RV Checklist: Items To Check Before You Hit The Road

Jackie Richardson RV Lifestyle, RV Maintenance, RV Safety, Travel Safety

Whether it’s your first time using an RV, or it’s your hundredth time, these are some important things to keep in mind before you hit the road.

Basic Necessities – Sometimes the most basic of essentials can get glossed over when packing for a trip. An RV is essentially a house on wheels, therefore it requires more necessities:

  • Towels (kitchen, hand, bath)
  • Bedding (sheets, blankets, pillows, etc)
  • RV safe toilet paper
  • RV toilet chemicals
  • Cooking utensils (Pots, pans, etc)
  • Plates, bowls, mugs, and cups
  • Cutlery (forks, knives, spoons)
  • Can/bottle opener
  • Cleaning supplies (sponges, dish soap, glass/toilet cleaner, etc)
  • Handheld vacuum/broom
  • First Aid Kit 
  • Tool Box 
  • Map (it’s a good idea to have several copies of your map just in case)
  • Surge Protector 

RV Engine – There are a few important features in your engine that you have to pay attention to:

  • Oil levels (check if there are leaks and refill oil as needed)
  • Battery
  • Belts and hoses (check for corrosion and cracks)
  • Oil/air/fuel filters (clean or replace them if they are clogged)

Exterior Features

  • Tires (check for proper air pressure and make sure the tires aren’t damaged)
  • Lights (make sure they work)
  • Windshield wipers (make sure they clean properly) 
  • Air conditioner (depending on when and where you’re going, it’s a good idea to keep the weather in mind)
  • Springs (have them inspected by a professional to ensure safety)

Internal Appliances 

  • Slide-outs (lubricate them if they don’t slide/move)
  • Refrigerator/stove (make sure that both are working properly)
  • Hot water heater (make sure you can get hot water from both your sink and shower)
  • Propane gas tank (refill as needed)
  • Fire extinguisher (store in an easily accessible area, and never leave home without one)

Accessories – Not all RVs have these features, but if yours does, then these could also need to be checked up on:

  • Awnings (check for tears and unstable supports)
  • Antenna/satellite dish (make sure it deploys properly and receives signals)
  • Generator (check fuel levels and make sure it’s producing the power that you need)

Seals – You don’t want rain leaking into your RV causing damage, and you also don’t want your air conditioning to get out. Check for leaks in these places:

  • Windows
  • Doors 
  • Latches 
  • Slide-outs 

Other Things To Consider – Remember that RVs are much heavier and longer than other cars. This is a good thing to keep in mind when taking corners and pulling out into traffic.

  • Slowly approach a turn
  • Make sure to take a wider turn 
  • Be aware of your surroundings and the traffic around you

Keep these things in mind when you are planning a trip to ensure safety and that your trip will go on without a hitch!