Go Back   Montana Owners Club - Keystone Montana 5th Wheel Forum > GENERAL DISCUSSIONS > General Discussions about our Montanas
Click Here to Login

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-28-2018, 02:47 PM   #1
joe direnzi
Seasoned Camper
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: neptune
Posts: 99
M.O.C. #20983
pre departure checklist

Hello everyone.Rained all day and about 50degrees .Not to bad for end of January.Better rain than snow.Has anyone ever posted a pre departure checklist.So many things to remember.Thanks .Old brain ain t what it used to be:
joe direnzi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2018, 05:42 PM   #2
prndl
Montana Master
 
prndl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: 1000 oaks
Posts: 579
M.O.C. #19630
Antenna down?
Cupboards strapped?
Everything clear of the slides?
&tc........
__________________
2011 2955RL Reese Sidewinder 5th Airborne
2014 RAM 2500 CD Demco Recon Hitch
4X4 Crew Cab/Short Bed
prndl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2018, 05:50 PM   #3
mtlakejim
Montana Master
 
mtlakejim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Bee Branch
Posts: 2,171
M.O.C. #20693
That's actually a good idea. Especially on the older style antennas and of course your vents!


I have seem some of the pilots making their preflight checklists on smart phones....


For me a sticker with the couple of critical things to do on the dash of the tow truck would be a good idea too. You know the stuff like those vents that you aren't obvious when your looking because they are on top of the 5er....
__________________
James & Irene Wilson
Bee Branch, AR.
2017 Ram 1 ton diesel duallyCrew Cab/Long Bed
2018 Montana High Country 381TH Garage Full of Toys
mtlakejim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2018, 06:17 PM   #4
joe direnzi
Seasoned Camper
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: neptune
Posts: 99
M.O.C. #20983
Thanks MT .I know on our 3721rl if you don t close the bedroom door before you close the slides you will hear a loud explosion.
joe direnzi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2018, 06:20 PM   #5
joe direnzi
Seasoned Camper
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: neptune
Posts: 99
M.O.C. #20983
I meant to say ,if you closed the bedroom door.
joe direnzi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2018, 06:33 PM   #6
mtlakejim
Montana Master
 
mtlakejim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Bee Branch
Posts: 2,171
M.O.C. #20693
Yes I had to replace a cabinet door on our last 5er after it lost a fight with the slide!
__________________
James & Irene Wilson
Bee Branch, AR.
2017 Ram 1 ton diesel duallyCrew Cab/Long Bed
2018 Montana High Country 381TH Garage Full of Toys
mtlakejim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2018, 08:56 PM   #7
masterdrago
Montana Master
 
masterdrago's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Willis
Posts: 628
M.O.C. #20587
Something like this?
__________________
2018 Montana 3791RD
2017 Ram 3500 DRW 6.7 Cummins Aisin, B&W RVK3600
masterdrago is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2018, 09:00 PM   #8
Lucky23
Seasoned Camper
 
Lucky23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Shady Cove
Posts: 97
M.O.C. #18031
There's a good one in the the file section made up by old fogie
Lucky23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2018, 05:54 AM   #9
Loneoak
Montana Master
 
Loneoak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Winchester
Posts: 629
M.O.C. #19514
Masterdrago's list is very good. I have something similar. As he(she) said, some items are specific to their unit. This is very important.

I print my list to pdf and put it on my iPad. I can then check things off (I use GoodReader app), and when I am done, erase the checks and use the list again. I can also make adjustments or changes to the list as time goes on and things change.
__________________

2017 High Country 305RL
2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Loneoak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2018, 06:18 AM   #10
The Old Fogies
Montana Fan
 
The Old Fogies's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Summerville
Posts: 358
M.O.C. #8908
Quote:
Originally Posted by masterdrago View Post
Something like this?
Great List
There is one hing I do when hitching up. After backing under the hitch DW hands me a flashlight out the window and I shine in at the pin to make sure the hook closes around the pin.
__________________
Bobby . . June
2019 "3791RD" Montana - 2019 Chevy Duramax/Allison Crewcab
Summerville, South Carolina

The Old Fogies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2018, 06:24 AM   #11
JandC
Montana Master
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Cape Coral
Posts: 2,290
M.O.C. #13272
When we bought our first used Montana I had a list I went by which evolved during our first year of full timing. It ended up being pretty specific to us and our unit.

To this day I have a long list in my I-phone that I still check specific to the RV we currently travel in. I usually try to read through it right before I think we are ready to take off. I try to take my time also.

