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Old 04-30-2018, 06:09 PM   #1
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Well we just finished our fourth camp out in the Escape. The first trip after we disconnect the trailer it rolled back six inches as we realized that we had not installed the chocks. Decided to use check lists. The second trip we heard water running while we were eating lunch. Found that I had not closed the pop off valve on the water heater after winterizing it. Third and forth trip no mistakes!! So two overnighters, two two nighters, and next trip five nights. Love our camper!
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Old 04-30-2018, 06:21 PM   #2
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I would say that not chocking was a dumb mistake, but then my wife would remind me of the time on our first trip when I did the same thing.

Yep, a checklist is a good idea, at least until it all becomes second nature to you. Even then a checklist can save the day.
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Old 04-30-2018, 06:23 PM   #3
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Well we just finished our fourth camp out in the Escape. The first trip after we disconnect the trailer it rolled back six inches as we realized that we had not installed the chocks. Decided to use check lists. The second trip we heard water running while we were eating lunch. Found that I had not closed the pop off valve on the water heater after winterizing it. Third and forth trip no mistakes!! So two overnighters, two two nighters, and next trip five nights. Love our camper!
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Old 04-30-2018, 07:58 PM   #4
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I was fortunate that my break in trip lasted 9 weeks! After that many set ups and take downs, habits started to form. But still, mistakes were made. At least the mistakes help cement the habits so they are less likely to happen again. My one piece of advice is to try to discourage others from “keeping you company” when you are setting up or hooking up. Distractions cause missed steps. If someone distracts you, upon their leaving, start over again.
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Old 04-30-2018, 09:23 PM   #5
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Old 05-01-2018, 08:54 AM   #6
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Welcome and congratulations on your rig!

Check lists are great.

Never become complacent, it will lead to boo boos. Since taking delivery, we have lived in our 21’ for 469 days, and I have had several “near-misses”. Just don’t rush your setup and tear downs.

See you on the road!

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Old 05-01-2018, 09:50 AM   #7
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Yes not being in a hurry is probably one of the most important tips you will get.
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Old 05-01-2018, 11:23 AM   #8
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I hope the 17 door jam has a place for "our" check lists, I can't live without them.
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Old 05-01-2018, 12:57 PM   #9
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If we ever do not walk around the trailer when leaving a place, we will miss things. We did not treat the storage facilty as a regular campground set-up and have missed things leaving there. At a campsite, we look all around, upper and lower and middle of the trailer, then pull out, and go back and walk the site. This pretty well gets everything. Except, well, whatever!
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Old 05-01-2018, 01:04 PM   #10
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Just went on my first solo without husband. I did not properly chock the wheels. Fortunately I was staying at a great RV park in St Augustine, The Compass RV Park on St Rd 207 and there were several kind gentleman on golf carts lending a hand. I had chocked and leveled both sides, put cone down and hitch was on cone, I thought that the cone didn't look really flat on the rocks but figured that wouldn't be a problem. Somehow or another on the opposite of where the 2 large chocks were in place, I had to place the 2 small chocks and I wasn't sure how those went in. I was on rocks with a little slope toward the back and had just unhitched the truck and had not put down the legs. So I began connecting to the utilities. I had a question about the electric and one of the nice guys came by and helped me connect the utilities. So there was cable which he connected and we went in the trailer to see if the TV would work when we heard a bang and the trailer shifted. We went outside to see the tong on the ground. He said wait I've got equipment here to lift the tong, so off he went and got it lifted. We then got it back on the cone chocked those small cones correctly and I put the legs down.

Other than hitting the electric pole backing up the truck (just a tiny scratch) but all those guys in the big rigs yelling "stop" was the worst, my stay went very well.

Must say I was very happy when husband Sid flew into Jacksonville and I picked him up to finished the 2 week trip together.

Forgot to mention that I did not properly close the electric hatch and my cord came out just enough for I-10 to grind it down flat. Pulled into camping world and bought a new plug and cousin in Louisiana replaced it. I drove from Bandera, TX to St. Augustine about 1250 miles myself . Yep I'd do it again!
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