Leaving RV Camping Sites
A Campsite Departure Checklist
Have you ever come from home from a camping trip and realized that there is something missing from your gear? Or worse, maybe you didn't realize an item is missing until your next camping trip, when you desperately need that piece of vital camping equipment. "Honey, did you get the latern that we had hanging from that tree?" "Uh... no... uh... I thought you got it..."
Before we began using our check-off list, we would discover things missing from time to time - cooking utinsils, gloves, tools, charcoal grill, propane lanterns (2), a hummingbird feeder, sewer connections... The list goes on.
We have also found items at campsites that other campers left behind.
Our leaving RV camping sites checklist also helps us remember the order we need to follow when preparing our travel trailer for departure from a campsite. Some tasks don't matter, but there are a few that are critical.
A perfect example is the raise the stabilizer jacks task. This needs to be done before you raise and lower the tongue jack to connect the trailer to the tow vehicle, because you might damage your stabilizer jacks before you discover your mistake.
|Done||Inside the RV|
|Secure shower door|
|Close ceiling vents|
|Secure Refridgerator Items|
|Done||Outside the RV|
|Raise stabilizer jacks**|
|Attach trailer to hitch ball and secure with hitch pin|
|Attach weight distribution bars|
|Attach sway controller|
|Attach safety chains|
|Secure emergency break-away cable|
|Disconnect fresh water hose|
|Disconnect external power supply|
|Connect umbilical to tow vehicle|
|Remove chocks from trailer wheels|
|Empty Gray/Black water tanks|
|Police your campsite for gear|
**Must be done before raising of lowering the hitch jack.