Coming back to Florida from our unplanned hurricane Irma vacation we left a northern Florida CG before it was light out. It threw me off and I failed to check my list. Three hours later we stopped in a rest area and as I was walking back toward my RV I discovered my Winegard Travler standing up! Both of us had forgot to lower it prior to leaving.
__________________
Previous: 2008 Montana 3400RL & 2014 3725RL
Current: Full Time in DP pulling 24' enclosed (Mini Cooper, Harley, Kayak)
JandC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2018, 07:03 AM   #12
Loneoak
Montana Master
 
Loneoak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Winchester
Posts: 629
M.O.C. #19514
We do one little test before heading out. After hooking the trailer up to the truck, we raise the front jacks an inch or so off the ground. We move the truck ahead a few inches. If the trailer follows, we raise the jacks the rest of the way. If for some reason the hitch is not right, the trailer will not fall on the rails of the truck.

This little test costs us nothing but a few minutes of time and can save thousands of dollars if there is an issue.
__________________

2017 High Country 305RL
2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty
Loneoak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2018, 07:13 AM   #13
timandsusan
Montana Master
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: San Antonio
Posts: 1,208
M.O.C. #5165
We have a very specific check list--one for inside and one for outside. I suggestion--regardless -- always slowly walk around the tow vehicle and Monty while looking up, down, and under to make sure you are really ready for the road. Yes even if is raining and in the 40's as it was last fall in Salt Lake City.
timandsusan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2018, 09:45 AM   #14
masterdrago
Montana Master
 
masterdrago's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Willis
Posts: 628
M.O.C. #20587
Quote:
Originally Posted by Loneoak View Post
Masterdrago's list is very good.
I did not make that list. When we were getting near to making the call on the Monty, I was searching PDI checklist and ran by it somewhere on net. All I have is the jpg image, no text. Look at https://rv-roadtrips.thefuntimesguid..._rv_checklist/ for a large listing of Checklists.
__________________
2018 Montana 3791RD
2017 Ram 3500 DRW 6.7 Cummins Aisin, B&W RVK3600
masterdrago is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2018, 09:53 AM   #15
masterdrago
Montana Master
 
masterdrago's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Willis
Posts: 628
M.O.C. #20587
Quote:
Originally Posted by Loneoak View Post
We do one little test before heading out. After hooking the trailer up to the truck, we raise the front jacks an inch or so off the ground. We move the truck ahead a few inches. If the trailer follows, we raise the jacks the rest of the way. If for some reason the hitch is not right, the trailer will not fall on the rails of the truck.

This little test costs us nothing but a few minutes of time and can save thousands of dollars if there is an issue.
That was one that got added to my clipboard early on from this forum somewhere. I do it b4 removing the chock blocks. Just a little tug. Our B&W 3600 hitch cannot open when closed with pin in place.
__________________
2018 Montana 3791RD
2017 Ram 3500 DRW 6.7 Cummins Aisin, B&W RVK3600
masterdrago is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2018, 10:29 AM   #16
PSFORD99
Montana Master
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Centerville
Posts: 756
M.O.C. #9051
Quote:
Originally Posted by Loneoak View Post
We do one little test before heading out. After hooking the trailer up to the truck, we raise the front jacks an inch or so off the ground. We move the truck ahead a few inches. If the trailer follows, we raise the jacks the rest of the way. If for some reason the hitch is not right, the trailer will not fall on the rails of the truck.

This little test costs us nothing but a few minutes of time and can save thousands of dollars if there is an issue.
Thats one procedure I definitely do not miss. Some even hold the trailer brakes on to do the pull test. I eliminated that procedure long before I even bought the Andersen hitch. I fabricated a bedsaver, I copied the blue ox bedsaver. If it does happen to come off the hitch it just drops a couple inches into the bedsaver.

It doesn't eliminate any of my hitching procedures, other then the pull test.

Now with the Andersen ,none of that stuff is needed. All I do is make sure the handle is locked.
PSFORD99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2018, 06:28 PM   #17
joe direnzi
Seasoned Camper
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: neptune
Posts: 99
M.O.C. #20983
Thanks to everyone.These lists are going to help greatly.Now just have to remember to bring list.
joe direnzi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2018, 10:44 AM   #18
Donmacky
New Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: Ruston
Posts: 6
M.O.C. #21189
Masterdrago......PM sent
Donmacky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-07-2018, 02:34 PM   #19
mtlakejim
Montana Master
 
mtlakejim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Bee Branch
Posts: 2,171
M.O.C. #20693
A list is ok but I had a sticker on the dash of my old truck for our previous camper to remind me of a couple things that were not obvious on a walk around (which I always do right before pulling out). Namely the old style crank up antenna, manual vent covers and manual rear stabilizers! That was the things on the old camper that were not out in plain site.

Fortunately no such worries on our new unit
__________________
James & Irene Wilson
Bee Branch, AR.
2017 Ram 1 ton diesel duallyCrew Cab/Long Bed
2018 Montana High Country 381TH Garage Full of Toys
mtlakejim is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Montana RV, Keystone RV Company or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:28 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×