Ever taken off for that family holiday in your caravan and had that sinking feeling that you may have forgotten to do something? Then later when you arrive at the caravan park, you quickly discover that the fridge door had not been shut properly allowing it to swing open during your journey. Way to start a holiday…Bugger! Let’s face it none of us are exactly perfect. But the good news is things like this will only ever happen to you if you let them. We are great believers in the use of checklists and the cross checking them as well. We recommend a separate list be made up for both inside and outside of the caravan. A separate person responsible for each if possible. When you think you are all good, swap with your partner and put it to the test. That way everyone has set duties for preparing the caravan for travel and should you get distracted or called away you have a documented process to return to and pick up from.Being one of the many who have managed to drag a caravan for some distance with the hand brake engaged or jockey wheel down, it is a most unnerving feeling that can easily dampen what should be an enjoyable relaxing holiday.
A comprehensive checklist, that has been cross checked by your partner, will significantly reduce the risk of some unfortunate mishap occurring because we missed something. Much like the arming and cross checking of aircraft doors, a 1% failure rate can be catastrophic. Your checklists are living breathing documents that may well need to be amended over time to reflect changes in your circumstances.