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RV Pre-Flight Checklist

As somewhat of a seasoned pro, here are my thoughts, suggestions, and precautions to take before you hit the road with your RV.

First things first, check your freshwater tank, then top it off, you might want to add a liquid water purifier like, Camco TastePURE Drinking Water Freshener. Make sure your propane bottles are filled and battery level is normal. Check your tire pressure. Many times folks neglect to inspect their spare tire… you should. There is no point in replacing a flat with a flat. Speaking of flats, you have to get one of these if you have a dual axle RV. The name of the company is Trailer-Aid. They make changing a flat safe and easy. Also make sure you have an adequate tool box, flashlight, and a tire jack for single axle RV’s.

I don’t know where you keep your RV, but ours in the driveway. We have a 220v outlet, and as a rule, have it plugged in, mainly to keep the fridge/freezer going, and we also use it as a guest house. If you don’t have a 220v outlet, this is an option; a 110/120v to 220v adapter.  While we’re on the subject of power, I’d invest in a 220v surge protector. I never knew it was a thing until recently, but it makes sense. The day before, or early the same day of our departure, we stock the fridge and freezer, and make sure everything is stowed away.

Now it’s time to head out onto the open road, and it’s time for a final checklist. I took pilot lessons years ago, and I was first taught to do a “walk-around” the plane. The same is true with an RV. I literally walk around our RV and do a final checklist. Hitched on correctly to the towing vehicle, and the electronics plugged in… Check. Stabilizer jacks and tongue lift are up… Check. Blocks or chocks removed… Check. Power cord, water hose, or drain hoses disconnected and stored… Check. Turn the propane(s) tanks off… Check, then be sure your steps are up and secure if you have a manual one. If you’d like more detailed information, check out this article on Good Sam.

If you have anything to add, leave a comment in the section below. For more useful information about RV trip planning, visit The Crazy Outdoor Mama.

Be safe on the road, so until next time…Happy RV’ing!

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