|Above, The Beast at West Entrance/Yellowston KOA in West Yellowstone, Montana. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
It is so easy to get distracted while packing up for a trip or departing a campground to continue on a trip that things get forgotten.
This had happened a few times for me. The worst was forgetting to roll up the awning before leaving a campsite (this is common, I've heard). Fortunately, I only drove a few yards before a neighboring camper flagged me down. I've never made that mistake again.
Do It Yourself RV has an article with tips on avoiding distractions and being organized enough so that nothing is forgotten.
They begin with:
Having an RV means that eventually you will do something not so bright as you prepare to hit the road. It is not unusual for the average Joe or Jane to back out of a site without first retracting the awning or putting down the antenna. The sheer number of things that have to be done prior to departure makes it inevitable that something will get forgotten at some point. Those of us who are easily distracted find it even more challenging not to make a public spectacle of ourselves as we depart.
Sometimes, the forgotten pre-departure tasks are minor – like leaving the lock open on the little door that conceals the city water hookup. Driving down the interstate you notice it flapping in the wind. It’s an annoyance, but it’s really no big deal. Sometimes those things are less minor, like when you forget to properly tighten a waste hose connection and then dump your black tank. Fortunately, this is one thing most people don’t forget to do more than once.
So what if you want to RV, but you are the type of person who finds yourself attracted to all things bright and shiny? There is no magical spell to be cast upon you to keep you focused on your pre-departure tasks, but there are strategies that can help ensure you attend to all necessary chores.
To read more, go here.