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Old 03-19-2015, 09:12 PM   #21
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I always use the RV Checklist app on my iPad for both arrival and departure. I've modified the checklists to suit us and our TT. We tend to do half the checklist the night before we leave which makes for a faster getaway in the morning particular if we have a long day of driving ahead.
I'll try to put everything up except the water hose, power cord, sewer hose. Lift the stabs/jacks, hookup to the truck(if the site is long enough). I wipe everything with an old towel before putting them back in their storage compartments.

Now, if it's raining or everything is wet, they get put in the back of the truck and gets dried out when we get home.
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Old 03-19-2015, 09:13 PM   #22
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As mentioned in the long check list above. Be sure to turn off the electric side of the water heater. This prevents burning it up when you plug in at home to clean or restock for the next trip as it will be empty if you drained water lines.
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Old 03-19-2015, 09:33 PM   #23
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what are these "batwings" you speak of??
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Old 03-19-2015, 09:40 PM   #24
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what are these "batwings" you speak of??
Crank up roof antenna.
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Old 03-20-2015, 08:02 AM   #25
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One note is your trailer may move (roll) when you unhitch from the TV.

Be sure you always chock the wheels before you unhitch the TV when you get there and

be sure to hitch to the TV before you remove the chalks when your getting ready to head out.
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Old 03-20-2015, 08:57 AM   #26
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As part of the routine, everything has a spot and it always goes back to the spot. We do basically the same as already reported. Awning and electricty is last. Never dump the hot water tank, water will burn you as it is upwards of 140 degrees or so so not a safe practise. That can always be done in the driveway during winterization. Develop a flow and timing to get it done, nothing worse than the incoming camper sitting there waiting.

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When getting ready to leave, I don't worry about other campers waiting for us to leave if they've arrived before their check-in time. Sorry, but they'll just have to wait - we've paid for the time and I usuallly take every second if needed. I tend to forget things if rushed, such as securing the cargo and/or entry doors, putting the vent covers down or leaving something at the site. Most arrivals understand and will visit, or walk their animals until we leave.
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Old 03-20-2015, 11:18 AM   #27
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We're pretty good with bugging out but one thing I always do is stop right after we pull out of the RV spot and do another run-around...ensuring I didn't leave anything on top of the LP tanks (which I've done) or find one of the door stairs down (which we've done). I, also, do a brake check on the trailer with the little hand-knob on my electric brake controller. Finally, I'll do one quick scan at the RV site so ensure we didn't leave anything.
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Old 03-20-2015, 11:32 AM   #28
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We have the same thing on our crank too. It works to help the old grey cells!
I'm not as uptown as ya. I use plain clothespins like in the pic below. I write on them reminders like antenna up, water heater electric switch, stairs down, and such. I attach these pins to my travel trailer coupler, so I can't hook my tow vehicle up to the trailer without seeing them...and being reminded.

They say that losing your memory is the second sign of old age. I can't remember what the first one is.

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Old 03-20-2015, 11:57 AM   #29
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I'm not as uptown as ya. I use plain clothespins like in the pic below. I write on them reminders like antenna up, water heater electric switch, stairs down, and such. I attach these pins to my travel trailer coupler, so I can't hook my tow vehicle up to the trailer without seeing them...and being reminded.

They say that losing your memory is the second sign of old age. I can't remember what the first one is.
How do you keep track of the clothes pins? Shoot, I'd forget where I put them.

That's why it takes me 2 days to break camp. One day to do everything and the next to check.
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How do you keep track of the clothes pins? Shoot, I'd forget where I put them.
I keep the one to the antenna clipped on the crank handle, the one to the water heater inside the access cover to it, and the one to the stairs (I have two sets of stairs) clipped to the stairs when they are folded up. I only remove the clothes pins and put them on the coupler, if I use any of the aforementioned items.

A lot of camping trips, I only use the stairs to the main entrance and never extend the second set of steps at the bedroom, or use the electric heating element or extend the antenna.

Anyhow, these are just suggestions and the way I do it. Feel free to hate it.

You can always go the fancy route:

http://www.rvminders.com/
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