Planning: Before, During, and After Departure

  • Posted on Nov 22, 2016

We here at Timberline Range Camps understand the allure of jumping into our mobile lives head first and setting out to find new adventures. Whether for work or recreation, the feeling of freedom that comes from having all your living essentials along for the ride is a huge part of why we do what we do. Nevertheless, there is a lot to do before, during, and after each excursion. So let’s take a moment and get our to-do list in order.

Before Departure

Assuming you have already chosen a final destination, there are a few other logistical tasks at hand. First, make sure you have plotted out your route of travel. While modern mapping tools such as Google Maps and virtual Navigation tools are increasingly reliable, consider mapping out your plans using a variety of tools. Some services may be very good at up-to-date construction detours, others may have much better tools for finding accommodations or scenic tours. Above all, make sure you have a hard copy of your route and consider purchasing a reliable set of physical maps to avoid being at the complete mercy of your technology (plus, while not in use, maps and road signs are a fantastic distraction for younger passengers; never too early to learn to read a map!).

In addition to dialing in your route, make sure you have solid primary and backup plans for accommodations. Will you be sleeping in your camp every night? If you are staying in campsite or RV park, have you made reservations and paid the fees? Are you familiar with what resources and supplies are provided and which you will need to pack in and out?

As a top manufacturer of some of the industry’s best, Timberline Range Camps come equipped with a very wide array of amenities and features. This is fantastic for mobile living, but it also requires some forethought and preparation before hitting the road.

In your initial pre-departure inspection, make sure your propane supply is full or sufficient, check your generator fuel levels, and check batteries/power supplies for communication equipment. Make sure your flashlight and lantern equipment is charged and ready to function on the first try to save last minute headaches in the dark. Make sure your vehicle is in good repair with proper fluid and oil levels. Finally, inspect the hookups and hitches you will be using to pull your camp and ensure your black and gray water reserves are dumped and that all valves are closed. Fill up your fresh water tanks and you’re ready for departure day.

Departure Day

Before buckling up and shifting to first gear, take a moment to perform some last minute safety checks. Check the tire pressure and lug nuts on all wheels and make sure all items in the camp are secure. The last thing you want to see on your first night is the contents of your refrigerator strewn about on the floor.

Remember to secure all items in your camp cabinets, refrigerator, and storage. Place all loose items into bins so that they will not shift or fall in transit. If you have roof-mounted communication antennas, ensure that they are lowered and secured in place for transport. Make sure the doors, cabinets, and drawers are latched and that any electronics mounts are secure. Ensure that all outside doors, windows, and vents are closed and latched and that all connections are disconnected and stowed away (electricity, sewage, water, gas).

If you are traveling with other people, make sure they have securely packed their belongings and that they have access to all of the items they may need on the road. Consider snacks, coolers with drinks, activity books/boxes, and power sources for any electronic devices they may want or need to have access to along the way. If you are traveling with pets, make sure they have proper restraints (whether barriers, special seat belts, or travel crates) and access to proper hydration (if traveling with pets, make sure your rest stops and accommodations are both frequent and pet-friendly).

Finally, remove all wheel blocks and take a final walk-around the vehicle and camp to make sure there are no obstacles or obstructions. Check that your tail lights are functional and that your hitch connections are secure and locked in. Check your fuel levels and then hit the road!

Some Final thoughts and Considerations

While you may be quite familiar with your camp’s featured specs, including total weight, height, width, length, etc, It would not be a bad idea to double check. All these can be variable depending on any number of factors including cargo, hitches, antennas, etc. And, don’t forget that sometimes camps change their rules and regulations. Consider stopping by a vehicle weigh station to make sure your weight calculations are correct. If the load is heavier or lighter than expected, take a moment to review your fuel/mileage calculations in order to avoid unpleasant surprises along the way.

Remember that once you are on the road, you are largely on your own. It is infinitely more difficult to make on-the-go adjustments and repairs than when you have access to your full shop. If you don’t already, consider putting together a set of tools for quick repairs on the way. Consider including a ratchet set and a range of appropriate sockets, rags, a set of wrenches/screw drivers, basic electrical equipment such as wire cutters, tape, and wire caps. Additionally, include a set of pliers, a hammer, utility saw, duct tape, jumper cables, gloves and safety glasses.

At Timberline Range Camps we believe in making the highest quality products that meet and exceed expectations. Our engineers and designers work tirelessly to create standard, customized, and customizable camps to meet every mobile lifestyle. We are dedicated to providing a great foundation for your work and recreation. Once you make the decision to expand your horizons, take these suggestions along for a safe and successful excursion!

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“First, thanks for all of the help and patience in preparing to order our camp. You made sure that we really got what we wanted. From the time we picked up our camp we have really enjoyed it. It pulls great, and is easy to park and set up. This camp is so comfortable. Cooking and cleaning is easy, and everything is easy to get to. You can have people in and not feel crowded. We have camped in camp grounds, by lakes, and in the hills hunting with no problems. We like camping in it best when it is cold so we can use the wood stove. There is nothing cozier than that stove. Summer is nice to; the windows are placed so there is good ventilation. The door coming in from the front is more secure feeling. The kids are fighting over who will inherit it, but we are determined to wear it out before that happens.”

- Pat and Ernie , Sparks Nevada

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