The Ultimate RV Vacation Checklist

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or you’re going to be on the road the entire summer or longer, there are some things you need to take care of. This RV pre-trip checklist is essential for those who are going to be leaving their homes unoccupied for more than a few days. With just a little forethought, you can be prepared for anything that comes your way while out on the road and once you return home.


  • Give someone your itinerary – and have a check-in plan established.

  • Check weather forecasts for your destination and routes.

  • Check destination, campsite, or RV park reservations.

  • Bring chargers and cables for all necessary electronics.

  • Place an accident checklist in your glove compartment or other location with other vehicle papers.

  • Check RV club and association memberships for available discounts.

  • Provide notice to employers if necessary.

  • Set up automatic deposit and withdrawals for all bills and income.

  • Get kids homework assignments from teachers and check attendance policies if applicable.

Maintenance and Safety

  • Pack your RV manufacturers’ owners’ manual.

  • Go through your RV manufacturers’ owners’ manual and execute the recommended pre-operation checklist.

  • Check that registration, safety inspection and emissions papers are up to date.

  • Print out proof of insurance.

  • Service brakes.

  • Check fluids, engine, and undercarriage for leaks.

  • Check diesel air filter indicator and air tank moisture.

  • Check belts for fit, shredding, slipping, and cracks.

  • Check batteries for corrosion.

  • Check turn signals, brake lights and fuses on both your RV and anything being towed.

  • Check auxiliary brakes.

  • Check AC and Freon levels.

  • Check tires (at least three hours after use) for correct pressure and tread. Steering tires should be 4/32nds of an inch tread while all others should be at least 2/32. Also, make sure to check the tire pressure and tread on your spare, as well as any snow tires.

  • Make sure to pack a tire changing kit – crowbar, jack, etc, as well as anything you could need to dig a wheel out of hole like a shovel or pick.

  • Check tow bar connection and hook-up, and ensure towed vehicle is in neutral gear.

  • Check fire extinguishers.

  • Weigh your RV with full fuel and water tanks.

  • Know your vehicle height and the clearance required.

Finances, Insurance and Personal Affairs

  • RVI Checklist Money & Bills PicNotify banks and credit card companies of your plans so they don’t suspend accounts while you're out of town.

  • Ensure debit and credit cards won't be expiring while you're on the road. Pack checkbook and/or travelers' checks if necessary.

  • Fill all prescriptions including contacts and glasses.

  • Note doctors and pertinent medical history for all travelers.

  • Update home inventory using or a similar app.

  • Inventory your RV contents and update insurance coverage accordingly.

  • Pack copies of living will, power of attorneys, and similar documents.

  • Store inventories off site or on the internet.

  • If you carry firearms, check gun laws for the states where you'll be travelling.

  • Check cell phone plan for roaming charges if applicable.

  • Activate internet/WiFi for your RV.

Home and home security

  • Suspend mail delivery or have mail forwarded to your destination.

  • Have a friend pick up newspapers, mail, and other items.

  • Arrange for pet sitters or kennel pets if they’re not going with you.

  • Stock a full supply of pet food to last the duration of your trip.

  • Shut off water lines where applicable.

  • Turn off the ice maker.

  • Check flood, fire, sump pump, and freeze alarms.

  • Notify home security company of your absence.

  • Provide a password to anyone with access to your security system.

  • Disconnect computers from Internet.

  • Suspend cable and other subscriptions for duration of your trip.

  • Place jewelry, heirlooms, and other irreplaceable in safe deposit box.

  • Clear out rain gutters.

  • Treat roof and clear brush away from home in wildfire areas.

  • Put anti-mold jars in areas susceptible to mold.

  • Arrange to have someone water your plants and mow your lawn.

  • Invest in a timer light for your home

Right Before You Leave

  • Raise the temperature of your freezer and refrigerator.

  • Set the thermostat so you aren’t running up needless energy bills.

  • Turn off the gas.

  • Shut off the water - especially where pipes are at risk of freezing.

  • Lock doors and windows.

  • Unplug expensive electronics to protect them from power surges.

  • Take out garbage.

  • Wash all dishes.

  • Empty washer and dryer of wet clothes.

  • Set the alarm.

  • Lock the door.

  • Double check everything.

  • Be safe.

  • Have fun!

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