RV Trip Prep

Departure Checklist
By Brent Peterson
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Engine Check 

Washer fluid
Battery fluid
Power-steering fluid
Transmission fluid
Brake fluid
Battery terminals


Hitch up towable
Wiring connected
Safety chains set and secured
Lights on trailer working

Inspect tires for wear and take pressure
Secure and lock all storage compartments
Retract awnings
Retract slide-outs
Turn off exterior lights
Check headlights, turn signals, brakes, and back-up lights
Retract entry step


Stow all gear
Latch drawers, cabinets, and doors securely
Seatbelts for all family members
Close windows and latch blinds
Close roof vents
Set refrigerator to 12-volt


Adjust side mirrors
Buckle up (everyone!)
Locate maps/directions, sunglasses, and coins for tolls
Position seat, vents, and steering wheel
Check gauges

A more comprehensive checklist will be needed when breaking camp—including turning off appliances and propane, dumping the tanks, etc.

Article © Brent Peterson.

Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication



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