If you camp a lot, at one time or another you probably witnessed a fellow camper leaving the campground with the TV antenna in the raised positioned, or the steps out. These mistakes are pretty common and can happen to veteran RV owners as fast as it happens to new RV owners.
The solution to this problem is to use a pre-trip checklist prior to moving the RV. After the pre-trip checks are completed I recommend one final walk-around of the RV to double check everything; you will be surprised at what you forgot to do or overlooked.
A while back, we had our RV parked in the driveway with everything loaded and my pre-trip checks completed the day prior to leaving on our trip. The next morning I was sitting in the driver's seat with the engine running, waiting for Dawn. When she came in the RV I told her to make sure the step was in, and that's when she asked "Are you going to unplug the power cord before we leave?" I broke my golden rule, I did everything except my final walk-around, and if it wasn't for Dawn I would have damaged the garage door the power cord, the receptacle and the RV.
Not the way you want to start your RV trip!
The moral of the story is to do what I say, not as I do! But seriously; I always make a final walk-around, and the one time I didn't (because we were running a little late) it could have cost me dearly. Follow a pre-trip checklist before you move the RV, and don't forget the final walk-around.
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PS I learned my lesson, regardless of time or circumstances I walk around the RV one final time before we pull out.