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Old 09-24-2012, 09:52 AM   #11
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I would be interested to know if this was a pre-dawn departure.

I see a lot of this with folks who plan LONG days of driving and try to sneak out in the "O" Dark Thirty. Not at your best and coffee in the Thermos is not the same as coffee in the belly.

Sun comes up and I am amazed at stuff that gets left at the camp site.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:59 AM   #12
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Not flamed, but I disagree that it's stupidity. In all we do, there are the chance for accidents. Unfortunately, the longer we do them the more complacent we become with checklists and attention to detail and whatnot - the more likely we are to slip up. Checklists only help if you follow them.

That said, with my break-down routine, this could realistically happen. I generally disconnect sewer first while my wife is inside finalizing the packup. When I'm done with sewer, I move onto the hose (because we almost always travel with water in the fresh water tank - I'll just switch to the pump). Sometimes I finish those activities before her, so I go inside to help or start getting the truck in position for hitching up or (insert item here). All of the while the electric generally stays on so the air conditioner can run until we're done inside. Sometimes it's right away, sometimes it's a bit later.

Different routines for different people.
I agree, accidents can happen to anyone. I would guess something happened that changed this guys normal routine. The last time I went camping I was distracted during the hookup procedure. While taking care of the distraction the wife decided to complete the tasks I usually complete. I did a quick lookover before departing, but after pulling out of the site one of the other campers was hollering for me to stop. I got out and went back and the umbilical cord was dragging the ground. Come to find out the wife didn't realize that there is a locking tab on the cord that the hooks on the connector and didn't engage the tab on the connector. Not as severe as leaving your cord hooked up, but a mistake anyway. One second of being distracted is all it takes.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:03 AM   #13
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After I hitch up and everyone is in the truck and buckled, I get back out of the truck and do one last walk around by myself. Things don't get left behind or left undone this way, and no one can say "I thought you were doing that".
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:09 AM   #14
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I do a walk around before departing the site. I take 100% responsibility for this task 100% of the time. After I pull out of the site, I go back and look for anything left behind, ensure that I didn't leave any garbage or dog poop from when she sneeked under the camper, unbeknownst to us. Most times, the campsite is cleaner than when I arrived.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:19 AM   #15
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While taking care of the distraction the wife decided to complete the tasks I usually complete. I did a quick lookover before departing, but after pulling out of the site one of the other campers was hollering for me to stop. I got out and went back and the umbilical cord was dragging the ground. Come to find out the wife didn't realize that there is a locking tab on the cord that the hooks on the connector and didn't engage the tab on the connector.
Something similar has happened to me before. The DW now knows that I appreciate any offer for help, but I'll ask her for help if I need it. If I get out of my routine, I can and have forgotten something.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:24 AM   #16
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I have done the walk around and missed the fold away handle was still out. While leaving the CG we had to go around a corner with a hydro pole. The handle hit the pole. The pole did not give the handle did not give put I ended up putting a 4 inch hole in the side of the TT, accidents happen.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:39 AM   #17
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I NEVER unhook ANYTHING till the DW says she's TOTALLY done on the inside and then I go in and do a double look to make sure. Then the water/elec/sew etc get disconnected, then I hook up, dow a walk around, the turn on lights and do the 2nd walk around.
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Old 09-24-2012, 11:34 AM   #18
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DW does inside, I do the outside. The last thing I do is unplug the electric so the slides move with max power and the AC can run. But, then a full walk around, where I check that the storage compartments are locked. And finally, checklist for the coach and checklist for the toad. My son flies a plane that costs less than some of these big coaches and he won't move it without a preflight and a checklist.

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Old 09-24-2012, 12:41 PM   #19
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I disagree that it's stupidity

i have to disagree with your disagreement. last summer we were leaving the house, all hooked up ready to go, followed the checklist.. yep. looks good. pulled away from the house and didnt notice power cord dragging until i made my turn out of the driveway. luckinly, the power cord storage area was on the back of the camper and the outlet was facing the trailer so no harm there.

i had to walk over it twice. once to do my walk around and the second time to close the garage after making sure all the lights were out in the house. complacent? maybe, but walking over it twice should have triggered some type of mental alarm.
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:46 PM   #20
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If your camp site has a table, make sure you move it back far enough from your camper when you leave so you don't catch it on the turn like I did.
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