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Old 11-30-2010, 07:45 PM   #1
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Jay Feather Checklist

I just purchased my first trailer and will be taking it on my first trip in 10 days. I don't want to make any mistakes so I've compiled a checklist to follow for my departure and arrival. Please note, that I have an equalizer hitch so some of the steps relate to that.

Please review this list and let me know if you can suggest any modifications. You are all free to use the list and repost it as long as you link back to this post and agree to post any modifications on this thread.

Pre-Departure Checklist

* Prepare clothes for trip - check weather
* Check flashlight batteries
* Check propane bottle levels
* Check fire extinguisher pressure
* Check RV battery Charge
* Check battery water level
* Soak roof and windows and look for leaks
* Check A/C and heating filters
* Test propane, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
* Sanitize fresh water system, flush out hot water tank
* Fill fresh water tank and hot water tank to desired level
* Open all windows and doors and start the furnace until oder is dissipated
* Close Gray tank valves to collect water for flushing sewer hose after dumping.
* Check and correct tire pressure on vehicle and trailer
* Examine tires for excessive wear or uneven wear patterns
* Check tires for stones, nails, glass or other objects and cuts or cracks.
* Check wheel lug nuts and tighten to correct torque
* Fuel up tow vehicle
* Make sure wheels are chocked

Departure Procedures
  1. Secure all loose items inside trailer including shower
  2. Latch shower, cabinet, refrigerator, oven and closet doors
  3. Position booth dinette in the bed position for travel
  4. Close roof vent in bathroom and all windows
  5. Align then wind down TV antenna
  6. Turn off air conditioner and all electrical items and lights.
  7. Turn off water pump (located at front door)
  8. Confirm that refrigerator is running on propane or is turned off.
  9. Turn off furnace at thermostat switch
  10. Turn off water heater from the outside gas panel
  11. Shut off all propane bottle valves unless refrigerator is running
  12. If sewer is hooked up put on disposable gloves and drain black water, then gray water.
  13. Disconnect sewer hookups, cap the outlet and disinfect everything before stowing.
  14. If tanks were emptied, add back a couple gallons of water to both tanks.
  15. Consider dumping two or three bags of ice into toilet to clean it during trip. Add holding tank additives.
  16. Unplug water and electric; Check TV antenna is down
  17. Remove items from awning and properly store the awning.
  18. Raise and clear stabilizer bars at all four corners of the trailer
  19. Raise tongue and coupler
  20. Install Head assembly into receiver and secure with pin
  21. Back the ball under the coupler
  22. Lower the coupler onto the ball
  23. Lock coupler onto ball and pin it closed
  24. Slide spring arms into sockets and secure with pins and clips
  25. Use tongue jack to raise locked coupler and hitch head until it's easy to swing spring arms onto L brackets
  26. Set L pins into place and install L pin clips
  27. Retract tongue jack to maximum stowed position
  28. Install safety chains
  29. Install brake light and power cords
  30. Install breakaway cable
  31. Attach Mirrors to Tow Vehicle
  32. Remove wheel chocks
  33. Make sure all running lights, brake lights and turn signals are working.
  34. Check load distribution to make sure tow vehicle and trailer are balanced and level
  35. Make sure everything is picked up and stowed
  36. Retract entry step
  37. Make sure all doors are properly closed and locked
  38. Pull forward and test brakes.
  39. Pickup and stow leveling blocks

Arrival Procedures
  1. Before driving in, determine if trailer will fit into its slot.
  2. Check for high obstructions such as tree limbs.
  3. Plan trailer approach path and angle.
  4. Make sure trailer will reach utilities before leveling
  5. Roughly level left or right tires using ramps
  6. Secure Wheel Chocks on high side
  7. Disconnect Breakaway cable, brake light and power cords
  8. Disconnect Chains
  9. Raise Trailer jack to remove weight from spring arms
  10. Remove L pins from spring arms
  11. Slide off Spring arms
  12. Lower Trailer jack and tongue so that everything is balanced
  13. Unlock coupler from ball
  14. Raise unlocked coupler off ball using trailer jack
  15. Drive forward
  16. Remove spring arms and head assembly from receiver. Stow in trailer
  17. Lower all four stabilizers
  18. Check Shore power polarity. Connect surge protector. Turn off breaker at box.
  19. Connect electricity and make sure breaker is turned on
  20. Sanitize water spigot before touching it or connecting water hose
  21. Connect water hose and pressure regulator
  22. If sewer hookup is available, connect sewage and open gray tank valve only
  23. Turn on all propane bottle valves and check for leaks
  24. Deploy door step
  25. Remove items from RV which are kept outside
  26. Fill water heater tank by opening hot water faucet valve until water comes out.
  27. Turn on propane water heater, if needed
  28. Turn on water pump, if no external water source is available
  29. Confirm that refrigerator is turned on and running on AC
  30. Turn on A/C or furnace and set thermostat
  31. Deploy awning
  32. Detach Mirrors
  33. Stow all pieces

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Old 11-30-2010, 08:12 PM   #2
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Love your checklists...

As a suggestion, do a setup beside your house / driveway and do an over night stay in your TT. From sun down to sun up - including 2 x meals (like dinner and breakfast). Thus, allowing your to double/triple check your appliances and if other items are needed as well. For example, if you must go into the house for an item (like pillow or can opener), they these items remain in your TT. Buy replacement items for your house.

And, this allows you to learn your different procedures at your own pace (re: NOT being rushed or no access to simple tools).

Also... For checklist items, don't forget 110/120V "outlet" tester (to test CG's electrical outlets at their Service Post before plugging your TT in) and if needed, close TT windows before towing. Might want to purchase / use a water regulator at CG sites as well. Just in case water pressure is too strong at some CG sites. Might want to double check locks on all storage compartments and door as well. I fogot to lock the one storage door on my TT and seen it "flapping in my mirror". One needs to double check all locks before towing...

Hope this helps as well...


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Old 11-30-2010, 08:23 PM   #3
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Your list looks pretty good to me. One thing I do not do is #3 on the departure list. I have always traveled with the dinette in the table position as I believe most do. But you follow that list and I think you`ll be good to go, unless I missed something, which is possible! After a few trips you will get a feel for what is really necessary and what is overkill.

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Old 12-01-2010, 08:55 AM   #4
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Put hangers on the rods BACKWARDS... keeps them from falling off
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