We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment. ~ Hilaire Belloc
Camper Check List
For those folks who are new to the camping world, this list is a must have. For those who have been camping for years, it never hurts to have a simple checklist to look over before you leave the campsite. It can mean the difference of forgetting a valuable item that may not be easily replaced while on the road. We've also seen a few campers pulling out of the campground with their steps still down, the TV antenna still up, or a window open wide. A simple list like this can solve those costly mistakes.
Feel free to copy this and ad anything that might be unique to your rig or campsite set-up.
By no means is this gospel, but it is what we use, we find it suits us fine and it is a good start for anyone who doesn't already have one made.
It might be a good idea to laminate it and cross them off after they are completed with a red dry-erase marker. Once you have done your routine, we switch places and Cindy goes over my list, and I go over her list.
Our rule is - She takes care of the inside and I take care of everything outside.
Before we even get to this list, we have usually made the bed, put away anything on the inside of the camper that we might have been using and have done some basic tidying up. Once we know we're ready to leave, that is when we say "Ok, lets get started"
We then yell at the top of our lungs "Wonder Twin Powers Activate" Just kidding, but I thought it was sort of funny.
Check List Before Leaving Camp and getting on the Road
Usually the first thing I do is connect the truck to the camper with Cindy's guidance. Once this is hooked up, she heads inside to do her stuff, and I start on the outside. We have this down to about a 10-15 minute total time frame to finish everything on this list. We never try and race, it's just that easy once you get used to it.
Inside the Camper
Outside the Camper
At this point, we are ready to go. We both usually give the entire rig a walk around and visually inspect the hitch mechanism. I want to double check to make sure I have everything hooked up right, and the scissor jacks are all up ever since I tore the rear jacks off in Jeff's driveway in San Diego because I was in a hurry.
From here we usually drive over to the dump station and run through that ritual. I wont go into detail because everyone has their own way they go about emptying the black & grey tanks. Luckily for us, we have a black tank sprayer on the side of the camper (Highly Recommended) so this isn't a two person process to clean out the black tank.
Before we get on the road, I usually switch on the lights in the truck to make sure the camper lights come on. I usually do this while the tanks are emptying and I can walk around the entire rig to make sure they are all on.
If we were staying somewhere that we weren't hooked up to city water and I'm going to be filling the fresh water tank at this time, I usually try and combine a bunch of the steps like checking tire pressure, locking all the storage bins...e.t.c. to this time frame. Just another way of multi-tasking
Weekly we try and do more detailed check-over of the truck and the camper.
I'll admit I don't do this as much as I should, but once a week I try and actually crawl under the camper looking for any loose wires or anything that might be out of the ordinary. These times are when I also check the oil and transmission fluid in the truck. We watch a lot of people in campgrounds who do this every single day, but I'm not that regimented.
If there is one bit of information I could recommend for people who are traveling, it would be to SLOW DOWN!! Don't rush yourself through these tasks and take your time to make sure they are all done.
Hurrying through your tear down process could result in a very costly mistake.
Tool Kit List - We've had a bunch of emails asking what tools and items first timers should bring, so I went ahead and made a list of what we bring with us. By no means is this gospel, but it's a good start. Feel free to copy it and add or delete anything you need.
Solar Tips, Fact's and Trick's we've learned while on the road. Fell free to send any tips or tricks of your own that might help us along.
Photo Gear We Use - List and description of our photo gear for those who enjoy our photos