Oh No I Forgot That

Lake Pleasant Arizona

Below I have copied the “Departure Checklist” from the permanent page I have stored on my site. In the future if you want to view it, it’s available from the Menu above on any page under the tab “Travel Information” – “Departure Checklist“.


When I first started traveling with my Workhorse and Coach, I worried that I would forget one of the critical items as I was preparing to pack up my gear and hitch the Coach at each camp. I felt this was especially important because I wander alone. Beg your pardon! Sorry Jagger I didn’t mean to be rude. You are my best buddy and sidekick for sure!

On two occasions I forgot to disconnect the power umbilical cable that connects the Coach to the Workhorse. While it didn’t permanently damage the plug in the bed of my Workhorse or the Coach, it scared the heck out of me.

The following checklist is what I currently use for my Coach and Workhorse when I am packing up at a camp, preparing to hitch up and hit the road. I have altered it many times over the last couple of years, but I still use it! Especially when camped for awhile. It’s saved me from many costly errors.

Safe Travels…Gary


Please be aware, while not perfect, this list works for me. I’m sure your list will be different. It’s a starting place and you’re welcome to copy or print this page. 

Preparation Before Departure Day
Propane tanks – Fill if needed
Generator fuel levels, Fill gas can
RV Batteries Ready – Charge Levels
Grease & Inspect Hitch
Vehicle Preparation Before Departure Day
Tow Vehicle and RV Tire Pressure
RV wheel Lug Nut Torque
Check Tire Sidewalls (inside and out)
Fuel Tow Vehicle – Inspect Fluid Levels
Evening Before Departure – Outside
Store Chair and Recliner
Empty Waste Tanks (if connected, otherwise on exit) Add Treatment to Tank
Disconnect Sewer Hose and Store
Partially Fill Fresh Water Tank (five gallons for trip) Disconnect Water Hose – Store
Evening Before Departure – Inside
Sweep and/or Mop Floor (eliminating sm rocks)
Secure All Accent Pieces and Photos, etc.
Secure Laptop and Accessories
Lower TV Antenna (turn off power)
Secure Chairs/Furnishings
Departure Day – Inside
Secure Items in Refrigerator
Secure Counters, Shelves, Cabinets, Drawers (everything inside and closed)
Secure Shower Items, Secure Shower Door and Bathroom Door
Empty Trash
Turn Off AC, Heater, Refrigerator, Water Heater, Water Pump, Lights
Close Roof Vents and Windows (Double Check TV Antenna)
Bring In Slides (check all interior doors are closed)
Departure Day – Outside and Hitch Up
Close and Lock Entry Door – Bring in Safety Handle
Raise Steps
Shut Off Propane Tank Valves
Remove Wheel Scissor Tire Stabilizers
Raise Rear Stabilizer Jacks
Remove King Pin Lock
Lower Workhorse Tailgate
Disconnect 50 AMP Power Cord – Store
Hitch Coach
Connect Coach Breakaway Switch Cable to the Workhorse
Connect Coach’s Power Cable to the Workhorse
Raise Front Leveling Stabilizers (about 7-8 inches depending on slope)
Store Leveling Blocks and Chocks
Lock All Basement Storage Doors
Turn On Emergency Lights – Walk Around Confirming All Ready – (TV Antenna, Doors)
Adjust Workhorse Mirrors
Test Pull – Then Bring up Front Stabilizers to Travel Position
Check RV breaks (as you pull away)
Empty Waste Tanks (if not connected on exit) Add Chemicals

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