I will be picking up my Ollie in less than 2 months. Again, as a newbie to RVing, I am still trying to learn…but so far, I feel I have learned a lot from reading these forums – so a big thanks to all of you! Anyway, I have looked at different checklists on how to set up and break down the trailer, trailer hookup, trip preparation, etc. After looking at tons of checklists (and Youtube videos), I have attempted to create my own checklists. Some may look at these lists and think they have too much info, and that they are overkill – but personally, I work better with very specific instructions.
Although these checklists are long, I was hoping that you guys would look and provide feedback on them. Did I miss steps? Is the order correct? Did I use the correct terminology? And so on. I know this is a big ask as the lists are longs on detailed....but any help would be appreciated. If worst comes to worse, I guess I will find out if they are correct when I go to use them.
Note that if you see RED in the script, then it is a question I have or something I still need to fill out – so if you have the answer, I would love to hear it.
I have attached a document with the checklists, but I have also cut and pasted the checklist below....just to make it easier for anyone. The document is in .docx format...if you need it in another format, let me know. Also, after I complete the checklist and go through them a couple of times, I will post a file with all the updates of them so it can be downloaded by anyone interested in it.
(1a) Campsite arrival and set up - Inside trailer
1) Put steps down of Ollie.
2) Unlock Ollie door.
3) Open window shades.
4) Open windows as needed.
5) ? Open stove vent ?
6) Pull out shower drain cutoff valve (inside bathroom at toilet base) to open shower drain.
7) Open bathroom fan vent.
😎 Open Maxx fan lid/vent if it is not open.
9) If propane was not on: Verify stove is off, turn on propane outside, and light stove burner for 30 seconds (to remove air from line).
10) If at RV park (with electrical): Switch refrigerator from ‘LP’ (propane) to electric.
11) Verify refrigerator is working correct AND in correct mode (should be ‘LP’ if not at RV park with electric).
12) If boondocking and using fresh water tank: Turn on water pump. (but maybe turn on faucet first?)
13) Verify kitchen faucet is working.
14) Turn on gas water heater switch ?
15) Turn off backup camera. ?
16) Turn on furnace if cold.
17) If at RV park AND electrical is hooked up: Turn on A/C if hot.
18) Put out welcome mat, chairs, etc
(1b) Campsite arrival and set up - Outside trailer
1) Using spotter, back up into campsite. Watch out for branches.
2) ? Turn off GPS in vehicle. ?
3) Put on work gloves.
4) Eyeball trailer is not too far and will be able to hook up to sewer, electrical, and water.
5) Level trailer side to side using Anderson levelers. Use level inside for final determination.
6) Set chocks - front and back of both wheels. Important: set chocks before detaching
safety chains or the trailer from the hitch!
7) To unhitch trailer (after you are sure you are close enough to water/electrical/sewer):
A) Detach breakaway cable from truck and stow.
B) Remove hitch coupler pin (that has electric pigtail under it) from hitch coupler lever and stow.
C) Detach 7-pin electric pigtail from truck and stow.
D) Detach safety breakaway cord from truck and stow.
E) Detach safety chains from truck and stow.
F) Put leveling blocks under front jack leg so it doesn’t sink in.
G) Lower front jack leg so tongue is raised about 2-4" until chains are slack.
H) Pull cotter pin from WDH triangle pin.
I) Pull WDH triangle pin from WDH (you may have to wiggle triangle back and forth while pulling out).
J) Insert cotter pin back into WDH triangle pin (so you don’t lose it) and stow WDH triangle pin.
K) Drop WDH triangle and chains on ground.
L) Raise front jack leg so tongue is level with truck hitch.
M) Pull up on hitch coupler lever.
N) Lower front jack leg to raise tongue and release tongue from ball. If necessary, use foot to push down on hitch to help separate ball from hitch.
O) Lock trailer hitch with hitch lock.
😎 Move truck to parking spot.
9) Raise or lower front jack leg onto leveling block to level trailer front to rear. Use level inside for
10) Lower rear stabilizer legs onto leveling blocks to stabilize back of Ollie.
11) After making sure that stove, heater, furnace, and water heater are off: Turn on propane
12) If at RV park: Hook up electric:
A) Attach one end of electrical cord to RV. Note: Always hook up to RV first!!!
B) Attach the other end to surge suppressor.
C) Attach surge suppressor to 50-amp converter if needed.
D) Verify that breaker is OFF on pole side before plugging in.
E) Connect converter (or surge suppressor) to park electric outlet.
F) Make sure no faults are detected by surge suppressor.
G) Turn on breaker.
13) If at RV park: Hook up water:
A) Wipe off water faucet with sanitizing wipe (or spray with disinfectant).
B) Attach ‘Y’ to faucet.
C) Attach 55 PSI pressure regulator to ‘Y’.
D) Attach inline filter to pressure regulator.
E) Attach white water hose to inline filter.
F) Attach white water hose to city water line.
G) Do NOT turn on water pump inside Ollie!
14) If at RV park: Hook up gray water sewage:
A) Put on gloves.
