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Old 06-06-2007, 07:57 AM   #15
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Thank you sooooo much for posting these wonderfully, complete checklists. I will be using and adapting them, as I move from a tent to a little egg. (really soon now! ). I too had some doubts about being able to do this myself, but now I'm confident I can work things out.

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Old 06-06-2007, 08:55 AM   #16
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You turn on the water heater. My dad tells me to turn off the water heater at night because he says it sounds like a jet engine when it engages at night... Mine does actually sound loud.

So do you turn it off at bedtime and back on in the morning?
[b]The Water Heater? No. I do not notice it and Robert has not complained about it,so we leave the Water Heater going all night.
However, when we are Boondocking, I tend to shut off the [b]Water Pump at night. It randomly activates, I believe, due to pressure "leakage" at the City Water connection. I compare IT's sound to a Semi Tractor's Jake Brake! But then I sometimes forget to turn it back on during a middle-of-the-night bathroom trip, and can't flush the toilet until I do.
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Old 06-06-2007, 09:01 AM   #17
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I cannot claim full credit for this list. Pre-Hack, there was a topic about checklists. I took a list that Dan Meyer had posted, and expanded upon it.
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Old 06-06-2007, 10:09 AM   #18
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What an impressive organization of your lists!!!

My family has bugged me for years about my predilection for checklists, but I must now bow down to and acknowledge the
true King of Checklists.
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Old 06-06-2007, 10:50 AM   #19
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[b]The Water Heater? No. I do not notice it and Robert has not complained about it,so we leave the Water Heater going all night.
We have one of those fancy "on demand" water heaters in our '99 Casita: When we need hot water, I demand my husband go out and light the water heater. When we no longer need it, I demand he go out and shut it off.

This was how my dad's travel trailer's water heater worked, too.

He thought it saved propane. I think it saves water*.

*I will use less water for incidental washings if it's not warm!
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Old 06-06-2007, 11:33 AM   #20
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That's a very complete check list(s).

I wonder how many would follow such an extensive list?

Here's my suggestions for creating a check list of your own.

1. What's the purpose of your check list?
For me it's an aid to remember the more important items. I don't use a check list when setting up to camp. The only major rule I have is to chock the trailer before unhitching. You may feel there's things you don't want to forget, but keep the list small.

2. When creating a check list ask yourself what the results of not adding something to list.

3. The idea of a two sided card is a good one. I have 3x5 cards with my check list on each side. One side for inside the trailer, the outside list is on the other side.


4. Inside list contains items like, windows closed and latched, vent closed, fridge door latched, cupboard doors closed and latched. That type of thing.

5. Outside list contains items like, stableizers stowed, fridge off (my controls are outside), power cord stowed, propane off.

6. Then a second outside list is for after it's been hitched up that contains things like coupler latched and locked (I have keyed lock for coupler), the stinger pin in place and locked (locking pin), safety chains attached, lights connected and checked, tongue jack raised and stowed.

The wording on each item is short, one word if possible. It all has to fit on 2 sides of a 3x5 card. Short and one word because it's ment to be a reminder and usually a word or two will work. The 3x5 card is an easy size to carry around and store. I keep several with the corner stuck behind the back splash. Easy to find and if loose one there's more.

The items are selected that would cause some not very nice things to happen if forgotten.
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Old 06-06-2007, 11:35 AM   #21
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Wow, Frederick, you are really a detail person! I taped my laminated checklists for the interior "stuff" to the inside of one of the cabinet doors. We've never done an exterior checklist though. Thanks for sharing your very comprehensive lists!
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Old 06-06-2007, 01:05 PM   #22
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The roaring of our Boler's main water heater burner (American Appliance, now called Suburban, 6-gallon) would be annoying; I think it should be turned to pilot overnight. The pilot flame is quiet and will still keep it from completely cooling down.

Our water pump cycles occasionally, too, so I turn it off anytime we are not using it (not just at night). In our case, I don't think it is leakage at the city water connection; rather, it think it is seepage back past the pump itself.

