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Old 09-01-2012, 10:23 AM   #11
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Don’t forget the antenna. They don’t like trees.

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Old 09-01-2012, 03:33 PM   #12
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At home hitching up isn't usually a problem, as the DW is loading stuff and knows not to interrupt my routine while hitching. But at the CG, when you are in the process, some other camper just has to pick that moment to come over and chat. Since having this friendly chat almost always interrupts your routine, the chances of forgetting something increase exponentially. So I just stop the whole procedure, finish the chat, and start all over again. It takes a little longer, but sure does give you peace of mind. Ditto on the all around check at each stop.

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Old 09-02-2012, 08:33 AM   #13
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Sometimes my kids ( 35 & 39) laugh at my "inventions" especially the one that has the hitch pin attached to the safety chain with a smaller chain. Can't loose it and it's the next thing that gets done after the safty chains. Now my " moments of moments" is trying to lower the popup with the door still down,countless times. of course there was always something packed right in the door way the had to be removed before my dumb a-- could get in to lower it. Still haven't had any brain fart's with the 19H but hopefully I've got a lot of camping left. Larry
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Old 09-03-2012, 01:53 PM   #14
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Wow, what a great lesson. Glad that it turned out ok and that the only thing learned was via a OBJECT lesson. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:35 PM   #15
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I have to hook up the trailer by myself as i have a routine. The DW, bless her heart, wants to help, which i let her do but on our last trip i installed one WD bar and she did the other side. Got everything hooked up, did my walk around and ready to go. She had left a few minutes earlier in our car. As i drove out of the driveway i heard a loud "bang" and the truck and trailer shifted so i pulled over to inspect it and found the WD laying on the ground. Upon futher inspection i saw the pin that locks the bar in still installed which means the DW did'n't put the pin thru all three holes and with all that tension it just popped off. At least it was right out of the driveway as we were only a few hundred yards from the highway and i don't want to think what could have happend. Anyway, that was added to mywalk around and i now do the hook up by myself.
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:30 AM   #16
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This just shows that hitch weight is not a bad thing. I am glad that all ended up well.
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:57 AM   #17
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I am glad it worked out for the best. After checking things out I get in and drive, I always get a nagging feeling, pull over and check one last time. Seems odd, old habits die hard.
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:51 PM   #18
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Great to read all of your replies. We had perfect weather for this Labor Day weekend and while hooking up to come home I took the time to have all my "helpers" do our new 8 point safety check.

1. tounge latch properly seated
2. Pin in place and locked
3-4. Safety Chains Left and Right
5 break away break cable attached
6. Electrical connection attached
7-8. WDH -properly installed and pins in place, Left and Right.

I also added a nice flash light to the cargo compartment right next to where I keep the WDH.
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:28 PM   #19
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I must confess that I forgot to chock the trailer wheels in our backyard when unhitching. No harm done. Hitch jack doug into the ground and stopped it in about 3 feet. If I had done that where we normally camp, trailer would have been in the lake!
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:58 PM   #20
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After advice from friends who have trailers, MH's, etc. I came up with a checklist that we go over before we leave the driveway and before we leave the campground. My wife holds the checklist and marks off each item that is completed.

ie; Stabalizers up, awning up and locked, hitch on and locked, equalizers on and secured, etc., etc.

We don't move until this is completed. (And usually checked a second time)


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