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Old 11-13-2017, 12:22 PM   #1
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5.0TA Checklists Proof Reading Needed Please

I've been working on some checklists for my 5.0TA Wild Thing and would appreciate your comments/additions/insights/corrections etc. I know everyone does things a bit differently and not all options apply to everyone but please let me know your feedback on these. I'll be happy to share them in an editable form for anyone to use and modify once they have been proofed! Thank you in advance!!
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Old 11-13-2017, 12:30 PM   #2
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What about check to ensure outside vent flap is clicked closed...bet u have this on another list.
I would appreciate being able to download this check list..very well done!
Glen adds...dog is not tied to bumper...that is such a bad joke!!!!
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Old 11-13-2017, 02:10 PM   #3
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Hitching Up checklist, I would reverse "pull test" with "partially retract landing gear", do this to put weight on the hitch. The way it is now, you are pulling the trailer (pull test) with full weight on the landing gear and not on the hitch, damage will occur.
After the pull test fully retract the gear.
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Old 11-13-2017, 04:02 PM   #4
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Hi Chris, thank you for your feedback. Yes, partially retracting the landing gear (1" or less) is listed as the first step of the "Pull Test Checklist" for the reasons you outline. I will make the point more clear in the "Hitching Up Checklist".
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Old 11-13-2017, 04:07 PM   #5
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What about check to ensure outside vent flap is clicked closed...bet u have this on another list.
I would appreciate being able to download this check list..very well done!
Glen adds...dog is not tied to bumper...that is such a bad joke!!!!
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Thank you for the feedback Marta. I did have that vent closure earlier but it must have been removed when I reformatted. I appreciate your help! I will post the lists once they have been proofed a bit more. I'm glad Glen is taking good care of those pooches!
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Old 11-13-2017, 06:23 PM   #6
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I like this one.
"Always Set Truck Emergency Brake & Turn Truck Off when performing visual checks"
Being distracted I got out of the truck one time with it running and missed putting it in park. I was almost single again after that one.


We don't use a written checklist, as such an important item for us is doing a walk around just before you pull away after hooking up. Doesn't take much of a distraction to miss something.

Your lists will hopefully negate the need for such.
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Old 11-13-2017, 06:43 PM   #7
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Great check lists I too would like to copy or print them!
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Old 11-13-2017, 07:19 PM   #8
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Whether you use a checklist or not, I've found that the most important thing to remember is to do a final walkaround check when you're about to head out. Make it the last thing you do before getting in the vehicle, no matter how many times you've done it, and even if you're certain you have done everything.

I've caught some of my dumba** mistakes two or three times with a final walkaround.
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Whether you use a checklist or not, I've found that the most important thing to remember is to do a final walkaround check when you're about to head out. Make it the last thing you do before getting in the vehicle, no matter how many times you've done it, and even if you're certain you have done everything.

I've caught some of my dumba** mistakes two or three times with a final walkaround.
We both do the walk around as a double check. Rarely is anything missed by the first person, but you never know......
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On your inside checklist:
  • You might want to add a check to ensure that the refrigerator is operating in your desired travel mode (whatever that might be, including perhaps shut off).

On your outside checklist:
  • If you shut the propane tanks while towing you might want that as an additional item (or perhaps only if going on a ferry or through a tunnel).
  • I assume that there are no antennas, flag poles, solar panels, or similar items to stow or secure.
  • Do you have outside storage access doors to be locked?
  • It may be too obvious to list, but how about "awning retracted"?
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