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.
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 knowyourstuff.org 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.