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Old 05-25-2024, 08:05 AM   #1
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almost ruined my brand new tires

First trip of year, 4 weeks after having tires replaced. End of week and packed and hooked up ready to head home. DW puts Durango into D and we don't move. She tells me somethings wrong, so I tell her to give it a little gas. Barely move, definitely something wrong. I'm thinking trailer brakes were locked for some reason. Nope. Still had xchocks on tires. Now in my defense, our xchocks are the black knockoffs, not the silver colored ones. And, I am very low vision; advanced Glaucoma qualified for SS disability in 2020, gave up my drivers license and retired kind of low vision. When we got home I painted the handles white so I can see the stupid things
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Old 05-25-2024, 08:58 AM   #2
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Time to get to Lowes for a can of bright spray paint. I did that with the tool to set my WDH bars. It came in black and almost got left behind more than once
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Old 05-25-2024, 09:14 AM   #3
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First trip of year, 4 weeks after having tires replaced. End of week and packed and hooked up ready to head home. DW puts Durango into D and we don't move. She tells me somethings wrong, so I tell her to give it a little gas. Barely move, definitely something wrong. I'm thinking trailer brakes were locked for some reason. Nope. Still had xchocks on tires. Now in my defense, our xchocks are the black knockoffs, not the silver colored ones. And, I am very low vision; advanced Glaucoma qualified for SS disability in 2020, gave up my drivers license and retired kind of low vision. When we got home I painted the handles white so I can see the stupid things
Still doesn’t scream “X-CHOCKS STILL HERE” and my vision is fine.
I’d paint the whole mechanism fluorescent orange. Also another reason that I have a check list. Too many stories of damage from others when something got missed. Just sayin’.
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Old 05-25-2024, 10:29 AM   #5
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Knowing that was gonna be a problem, I used reflective tape on the WDH tool.

We also have a checklist.
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Old 05-25-2024, 10:55 AM   #6
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Need some of these:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/11109251906...Bk9SR-6npYf2Yw
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Old 05-25-2024, 11:57 AM   #7
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When flying a plane, I'd never consider taking a flight without going through the checklists, before, during and after. When "piloting" an RV I think it makes sense to apply the same care.
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Old 05-25-2024, 03:01 PM   #8
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No "helpers" for me.

The tow vehicle driver (me) hooks up the trailer, connects the chains, locks the coupler, removes trailer chocks ... you get the idea. The incident here was luckily pretty harmless.

My 4,500 pound J/24 sailboat (with trailer) uncoupling from the tow vehicle late at night on the Shoreway in Cleveland was the result of "I thought You checked the coupler! No damage other than my pride (and a change of underwear.)

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Old 05-25-2024, 03:22 PM   #9
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parked my trailer in the street last night to unload before putting it away
some how the E brake cable got pulled and the electric brakes were ON

went o to put it away this morning and could not move trailer
truck still idling when I walked around and put the little plastic PIN

while crouched down replacing the pin the brakes released and rocked a bit thought ... Hmm "wonder If I put it into Park"
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Old 05-25-2024, 06:06 PM   #10
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When we are packing up to head out I just toss one of those yellow jack pads next to the wheels as I raise the jacks so I remember to take the x-chocks off. The slide outs make it difficult to take them off earlier.

When I do my final walk around it’s easy to see if I missed anything.
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Old 05-25-2024, 07:18 PM   #11
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Make an arrival and departure check list for the I interior and exterior, laminate them and mark items off with a wax pencil.

If I knew how to attach files her I would attach mine so you can use them as a base for your unit.
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parked my trailer in the street last night to unload before putting it away
some how the E brake cable got pulled and the electric brakes were ON

went o to put it away this morning and could not move trailer
truck still idling when I walked around and put the little plastic PIN

while crouched down replacing the pin the brakes released and rocked a bit thought ... Hmm "wonder If I put it into Park"

This is why when I go under or between truck and/or trailer the keys are in my pocket. Lesson I learned while driving semis long ago.
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Old 05-26-2024, 07:46 AM   #13
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As Forest Gump said “stuff happens” . My job in USAF was moving trailers. The more trl we moved the more mistakes we seemed to make when I did conventional trl, we got lazy stopped double checking or after the 4th or 5th trailer of repetitive steps they begin to blend. When I on the nuclear side we didn’t use restroom without a checklist and you had better be on the correct step. The process was 100% more complicated ( just more steps) but 95% less mistakes.
Create a checklist laminate get dry erase check each time
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Old 05-26-2024, 08:30 AM   #14
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First trip of year, 4 weeks after having tires replaced. End of week and packed and hooked up ready to head home. DW puts Durango into D and we don't move. She tells me somethings wrong, so I tell her to give it a little gas. Barely move, definitely something wrong. I'm thinking trailer brakes were locked for some reason. Nope. Still had xchocks on tires. Now in my defense, our xchocks are the black knockoffs, not the silver colored ones. And, I am very low vision; advanced Glaucoma qualified for SS disability in 2020, gave up my drivers license and retired kind of low vision. When we got home I painted the handles white so I can see the stupid things
Big deal. I've done the same thing, and mine aren't black. It's just another thing that was forgotten; I imagine it won't happen again. Now, what's next to forget? With me, could be anything.
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Old 05-30-2024, 06:17 PM   #15
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Checklist

Could only screenshot part of checklist that’s on my phone.
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Old 05-30-2024, 09:15 PM   #17
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If you’re a 5th wheeler you should leave the chock in place until after your tug test, last thing to do before pulling away.
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Old 05-30-2024, 09:39 PM   #18
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When I connect the 5th wheel I first do a pull test. Then I do a simple walk around before departure on any trip. I make sure no wheel shocks etc, confirm 5th wheel power and safety brake cable is connected, light's work etc. When I pull away I double check that trailer brakes are working using the manual override then the trucks brake pedal then off I go.
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Old 05-30-2024, 11:01 PM   #19
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No harm done. I lucked out, and got my vision restored to 20/20. I hope you can find a way to get better.
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Where are the remove before flight tags whe you need them
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