B) Bring out sewage drain hose support and put sewage drain hose on it.
C) Remove cap and attach sewage drain hose to sewage hole.
D) DO NOT pull out grey tank handle to open. Save grey water for cleaning sewage hose.
15) Check water heater for propane odor - light pilot and turn on or use auto ignite on newer models.
16) Turn furnace electric switch on - older model have switch on the furnace under the sink, newer
models do not have a switch. Not sure if we have a switch or not.
17) Extent and secure awning (optional).
(2a) Campsite departure preparation - Inside trailer
1) Clean up, put stuff away, secure items.
3) Refrigerator - check inside, throw away anything old, latch door tightly, switch to ‘LP’ (propane)
(if you were set to electric), and verify that refrigerator is running on propane.
4) If dumping garbage: Collect and bag garbage AND put in truck.
5) Turn off TV and stow away.
6) Verify stove burners are off.
7) Secure microwave glass plate (maybe in sink?).
😎 Close and secure ALL windows (including bathroom window). Note that non-bathroom windows
can be left open ( < 4 inches) if there is no rain in the forecast and the day is hot.
9) Close ALL window shades (so they don’t have problems when traveling) unless windows are kept
10) Close bathroom fan vent.
11) Push in shower drain shutoff valve (inside bathroom at toilet base) to close shower drain.
12) If dumping garbage: Collect and bag garbage AND put in truck.
13) Turn off A/C.
14) Turn off furnace and lower thermostat.
15) Turn off Maxx fan - close lid/vent, turn switch and speed to off, thermostat on red. Note that the
Maxx fan lid/vent can be left open if there is no rain in the forecast.
16) Make sure ALL cabinet and drawers are closed tightly.
17) Lock bathroom door.
18) Lock pantry and front closet door.
19) Turn on backup camera ?
20) Turn off water pump.
21) Bring in any outside mats.
22) Turn off all lights.
(2b) Campsite departure preparation - Outside trailer
1) If at RV park/dump station: Raise 2 rear stabilizer jacks a foot.
2) If at RV park/dump station: Raise front of trailer one-half foot using electric stabilization jack so
grey tank will flow out better. DO NOT raise so high that 2 rear stabilizer jacks touch ground!
3) If at RV park/dump station: Put on disposable gloves.
4) If at dump station: Connect sewage drain hose to sewer hole (it should already be attached if at RV park).
5) If at RV park/dump station: Empty black tank by pulling out black tank handle to open.
6) If at RV park/dump station: Verify sewage drain hose has stopped draining.
7) If at RV park/dump station: Push in black tank handle to close.
1) If at RV park/dump station: Empty grey tank by pulling out grey tank handle to open.
2) If at RV park/dump station: Verify sewage drain hose has stopped draining.
3) If at RV park/dump station: Push in grey tank handle to close.
4) If at RV park: Turn off white tank water at RV faucet.
5) If at RV park: Disconnect white water hose, spray with disinfectant, connect ends, and stow.
6) If at RV park/dump station: Spray black tank water hose with disinfectant and attach to RV
7) If at RV park/dump station: Attached black tank water hose to black tank flush inlet.
😎 If at RV park/dump station: Turn on water at faucet.
9) If at RV park/dump station: Monitor black tank from inside RV. When 2/3 full, pull open black
10) If at RV park/dump station: When running clear, turn off water at faucet.
11) If at RV park/dump station: Disconnect black tank water hose, spray with disinfectant, connect ends, and stow.
12) If at RV park/dump station: Squeeze sewage drain hose so any excess goes into sewer hole.
13) If at RV park/dump station: Disconnect sewage drain hose from sewer hole
14) If at RV park/dump station: Spray sewage drain hose with disinfectant, cap, and stow.
15) If at RV park/dump station: Throw away gloves and wash hands.
16) If at RV park/dump station: Spray water hose ends with disinfectant, connect ends, and stow.
17) If at RV park: Turn off electric from electrical hookup.
18) If at RV park: Disconnect electrical cord from RV and stow.
19) If at RV park: Disconnect cable TV cord from RV and stow.
20) Stow outside thermometer.
21) Get any items you need for truck from inside trailer (water, keys, etc.).
22) Close and secure awning.
23) Bring up both stabilizers and front tongue support jacks. Stow all 3 leveling blocks.
24) Water heater - off.
25) ? Secure stove vent. ?
26) ? Put on A/C cover. ?
27) Walk around trailer and stow anything left out.
28) Lock outside storage compartments.
29) Verify all lights are out.
30) Lock trailer door.
31) Raise aluminum steps.
32) Hitch up truck to travel trailer. Follow instructions in '(3) Trailer Hookup' section below.
(3) Trailer Hookup
1) Back up truck to hitch about 6 inches from trailer hitch - make sure you are straight.
2) Need to add part if trailer and truck are not straight to each other (could be tough to set up
3) Raise rear stabilizer legs all the way up and stow both leveling blocks.
4) Unlock hitch coupler lock and stow.
5) Pull up on hitch coupler lever.
