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Old 11-01-2015, 08:35 PM   #1
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In defense of checklists

A week and a half ago we came back from a seven day trip, unloaded propped open the fridge door and neglected to turn off the fridge or the propane. Went back Saturday and the freezer plate was cold and some propane had been used. So we are creating a new coming home checklist. Hopefully using up the propane was the only downside to this oversight

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Old 11-01-2015, 08:55 PM   #2
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We've all bin there, done that ......

Don't beat yourself up - checklist or no checklist it is easy to find yourself bypassing something.

Checklists are a good idea till your routine becomes second nature - after that your need for it will diminish.

Genuine culprits are often well-intentioned visitors who want to chat just when you are hooking up or unhooking - Airstreams are magnets for this kind of attention - and you are guaranteed to forget something.

The other big culprit is being in a hurry - never a good idea - stepping up the pace to beat the weather or hit the road make it incredibly easy to miss even the big things.

A good habit to get into is a final (slow) walk-around the inside and outside of the trailer when you are "finished" but before you pull out on the road.


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Old 11-01-2015, 09:03 PM   #3
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We do pull out walk arounds without fail but need to tighten up on our putting the AS up after the trip protocol obviously

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Oh yeah, we're checklisters. Too much to remember, too many chances to bust something if we're not paying attention.
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A week and a half ago we came back from a seven day trip, unloaded propped open the fridge door and neglected to turn off the fridge or the propane. Went back Saturday and the freezer plate was cold and some propane had been used.
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Old 11-01-2015, 09:33 PM   #6
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There is no substitute for a comprehensive checklist. If only we had one. We keep adding to ours, but there seems to always be something we miss or is not on the list. Guess we just need more sperience.
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Personally I'm not a fan of checklists, although I concede that others find them essential. When we started out we had checklists, but discarded them when we'd become more familiar with the processes involved, and we've not really had any issues. A final walk around before getting those wheels turning has been the best way of making sure all was well, even after rest stops on the road.

My one permanent reminder is a little white ribbon that I hang on the lid of the propane tank cover when the gas is switched on. I don't like to travel with the propane on so, when I'm doing that final walk around, I can see that if the ribbon is in place then I've not shut the gas off.

We all find the best way of doing things when we're traveling so there's no single correct answer to this; do what suits you best.
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I have a checklist of all the checklists I need.


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I have a checklist of all the checklists I need.
Isn't that kind of like looking up the word "dictionary" in the dictionary?
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Yeah, in fact my mother always told me to look up the spelling in the dictionary and I never could understand how to do that if I did not know how to spell it!

I made checklists and laminated them, asking my wife to use the inside checklist while I use the outside. Then I found, with my second checks, that even though she had a checklist, she was skipping items on it. So now, I have to do a second check of everything before getting in the truck. What is the point of the checklists, again?

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Yeah, in fact my mother always told me to look up the spelling in the dictionary and I never could understand how to do that if I did not know how to spell it!



I made checklists and laminated them, asking my wife to use the inside checklist while I use the outside. Then I found, with my second checks, that even though she had a checklist, she was skipping items on it. So now, I have to do a second check of everything before getting in the truck. What is the point of the checklists, again?



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Not to upset your domestic bliss, but THAT doesn't sound like a checklist problem lol

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Sounds like an opportunity to make a reality good Airstream iPhone checklist app.
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Oh I have two of those. I guess I should have labeled thread a Beware Get Homeitis


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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.
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