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Old 11-04-2015, 07:30 PM   #29
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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
Sure! We'll gladly publish our checklists, which we use for our 2014 International Signature 27FB.

* Packing Checklist for camping - Casa Rocinante
* Trailer Departure Checklist - Casa Rocinante
* Trailer Departure Checklist - Casa Rocinante
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Old 11-04-2015, 07:43 PM   #30
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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.
This is exactly how I was going to start setting up my checklists that I've started "collecting." I got quite a few of these binders from my service days with aviation units.
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Old 11-05-2015, 09:23 AM   #31
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Whoops! one of those three links above was supposed to be an arrival checklist.

Here you go: http://www.casarocinante.com/Blog/Sp...ival-Checklist
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Old 11-05-2015, 09:56 AM   #32
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Thanks for that comprehensive checklist. This will save many of us time in the creation of our own.
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Old 11-05-2015, 11:44 AM   #33
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I find these checklists confusing at times. You might have many things to do when getting ready to depart. Some of the lists say things like, connect trailer to tow vehicle, disconnect water hose, close door, and on and on.

Really? Wow, I never thought about disconnecting the water hose. Of course these lists can be quite long and there are some small things that we could forget. Stowing the sewer hose and raising the stabilizers wouldn't fall into that category for me though. I do think these lists are really good ideas for newbies but after you do this for a few years, not so much.

That said, the wife and I work as a team. She deals with most of the interior stuff while I do the outside. It works well for us until.....I go out by myself. I have avoided disaster by stopping and concentrating on these things. So far, after many years we have only had a very few mishaps. I have lost two locks by putting them on the battery cover and forgetting to lock them on the hitch. We also use a wireless thermometer with the outside sending unit placed on top of one of the tires. That way it is out of the sun and out of the rain. It is also out of sight and my wife has never forgotten to bring it in. I, on the other hand, forgot once and I would not advise rolling over one of these things with your trailer. It wasn't a pretty sight.
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Old 11-05-2015, 11:58 AM   #34
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For me, memory is a use-it-or-lose-it proposition. Both of my parents had dementia in later years, and I for one would prefer not to follow in their footsteps. I'm afraid that if I don't exercise my memory, it will disappear, having seen their memories disappear. So I don't use a written checklist at all. Having learned what I need to do through repetition, I just go ahead and do it. All those years of rote learning in school have finally paid off, by virtue of the fact that I learned how to learn by rote!

Which works very well so far— right up until someone comes up to me to talk at me while I'm hitching up my toad or performing some other moderately complex task. Then I find my attention split and I'm likely to either (a) forget something; and/or (b) be rude to the otherwise friendly person who has no idea that they're inconveniencing me.
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Old 11-05-2015, 01:45 PM   #35
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Our posting of admittedly detailed checklists to our blog and sharing them here doesn't mean we insist you use one. We posted them in case they might be helpful to folks who are thinking about their own checklists.

If you like them, use them in good health (oh, and at your own risk - lawyers made us say that). If you don't like them, that's OK, too. We still wish you good health and happy camping trips, again at your own risk.

While we welcome feedback on our lists here or via our blog, please understand: they work for us.

With that, we'll retreat to our Safe Space. Butters will be monitoring our feeds.
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Old 11-05-2015, 04:28 PM   #36
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Could someone please convert the attached checklists (in Works)
to Notepad or something I can use?
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Old 11-05-2015, 05:13 PM   #37
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I clicked on one, saved it to the desktop, then clicked on it and OpenOffice immediately opened it. The .docx says it is a recent Microsoft Word format.
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Old 11-05-2015, 06:40 PM   #38
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You could try this free web service. It seemed to work for the first one on your list above.

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Re Aftermath's mention of teamwork - it has me thinking that while i have the interior mastered with or without a checklist - we both need to know each other's 'checklist' especially should there be an emergency. Guess I better check out the exterior list and vice-versa! I'm going to customize two lists, laminate them and hang them on the interior cabinet door - last instruction to put list back In place! Thanks for the many good suggestions here.
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We don't use checklists any more but work hard at making the final hook-up quick and simple.

The night before:

- pack up as much as you can - for us this means all the outside gear (chairs, tables, stove, BBQ etc),
- put the awning up,
- roll-up and stow any outside mats,
- water hose rolled and packed away (use the on-board tank for the last morning),
- mirrors put on the truck
- truck backed up and ready to hook-up.

This leaves only a short set of tasks for the morning: raise your stabilizers, unhook your utility connections, do your actual hook-up of the hitch, check the lights, a final walk-around and then departure.

My wife goes through the same kind of procedures for the inside tasks.

Also - when we're doing "stuff" we use a repetitive routine - always in the same (logical) order each time.


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A brief post script. We went to storage to do some cleaning and tighten a few cabinet hinges that had been bugging me. After giving the fridge a good cleaning we switched it on with shore power, went and grabbed a burger, picked up some super glue for a loose piece of laminate trim and the fridge was cooling nicely. This means the faux pas from beginning of this thread didn't do any damage. As to checklists, I am developing one for the storage drop off as that is the only one we don't have and is clearly the one that is needed. In any case I'm glad I started an interesting discussion.

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"The night before:

- pack up as much as you can - for us this means all the outside gear (chairs, tables, stove, BBQ etc),
- put the awning up,
- roll-up and stow any outside mats,
- water hose rolled and packed away (use the on-board tank for the last morning),
- mirrors put on the truck
- truck backed up and ready to hook-up.

This leaves only a short set of tasks for the morning: raise your stabilizers, unhook your utility connections, do your actual hook-up of the hitch, check the lights, a final walk-around and then departure."

Even when we're parked for some time we tend to not leave a lot of stuff outside. The day before a travel day we do make sure that as much as possible is done, so that after breakfast we can finish up and get going.

This summer we were to be at Walnut Woods State Park near Des Moines for a week. Jo Ann was to be at a convention during most of that time, beginning the morning after we arrived. We were up early so that we could get breakfast done before I had to drive her into town. About 6:00 a.m. the ranger knocked on the door and told us everyone had to be out of the park by noon as the river was rising. We ate breakfast, washed the dishes, packed up and were pulling out by 8:00. As we left we could see that the river was maybe 6" lower than the road. The flood eventually covered the electric pedestals, so he wasn't kidding.

A checklist to cover a quick departure might be a good thing.
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