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Old 02-12-2009
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do we or any of you have a checklist that you use before you leave on a trip?
i had a guy asking me about a checklist,maybe we should make one up that we can print out and keep in the coach.
any ideas?
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Having had a private pilot license at one time in my life, I've learned that checklists can be very helpful. This is the one we use. It's personal to our needs (and memory failures) but it might be a starting point for others to use:

Departure Checklist

Bedroom
AC set
Closet doors secured
surfaces cleared
electric blanket unplugged
window closed and locked
cat in bed

Bathroom
shower cleared and door secured
closet doors secured
sink area arranged for travel
vent closed
toilet lid down

Galley and Forward Salon
Sink and stove area cleared and secured
refrigerator door secured
roof vent closed
windows closed
AC (center) set
chairs secured
Desk cleared
computer monitors secured
file cabinets locked
passenger seat facing forward
AC above driver set

Cat aboard and verified!!
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Old 02-13-2009
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As a pilot myself, add to Pete's interior check list, exterior.
Air pressure check for the tires. I use pressure pro.
Make sure all bay doors are locked.
I visually check the jacks, up even though the alarm system works.
Engine oil, tranny oil, power steering and fan oil.
Check under coach for any leaks.
Check the wheels for evidence of bearing leaks.
Put the step in. I personally use the switch, in or out. No other configuration.
Running light check.
Air TV antenna down, seldom used unless under a tree.
Don't blast off with the sewer hose hooked up.
If I am pulling the trailer, check the hookup.
Personally, I shut the gas off while on the road. Others may differ.
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Here is the check list that I use, it is also attached in a PDF file.
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File Type: pdf PRETRIP CHECK LIST.pdf (147.2 KB, 513 views)
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Ya don't have to be starting a trip to need a checklist. I moved mine today to get to a garden hose to fill the water tank. Rt. rear tires emptied the pan I had slid under the coach when I changed oil in the generator.
OOOPS!!
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Default Checklist...additional comments

There are mental checklists and written checklists.

Also I use the 'flow' system along with a short written checklist. I do a walk around similar to airplane pilots...no dangling towbar...all storage bays closed and locked...a place for everything, and everything in it's place. My wife, Pat prepares the cabin for departure.

Set the current barometric pressure in the Kollsman window on the Altimeter or set to current elevation if known.

Radios, cruise control, retarder, vents, heaters or AC properly set.

Street Atlas on the laptop computer is booted up and routes verified...so copilot does not have to ask, where's this thing taking us now?

If location allows I like to pull forward 50 or 100 feet and do another quick walk around, again, checking coach and toad for security and operational lights.

Check the air horns with a discreet toot.

Just prior to launch I shout the mnemonic: Antenna, Awnings, Jacks, Steps, Lights-Camera-Action, Wife-on-Board.
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Dave,good lesson learned!
i learned the same way,now i never put anything under the coach,and i don't lean anything (even a broom) against the coach.
if you have stuff under the coach,or leaning against it,and the air bags leak down,it just may flatten it out!
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Items indirectly related: Sunglasses,wallet,watch, cap,belt... These are items I forget (not an issue until it becomes an issue). Also, all medications(keep extras).
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Quote:
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As a pilot myself, add to Pete's interior check list, exterior.
<snip>.
Good point, Leroy. I haven't made an "official" exterior checklist, simply because my inspection routine is an established habit. I do a thorough "walk around" inspection of the exterior before departure and have a set series of actions that I realize would be appropriate to use on a checklist. My exterior check covers all the points that Leroy mentioned plus several procedural checks of my toad to ensure that it's correctly set up for towing.

However, having a formal checklist can help avoid overlooking a potential problem if you're distracted while preparing for departure.
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I have three lists. Departure, Toad, and arrival. They are word documents so I would need to figure how to make PDF's to upload.
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