TravelerGuy
Greetings all.  TravelerGirl and I are new 177SE owners, and also new to TT camping.  And I like making documents and lists.  So I made a Pre-Departure Checklist, and a PackingList.  Obviously, everyone would need to adapt them for their own use, so I uploaded them in MicroSoft Word format.

We've used them for two trips now, and seem to work well. 

All comments welcome.

Regards,
TravelerGuy and TravelerGirl
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Shannon
Just got back from a month long, 10,000 mile figure 8 loop around the country, which involved a lot of set up and take down, so I’m pretty up on the necessary things to do, at least the way I do it.

Those are certainly some very thorough lists. Personally, I don’t see a need to unplug everything. Does anybody else do that? Also, I like to travel with my water tank full, but then again I frequently stop if the mood strikes me, and also I frequently overnight at Walmarts, Cracker Barrel’s etc., on my way to a campsite.

One tool I find very handy which is not on your packing list is a cordless drill. I can’t tell you how many times I have used mine. Plus, if you buy the right socket for it, it comes in very handy for extending and retracting jacks. Faster than most electric jacks, and way easier than cranking by hand with a wrench. Just an idea.
 
As you use your trailer more, I expect that most of the things on your checklist will become automatic, and you will probably find you don’t even need to refer to it. But in the meantime, it’s certainly a handy way to make sure you’re not forgetting anything. Good job. Have fun in your travels. 
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mkevenson
I agree with the cordless drill. I would also suggest the largest rechargeable battery you can get for your drill. I use a DeWalt 60v max Flex volt Lithium ion 6.0 AH. When using a drill with the stabilizer jacks realize that when you get to the top or bottom of the jack travel the drill motor will keep turning. Can be injurious to your wrist. An impact drill will not keep turning, is stronger , but makes a lot of noise.
Mark
Please buy Made in USA
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Tiki2some
+1 on the cordless drill also. RE: tire pressure ... i added a portable inflator to my kit: filling trailer tires at the gas station is really awkward. Another item I recently added to my check list is checking the torque on the lug nuts. I did that last trip and about 1/2 of the lugs needed a turn a two to get to spec. Riverside manual says to check each time you travel: does anyone follow that frequency ... or just check occasionally??
~ Linda & Bill
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mark
Tiki2some wrote:
+1 on the cordless drill also. RE: tire pressure ... i added a portable inflator to my kit: filling trailer tires at the gas station is really awkward. Another item I recently added to my check list is checking the torque on the lug nuts. I did that last trip and about 1/2 of the lugs needed a turn a two to get to spec. Riverside manual says to check each time you travel: does anyone follow that frequency ... or just check occasionally??


I agree with the portable inflator. I use mine to top off all the time. Did have to buy and extension air line to reach the trailer tires. I don't own a torque wrench, after 69 yrs you would think I would have bought one by now. I do have a large lug nut wrench and check the trailer lugs 2-3x a year. When the trailer is new I think frequent checks are good but after the 1st long trip a few times a year are good for me. HOWEVER, if the Riverside manual states otherwise and you want to be extra cautious, do as they say, not as I do.😈
Mark

Please buy " Made In USA " if possible!
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coopermtn
Thanks to Travelerguy & girl, I'm not quite as compulsive but have thought several times, "I really should have a check list for the essentials."  I check the lug nuts when new, the first trip each spring, and the first couple of times during the season.  They seems to loosen initially, but not continually.  Those Baby Moon hubcaps are hard to get back on.
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turkeybirdie
I dented mine even with a rubber mallet. Any tricks to get them back on?
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sunvalleyjoe
I think with single axels you should check lug nuts every trip. Our freind with R pod use to think I over did it till we found almost all of his needed to be re torqued. GBA!!SVJ I read about a new trailer jack for $60 either you can do it by hand or a socket and battery drill . I will diff be buying one.
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coopermtn
Re the hubcaps, I don't have a good trick.  I use the palm of my hand with a leather glove on, but thought I had done a proper job and am now in need of a new hubcap.  They are also they reason I don't check them every time, but may sunvalleyjoe can share his method for dealing with the hubcaps.
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sunvalleyjoe
It is a miracle to get mine back on with PD. I only have one little ding on mine and I use it on spare and have a tire cover over it. Big honker screwdriver and I twist the cap off and use palm of hand to reinstall. Lucky I guess. I heard E trailer has the baby moons very cheap.GBA!!~SVJ ps custom made  spare tire cover saw it on a chopper in the Army!!
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