Originally Posted by Glenn Baglo
Last step, before putting the transmission in Drive is to do a walk around the tow and trailer. You don't want to leave My Little Pony, or Barbie, or a Teddy on the picnic table.
WE use both, but as has been said the Departure Checklist [DC]is more imp than the Arrival Checklist [AC]. here is an example I had from last June.
our last activity at a campsite [b4 we roll out] is to go thru a walk around
..wife going one way and me going the opposite direction..looking for things.
That June day in the Smokies, I looked again at the trailer hitch AREA:
chains on..> hasp down..> ball IN the socket..> emergency brake cable set.. > hasp lock set..> Propane
off..> ANTI-SWAY BAR ON..> ask HOLY IF Frig on DC..> ETC
Then...for some reason I reached down and grabbed the HITCH PIN LOCK (like this one https://www.walmart.com/ip/Trimax-Re...tches/25074181
) and shook the end where the key goes..shook it and..VOILA' the dam ned whole end piece CAME OFF IN MY HAND.
.and little pieces of metal, rust and broken plastic fell out of the hole in the lock piece.. onto the ground!!
I was shocked bks the lock was only 8 months old. I showed it to Holly and she was amazed. WE both knew it wd have failed in a few miles, as the hitch pin just wd have backed OUT of the hole and the ball mount slid back, out of the receiver. Maybe the chains wd have held..maybe not. Looking at it, it appeared that if it had failed, the whole ball mount w ball might have dropped down far enuf to slip thru the chains and DRAG along the road! Wow..sparks around propane
tanks came to my mind!
I replaced the hitchpin with a spare pin [ https://www.walmart.com/ip/2-Pc-Trai...eter/134963775
]w a cotter-pin lock we carry in our tool kit, and we were off on our trip home. I now have 2 spare hitch pins and am looking for a real solid type of pin lock for the new trailer we ordered.
AC is waaaay easier..we may or may not connect to H2O, usually we know we need electric, frig on AC? Wheels chocked? front jack down> etc
The rest of the arrival stuff is routine..unhitch or not? Stabilizers down ot not? hang site lite we made, mats under steps?, site sign up or not? Alot depends upon how long we stay etc. St up Gazelle? DRAG OUT PROPANE