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Pre-Trip Checklist

Before turning out of your RV pad for vacation check each item carefully, or just run the checklist for a safeguard measure. It could save you a lot of frustration.

Chassis

  • Check fluid levels for proper operating range (oil, power steering, engine coolant, windshield washer, transmission, brake fluid if equipped, etc.).
  • Check coach batteries and engine starting battery for clean connections, coolant level, and proper state of charge.
  • Check all lights and flashers for proper operation. Check running light lenses.
  • Check horn operation and backup warning signal.
  • Check foot brake and parking brake for proper operation.
  • Check wheel lugs for proper torque.
  • Check and set tire pressure. Have you weighted your coach? Load tire pressure according to actual axle weight.

Generator

  • Look for oil and antifreeze leaks. Check for general cleanliness. A dirty gen-set might affect its operational efficiency.
  • Inspect the air cleaner in accordance with the owner’s manual.
  • Check oil and antifreeze levels. Change as required by the owner’s manual.
  • Check generator-starting battery if different than chassis batteries. Clean connections, check for proper charge, and check electrolyte level.
  • Inspect governor and choke. Clean if necessary. (Diesel gen-sets will not have a choke or visible governor)
  • Check manufacturer’s owner’s manual for operational checklist.

Air Conditioniners

  • Clean filters as necessary. Check cooling unit coils for debris.
  • Check condensing unit for cleanliness, free of obstructions, and air flow.
  • Check outside panel voltage-120volts +/- 10%.

Coach Interior

  • Turn water pump switch to off.
  • Close all windows and vents.
  • Close cabinet doors and drawers.
  • Make sure the refrigerator door is fastened.
  • Secure heavy items that are stored in overhead cabinets.
  • Check counter tops, range top, table tops, and shelves to make sure they are clear of unsecured items.
  • Do you know the location of the fire extinguisher(s)? Are they fully charged? Operational?

Refrigerator

  • Check for proper operation of the refrigerator on gas. Look at the burner to see if it has a nice blue flame. Repair as necessary.
  • Ensure there are no obstructions in ventilation system.
  • When packing the refrigerator ensure you leave room for ventilation.

Your Take Along Stuff

  • Do you have all of your prescription medicines and prescriptions.
  • Prescription glasses and prescription.
  • Camera and film, computer, blank CDs, flash memory, etc.
  • Stationery, stamps, pens and pencils.
  • Address books and telephone lists.
  • Reading material, vehicle manuals spare chassis parts, engine drive and accessory belts, fuel filters, transmission fluid, oil, oil filters and wrenches, highway flares, light bulbs, fuses, electrical tape, radiator hose repair kit, and a 12-volt trouble light with a cord. Diesel owners-fuel to prime fuel filters.
  • Tire pressure gauge.
  • Emergency items: first aid kit, heating pad, ice bag.
  • Special pet supplies.
  • Extra toilet chemicals and toilet paper.
  • Maps for areas to which you will be traveling.

Thoughts to Consider

  • Be sure your MotorHome is off any insurance suspension you have, you have a current insurance card, and you have your vehicle registration with you. Drivers license current?
  • Avoid carrying lots of cash while traveling: Use travelers’ checks and credit cards. Credit cards are especially good in Canada for the exchange rate.
  • Confirm reservations well in advance. Don?t give your credit card number over a cell phone!!!!
  • Make your clothing checklist.
  • Secure your home and valuables before leaving. Security alarm monitor with a friend?s phone number?
  • Discontinue mail and newspaper delivery.
  • Notify neighbors of your travel intentions. Who is watching your house? Do they have your cell phone number? Notify police of departure and return dates. Cold Weather Operations
  • LP gas appliances, furnace and gas operated refrigerators have sealed combustion areas. Make sure they are not tampered with and are free of frost or condensation. And are capable of good circulation.
  • Be sure kitchen and roof vents are open when using oven or burners.

Towing a Car With a Tow Bar

  • Is the tow bar clean, lubricated, hooked up and checked for lock pin installation?
  • Are the safety chains connected and crossed?
  • Do the tow vehicle lights work?
  • Is the transmission/transfer case in the proper gear?
  • Does the drive shaft need to be disengaged?
  • Is the tow vehicle parking brake off?
  • Is the ignition key set appropriately for towing?
  • Do you have an extra set of keys in your MotorHome for the tow vehicle?
  • Did you lock your tow vehicle?
  • When passing, remember you are towing. And, don?t attempt to backup.

Before You Drive Away

  • Disconnect and stow electrical cord, sewer hose, and water hose.
  • Make sure your TV antenna is in the retracted position.
  • Turn off propane or have a device to shut off the propane tank in case of a leak. SAFETY!!
  • Are your compartment items secured? Are the compartment doors properly secured/locked?
  • Are the coach leveling jacks raised?
  • Are all awnings retracted and secured?
  • Is the doorstep retracted?
  • Is the outside door locked from the inside?
  • Are the rear-view mirrors and seats adjusted properly?
  • Did you clean up your campsite?
  • Is everyone buckled up?

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