Flying an airplane teaches you the value of checklists. Even for things you know forwards and backwards, and have done a million times, a printed (or electronic) checklist is important.

It’s been a long while since I’ve flown, but some habits stick with you and are applied to other domains. For our Paseo we’ve developed a few so far. Nothing too complex or detailed, but hopefully enough to keep us from making silly mistakes. (I have no doubt we will still be able to find new silly mistakes, but at least we should be able to avoid these!)

The “Pre-Flight” checklist is one we follow before we drive. It applies to both the initial drive when starting a trip and to the drive when we leave a campsite.

The “Start-Up” checklist is really short, as it normally segues into the Pre-Flight checklist. This is where we start when getting ready to leave on a trip.

“Shut-Down” is the steps we take when closing things up after a trip.

“Campsite Setup” is pretty brief, and in most cases more stuff happens (awning out, chairs out, etc.). The steps listed are the basic ones we do pretty much every time.

There are certainly going to be things missing, but these are the major ones. Everyone’s will be different, these are a merely a start!

Things like “dump tanks” and “fill potable water” aren’t on here, they get done as needed. The level-checks done on the Start-Up list should trigger those actions if they didn’t get taken care of at the end of the previous trip.


  1. Coach battery on
  2. Refrigerator on
  3. Check tank levels
  4. Check propane level


Pre-Flight Checklist

  1. TPM on
  2. Shore power disconnected and stowed
  3. Propane off
  4. Awning retracted
  5. Overheads closed
  6. Refrigerator & freezer latched
  7. Kitchen sink closed
  8. Stove closed
  9. Bathroom door latched
  10. Bathroom sink up
  11. Toilet seat down
  12. Bathroom vent closed
  13. Maxx fan closed
  14. Water pump off
  15. Window shades open / removed
  16. Levelers retrieved

Campsite Setup

  1. Level RV (as needed)
  2. Turn off TPM
  3. Connect shore power
  4. Turn on propane (if needed)
  5. Verify shore power on via One-Place panel. Set to appropriate amperage as needed.


Shutdown Checklist

  1. Bathroom vent closed
  2. Bathroom toilet clean
  3. Shades closed
  4. Fridge and freezer doors open
  5. Maxx fan closed
  6. Empty trash
  7. Coach battery disconnected

Author: Don Meyer

An average guy trapped on the surface of a sphere who enjoys SF, programming, sailing, Legos, and many other nerdy pursuits.

2 thoughts on “Checklists”

    1. We have used it a couple times, but not a lot so far. Either windier than I felt comfortable with, or too cool to hang outside much. Expect to use it much more this summer!


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