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    "Leaving Your Home Alone ! "

    I recently purchased a book " Leaving Your Home Alone" in order to get some suggestions on what things to do when leaving your home for extended trips in your RV. Does anyone on this forum have checklists or additional suggestions ? Thank you in advance.
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    Re: "Leaving Your Home Alone ! "

    Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye View Post
    I recently purchased a book " Leaving Your Home Alone" in order to get some suggestions on what things to do when leaving your home for extended trips in your RV. Does anyone on this forum have checklists or additional suggestions ? Thank you in advance.
    I haven't read the book but one thing we always do if we are leaving home from overnight or longer is turn off the water at the meter. Don'tneed to come home to a house full of water in the event of a broken pipe. We also unplug all electronics and turn off all lights.
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    I always turn off the water, unplug the softener (so it doesn't cycle without water), set the gas water heater to "pilot", as well as unplugging all electronics. Depending on season set furnace to a warm enough setting to protect pipes from freezing. Arrange with a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on things. Give cell phone number to those that might need to contact you.

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    "Leaving Your Home Alone ! "

    Also make arrangements for snow removal, stop newspaper and mail delivery eliminating hints that you aren't there. Short term just use a trustworthy neighbour. Of course the "Hotel on Wheels" missing from the yard could be a big giveaway too. Just sayin'


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    Re: "Leaving Your Home Alone ! "

    I was told by an appliance repairman to turn the ice maker off in the fridge, flip the wire thing up, so that the ice maker will not try to make more ice when water is not available.
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    Re: "Leaving Your Home Alone ! "

    Thanks for all the great tips. I contacted the water heater manufacturer and he said to turn the water heater off and drain it. He said that bacteria can grow in water heaters in less than a month if left idle. We plan to put everything in one fridge and turn off the other.( prop open the door) This means I have a lot of beer to consume in order to make room in the fridge!
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    Re: "Leaving Your Home Alone ! "

    Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye View Post
    This means I have a lot of beer to consume in order to make room in the fridge!
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    Re: "Leaving Your Home Alone ! "

    Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye View Post
    Does anyone on this forum have checklists or additional suggestions
    I use a cheklist app on my phone. Works good for us. The list can have priorities, secondary folders sorting options and more. And as you tap the check box the item rolls to the bottom.

    I use one list for when we leave the house and a second for breaking camp.

    Easy to reset and easy to adjust on the fly, say for making sure you bring extra dog food because your trip is longer then normal.

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    Rallies & campouts:
    2009
    - 1
    2010
    - 5
    2011
    - 6
    2012 - 7
    2013 - 8
    2014 - 9
    2015 - 8
    2016 - 8
    2017 - 9
    2018 - 8 so far

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    Here is my current leave home list. The headers with the - are actually folders that open to the list items. The folder stay on top until all items in the folder are checked. The flags are the priority level, actually colors in the app.
    Not every item is needed for every trip, but a tap and it is gone. Some things like "dog food prep" is dependent on time we leave and travel time. We can't get to the dog food if the bike and cart are in the garage. And the dogs don't understand "you have to wait".

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    Trailer leave home:
    Attached Files Attached Files
    Duane & Debbie with Regis & Baylee
    RIP camping buddies Cagney, Misty, my Molly & Gungy
    2011 F-350 DRW

    Rallies & campouts:
    2009
    - 1
    2010
    - 5
    2011
    - 6
    2012 - 7
    2013 - 8
    2014 - 9
    2015 - 8
    2016 - 8
    2017 - 9
    2018 - 8 so far

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    Re: "Leaving Your Home Alone ! "

    And the break camp list
    Attached Files Attached Files
    Duane & Debbie with Regis & Baylee
    RIP camping buddies Cagney, Misty, my Molly & Gungy
    2011 F-350 DRW

    Rallies & campouts:
    2009
    - 1
    2010
    - 5
    2011
    - 6
    2012 - 7
    2013 - 8
    2014 - 9
    2015 - 8
    2016 - 8
    2017 - 9
    2018 - 8 so far

    Mods
    --- Topic index --- TST TPMS --- SAT TV --- Onan issues --- Hensley TS-3 :-( --- Ramp failure

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