You’ve done your planning, made your campsite reservations and stocked up on all your favourite snacks. That’s right – you’re ready for your next big RV adventure!
Whether you’re starting out a long, multi-destination journey or packing up to head back home, you should always take care of a few things first. Use this easy step-by-step checklist, and you’ll be ready to hit the open road with confidence and peace of mind.
Outside your RV
- Ensure all items stored in exterior compartments (e.g., outdoor grill or sink) are secured.
- Lock the door to every exterior compartment.
- Securely attach your bicycle rack and bikes.
- Disconnect your power cord, water hoses and any other cables, and then store them.
- Drain your sewer hose and store it in a secure place.
- Drain your holding tanks as needed. (A good rule of thumb is to keep enough fresh water to last between your destinations).
- Close off sewer drain valves.
- Roll in and tie down your awning.
- Pack up any outside items (e.g., mats, chairs, grills, etc.) and store them in a safe place.
- Turn off your gas water heater.
- Retract your jacks (or store any portable jacks you may have used).
- Pack up any wheel chocks and/or levelers, and store them in a safe place.
- Adjust the air pressure in all tires as needed.
- Secure the lug nuts on all wheels, and replace as needed.
- Inspect all engine fluid levels and top them off if you have a long drive ahead.
- Test out all signal and break lights. (This one will require a spotter.)
- If applicable, check the following hitch components:
- Towing system
- Breakaway cable
- Sway bars
- Spring bars
- Test your electric breaks.
- Clean up your campsite and make sure you haven’t left anything behind.
Inside your RV
- Make sure that all dinnerware, books and appliances (e.g., toaster, coffee pot, etc.) are safely stored.
- Secure all doors, drawers and cabinets.
- Place travel bars inside your fridge and lock the door.
- Turn off the water pump and water heater.
- Lower your roof antenna and/or satellite system.
- Lower roof vents.
And that’s it! If you have any other questions, always feel free to contact your local Fraserway RV team.