Many accidents are caused by simple forgetfulness: leaving doors unlatched, awnings up or steps attached. Create a step-by-step checklist, and like a pilot on a jet, conduct a “walk-around” visual inspection before driving away. A preflight checklist should include:
Making sure bay doors are closed and latched.
Double-checking tow bar and safety cables.
Disconnecting all power, TV, phone, water and sewer lines.
Retracting jacks, steps, and awnings.
Looking under the rig for signs of fluid leaks.
Checking oil, transmission and coolant levels.
Checking air brakes, parking brake and tow brakes.
Making sure stove, oven and heater burners are not lit.
Checking the propane tank for leaks and intake/exhaust lines for blockages.
Inspecting tire inflation pressure and tread wear.
Making sure smoke and propane leak detectors are working.
Checking your surroundings (weather, overhangs and ground hazards).