Old 11-02-2015, 10:18 PM   #23
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^^^ lol! what color cable?
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Old 11-02-2015, 11:45 PM   #24
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I have a great written checklist but forget where it is when needed. So I put the checklist in the notes section of my phone. When I'm ready to use that, I usually find that I forgot to charge the phone. So I resort to a visual, I start at the same place on the interior and go around the perimeter until I'm back where I started. I focus on each thing as I do a hands on - hasn't failed me so far! same for the exterior! The hardest thing is to remember to put the steps up.
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Old 11-03-2015, 07:00 AM   #25
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Nice to see that others have problems too. We can not get by with out check lists and the older we get the more we need them. Also it is easy to "rush" threw them an not really think. The cost is so great for a mistake. Thanks every one for making me not feel alone.
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We use checklists "religiously". Some we run together (one reads, the other acts), some are "reminder lists", some we use as back up to my actions taken (final walk around), some to make sure the once-a-year process is done in a specific order and without forgetting $omething (winterization). I envy you MrUKToad; but, your day will come. No matter how familiar, or what little white reminders you have, one day you will have an expensive oops. There are only two types: those that have and those that will. Checklists have already $aved my wallet (and perhaps, my marriage) a couple of times. I even bought Flight Checklist binders on Amazon to hold them. And to PKI, my friend, yes, it takes time to nail down the correct, efficient order in which to accomplish tasks, so keep on updating. Pilot checklists aren't made overnight, and still undergo updates and tweaks for years. Wonder how to get started? Google: "rv checklists", and prepare to be amazed.
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We use checklists "religiously". Some we run together (one reads, the other acts), some are "reminder lists", some we use as back up to my actions taken (final walk around), some to make sure the once-a-year process is done in a specific order and without forgetting $omething (winterization). I envy you MrUKToad; but, your day will come. No matter how familiar, or what little white reminders you have, one day you will have an expensive oops. There are only two types: those that have and those that will. Checklists have already $aved my wallet (and perhaps, my marriage) a couple of times. I even bought Flight Checklist binders on Amazon to hold them. And to PKI, my friend, yes, it takes time to nail down the correct, efficient order in which to accomplish tasks, so keep on updating. Pilot checklists aren't made overnight, and still undergo updates and tweaks for years. Wonder how to get started? Google: "rv checklists", and prepare to be amazed.
Ha ha, you may be right, Rokitman. I'm not so proud that I can't go back to the check lists if I have to, but for now, my "little grey cells" are holding up quite well.
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Old 11-03-2015, 07:35 PM   #28
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Pretty please, with sugar on top...

Could a few of you check list folks share your lists and the era of your trailers with all of us please? I figure with a few different ones I could compile a pretty complete list for posting inside my vintage fleet

I'll post a vintage looking PDF after for anyone that wants to print one off in the future
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