Our Ultimate RV and Travel Trailer Road Trip Checklist Guide!
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Road trips in an RV offer the freedom to explore and experience new destinations with the comforts of home. However, before embarking on your adventure, it’s essential to ensure that your RV is prepared and ready for the journey ahead. By following a comprehensive checklist, you can minimize the risk of unexpected issues and ensure a smooth and enjoyable travel experience. Here’s a checklist to help you prepare your RV for the road.
Check tire pressure and condition
Inspect all tires, including the spare, and ensure they are properly inflated and free from any damage or excessive wear. Don’t forget to inspect the sidewalls for cracks or bulges.
Test the functionality of all exterior lights, including headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals. Replace any burnt-out bulbs and ensure the lenses are clean.
Check the hitch and connections.
Examine the hitch and connections to ensure they are secure and in good condition. If towing a trailer, check the trailer’s brake lights and safety chains as well.
Ensure all exterior compartments are securely closed
Double-check that all exterior compartments, such as storage bays and access panels, are properly closed and latched. This will prevent items from falling out while on the road.
Secure loose items and close cabinets
Before hitting the road, secure any loose items inside the RV to prevent them from shifting or falling during transit. Close and latch all cabinets and drawers to avoid spills and damage.
Check the refrigerator and secure the contents
Make sure the refrigerator is securely closed and latched. Secure the contents inside by using bungee cords or refrigerator bars to prevent them from shifting during travel.
Verify that all appliances are turned off
Ensure that all appliances, including the stove, oven, microwave, and coffee maker, are turned off. Also, unplug any unnecessary electronics to conserve power.
Close and lock windows and doors
Seal all windows and doors tightly to prevent drafts and water leaks. Lock them securely to enhance security during your trip.
Fluids and Systems:
Check and top off engine oil, coolant, and windshield washer fluid
Open the hood and inspect the engine oil level, coolant level, and windshield washer fluid. Top off any fluids if necessary, following the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Verify fuel level and propane tank
Check the fuel level in your RV’s gas or diesel tank. Additionally, ensure that the propane tank is filled adequately if you rely on propane for cooking, heating, or other appliances.
Test the RV’s battery and ensure it’s charged
Check the battery’s charge level and test its functionality. If needed, recharge or replace the battery to avoid any power interruptions during your trip.
Check the functioning of water and waste systems
Test the water system, including faucets, shower, and toilet, to ensure they are in proper working condition. Inspect the waste systems, such as the holding tanks and sewer connections, for any leaks or blockages.
Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
Press the test button on each smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector to ensure they are functioning correctly. Replace batteries or detectors as needed.
Ensure the fire extinguisher is accessible and in good working condition
Check the pressure gauge on the fire extinguisher to ensure it is within the proper range. Verify that it is easily accessible and not expired.
Confirm the presence of a first-aid kit.
Ensure that your RV is equipped with a well-stocked first aid kit containing essential supplies for minor injuries and medical emergencies.
Check that emergency exits are clear and functional
Test all emergency exits, including windows, doors, and roof hatches, to ensure they open easily and close securely. Clear any obstructions that may hinder a quick exit.
By following this checklist, you can have peace of mind knowing that your RV is prepared for the road ahead. Remember to adapt these guidelines based on your specific RV model, manufacturer recommendations, and any local regulations or guidelines.
Regular maintenance and adherence to safe driving practices are crucial for a successful and enjoyable RV trip.
The Owners of Select Mobile RV Repair, Courtney and Slater, were refurbishing their Classic RV they found these awesome words of advice from May 1965: