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Old 09-06-2021, 07:04 PM   #1
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Departure Checklist

Lots of new owners out there - Do you have a pre departure checklist?

I was leaving the racetrack Saturday night and came upon a new motorhome, that was stopped in the exit lane. He had forgotten to retract his power awning and ripped it off when it hit a flagpole adjacent to the exit.

I helped him remove it so he could continue his travel but thought immediately about the importance of doing a trailer walkaround before I depart, just to make sure I am ready for take off.

Do you have a departure checklist?
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Old 09-06-2021, 07:30 PM   #2
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Personally, I think everyone should have a departure checklist. I know vintage are a lot different from newer models, but a checklist still helps. I’ve seen camper’s outriggers down when trying to leave, awnings out (but a tree took care of that) and dragging a water hose. We have a written sequence for leaving the house on a trip and one for leaving a campsite. I think some get too comfortable with what they need to do to prepare to leave. Make a list that suites you, better safe than sorry. Good luck
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Old 09-06-2021, 08:35 PM   #3
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I have checklists for departure and arrival. I’ve got them for interior and exterior. They’re laminated and my wife and I use dry erase markers to check things as they are completed.
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Old 09-06-2021, 08:59 PM   #4
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I have an app for my iPhone and iPad appropriately titled "RV Checklist". It can be customized and edited, allows for different categories of items, such as interior, exterior, bring along, tow vehicle, etc., etc., and new items can be added and old ones deleted easily as necessary. I currently have about 130 items on my checklist. My wife has her own.

Trying to remember all the stuff you need to take for every trip is way too mentally taxing and you are almost guaranteed to forget something. A checklist is essential, IMO.
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Old 09-06-2021, 09:07 PM   #5
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yes..............

TV locked in place
Antenna Booster off
Secure Mugs, Pans, Microwave Plate
Appliances & Utensils stowed Rubber mats on/under Tray in shower
Collapsible Dish Pan under Tray
Shower Plug in shower
Toilet empty
Ceiling Fans closed
Windows closed Window Shades closed
Ice Packs in Fridge
Fridge off (front of fridge) Fridge Fan off (side of fridge)
Water Pump off (in kitchen)
Water Heater off (in bathroom)
Rubber Wedge under bathroom door
Battery Switch to "store" (by door)
Stove Vent closed
Front Window Shield closed & latched
Propane Tank off Propane Tank compartment latched
Awnings fully retracted & locked
Shore Power Cables stowed
Tongue Jack Retracted
Surge Protector Packed
Sewer Cap + all other Caps on
Lift & Stablizers fully retracted
Truck Mirrors pulled out
Tire Pressure checked
Lug Nuts torqued
Stairs stowed Wheel Chocks removed
Engine Hoses, Fluids, etc. checked
Backup Camera tested
Brake Lights & Turn Signals tested
Verify Trailer Brake Controller working
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Old 09-07-2021, 12:13 AM   #6
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Old 09-07-2021, 06:31 AM   #7
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A checklist is a must IMHO. Without one you WILL forget something and sometimes it is critical.

I use an app appropriately called "checklist+". Is customizable and works great.
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Old 05-05-2022, 10:02 AM   #8
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yes..............

TV locked in place
Antenna Booster off
Secure Mugs, Pans, Microwave Plate
Appliances & Utensils stowed Rubber mats on/under Tray in shower
Collapsible Dish Pan under Tray
Shower Plug in shower
Toilet empty
Ceiling Fans closed
Windows closed Window Shades closed
Ice Packs in Fridge
Fridge off (front of fridge) Fridge Fan off (side of fridge)
Water Pump off (in kitchen)
Water Heater off (in bathroom)
Rubber Wedge under bathroom door
Battery Switch to "store" (by door)
Stove Vent closed
Front Window Shield closed & latched
Propane Tank off Propane Tank compartment latched
Awnings fully retracted & locked
Shore Power Cables stowed
Tongue Jack Retracted
Surge Protector Packed
Sewer Cap + all other Caps on
Lift & Stablizers fully retracted
Truck Mirrors pulled out
Tire Pressure checked
Lug Nuts torqued
Stairs stowed Wheel Chocks removed
Engine Hoses, Fluids, etc. checked
Backup Camera tested
Brake Lights & Turn Signals tested
Verify Trailer Brake Controller working
YIKES!!!!
Almost don’t want to travel and camp, if I have to do all of that just to leave… LOL

That’s a great list- looks like a preflight checklist for a helicopter LOL

Thanks to SYC2Vette; that’ll help get just about everyone’s list initiated. Good job!

