Post your setup/takedown list

Discussion in 'General Camper Setup / Take Down' started by TwoEngineersGoCamping, Sep 18, 2015.

  1. dion

    dion Member

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    I'll second that. My rule is, after I think I'm ready to go, I walk around the entire rig, starting at the driver's door and finishing at the driver's door, checking everything (partly with eyes, partly by touching). If something had been left un-done, I do it, and complete the circuit, but I don't drive off just yet. I always need to complete a totally "clean" walk around before I get in and drive off. I pay particular attention to "nothing touching the ground except wheels", nothing hanging down or protruding, hitch secured and locked, chains crossed and secured, parking lights and hazard lights working.

    And when we stop for rest or for a meal on the road, before we drive off again, I do another quick walk-around.
     
  2. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    I am totally making a list like this for DH, especially placement map on the back! [LOL]

    It drives me nuts because he just puts everything all over the place, no organization at all. I'm Type A and need things to be just so. He probably won't follow my placement map, but I sure am going to make one. And laminate it.
     
  3. speckhunter80

    speckhunter80 Well-Known Member

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    Inspect site for obstructions, levelness, shade, placement of utilities, table, fire pit etc.
    Back into site
    Level camper side to side by placing tire on low side on wooden block(s), plastic Lynx levelers or BAL leveler
    Chock all tires front and back
    Remove camper from tow vehicle
    Level camper front to back using tongue mounted jack
    Remove items from front storage box
    Turn on gas
    Lower stabilizers until snug(if owners manual says to do it at this point)
    Unlatch all roof latches
    Raise camper roof
    Lower stabilizers until snug(if owners manual says to do it at this point) This is when I do it.
    Pull out bunks and put up supports
    AT THIS POINT WE SPLIT UP, DW GOES INSIDE AND BEGINS SET UP AND I STAY OUTSIDE
    Pull-out dinette(if available)
    Plug in power(if available)
    Switch refrigerator from DC to AC or LP to AC or not as some leave on LP while camping
    Connect water(if available)
    Snug up canvas around beds
    Put 5 gallon sink waste bucket in place
    Put camping rug down
    Put door in place
    Help DW with any other interior set up
    Grab a cold beverage and sit down and relax
    Recheck stabilizers
    Set up chairs around camp
     
  4. XKPin

    XKPin There's no situation so bad it can't be made worse

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    Outstanding lists! Never made one, but shall plagiarize the best from each. Thanks.
    I’ll add the where-is-my-wallet-and-keys to my list. I always keep them in the same place, but they move on their own.
    I recently purchased a Rand McNally 35% larger text road map. Down side: as big as the welcome mat at the pup entrance and a two person lift. Up side: I am retired and I have the luxury to travel the scenic routes and change destinations at whim. Many of my routes & destinations do not have cell service. My Garmin and I often disagree on the best routes, especially after following Garmin onto Switzerland Road in western Virginia. If I had a brain I would have taken the name of the road at face value! . . .still plenty to learn even at 62.
     
  5. Toolmaker13

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    I crack a beer first, then do everything you folks said!
     
  6. LjohnSaw

    LjohnSaw So many fish, so little time...

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    Really? This is the list you follow? [:O] During setup you haven't popped a wheelie doing step 8 before step 11? And on take down, doing step 1 before step 4? I learned my lesson early on about the stabs!
     
  7. jbirdt2001@yahoo.com

    jbirdt2001@yahoo.com Active Member

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    This is our setup/take down instructions not just for us but for others who may possible use our pop up camper

    Setup

    Unlatch Top, Crank up roof 3 turns (crank handle in storage bin)
    Stabilizer Crank inside door
    Lower stabilizers until “just snug” onto wood blocks
    DO NOT LIFT CAMPER THESE ARE NOT JACKS
    Crank up roof about 30 turns
    Walk around checking for any binding
    Finish cranking until RED Warning Cable is “just taught”
    Install lifter post safety supports
    Install bunk-end supports
    Carefully pull out bunk-ends & secure into proper locks
    Pull step out fully
    Lift & tip sink into place and latch right rear corner
    Plug in power cord & turn refrigerator 120 VAC switch on
    Clip and carefully push bunk-end roof supports into place
    Zip sides together (inside)
    Velcro lifter post covers and side walls (outside)
    Hook under bunk bungees (16 total)
    Untwist grommets while holding screen door securely
    Hold screen securely and carefully swing toward doorway
    Align and set pins into door bottom check that top locks are aligned with slots
    Use a quick short push on upper part of screen to snap in place & twist locks
    Latch door sections together lower right side & twist door keeper
    Plug in Air Conditioner Cord, Turn on Propane Tank
    Attach Popup Gizmos and continue to organize & set up camper

    Take Down

    Pack up & put away all outside equipment that stores in camper
    Turn propane tank off and burn off supply line by lighting burner
    Open water tank drain, Turn off water pump & Furnace thermostat
    Unplug camper & turn off refrigerator
    Unhook under bunk bungee loops (16 total)
    Unzip walls & separate Velcro closures at lifter posts
    Unhook bunk-end roof supports & carefully lower ends
    Lay supports on bunks
    Remove and store lifter post safety supports
    Unlatch sink right rear and lift & tip toward you until resting on floor rug
    Arrange back cushions on floor around sink
    Walk around camper lifting bunk walls onto bunks
    Carefully slide bunks into camper being careful not to pinch any material
    Crank roof down 20 turns
    Crank up stabilizer pads, store stabilizer crank & pick up wood blocks
    Walk around lifting wall material & RED warning cable into camper
    Crank down few more turns then walk around tucking canvas into camper
    Crank roof down until winch cable is just slack
    Latch top and attach keeper links
    Put roof crank handle in Pickup bin
     
  8. speckhunter80

    speckhunter80 Well-Known Member

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    You don't level your camper or disconnect from the tow vehicle
     
  9. jbirdt2001@yahoo.com

    jbirdt2001@yahoo.com Active Member

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    Hmmm this question may explain why it seems to be such a long walk around my rig. Next spring I will have to add these two items to my list
     

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