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philh

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Posted: 06/21/21 05:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Something I learned from flying, always use a checklist and ALWAYS do activities in the same order. If something gets out of order, START OVER and do it again. Even that's not perfect. Friend was a 747 check pilot and watched an experienced crew got things out of order, and they missed a major check item, landing gear down and locked. He told them to run the checklist again, and sat there in amazement when they "mouthed" the words and missed it again. They went back for recurrent training.

I've tried to maintain the same walk around discipline, what am I supposed to be checking here, and actually touch the item to confirm it's correct.

I've never done complete mental walk around when stopped for a short period of time, but given the example above that someone took the clip off, maybe I should change that up.

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Posted: 06/21/21 07:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am sooooo glad that didn’t come apart on you, OP. Although it does appear to be very close.

A double dose of dope slap is certainly warranted in this case.





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You didn't even cross the safety chains! You need to do this to cradle the hitch if it does come loose!

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Posted: 06/22/21 06:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey Bob...don't be so hard on yourself!!

You are a very capable person! Many on these forums could not take a great pic of the problem, and get it posted properly.

I will suggest that you stick with TTs, as a FW not hitched properly, can get very expensive! [emoticon]

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WNYBob wrote:

You didn't even cross the safety chains! You need to do this to cradle the hitch if it does come loose!

If only I could....
Both chains come off the same welded steel loop. Crossing them does nothing, they hang crossed at the back connection point. No cradle.
I've tried several ways of hooking them.


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philh wrote:

Something I learned from flying, always use a checklist and ALWAYS do activities in the same order. If something gets out of order, START OVER and do it again. Even that's not perfect. Friend was a 747 check pilot and watched an experienced crew got things out of order, and they missed a major check item, landing gear down and locked. He told them to run the checklist again, and sat there in amazement when they "mouthed" the words and missed it again. They went back for recurrent training.

I've tried to maintain the same walk around discipline, what am I supposed to be checking here, and actually touch the item to confirm it's correct.

I've never done complete mental walk around when stopped for a short period of time, but given the example above that someone took the clip off, maybe I should change that up.


Right, the checklists were mandatory. Using the instrument panel, or camper/hitch, as the checklist works, too.

Five items to check when hooking up my 5’er. Then an unhurried walk around, twice, looking for extended jacks, open windows, unlatched doors, slides and awning fully retracted, lights and rear camera working.

When the inevitable campground neighbor comes by to chat (distraction), the process starts from the beginning.

I do the same checks during every stop along the way.

Happy Trails and Safe Travels!


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BobsYourUncle wrote:

I have done some stupid things in my time, made some serious mistakes, but this one is really a major screw up on my part.
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How could I have done such an idiotic thing?

How?
You answered your question in the first sentence: "I have done some stupid things in my time, made some serious mistakes"

It's just what you do.


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Posted: 06/22/21 10:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thinking about my routine -

I hold the receiver pin in a hand while I install the hitch. On my more absent minded days I’ll stand there looking at it after I slide the hitch in and say “oh ya, this holds the hitch on the truck…”

I do have the walk around and look over the outfit habit from learning to fly a airplane, riding motorbikes, running ag machines, driving commercial trucks but absolutely mostly from what can find it’s way to falling off an RV in motion…

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Final inspection is a MUST.

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