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Creating a Pre-Departure Checklist for Your Next RV Trip

Traveling in an RV can be stressful sometimes, especially when you're a newbie. Creating a checklist to review before you depart each location can help alleviate some of the stress so you can focus on more of the fun! Our friends at RV Repair Club have created a great checklist to help you get on the road faster and safer.

Developing a pre-departure checklist can be an overwhelming task, but it’s an essential element to a successful trip, whether you’re just heading out on your adventure or you’re getting ready to return home.

Before you take off on any trip, it is important to do a walk around the entire coach verifying everything on your RV is operational and ready for the trip. Make yourself a pre-departure RV checklist that will take you point by point before hitting the open road. At RV Repair Club, we put together a great one you can download here for free to utilize every time you head out.

When going over the checklist, you will want to start at the front of the unit and work your way around it. Start by looking at the windshield for any cracks and check the wipers. Get a close look inside the front compartment to ensure everything is snug. Your checklist should include checking the oil, transmission fluid, coolant and to look for any debris that needs to be removed from the front compartment of the unit. Download our handy checklist here to make sure you don’t forget anything before you head out.

As you walk about your unit, check to ensure all lights, the horn and turn signals are operational. It might be necessary to replace any non-working lights before departure.

The next step on your checklist should include checking all exterior compartments are closed and locked in place. This includes checking the propane area and turning all components to the LP gas system off. Verify that the dump valve is shut and all hoses and cables to the unit are neatly stored and secure. As you continue down your checklist, check all tires looking for visible damage and checking air pressure.

Quickly go through the inside of the unit to look for anything that is loose and not in place. Remove all possible projectiles, which are objects that could go flying if needing to suddenly stop. Do not forget to have your license, registration, and insurance before leaving.

Taking time to walk around and go through a thorough checklist before departing can help you avoid problems on the road and costly repairs in the future. Don’t forget to click here to get our Pre-Departure Checklist so you have it every time you hit the road.

RV Repair Club is your go-to online resource for enthusiasts who want quality maintenance, repair, and upgrade information – a community where passionate RVers can come together to gather knowledge and share their experiences. At RV Repair Club, we know that RVing is so much more than a hobby for you – it’s a lifestyle. We want to be your favorite place where you can feed that passion by learning new techniques, getting inspiring new ideas, and connecting with other RVers who feel the same way as you.

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