Whether you are new to motorhome camping, or an RV veteran heading out for the first time of the season, the process of prepping the RV for departure can seem like a lot to remember the first couple of times. It's not an unusual to head out onto the road, only to have a drawer or cupboard door fly open, or have something slide off the counter.
Below is a handy checklist to refer to before you turn the key and hit the gas pedal.
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- ✓ Toiletry items put away
- ✓ Bathroom cupboards and cabinets securely fastened
- ✓ Dishes put away
- ✓ Kitchen cupboards and drawers securely fastened
- ✓ Microwave empty and securely closed
- ✓ Food items stored and stabilized in cupboards and fridge/freezer
- ✓ Fridge/freezer doors securely latched
- ✓ Refrigerator power on auto
- ✓ Ceiling vents closed
- ✓ TV antenna down
- ✓ Windows closed as desired
- ✓ Water pump & water heater off
- ✓ Furnace or air conditioner off
- ✓ All interior doors securely fastened
- ✓ RV sliders in (ensure nothing is blocking the area in front of sliders)
- ✓ Camp chairs, towels, etc. gathered and stored
- ✓ Check and top up fresh water tank if needed
- ✓ Drain and flush grey and black water tanks, store hoses
- ✓ Disconnect power, cable, water
- ✓ Secure all outside storage bay doors
- ✓ Remove and store leveling blocks
- ✓ Secure and lock door to the RV
One more important detail not to overlook before you hit the road in your RV: Plan your exit strategy. Be sure you know the route out of the campground, and onto the road to your next destination. Whether it's a 20' motorhome or a 40' RV, maneuvering your way out of a tight spot due to a wrong or missed turn is never the highlight of a vacation. A little planning goes a long way to increasing the overall enjoyment of your motorhome vacation.