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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.


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


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


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


Locking pliers

Needle-nose pliers

Wire Splicers

Butt connectors for wire splices

Cotter pins


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



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. Call (800) 777-5620 to speak to a live agent to get a free quote or request a free motorhome insurance quote online. 

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