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    As we get older, we tend to become more forgetful.

    Reports reach me, from Down under, about one poor member actually doing this, while trying to race a German van for pole position at the dump point.
    Imagine his shock and horror, to arrive second ,downwind, and leaving a headless cable behind him.

    What experience have other members ?
    Can anyone offer advice to, prevent this happening again.

    We are a caring community . I hope someone can help.
    Thankyou.
    Last edited by Pauljenny; 07-01-2017 at 11:36. Reason: hands shaking, while giggling
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    It's easy done when you have other things on your mind,the answer is to have a check list for before moving off,I have an app called listmaster on my phone which is very good until you forget to look at the list.
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    Pull a loop of spare mains cable in through drivers window and round steering wheel .....

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    My cable is blindingly obvious when you look in the mirror. So, as long as the ingrained mirror check doesn't leave me i'll be ok.

    If it's a problem for anyone it would be very easy to inhibit the starter if mains is present.

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    Put a micro switch on cable door flap wired to a red warning led on dash board,so flap open light on ,flap closed plug out red light of.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wakk44 View Post
    It's easy done when you have other things on your mind,the answer is to have a check list for before moving off,I have an app called listmaster on my phone which is very good until you forget to look at the list.
    So write or print a simple list and keep in view

    1 EHU cable
    2 Gas Off & fridge on 12v
    3 Skylight and windows closed and habitation door
    4 No loose items
    5 All lockers closed / locked
    6 Tables chairs awning
    7 Internal cupboards & drawers closed properly

    8 Wife on board (check her drawers !...oops)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauljenny View Post
    As we get older, we tend to become more forgetful.
    There's your problem, - I don't plain on getting older...

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    My Swift had an audible alarm if the engine was started, came in useful on a number of occasions.
    My Devon PVC hasn't an alarm and I have to admit I have to say i 'stretched' the cable somewhat a couple of weeks ago when moving from my drive.
    I find it's not a problem when I'm out and about as without fail the last thing I do before pulling away is to have a walk round to make sure I've left nothing on the pitch. To date since August I've never found that I have not disconnected the cable touch wood lol !
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    I am never on a hook up except for the rare occasion on my driveway, so it never happens.

    However, I did move the van a few inches backwards (to get it off the front chocks) and realised I had not removed the wheel covers on the nearside wheels (they stop direct sunlight on the tyres).

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    Tie a short piece of wide tape to the stored looped cable. Before plugging the cable in take the tape and tie it to the top of the steering wheel. It's an obvious reminder. Always disconnect and loop the cable before taking the tape from the steering wheel.

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