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Old 05-25-2016, 09:32 AM   #29
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We do the same all the time as well. Especially if it's just a quick overnight for sleep!
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Old 05-25-2016, 10:08 AM   #30
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Preflight streamers and hooks

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I have a set of "remove before flight" streamers and a set of hooks and labels inside our closet to hang them on, plus a checklist.

Hopefully that will limit the possible damage.


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I am intrigued by the streamers, hooks and labels you are using with a checklist. Would you provide more information about your system? I am finding the need for checklists for many operations. We have a checklist for takeoff, but need to make sure we always consult it, as we occasionally overlook something.
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Old 05-25-2016, 10:26 AM   #31
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Use streamers available from Amazon. Look for "Remove before flight" key chains.

Hook for each streamer on back of closet door. Hooks and streamers are labeled with location, like 4 hooks for stabilizer jacks. Streamer also labeled.

Drop jacks, streamer goes on stabilizer. Retract jack, streamer goes back on its designated hook.

Checklist is made up from how I go around the trailer, either getting underway, parking, or storing/un storing. Examples on the site.

I also do two walks arounds before towing to double check all stabilizers, hitch parts and utility connections and steps are accounted for. As others have said, no interruptions allowed.

It's like pilots do with airplanes... Check and recheck from a very specific list of tasks and checks before takeoff and after parking.


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Old 05-25-2016, 11:30 AM   #32
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Unhook every time?

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It's like pilots do with airplanes... Check and recheck from a very specific list of tasks and checks before takeoff and after parking.

I spent a lot of time with aircrew the last part of my career.

Pilots with 10,000+ hours would arrive in the trainer, first question they ask is 'where is the checklist'.
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Old 05-25-2016, 11:40 AM   #33
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Unhook every time?

Yup exactly. The checklist never forgets....people do.

I've flown as aircrew. You live or die by the checklist. Every close call I've ever been involved in can be traced back to missing something simple on the checklist.

I'm a bit anal about it, but I'm still alive--so I check and recheck the checklist.

You know the old gag about the three most useless things in aviation....

Fuel on the ground
Altitude above you
The backside of the power curve

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Sometimes scrupulous attention to detail will keep you alive.

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Old 05-25-2016, 11:53 AM   #34
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Then there was

"Kick the tire and light the fire" and

"Any landing you can walk away from is a good one".
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Old 05-25-2016, 12:01 PM   #35
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I get paper towel write plug in and jack up on it and poke a hole thru the note onto my car keys. Every time I stop I do a wlk around.
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Then there was

"Kick the tire and light the fire" and

"Any landing you can walk away from is a good one".
and "If you can re-use the airplane, it is a great one!"

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On Topic, this time

For me it's very situation dependent. I will often just put down the tongue jack and disconnect the unbilical. My Ram does not disconnect the 12V to the trailer when engine off like my F-150 did.

I will let side-to-side level go if less than an inch or so, but I try to level front to rear for the fridge. If I have to go too high, i.e. lifting the truck with the tongue jack, I will chock and disconnect the coupler. In the morning all I have to do is plug in and drop the trailer back onto the ball.

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I always put a note on the steering wheel to remind me to tell my wife to recheck everything before we take off, then if something happens, its her fault.
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and "If you can re-use the airplane, it is a great one!"

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Had a friend that flew medevac choppers in Vietnam. He and his crew rescued a pilot out of a river under heavy fire. When they landed, a bit roughly at their base, they discovered there was not one spot on the airframe that did not have a hole in it. No one on the crew or the rescued pilot was even scratched. The chopper was scrapped on the spot, because it was so shredded.

He did get a medal for that one. I saw the pictures. To this day he has no idea how the Huey held together long enough to land safely. Even the rotor case, engine, fuel tanks, and both rotors were full of holes. His only explanation was that God must have taken over the controls at some point.


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