Travel Tips

by Greg Zimmerman

Greg’s Pre-flight checklist for Casitas:

Having flown in the Navy for 20 years, I have done thousands of pre-flight inspections on aircraft.  I do the same thing before moving our Casita.  I prefer a streamlined approach that flows, has little to memorize.  I run this checklist every time I’m going to move the camper.  I did skip it once and ended up running over my entire bag of leveling blocks.

The Handy Camper’s Casita Pre-flight checklist  (pages file for apple/mac)

The Handy Camper’s Casita Pre-flight checklist  (word file for windows)

Lighting check:

My dad taught me this trick to check trailer lights: Turn on the tow vehicle’s parking lights and 4-way flashers.  Now all the running lights on the camper should be on and the taillights should flash bright and dim, which checks all the light bulbs.

Can you change your spare tire?

Make sure you can change a tire when out on the road.  Casita’s don’t come with jacks (unless you added scissor jacks).  First try the jack that comes in your tow vehicle and see if it’s tall enough to raise the Casita (by the frame, NOT the axle tube).  Also make sure you carry a lug wrench and ensure it fits the lug nuts.  Finally, how is your spare tire pressure?  We get used to checking the main tires, but pop that cover off and check the spare before a trip.

Stabilizer trick:

Forget about that metal rod that you are supposed to lever the stabilizer legs down with.  Simply level the Casita and crank the tongue jack down 10 turns.  Drop the legs on the stabilizers and then crank the jack back up 10 turns. Now the stabilizers are preloaded and no need for the rod!  Reverse the process when packing up.

Flush that water hose:

Hook up your water hose, filter, and pressure reducer to the supply and turn it on briefly before connecting it to the trailer.  This will flush out any critters or dirt in the hose before it goes into your Casita.

Stay Tuned, More to Come!