Safety checklist before you go

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by RockieRV, Oct 14, 2007.

  1. RockieRV

    RockieRV Deleted User

    OK, you have your RV all loaded up and are ready to head out, or back to home base...time to hit the road, right? WRONG!

    While using a checklist is a great idea you still want to perform an outside Circle of Safety before getting on the road. It's easy, fast and very important.

    To begin, step back from your RV far enough so you can see the entire rig; you're looking for the big stuff now. Start at the front and walk all the way around the coach, looking up at the roofline, down at the ground and along the sidewalls of your RV.

    As you walk, verify the following:
    Antenna(s) down
    Vent covers lowered (if you can't step back far enough to see these, then you can go inside and check)
    All utilities detached and stowed, sewer cap(s) attached
    Leveling or stabilizer jacks retracted
    Tires properly inflated, no obstructions
    Exterior doors closed and locked
    Entry door(s) closed and locked; step(s) retracted
    Awning(s) secured
    Windows closed
    Propane turned off
    Automotive lights functioning
    Check tire pressure
    Adjust rear view mirrors

    Additionally, if towing, see that:
    Tongue jack or landing gear fully retracted
    All safety pins in place
    All electrical cords attached with proper clearance
    Safety chains secured
    Electric brake breakaway cable securely attached

    Finally, COUNT NOSES! Make sure the kids, dogs, cats, friends and assorted relatives are safely aboard and secured as applicable
  2. Forestboy

    Forestboy Funster Life Member

    Jul 31, 2007
    Forest of Dean
    We religiously do all those every time and even have the list laminated and clipped to the steering wheel and check them off before we move.
  3. gillr49


    Aug 8, 2007
    Holbeach Lincolnshire
    The worst we've done is drive off with the step still down (luckily spotted quite quickly in the wing mirror, before we kneecapped a pedestrian).:Doh::Doh:

    Has any one driven off still connected? That would be my worst nightmare and might happen yet in the future.

  4. johnsandywhite


    Jul 29, 2007
    :ROFLMAO: When we first got our Newmar. We camped for a week in our friends Lot and plugged into the Lot power supply for TV and other power requirements. When it came to shop for essentials needed for a long road trip. We set off down the road a mile to Walmart. Parked up and on walking across to the entrance. Looked back to see the TV aerial stuck up in the air. :ROFLMAO:

    :RollEyes: That and the Satellite Dish is the only thing we check before setting off. :RollEyes:
  5. Road Runner

    Road Runner

    Jul 26, 2007
    I am a worry guts so tend to over check everything.

    has it got a fancy name now like OCD?:RollEyes:

    BTW:- why turn the propane off? how will your fridge fuction?

    and you seem to check your tyres twice:winky: now your making me worry again:Doh:
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2007

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