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Old 04-07-2014, 11:49 PM   #11
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Don't make our mistake ... Run the refer off propane ...
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Old 04-07-2014, 11:50 PM   #12
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How do you purge the propane tanks?
That's one of those options from ETI. Otherwise, you haul your tank(s) to a propane dealer and tell them to "purge and fill."
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Old 04-07-2014, 11:58 PM   #13
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I would love a departure check list. It sounds like there are many things that if forgotten could cause problems
http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/at...0&d=1396063684
Here is a good list
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:07 AM   #14
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I have a camping departure checklist. WALK AROUND AND LOOK! I'm asking about a brandnew trailer check list. When I bought my Scamp, it was already 15 years old and I've been a camper for years.

For instance, I know at least one owner had a leak in the bathroom from the sink plumbing. Easily fixed by hand tightning. But still... what should I check out that first night?
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:10 AM   #15
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I suspect you may not want the fridge off...just check your power source for it. My screen retracts automatically ... so I would want it open ... but then I would have to walk through it to get out of the trailer if it were closed.

You have an ongoing debate about running the fridge on propane vs batteries when traveling...I'm not going there.

That list is almost exactly like ours. I tend to drive off with the step out...but it's on the passenger side so it's "her fault."
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:18 AM   #16
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Thanks this list will be helpful I am new to camping with a trailer. well I camp but I sleep in my goose neck horse trailer def dry camping not used to managing all the doodads it's easy to forget something.
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:25 AM   #17
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Here is the list as text ( before Brian B-P made it all pretty ).
You can edit this, adding or subtracting.
If you don't have a salt grinder that comes apart during travel, for instance.
I sized it and had it laminated so it hangs conveniently on a hook at the door.

Drive Away Checklist

Inside Checks:

Loose Items Stored
Windows Closed
Blinds secure
Tank levels
Battery level
Thermostat OFF
Water Heater OFF
Water Pump OFF
Shower / Sink Drains CLOSED
Stove Cover DOWN
Screen Door FASTENED
Fridge OFF
Fridge Door Shelves LIGHT
Fan OFF
Roof Vents ( Bathroom / Fan ) CLOSED
TP and Paper Towels SECURED
Salt & Pepper Grinders SECURED
Door LOCKED
Step STORED / SECURE

Outside Checks:

Tire Pressure 40-45 (Min 30 / Max 50 )
Note: Lower Pressure = Lower Load
Gas OFF
Range Hood Vent LOCKED
Power DISCONNECT
Water DISCONNECT
Rock Shield DOWN AND LOCKED
Awning LOCKED
Stabilizer Jacks UP & TIGHT
Wheel Blocks STORED
Equalizer Bars LEVEL & SECURE
Chains IN PLACE
Hitch LOCKED
Brake / Signal Lights OK
Step STORED / SECURE
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Old 04-08-2014, 12:44 AM   #18
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Nice I will do the same
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Old 04-08-2014, 02:45 AM   #19
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Mike, if you are taking several days at Deception Pass, then simply look through each booklet that came with each appliance, and test all of the regular operating instructions, and get familiar with the controls for all the equipment, and feel confident that everything works OK.

It seems like a whole lot of information at first, but most everything gets pretty simple once you have done it once or twice.

If you are dry camping with no hookups, check your tank levels once a day or more to gauge how fast you are filling your tanks. Totally depends on what you put in them.

If you have a hour or so to kill one morning, try a hookup to your tow and visit the dumping station for a practice run, then unhook back at the same site. It gets easier each time you do it.

Refer to the Escape checklist before leaving your campsite, if you are really worried about forgetting about something important.

My 19' is my first trailer, I just got back from my first trip a week ago. Can't wait to go on the next trip.

You will feel like a pro before long.
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Old 04-08-2014, 06:26 AM   #20
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I can feel your unease! I will pick up my 19' at ETI on May 2 and then begin 10 weeks of towing and camping. I have been on the forum for a year and am still a little nervous about going from 50 years of tent camping to a newbie trailer camper. Luckily, my wife and I can't wait to begin this new adventure.I am also fortunite that this is the start of another phase of life - retirement. Please share with us what you learn. And remember - it's all good!!! Good luck and happy camping!
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