Building on Byron's comments... I think these particular on-off tasks are worth discussing, to find the optimal procedure, but not worthy of another day/night checklist, at least for me. Personally, I'm not using any kind of written checklist yet, although Frederick's lists should be a good start.
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Old 06-06-2007, 07:01 PM   #23
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I tend to shut off the Water Pump at night. It randomly activates, I believe, due to pressure "leakage" at the City Water connection. I compare IT's sound to a Semi Tractor's Jake Brake!
There was someone at Lake San Antonio that had a water pump that sounded like a Washington State Ferry horn!

Mine sounds like a Jake Brake when in use, but it doesn't suffer from random pressurizing. When I am in the shower, I am tempted to stuff a Beagle in there to muffle it...

The Beagle objected tho..
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Old 06-07-2007, 03:16 AM   #24
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A temporary fix for the leaking city water check valve is to put a PVC pipe plug in the hose connection. It worked so well I keep one in there permanently. This keeps the water system pressurized and the pump won't cycle when it's not needed.
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That's a very complete check list(s).

I wonder how many would follow such an extensive list?

[b]1. What's the purpose of your check list?
The items are selected that would cause some not very nice things to happen if forgotten.
These lists are not for me alone.
I [b]do use them myself to jog my memory...
  • Memory of opening the trailer door after a long drive to find an entire (new) roll of paper towels unrolled and carpeting the kitchen floor 3" deep.
  • Memory of stopping for gas/potty break and discovering an open gaping hole where there used to be a large exterior hatch/trunk cover.
  • Memory of frying a new battery completly dry.
  • Memory of finding the water pump running dry while at a full hook-up campsite.
  • Memory of stopping for gas/potty break and finding the trailer door swinging wide open.
No, they are also for those who insist on helping because it takes [b]me SO LONG to get everything ready by myself while they are chomping at the bit to get started camping. These people usually want consistancy. They also want to understand what they are doing, but don't want to listen to me explain it to them.
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These lists are not for me alone.
I [b]do use them myself to jog my memory...
  • Memory of opening the trailer door after a long drive to find an entire (new) roll of paper towels unrolled and carpeting the kitchen floor 3" deep.
  • Memory of stopping for gas/potty break and discovering an open gaping hole where there used to be a large exterior hatch/trunk cover.
  • Memory of frying a new battery completly dry.
  • Memory of finding the water pump running dry while at a full hook-up campsite.
  • Memory of stopping for gas/potty break and finding the trailer door swinging wide open.
No, they are also for those who insist on helping because it takes [b]me SO LONG to get everything ready by myself while they are chomping at the bit to get started camping. These people usually want consistancy. They also want to understand what they are doing, but don't want to listen to me explain it to them.
If it works for that's great.
I worked in manufacturering where work instructions, which are usually check lists, were used pretty extensively. Experience there taught me, and others, the fewer words the more likely it would be followed. I would almost be willing to bet you don't read every word on those lists. Different story when you have somebody helping, I insist on checking my list myself. Keeps peace in the family. I can't blame my other half when something goes wrong.
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Old 06-08-2007, 07:00 PM   #27
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Without further adieu, My 6 part checklist:
Frederick, I love your lists, and wanted to thank you for posting them. My partner is never going to be as familiar with our camper's needs as me, and lists will help keep the peace when we're doing the set-up and break-down together. I grew up camping in a pop-up, but my recently purchased 1985 Uhaul is the first time I've been in charge of all the important stuff, and not just making beds or gathering kindling! I'm going to write up a few notes & see how it goes. Thanks again.
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No, they are also for those who insist on helping because it takes [b]me SO LONG to get everything ready by myself while they are chomping at the bit to get started camping. These people usually want consistancy. They also want to understand what they are doing, but don't want to listen to me explain it to them.
My lists are are long and redundant, but being retired and on the verge of Alzheimer's taking over (I can hide my own Easter eggs because I can't remember where I hid them), the major item when going camping is writen on the tugs rear view mirror, "BRING TRAILER WHEN LEAVING FOR HOME."
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