The Ultimate RV
DON'T GO RVING WITHOUT THIS
Nothing ruins a camping trip - or hauling the RV anywhere - like a preventable mistake.
Close all windows, blinds, & roof vents
Prepare the refrigerator for travel and secure
Stowaway or secure the TV & any large items
Secure loose items
Close and latch all cabinets, drawers, & interior doors
For most, it's a good idea for one person to tackle the inside and one person to tackle the outside. Then, check the other's work by running through the list. Two sets of eyes are better than one.
TURN OFF ALL YOUR
Lights and accessories
Heater or furnace
Make sure all the switches and systems in your RV are turned off. You don't want to drain the auxiliary battery. This includes:
Lower the TV antenna & satellite dish
Retract cell phone booster
Stow outside items
Retract leveling system or jacks
Grab and store chocks & levelers
Close and lock outside storage compartments
Secure bike rack
Retract and secure awning(s)
Disconnect and store: -water hose -septic hose -cable TV wire -electric cords
Check the cap on your sewer connection
Turn gas supply off at the source
LEAVE NO TRACE
Before you pull out, make sure you check your campsite for anything you might have missed. Remember to properly dispose of all your garbage and bottles.
CHECK YOUR RV
& TOWING VEHICLE
Check your hitch connection and chains
Check all RV and towing vehicle fluid levels
For rigs with a toad, check the connection
Check all running lights, turn signals, brake lights, & headlights
Double-check any tie-downs
Before you take off, make sure you run through this checklist to check your RV and towing vehicle. Safety first.
Look under your rig for any signs of leaks
Inspect and test your tires: - tire pressure - tighten lug nuts
LIGHTEN THE LOAD
Make the trip a little easier for your towing rig. Dump your gray and black tanks. For boondockers, you may opt to leave your freshwater tank full (or partially full) if freshwater isn't on your route.