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Old 03-11-2014, 12:49 PM   #29
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I suppose my routine is to pack up pull out 75 feet and check the site for stuff the kids might left behind or things which have naturally fallen off the Airstream. I find the pullout walkaround is more final than a frequently interrupted checklist.
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:58 PM   #30
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Gas up the pickup.
Bring diesel for tractor.
Drive 115 miles.
Open camper.
Turn on breaker in panel on pole for shore power.
Either fire up furnace or open windows depending on what time of year.
Get tractor out of shed and mow.
Or,
Go fishing.
Or
Go hunting.
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:21 AM   #31
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I know many of you have been doing this for years and years, but us newbies and list people in general, need a list. There are many safety items to consider when towing something this large and many other things to remember so you don't damage your nice trailer. (like, look up! I managed to ram a tree limb into the Zip Dee awning when I brought my AS home the first day.)

I've towed a bass boat for years and there are many things I know how to do without thinking about it; chains, safety clips, light check etc. I hope that someday I'll be that good with my AS, but I'm getting older and I find that even with my boat, I have forgotten things I have known to do for years. The checklist will help me to develop the 'auto pilot' mode that many of you veteran AS folk enjoy today.
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:02 AM   #32
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The checklist will help me to develop the 'auto pilot' mode that many of you veteran AS folk enjoy today.
I hope NONE of us has an "autopilot mode." That's another way of saying, "turn off your brain but keep working." When I'm doing something, I want my brain— what's left of it, at least— to be fully engaged in the task.

I had a professor in college who told us, "Everything you learn here you'll learn three times. Once when I tell it to you. Once when you read it. Once when you actually do it on your homework." He was right. You remember things you hear in a differnt part of the brain from the things you see which are in a different part of the brain from the things you touch. So to really learn the checklist, have someone read the checklist to you out loud. Repeat the checklist item back to them out loud. And always touch the item you're checking rather than just looking at it. Then next time, switch out, and you do the reading whle your partner does the repeating and checking/touching. That way, you engage more parts of your brain in the checklist, and you will learn it better.
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:15 AM   #33
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For those that can walk around the trailer and do all the checks the same each and every time, I suppose that works for you. It does not work for my simple brain, because it's "not the same", if I have to stop part way around to lock a storage door, or pick up a chock, etc. That interruption of my routine would probably make me forget the what the heck I was doing ! So my checklist ( which is laminated on bright colored paper ) is in my hand as I do my walk around.
I wrote my checklist so that it follows my logical walk around the entire rig.
And yep....gotta remember the most important thing: dog in truck !
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:18 AM   #34
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Twice we forgot the dog food and had to make an emergency trip to the store. Last weekend it was 12 miles away. And, the big one for us was not to check the window latches (window was closed). We lost a window somewhere between Atlanta and Nashville. I don't forget that one anymore.
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:43 AM   #35
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And always touch the item you're checking rather than just looking at it.
Good point; no matter what your "process" is, actually touching the item in your list is important.
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Old 04-26-2014, 01:05 PM   #36
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I made a list for camping. It was refined from one that someone offered on the forum. I created it for my use in regular, unhitched or boon docking (see key).

It keeps me in order instead of running around and helps when someone else is with me to offer assistance.

Obviously I skip items that do not apply for the type of camping I am doing. When I was in Fort Wilderness I did not unhitch as everything was there and no motor vehicles are used except to exit so all the * items were skipped; however, that too can change if I take the scooter per se as I have to unhitch for clearance. It is not perfect but it covers my tasks.
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Old 04-27-2014, 08:29 AM   #37
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Rod and Rich I like your list's and picked up hints and list style from both of you thanks for adding to it.
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Old 04-27-2014, 10:38 AM   #39
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We leave in 2 weeks for Florida 1 week trip with my wife and 2 small children

I've started constructing our supply and grocery list - it gets lengthy but at least most if it is already in the trailer from my previous use so far

I'll share it for fun when I finish
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Old 04-27-2014, 11:34 AM   #40
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When we bought our 1972 International back in 1995 we were fortunate to also have with the Airstream purchase the original Owners and Service manual.

So for years we have used page 55 and 56 "pre-travel check list". The one thing we try to ensure we do the most is found on page 56 under motoring essentials. And that is; "Do not make your vacation trips a mileage marathon! Stop and relax frequently.

See attached as Airstream has got it right for many years ensuring Airstream owners are ready to go and even leave the "second home" the place we pay taxes on in tip top shape waiting our return.

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Old 04-27-2014, 11:49 AM   #41
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Wow - I'm not 100% that I check for latches on windows :O

My kids like to fiddle with those too so I'll need to make sure I check it

Forget if that one is in the newb guide checklist I use

Last trip I had thought I closed all drawers but one I had not and it flopped out in transit (ironically the lightest drawer and had installed before this new latches that are stronger - helps to actually make sure they are latched lol
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Wow - I'm not 100% that I check for latches on windows :O

My kids like to fiddle with those too so I'll need to make sure I check it

Forget if that one is in the newb guide checklist I use

Last trip I had thought I closed all drawers but one I had not and it flopped out in transit (ironically the lightest drawer and had installed before this new latches that are stronger - helps to actually make sure they are latched lol
Ha ! ....you have no excuse on that window latch there, EC ! ....it is on "my" checklist I sent you !! Ha ! Ha ! ....just messin' with ya buddy....enjoy the trip to FL. The kids are gonna love it.
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