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Old 09-15-2013, 10:23 PM   #15
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We have pre, and post movement checklists similar to FL Marine's, plus the wife and I always follow each other using the "hands on" approach. I touch all locks and window latches (from the outside). We both know what to do but we still look over the lists.
The other thing that helps is when we arrive (and depart), we each have our own things to do in setting up. If we talk, it's usually to help the other out, otherwise we know how easy it is to get distracted.
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:41 PM   #16
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One thing I learned as a pilot is to become a creature of habit. Do the same thing over and over again and it will feel weird when you don't do it that way. Not related to airstreams but a good example of one of my screw ups. I've changed my oil on my truck myself since I bought it. When I change the oil I put the new oil filter on my bumper to make sure I put it on. After I got back from a deployment I forgot to do that and started my truck up with no oil filter on. I noticed my mistake within 10 seconds but I had put about 2 gallons of oil on my driveway and wasted a lot of money on amsoil oil. No damage to my truck but it damaged my ego. It was also a pain to clean up.

When in doubt check twice. That mistake was annoying but thankfully I was always more vigilante when it came to flying. Everyone can make mistakes or forget something. Creating a habit helps to lessen that chance though.
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Old 09-15-2013, 10:54 PM   #17
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Hi, I have no lists; The things that I need to do are all memorized. But I have, in the past, left my steps down once and left my sewer hose elbow behind twice. Things that I always double check are that the refrigerator doors clicked in the locked position and that the water pump switch is off.
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Old 09-16-2013, 01:30 AM   #18
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We started out with a checklist and several inspections. I don't get in the truck till Len has driven a short distance. After a while the inspection mostly becomes second-nature, subject to memory lapses, such as the following:

1. We double-check that the stabilizers are up, except the one time we didn't notice the one still down. Yes, it dragged terribly, bent, I screamed, and Len removed and ultimately replaced it.

2. Forgetting to empty the water out of the toilet bowl.

3. Forgetting to put a rubber band around the toilet paper roll. Once or twice we've had them unroll significantly from the rocking motion on the road.

4. Leaving the jackpost down. Leaving the steps down.

5. Not securing the lid on the little storage area in the rear fender. The lid can pop up.

6. Leaving something on the counter, which invariably jumps off at some point.

We've never forgotten (yet) to lower the roof hatch, but this seems to be a common problem.

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Old 09-16-2013, 01:48 AM   #19
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We have a list and STILL managed to drive off without hooking up the friction sway control once (luckily it towed just fine). Also once started to pull away with the wheel chock in place - and it grips the tire, so it just rotated up and could have damaged the wheelwell, it wasn't letting go. Luckily the resistance clued us in.

Make a list and stick to it. Our rule is the trailer doesn't move without a careful check of the list. It has worked pretty well as long as we use it! I usually also do a final walk around as we pull out of a spot, checking the tires, drain, door lock, and compartment doors one last time. The compartment doors for our trailer are darned near impossible to replace, so we really have to be careful not to leave one behind or not lock them securely. If one fell out during the trip we'd be very unhappy!
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Old 09-16-2013, 02:39 AM   #20
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I was working on the trailer in the storage unit and decided to move it forward a few feet to check the tires. Amazing how flat an open tool box can become........

Putting the truck mirrors in the tow position and regular position or the right one extended after getting the truck out of the garage.
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Old 09-16-2013, 04:48 AM   #21
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At a campground with full hook ups I have left the threaded adapter that screws into the sewer pipe.
Of course I didn't even know it until I got to the next campground.
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Old 09-16-2013, 04:54 AM   #22
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I leave the refrigerator door open during storage. I have driven away without closing the refrigerator door. Somehow or other it ends up closed. It must close itself when I brake.
I have driven away without fastening the little loops that hold the pocket doors open. When I reached my destination the pocket door was closed.
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Old 09-16-2013, 04:58 AM   #23
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We have left things on the counter which end up either in the sink or on the floor.
This thread reminds me how forgetful I am. Apparently I'm not the only one.
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Old 09-16-2013, 06:30 AM   #24
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Insulin. I had enough for the first day or so in the pen I was using, but needed to have a spare insulin pen in order to last the whole trip. Remembered it about 45 minutes down the road, so I looped back home to get it. Better that than cutting my trip short when I ran out!

Never forgot anything at a campground when packing up to return home. Yet.
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Old 09-16-2013, 06:37 AM   #25
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We had a trip once where DW and I faithfully executed every step on our checklist (in a notebook, not a laminated card) and left the site commenting on how fast that went and that we must really be getting the hang of things. A few miles down the road we realized we left our checklist/notebook at the campsite!!

Called the site so they'd let us back in to pick it up.

Now have to add "put checklist in truck" as last item on the list. :-)
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Old 09-16-2013, 06:53 AM   #26
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There is a 100 foot long trench in our parking lot from an unnamed customer leaving with their trailer without raising the tongue jack.
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Old 09-16-2013, 07:04 AM   #27
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Anyone want to know what a replacement jack stand costs?
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Old 09-16-2013, 01:43 PM   #28
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Anyone want to know what a replacement jack stand costs?
Ouch ;(
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