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  • Since I am a retired pilot and used to checklists, we both decided that before leaving a site we needed to have one to protect our goodies. We use it religiously every time we pack up to move our rig. However, you must also be diligent about covering all the items on the list and adhering to it otherwise it is useless. Works well. Try it!

  • Yes, a check list is a must. But here is a helpful way to always lower the antenna – put your ignition key to the coach on the crank handle. You can’t start the engine without it and your antenna always goes down. 2nd note: Don’t put the ignition key on a key ring with the door keys. Make it a separate, by itself, key ring that hangs on the antenna crank.

  • Typically, I handle the inside, hubby handles the outside. Once we have each completed our pack up tasks, we go behind the other one And check to make sure everything is done. We also heard the unmistakable thump thump of a flying anetenna…we just looked at each other and in unison, chimed, well, that’s a lesson learned!

    Sometimes now, I have to turn off the gas, and sometimes he has to turn off the hot water heater or close a window. No big deal. RVing is a TEAM sport, so is a happy marriage.

  • When we are ready to leave home or the camp site, my wife starts inside while I’m working outside. When we finish our areas, we trade and double check what the other completed and occasionally find something missed. Then just before starting the truck, we both go back around everything outside looking up, down and around one more time rechecking lights, chains, hitch, levelers, jack, blocks, antenna, awning,storage doors, hoses, cables, entry doors, battery and propane botles. This extra time has so far prevented any problems and neither one is offended by the other one checking their work.

  • We always go over a mental check list. We don’t have written duties for each of us but we do have specific jobs we do when setting up and breaking down. We check each others duties and have seldom ever run into anything that we have forgotten. In the way of the antenna, we hang a key ring type object on the inside antenna crank handle. This also has a piece of fluorescent tape tied to it to make it really obvious it is there and the antenna is up. Works well for us and have never pulled out of a campground with the antenna up or down and to the side. Knock on wood!

  • I was 67 when found I needed something like a constant post it for a message to do something with RV setup/leaving. I finally found the RVminders at Camping world. They wrap around the RV steering wheel and you have to look at them before you can proceed – very cheap solution for getting older and I recommend them, more now since I am 70 now.

  • The last thing on our checklist is
    ** DO A WALK-AROUND!
    Check that lights work, hoses and power cables are unhooked and stowed, tail gate is closed, antenna down, vents closed, slides in all the way, tires are good, door is closed and locked, steps are up, no blocks are left, trash is picked up and of course, hitch is correctly locked. No short cuts!

    And we all know – HAPPY WIFE-HAPPY LIFE!

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