You know you should do it, but you like the RV for the way it makes a road trip simple. “It’s Summer, and the Livin’ Is Easy” is supposed to be your theme. Well, who are we to argue with that? And yet, the last thing we’d want for your easy, breezy summer road trip is for it to end prematurely — or, worse, unsafely. With a pre-trip check, you can avoid big repair bills as well as safety hazards that would make your trip anything but easy.
Routine Checks & Habits
As important as a pre-trip check may be, it will certainly be more effective when paired with regularly checking certain aspects of your RV and maintaining good habits. The first item on the list is to check the seals around the roof as well as each door and window, noting any cracks or erosion. The weatherstripping is bound to degrade over time, potentially leading to water leaking into your vehicle. The good news is that you can eliminate this one from the pre-trip check; simply do it every 3 months or so, at the start of each new season.
Another habit that can help you make sure your RV’s interior won’t endure unnecessary water damage is to make sure its roof is covered whenever it is parked. (Trust us: you don’t want to have to replace that roof!) Make sure you park your RV under a carport or in a garage, whenever possible, but covering it with a tarp can work in a pinch.
Pre-Trip Check List
Some items simply have to wait until the night before you embark on any trip. First, make sure you understand how your RV refrigerator works; it is different from the one in your kitchen. The kind of absorption-type refrigerator typical in RVs needs to be pre-cooled overnight before it’s loaded with food, to avoid losing any perishable food. After you do that, work with a partner to make sure the following parts are properly in place:
• Vents and windows closed
• Utilities unhooked
• Stairs folded up
• Antenna down
• Scissor jacks retracted
One more thing you should add to your routine before starting your RV is to check the tire pressure. Be sure to do that only when the tires are cold, or the same temperature as the outside air (i.e. before traveling).
You may also want to check out this list of RV inventory essentials. Chances are, you have some added must-have items on your own list. Consider using the linked list as a springboard and then create your own personalized list. You can then laminate it and use a dry or wet erase marker to check off items on the list before embarking on each new trip.
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