Also DennisC for the laminated lists- I’ll be doing that.

-Ken
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Old 05-05-2022, 11:05 AM   #9
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My lists are similar. I do the exterior stuff and my wife does the interior stuff.

EXTERIOR – DEPARTURE (To be completed in list order)

Drain Main (Black), then Auxillary (Grey) tanks. Flush Black tank. Rinse sewer hose with black hose.
Remove and stow X-Chocks
Retract stabilizing jacks
Check status of hitch ball, add grease as appropriate
Disconnect and stow shore power cord, fresh water hose, sewer hose, cable TV cord
Hitch trailer to tow vehicle (see checklist below)
Lower trailer hitch onto hitch ball and verify that hitch it properly latched/locked
Insert hitch ball locking pin
Extend tongue jack to raise trailer/truck combo, insert sway bars and verify that they are locked
Insert sway bar chains and lock into place on 8th chain link (Ziptie is on 7th link)
Retract tongue jack to lower trailer/truck combo
Attach 7-pin cord and verify secure connection and lock
Attach safety chains in a crossed format (not touching the ground) and attach breakaway cable
Fully retract electric tongue jack and lock baseplate in the highest position with the locking pin
Latch vent hood exhaust door, being careful with plastic tabs
Turn off gas at LP tanks if desired
Check latches on front window stone guard and confirm proper closure and alignment
Check latch on LP gas tank cover, verify that battery cover is latched and locked
Verify trailer lug nut torque at 110 lb./ft. with 13/16" socket
Check tire pressures (Airstream 70 psi, truck 36 psi)
Stow leveling blocks, wheel chocks, tongue jack pad, and stabilizing jack pads
Close and lock forward outdoor storage compartment, verify that light is off
Verify that awnings are properly retracted and locked, including latch for street side window awning
Stow black hose and sewer elbow in rear bumper storage compartment
Close and latch rear bumper storage compartment
Retract and latch steps
Check exterior lights (brakes, turn signals, hazard lights, clearance lights)
Check site for missing items and cleanliness
Extend tow mirrors on truck
Place video monitor on truck windshield for rearview camera and verify operation
Place TPMS monitor on truck windshield and switch to "on" position
Set tow vehicle headlights to “on” and engage tow mode
Test trailer brakes and adjust gain as appropriate

INTERIOR – DEPARTURE

Turn off water heater and water pump
Close and lock all windows and vents
Raise window shades
Lock TV in place against bedroom wall
Turn off TV signal booster
Close/latch all Interior cabinet doors
Verify that refrigerator is closed and latched (listen for the “click”)
Stow and/or secure all loose, hard, and sharp items
Stow microwave turntable inside drying mat
Set dinette table in down position
Insert shower drain plug and latch shower door
Latch bathroom mirror into position against bathroom wall
Add Happy Camper tank treatment if Black and Gray tanks are emptied before departure
Drain toilet bowl
Turn off interior lights
Secure and lock door
Lock deadbolt
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Old 05-05-2022, 05:36 PM   #10
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yes..............

TV locked in place
Antenna Booster off
Secure Mugs, Pans, Microwave Plate
Appliances & Utensils stowed Rubber mats on/under Tray in shower
Collapsible Dish Pan under Tray
Shower Plug in shower
Toilet empty
Ceiling Fans closed
Windows closed Window Shades closed
Ice Packs in Fridge
Fridge off (front of fridge) Fridge Fan off (side of fridge)
Water Pump off (in kitchen)
Water Heater off (in bathroom)
Rubber Wedge under bathroom door
Battery Switch to "store" (by door)
Stove Vent closed
Front Window Shield closed & latched
Propane Tank off Propane Tank compartment latched
Awnings fully retracted & locked
Shore Power Cables stowed
Tongue Jack Retracted
Surge Protector Packed
Sewer Cap + all other Caps on
Lift & Stablizers fully retracted
Truck Mirrors pulled out
Tire Pressure checked
Lug Nuts torqued
Stairs stowed Wheel Chocks removed
Engine Hoses, Fluids, etc. checked
Backup Camera tested
Brake Lights & Turn Signals tested
Verify Trailer Brake Controller working
I used to close the drains but now I leave the drains open in case I forget to follow the relief stop checklist, leaving the pump on and then a faucet opens up. Disaster!!

