RV Travel Checklist to Help You Prepare for Your Next Trip

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Going on a road trip in your motorhome or with your travel trailer can create a lot of fun memories. Summertime on the open road, camping out, and exploring various landmarks throughout the country is a great way to spend time with your loved ones. However, going on an RV road trip without proper preparation could ruin the good times you have planned.

Accidents, the lack of certain supplies, and unforeseen breakdowns can put some roadblocks in front of your path to enjoyment. By following some simple RV tips, you can be protected from many preventable disasters so you can enjoy your excursion. Use this RV checklist to make sure you are properly stocking an RV, get the proper RV maintenance work done before your trip, and have the necessary tools on hand in case you need to make quick repairs.

Before Your Trip

   Get motorhome insurance/RV insurance. If you have an RV, motorhome, camper, or travel trailer, it is worthwhile to get an insurance policy that covers your liability and any damages done should an accident occur.

   Map out your road trip. While GPS systems are convenient, they could easily malfunction or run out of battery power. It is important to have a paper map with your routes plotted out in case they fail.

   Research and make reservations at camp sites. You’ll want to ensure that campsites near your destination have room for you and your RV, so call ahead of time to reserve a spot. You’ll also want to research which campsites have certain amenities you may want such as WiFi and sewer hookups.

Supplies

It’s important to keep your RV fully stocked with the essentials along with creature comforts. Some items include:

   Dishes, flatware, pots, pans, and other cooking utensils/tools

   Nonperishable foods and canned goods

   Drinkable water

   Blankets, pillows, sheets, and bed linens

   Toilet paper and toiletries

   Flash lights

   Cleaning supplies

   Batteries

   Chargers for phones, laptops, etc.

   Entertainment (books, board games, toys, etc.)

   First aid kit

   Tool kit (more on that below)

Maintenance Needs

There is nothing worse than something breaking that will interfere with your RV vacation. Here are some items to inspect and tasks to have done before committing to your trip:

   Check brakes

   Check tire pressure and inspect tires to see if they’re worn out

   Check fluid levels for oil, power steering, coolant, windshield wipers, etc.

   Check your car battery

   Check your oil, change if necessary

   Clean your holding tanks with vinegar/water/bleach mixture to flush and clean your RV’s water system

   Inspect the hot water heater, drain it every 6 months

   Clean and check the refrigerator for leaks or cracks

   Test your generator and check the belts

   Clean and check the A/C unit for leaks

   Check engine belts for cracks or wear

   Check the furnace for proper ventilation

   Test smoke detectors

   Check the exterior for any dents or damage

   Check the roof for leaks

Tools

Having a well-stocked tool kit in your RV can be handy in case you need to make some troublesome yet minor fixes. Here are some tools you should include in your kit:

   ½-inch drive socket set

   ⅜-inch drive ratchet set

   Crescent wrench

   Combination wrenches

   Assortment of screwdrivers, both flatheads and Phillips head

   Hammer

   Locking pliers

   Needle-nose pliers

   Wire Splicers

   Butt connectors for wire splices

   Cotter pins

   Hoses

   Clean rags

   Electrical circuit checker

   Electrical test light/digital multimeter

   Spark-plug socket (make sure it fits your engine’s size)

   Electrical tape

   Duct tape

   Extra fuses/light bulbs

   Work gloves

   Jumper cables

   Wire crimper

   Extra motor oil

   Extra transmission fluid

   WD-40

Once you have everything prepared, you’re more likely to have a safe, fun RV adventure.

A great way to stay protected and ease your mind when traveling in your RV is to have a quality motorhome insurance policy. Freeway Insurance searches through top insurance companies to find the best RV insurance policy for your needs at a price you can afford. Request a free motorhome insurance quote online today.