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Old 08-10-2009, 12:17 PM   #15
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Thanks for all the replies. Summarized:

1. Do checklist and don't lose them.

2. Everybody screws up at any age.

And the best from Doug, "if no one knows about it it didn't happen".

I guess I'll just keep on pulling my egg.


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Old 08-10-2009, 03:23 PM   #16
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When you said you unhooked the safety chains and disconnected the plug I figured you were going to drive off without the trailer..... That's what I would have done...
So you're way ahead.
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Old 08-10-2009, 06:10 PM   #17
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Thanks for all the replies. Summarized:

1. Do checklist and don't lose them.

2. Everybody screws up at any age.

And the best from Doug, "if no one knows about it it didn't happen".

I guess I'll just keep on pulling my egg.


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Ron,

To paraphrase an axiom from aviation: There are two types of people - those who have (insert screw up)
and those who will (insert screw up).

Checklists are a great tool, especially when coupled with a routine or flow. Do everything the same way each time, Do your walk around and accomplish the tasks, then run your list as a final check. This saves time and prevents moments of "oops."

Acronyms are great. Before landing I always do a GUMPS check. Gas, Undercarriage, Mixture, Power (prop), Safety/Seatbelts.

I'm going to work on one for trailing but as a start, how about CHESTS?

C - Chocks and chains
H - Hook ups (sewer, electric) Hitch (locked and secure, jack up)
E - Electrical - plugged in and lights working
S - Secure - interior and exterior baggage and doors.
T - Tires and tanks, full and empty...
S - Safety - double check hitch, chains, lights, brakes, review your own ability to go.

Keep that egg rolling
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Old 08-11-2009, 12:06 AM   #18
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We have a system, once the hitch is on the ball, my wife doesn't talk to me until hitching is complete including a light check and a walk-around. If she thinks of anything that may have been missed she will then say so before we drive off. So far no calamities. It is not age, I am 75.
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Old 08-11-2009, 01:17 AM   #19
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We have a system, once the hitch is on the ball, my wife doesn't talk to me until hitching is complete including a light check and a walk-around. If she thinks of anything that may have been missed she will then say so before we drive off. So far no calamities. It is not age, I am 75.
Now there's a thought. Are you suggesting I get a wife??

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Old 01-01-2011, 02:57 PM   #20
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Last week I took off on a three-day, 500 mile, trip around the Cascade Loop in Northern Washington State. Just my 2005 13-foot Scamp, my dog, and me. I’m a widower approaching 74 and have averaged 3,000 miles a summer in small travel trailers since I retired 10 years ago.
Like most old guys living alone, I have small “Senior Moments” but they’re seldom troublesome but last week …. well you decide.

When I checked in at the Lincoln Rock State Park on the Columbia River near Wenatchee, I backed into my site, and hooked up water and power. I didn’t bother to unhook the trailer from the car since I didn’t plan on going anywhere. I did put the front jack down to stabilize things.

The next morning I disconnected water and power, lifted the front jack and unhooked the safety chains and the 7 pin electrical connection. After a quick walk around I took off towards home, 180 miles away.

10 miles later as I was braking on a downhill stretch, I glanced down at the light on my electric brake to see that reddish color and, Nothing! No red light, no green light, no light at all. Oh crap! Why had I disconnected the 7-pin connection so I had no trailer brakes? And why was I driving 60 MPH in heavy traffic with no safety chains.

Now you see why I started thinking about Senior Moments. And then I realized that within the previous two days I had seen several examples that weren’t me. The old guy in a bulgemobile pulling out of the space next to me with his TV antenna still up. The nice lady who left dragging her power cord. And so on.

Have you had senior moments? Do they worry you? What should I do about them? Are my Scamping days over?

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Sometimes you remember some times you don't! I'm 57 and I Sometimes get that. Scary! especially when it takes 10 minutes to think about things your trying to remember. Life goes on. Did that yesterday stood in the drivewaythinking I was about to something but could not remember.
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Old 01-02-2011, 01:23 AM   #21
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Before you get in and drive off, walk around the rig once looking both up and down. Saves embarrassment.
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Old 01-02-2011, 02:07 PM   #22
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...and after the walkabout, pull ahead to the edge of the site...and get out of the tug and pick up the left-behind : levelling blocks, electrical adaptor, hose "Y" , pressure regulator, door mats, picnic table clips, any trash you forgot, and etc. & etc.
That being said...I always leave something somewhere during our three months in the Florida sun...must be the absence of snow that muddles my mind!
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Old 01-02-2011, 04:15 PM   #23
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This thread needs the Baby Boomer National Anthem.
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Old 01-02-2011, 05:11 PM   #24
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One of my first trips with my Casita was up to Wyoming where I followed a dirt track up to the crest of the ridge top in an almost deserted section of the Medicine Bow National Forest. I had a lovely evening sitting outside in my lounge chair watching the sun sink slowly and the stars come out. The problem? As far as I know, that chair is still up there because I somehow managed to take off in morning without it. By the time I realized it, I was down so many dirt roads that I thought I'd never see civilization again. Ah well. I guess that's why I don't buy expensive stuff.

By the way, I would strongly advise everyone to put an isolator or disconnect relay in their tug. They work no matter if you're paying attention or not.
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Old 01-02-2011, 07:03 PM   #25
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I... forgot what I was going to say!

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Old 01-02-2011, 10:45 PM   #26
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We left Las Vegas and drove to Lake Havasu towing our popup. I backed it into a site and unhitched. Then no crank handle to raise the top. At a local RV store I bought a crank that was for the landing gear on a 5th wheel, it worked. Two days later I got the right crank from a Coleman dealer in Phoenix. When we got home to Florida we sold the popup and bought our first TT.
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Old 01-03-2011, 06:11 AM   #27
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Herb, I bet that made you CRANKY!
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Hi: All... If you don't believe in the "Hear After" just walk into any store. Soon you'll be asking yourself "What am I hear after"???
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