I have checklists for departure, arrival, departing home with trailer, departing home without trailer, etc. Each checklist has an item at the top: WALLET. Yep. Forgot it twice on the last twelve months. Getting old is a real pain but it still beats the available alternatives.
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Old 05-05-2022, 06:22 PM   #11
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Mine are pretty similar to the above. Lots of good info there.

We don't assign roles by me/her; I use Pilot (P) and Co-Pilot(C) as it can switch around.


PRE-FLIGHT CHECKLIST

□ Gray and Black Tank – CLEANED AND DISCHARGED (C)
□ Fresh Water Tank – CHECKED (C)
□ Trash – COLLECTED AND READY FOR DROP (C)
□ Laundry – LAUNDRY IN BATHROOM (C)
□ Bathroom / Shower – CLEANED / DISINFECTED (C)
□ Fridge – SET FOR TRAVEL (C)


PRE-TAXI CHECKLIST - CABIN

□ Drawers, Cabinets, Windows, Blinds – LATCHED AND SECURED (C)
□ Shower door and Bathroom Mirror – CLOSED AND SECURED (C)
□ TV – LATCH LOCKED (C)
□ Fantastic Fans – LOWERED AND OFF, INSERTS IN PLACE (C)
□ Water Heater(s), Water Pump, Inverter – SWITCHED OFF (C)

PRE-TAXI CHECKLIST – EXTERNAL WALK AROUND

□ Awnings, Wheel Covers – RETRACTED, LATCHED, STOWED (P)
□ External Power and Water – DISCONNECTED AND STOWED (P)
□ External Compartments – CLOSED AND LOCKED (P)
□ Stabilizing Jacks – RAISED (P)

MAIN ENGINE START

□ Coupler / Weight Distribution Bars – ON BALL / ON L-BRACKETS (P/C)
□ Safety Chains, 7-way Plug, Breakaway Cable – ATTACHED (P/C)
□ Chocks / X-Chocks / Leveling Blocks – REMOVED AND STORED (P)
□ Campsite Last Visual Walkaround – COMPLETE (P/C)

DEPARTURE TAXIWAY

□ Trailer Light Check (P/C)
□ Trailer Brake Test (P)

CHECKLIST COMPLETE / CLEARED FOR TAKEOFF
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Old 05-05-2022, 07:47 PM   #12
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My checklists are in Google docs. I like it that the Google doc allows me to modify as necessary, and it is on all our devices. I skip some steps depending on amount of time out (e.g. battery water levels are checked every couple of weeks). Some items are often executed the night before departure (e.g. lug nut torque).

We often depart for a trip directly from the storage facility, so we carry everything we need from home to the trailer. There are additional checklists for that scenario. And I have a checklist for optimal loading of the truck, which is in a constant state of flux as I get smarter about it or omit/add items.

The interior departure checklist starts at the point furthest from the door.

Campground, etc.