6) Put leveling block under, then lower front jack leg to raise tongue so ball receiver (on trailer) will
clear the hitch ball (on truck).
7) Back up truck as to position hitch ball under ball receiver, but just a little forward - about a 1/2".
😎 Raise front jack leg to lower tongue onto hitch, until hitch is snug with ball.
9) Push down on hitch coupler lever to lock hitch onto ball.
10) Insert hitch coupler pin into hitch coupler lever (so secure it).
11) Lower front jack leg until no weight on truck hitch. This not only verifies the lock/ball is secure,
but allows easier installation of WDH.
12) Take cotter pin out of WDH triangle pin.
13) Slide WHD triangle under the hitch
14) Secure WDH triangle with WDH triangle pin.
15) Insert cotter pin in WDH triangle pin to secure it.
16) Raise front jack leg all the way up.
17) Verify that WDH chains are tight.
18) Attach safety chains to truck so they crisscross UNDER tow bar.
19) Attach 7-pin electrical pigtail to truck (under hitch coupler pin).
20) Attach safety breakaway cord to truck (NOT to safety chains).
21) Remove chocks and stow.
22) Pull trailer forward a little - recheck hitch to see if secure.
23) Pick up Anderson levelers and any
24) Test trailer brake lights and turn signals.
25) Walk around trailer and stow anything left out.
(4) When leaving the RV for a hike or car trip
1) Retract awning.
2) Bring in any items that you don't want wet or blown away.
3) Turn off generator and lock it up.
4) Put away solar.
5) Check A/C or heat – turn on if needed.
6) Lock up trailer.
(5) Trip Preparation (leaving home)
1) One day before: Connect RV to shore power (AC).
2) One day before: Check propane tanks and fill if needed.
3) One day before: Verify stove is off.
4) One day before: Open up propane valve.
5) One day before: Turn on stove for 30 seconds to clear air from propane lines.
6) One day before: Turn refrigerator on to AC and set to 9 (which is the coldest setting).
7) Check air in tires - fill to recommended psi of tires.
😎 Fill fresh water tank about 1/3 full - top it off at or near your destination.
9) Open hot water tank bypass valve - handle in vertical position to open, horizontal to bypass.
10) Turn on pump and run all faucets (not all at once) from the rear to the front - hot and cold to
11) Run water into toilet to remove air from lines and to add water to black tank before use.
12) Day of trip: Follow instructions in ‘(2a) Campsite departure preparation - Inside trailer’ section
13) Day of trip: Disconnect electrical cord from RV and stow.
14) Day of trip: Follow instructions in '(2b) Campsite departure preparation - Outside trailer’ section
above, including any instructions in the ‘(3) Trailer Hookup’ section. Ignore any ‘If at RV
park/dump station’ instructions.
15) Open Maxx fan vent.
(6) Trip ending (arriving home)
1) Follow instructions in '(1b) Campsite arrival and set up - Outside trailer’ section above.
2) Put steps down of Ollie.
3) Unlock Ollie door.
4) Turn off backup camera. ?
5) Remove all items from refrigerator. Turn off refrigerator. Make sure door stays open.
6) Put dog towels in refrigerator to capture water from defrosting.
7) Turn off propane.
😎 Empty water tank.
9) Close Maxx fan vent.
10) Close window shades.
(7) Filling up 30 gallon white water tank from water spigot (fresh water inlet)
1) Wipe off water faucet with sanitizing wipe (or spray with disinfectant)
2) Attach 55 PSI pressure regulator to water faucet.
3) Attach inline filters to pressure regulator.
4) Attach white water hose to inline filter.
5) Attach white water hose to fresh water tank inlet.
6) Turn on water until water overflows or Seelevel monitor says it is full - then turn off water.
7) Detach pressure regulator from water faucet.
😎 Detach white water hose from inline filter.
9) Squeeze out water from white water hose, then detach from fresh water tank inlet.
10) Wipe off white water hose with sanitizing wipe (or spray with disinfectant), connect ends.
11) Stow white water hose, pressure regulator, and inline filters.
(8) Filling up 30 gallon white water tank from water container or jugs (via boondocking inlet) while you are boondocking
1) Wipe off boondocking inlet with sanitizing wipe (or spray with disinfectant)
2) Attach white water hose to boondocking inlet behind Ollie.
3) Attach white water hose to jug or container holding the water.
4) Turn ALL 4 valves counter clockwise. As info:
a) upper left valve opens from rear boondocking inlet.
b) lower left valve opens from fresh water tank.
c) lower middle valve closes from faucets.
d) lower right valve closed from city water.
5) Tun on pump – water will start flowing from water jugs to fresh water tank.
6) When all water has been pumped in, turn off pump.
7) Detach white water hose from inline filter.
😎 Squeeze out water from white water hose, then detach from boondocking inlet.
9) Wipe off white water hose with sanitizing wipe (or spray with disinfectant), connect ends.
10) Stow white water hose, pressure regulator, and inline filters.
11) To continue boondocking:
a) Turn upper left valve clockwise to close rear boondocking inlet.
b) Turn lower middle valve clockwise to open faucets.
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