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Old 07-10-2010, 07:27 AM   #1
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Use a check list!!

While traveling in Colorado recently, we found ourselves
behind the tallest trailer I'd ever seen.
It appeared to be a 5th wheel bunk house with
2 stories in the rear?!?
Man it was TALL
To make matters worse they had forgotten to lower
their TV antenna.

We went thru a couple of tunnels and I backed off and
cringed every time

Just one more reason to USE a check list or at least
do a thorough walk around every time you hitch up!

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Old 07-10-2010, 08:57 AM   #2
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I totally second this. When we first started RVing we almost forgot some things a few times till my wife made up a check sheet.


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Old 07-10-2010, 06:51 PM   #3
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I advocate using a small "most important" card attached to a carabiner clip with a short cord that is colored red that simply states "Antenna, Water, Sewer, Electrical" attached to the steering wheel. One could also attach it to an ignition key blank and insert into the ignition. It forces you to consider these things before you start the engine or drive off. Of course anything could be placed on the card you want to remember, for instance "step" for those that don't have automatic ones, etc, etc.
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Old 07-11-2010, 04:06 PM   #4
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oh dear - yeah that would be scary to watch. My dad had put up a vent for some reason and we didn't we took off hauling and a nice camper at a rest area informed us so that we could put it down. I was glad they did!
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Old 07-12-2010, 08:13 PM   #5
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On our "maiden voyage" home from Ohio to Georgia we were chased out of Cloudland Canyon State Park (GA) by two rangers in a pickup, blue lights and siren, to tell us our TV antenna was still up.

We had owned the 5th wheel about 5 days at that point and had no checklist.

Thought it funny then. Made checklists when we got home.
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