The Essential RV Checklist You’ll Want to Check Twice

Checklists for RVers are as crucial as camping checklists are for a successful camping trip. If you’re going to leave everything to memory, you’re in for a turbulent trip full of frustration and frequent stops to pick up all forgotten items. Even worse is if you forget something and find yourself in need of making quick fixes to your RV! Therefore, it’s always best to have an RV checklist and to make sure to check it twice. And if you don’t want to create your own RV checklist from scratch, feel free to use ours!

The following RV checklist is a nice round-up of all the essentials you should never forget:

Before the Trip

  • Call the campsite ahead of timerv checklist
  • Check weather reports for your destination
  • Figure out how much cash you need (do you need traveler’s checks, credit cards)?
  • Secure loose items in your RV, including your coffee pot, toaster etc.
  • Secure items in the refrigerator
  • Make sure your generator works
  • Anchor the blinds
  • Close the sink drain
  • Make sure the sink tops are on
  • Put the TV antenna down
  • Close the windows
  • Turn the refrigerator on
  • Drain the holding tanks

Essential and Emergency Items

  • Cell phone with charger
  • Maps
  • First aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Umbrella
  • Strong rope
  • Duct tape
  • Extra fuses in varying sizes
  • Fuse puller
  • Flashlight
  • Folding chairs and tables
  • GPS
  • WD-40
  • Glasses
  • Disposable rubber gloves
  • Food (You should have a separate RV checklist based on the number of people, children, etc.)
  • Detergent and sponges
  • Cups and mugs
  • Toiletries
  • Towels, hand towels and washcloths
  • Bedding
  • Clothing (Pack for water sports, evening drops in temperature and rain)
  • Tissues
  • Drinks/snacks for the drive
  • Extra batteries
  • Bug spray
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Black water chemicals
  • Fire wood/ fire wood cutting tools
  • Basic RV toolkit (hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, tire gauge etc.)
  • Medication
  • Can openers, bottle openers, knives
  • Paper plates, bowls, plastic cups
  • Pots and pans
  • Rags
  • Lighter/matches
  • Lighter fluid for charcoal
  • Fuel for grill
  • RV owner’s manual
  • Warranty documents
  • Insurance/registration for RV and towed vehicle (if you brought one)
  • Relevant membership cards
  • Glue, superglue, epoxy
  • Flares/emergency markers
  • Chairs for the ‘patio’
  • Tablecloth for campground benches
  • Cooler(s)
  • Walkie-Talkies
  • Extra vehicle keys
  • Electrical hookups
  • Sewer hookups
  • Drinking water hose
  • Leveling blocks
  • Laundry detergent

Don’t Forget the Tow Vehicle

  • Check lights
  • Check fluidsrv checklist
  • Attach safety cable, tow wires
  • Check gauge
  • Adjust mirrors
  • Secure Hitch
  • Secure everything inside tow vehicle
  • Check fuel level
  • Check tire pressure

Before Leaving

  • Retract all awnings
  • Stow all your things from the ‘patio’
  • Store mats and rugs
  • Secure bicycles, ATVs, etc.
  • Drain holding tanks
  • Add fresh water
  • Disconnect sewer
  • Disconnect water
  • Secure everything, including refrigerated items
  • Disengage parking brake
  • Close ceiling vents
  • Disconnect TV cable
  • Disconnect power cable
  • Turn off propane
  • Remove wheel chocks
  • Shut of gas pilot lights on stove/oven
  • Shut off furnace and A/C
  • Stow TV and TV shelf
  • Secure all loose items
  • Check tire pressures
  • Stow entry steps
  • Check brakes, lights, signals
  • Final walk around
  • Check hitch and tow vehicle again
  • Check campground for items left behind

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The information in this article was obtained from various sources. This content is offered for educational purposes only and does not represent contractual agreements, nor is it intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. The definitions, terms and coverage in a given policy may be different than those suggested here and such policy will be governed by the language contained therein. No warranty or appropriateness for a specific purpose is expressed or implied.

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