Interior
  1. WALLET
  2. Move wine to truck
  3. Hold down or securely stack all loose, hard, and sharp objects
  4. Bedroom
    1. Latch windows
    2. Stow wall-mounted air filter
    3. Unplug heater pad
    4. Close curtains
    5. Turn off reading lights
    6. Firmly close drawers, overheads, and cabinet doors
    7. Close overhead vent
    8. Turn off HVAC unless traveling in freezing temps
    9. Fasten the foldette door open
    10. Tape shut the electrical panel
    11. Turn off remaining lights
  5. Shower
    1. Turn off fan
    2. Pull vent to close
    3. Open the drain
    4. Latch door
    5. Turn off light
  6. Lavatory
    1. Turn off fan
    2. Turn off water heater
    3. Pull vent to close
    4. Latch mirror cabinet and other cabinets
    5. Turn off light
    6. Remove trash
    7. Open the drain
    8. Close door
  7. Kitchen
    1. Fasten the foldette door open
    2. Stow sink cover and anything on countertop
    3. Firmly close drawers, overheads, and cabinet doors
    4. Tape shut cabinet below sink
    5. Turn off water pump
    6. Refrigerator
      1. Seal containers
      2. Set to “auto”
      3. Latch door with blue tape
    7. Cover stove burners
    8. Turn off hood vent
    9. Raise blinds
    10. Remove trash
    11. Open the drain
  8. Living/dinette
    1. Firmly close drawers and overheads
    2. Set table in bed position
    3. Latch windows, close curtains, and raise blinds
    4. Turn off reading lights
    5. Turn off radio
    6. Unplug television
    7. Retract awning
    8. Turn off lights
    9. If not running fridge, set Battery Disconnect to STOW
  9. Lock main door
  10. Roll up step
Exterior
  1. WALLET
  2. Remove outdoor thermometer
  3. Stow outdoor gear and awnings
  4. Check tires for correct pressure but no more than 60 psi
  5. Retract stabilizing jacks
  6. Confirm all windows are latched by walking around
  7. Close vent hood door
  8. Electrical - Disconnect and immediately stow
    1. Adapter (50A/15A to 30A)
    2. Surge protector
  9. Water - Disconnect hoses and stow
  10. Sewer
    1. Flush with orange hose
    2. Disconnect
    3. Stow
  11. WeBoost - Remove and stow antenna
  12. Propane - Turn off gas at LP tanks unless the refrigerator is needed in transit
  13. Check battery water level
  14. Close outdoor shower faucets
  15. Hitching
    1. Attach 3P stinger
    2. Set 3P center of trailer receiver to same height as center of stinger. Adjust the angle using WD jacks
    3. Retract hitch jack making sure cotter pin extension is fully retracted
    4. Attach chains between sway bars (crossed)
    5. Plug in electrical
    6. Attach breakaway-switch cable
    7. Remove chocks
    8. Check clearance, stop, and turn lights
    9. Check overhead for obstructions
    10. Torque lug nuts to 100 ft-lbs
  16. Final walk-around
    1. Chocks removed
    2. Ball secured with cotter pin
    3. Stinger secured with cotter pin
    4. Hitch jack fully retracted, including cotter pin extension
    5. Steps rolled up
    6. Stabilizing jacks retracted
    7. Electricity disconnected and no equipment on post
    8. Sewer
    9. Lower or raise (Bill) blinds
    10. Water disconnected
    11. Cable TV disconnected
    12. No overhead obstructions
    13. Nothing left in campsite or around vehicles
    14. Verify satellite/antenna/TV is down
    15. Doublecheck hitch connections
    16. Retract truck steps
  17. Move rig, and check that all wheels roll
  18. Stow leveling blocks
  19. Lock storage compartments, deadbolts, and doors
  20. Adjust tow vehicle mirrors
  21. Pull forward about 20 ft
  22. Check the campsite for forgotten objects and cleanliness
  23. Verify brake function with brake controller
  24. Truck lights to ON position
Relief stops
  1. WALLET
  2. Lav floor clear
  3. Drains open
  4. Pump off
  5. Awning off
  6. Door locked
  7. Steps stowed
  8. Outside storage locked
  9. Hitch inspected
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Old 05-05-2022, 10:18 PM   #13
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Don't forget to remove the frogs

We were recently on the Texas coast, and were getting woken up by the calls of green tree frogs. On the day before departure, I removed a couple from behind the steel rock guards (and relocated them far, far away). On departure day, I removed three new ones, plus one that was under the air conditioner. (one more reason to travel with a ladder)

But the dang jumping spiders are too numerous to get them all. I have found three or four since we got back to Colorado.

So yes, one more item on the checklist, but only when in that habitat.

PS: The picture is from two years ago when we were at the same place. At least I didn't have to unbolt the rock guard to get this one.
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Old 05-06-2022, 08:35 AM   #14
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Checklists

I had departure checklists similar to the ones above. On a boat one of us wold read the check list item and the other would physically check and respond (like pilot and co-pilot). But with the trailer we separate - one inside, one outside. So on a long trip by myself outside with lots of departures it was easy to skim the list, or try do it from memory - it became a process of doing the list rather than doing the checks.

So I slimmed the list down to checks I could memorize and do without a list in my hand - for example when hitched up, for our set up there are 15 items which should be in place when looking at the hitch, sway bars, WD bars etc. This makes me actively check all 15.

My other problem was remembering sequence (having once memorably tried to depart with jack firmly on the ground) - so I use a phrase where the first letter of each word is the memory jogger. For example I use "Some Cows Have Cows Behind" for an overview of the sequence - meaning Stabilizers up, Chocks in place, Hitch up, Chocks away, Bumper store shut. Note - the last of the magic 15 items on the hitch check is "Jack above torsion bars".
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