RV Checklist


Before you head out on the road, read over the following motorhome checklist and avoid unpleasant and costly repairs.

Chassis System
Check that fluid levels are in operating range (oil, power steering, engine coolant, windshield washer, transmission, brake fluid if equipped, etc.).
Check chassis engine starting battery for clean connections and proper state of charge.
Check operation of all lights and flashers.
Check horn operation.
Check for proper operation of foot brake and parking brake.
Check wheel lugs for proper tightness.
Check and set tire pressure according to actual axle load.
Check for cleanliness of the generating set as it affects efficiency.
Service the air cleaner as required by the owner’s manual.
Check oil level and change as required by the owner’s manual.
Check generator starting battery for clean connections and proper state of charge.
Keep governor and choke linkage clean.
Check manufacturer’s owner’s manual to ensure proper maintenance has been performed.
Operate refrigerator on gas and look at burner to see if flame is blue. If not, have repairs performed.
Check and ensure there are no obstructions in ventilation system.
Check to see that control knobs are not stripped causing a false thermostat reading.
When packing the refrigerator, do not pack so tightly as to shut off internal air flow.
Air Conditioning
Check air filters and clean if necessary. Look to see if cooking unit coils are clean and free of debris.
Check to see that condensing unit is clean, free of obstructions, and there is nothing blocking air flow.
Check voltage at outside panel. Most air conditioning systems are designed to operate at 120 volts plus or minus 10% (108-132 volts).
Inside the Coach
Turn off the water pump switch and the hot water heater.
Close windows and vents.
Check that cabinet doors and drawers are closed.
Check that refrigerator door is fastened.
Check that no heavy items are stored in overhead cabinets.
Check that counter tops, range top, table tops, and shelves are clear of unsecured items.
Where is the location of the fire extinguisher(s) and are they fully charged?
Items You May Want To Take Along
Adequate supply of prescription medicines and copies of prescriptions.
Prescription sunglasses and prescription.
Camera and film, VCR.
Stationery and stamps.
Address book with telephone list.
Reading material.Spare chassis parts, set of engine drive and accessory belts, fuel filters, oil, highway flares, light bulbs, fuses, and a 12-volt trouble light with a cord.
Accurate tire pressure gauge.Spare parts for generator (spark plugs, oil, air filter).
Emergency items: first aid kit, heating pad, ice bag.
Special pet supplies.
Extra toilet chemicals and toilet paper.
Maps for areas you will be traveling to.
Thoughts to Consider
Be sure motorhome insurance is current and you have a current insurance card and vehicle registration with you.
Avoid carrying a great deal of cash while traveling: Use travelers’ checks and credit cards.
Confirm any reservations well in advance.
Make a clothing checklist.
Secure home and valuables before leaving.
Discontinue appropriate home services, mail, and newspaper delivery.
Notify neighbors and police of departure and return dates.
Unique Cold Weather Operation
LP gas appliances, furnace and gas operation of refrigerator are designed with sealed combustion areas. This is for safety to prevent danger from carbon monoxide or depletion of oxygen. If frost or condensation accumulates in closets or cabinets during long periods of cold weather operation, leave doors to these areas ajar to provide air circulation.
Be sure kitchen and roof vents are open when using oven or burners.
If Towing a Car With Bar
Is the tow bar hooked up and checked?
Are the safety chains crossed under the coupling and hooked?
Are the towed vehicle lights working?
the transmission in the proper gear?
the drive shaft disengaged if need be?
Is the towed vehicle’s parking brake off?
Is the ignition in the first “ON” position?
Do you have a spare set of keys for the towed vehicle? If yes, lock the towed vehicle.
Just Before Driving Away
Disconnect and stow electrical cord, sewer hose, and water hose.
Check TV antenna to ensure it is in the retracted position.
For safety’s sake, the propane should be turned off or have a device to shut off tank should a rapid leak occur.
Check to ensure that items inside the compartments are secure and the compartments are properly secured/locked.
Are the leveling jacks in the raised position?
Are the awning(s) up and secured?
Is the doorstep retracted?
Is the outside door locked from the inside? (motorized units)
Are the rear-view mirrors and driver’s seat adjusted properly?
Is your campsite clean?
Is everyone buckled up?
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