Dear RV Shrink:
I’m starting to worry about my co-pilot. After going over our departure checklist she sat down in her seat and seemed ready to roll. The problem was the slides were still out and the jacks were still down. It bothered her more than me that she forgot. I usually do the outside chores while she readies the inside. Do you think I should take over all the departure duties? I’m hoping it was just a senior moment. —Forgot to Remember in Freeport
Teamwork is your answer. We all have senior moments. Often it is just a matter of not being in the now, thinking of some other issue, or perhaps worry. Besides the checklist you should be double-checking each other.
Whenever I come in from hooking up the toad, my wife will ask “all five positions?” – to make sure I have set everything correctly in the vehicle for towing. We both have our usual chores, but we also question each other if there is any doubt.
Forgetfulness can be very expensive. You will get so much better mileage with your slides in and your jacks up. The same goes with driving and parking.
A co-pilot is a very important safety position. Many people travel solo and do it all themselves, but most couples work together parking, navigating, setting up and tearing down. Patterns and routines will help insure you never forget some simple but important step when preparing for take-off.
Solo travelers are used to doing everything for themselves. They have their own routines. If you are used to doing things together, keep it that way. I have witnessed people hitting trees and post while parking or squeezing into a dump station because they were not used to doing it without their co-pilot. There are many other things to consider, but I forget what they are right now. —Keep Smilin’, Richard Mallery a.k.a. Dr. R.V. Shrink
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