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Road Tip Season is Here!

July 3, 2018


The Fourth of July is a signal for the beginning of Road Trip Season.


I experienced some issues with an older friends Trailer that had me thinking some RV check-out is in order.


Below is a Pre Trip check out list that may help avoid on the road issues.


RV Checklist:

  1. Check Propane: Selector switch selects which tank is used for cooking, refrigerator, and heat.

        - Both tanks should be removed and refilled if needed.

        - Spray bottle with water and detergent to check for bubbles  in propane connections.

        - If you carry propane for exterior grilling make sure tanks are full                                      - Clean grill and test


  2. Battery(s) condition: Clean terminals, distilled water in cells.  

       - If you have multiple batteries check all cells by removing the caps.  

       - Water should cover the cells.  

    Warning: Be careful not to overfill battery as the battery is full of hydrochloric acid.


  3. Water checkout: Holding tank drain, sink traps, toilet valve: Load your RV with water, make sure plug is in the hot water tank.  Turn on the pump

         - Check drain valve underneath camper - Closed

         - Make sure city water filter has a filter and is closed

         - Once pump stops the system is pressurized.

                 > Check for leaks at faucets, shower connectors, and the toilet foot switch

                 > Check hot water tank for leaks

                 > Check sink traps underneath the sink for leaks


  4. Awning Check: Look close for rips or deterioration

                - Use a ladder to examine the exposed portion of the awning for any damage

                - Any rips in the awning demand immediate attention/replacement

                - Example: Hail can cause small rips in the edge of the awning.


  5. Roof Check: Solar Cell, skylight cracks, sealant condition

               - Examine all areas where sealant has been used to seal seams or penetrations.

               - If sealant is cracked (all caulk eventually cracks) then reapply Self Leveling caulk from the RV Store.

               - While on the roof plan to check skylights for cracks. Sky lights are easy and cheap to replace.

               - Plan to clean Solar Panels - dirt can decrease voltage gain by 50%


  6. Lights: Inside and Outside  

               - With camper connected to tow vehicle check brakes, turn signals, and running lights.

               - Check inside lights


  7. Refrigerator Checkout: Make sure the exhaust stack is clear of debris or cob webs

               - Run the refrigerator on propane to verify functionality (Cold Freezer)

               - Test only with camper level (or very close to level)


  8. Axel bearings: This step be best completed at a competent facility.

               - Rear bearing needs to have grease.

               - Grease caps present and in good shape

               - Bearing failure is expensive and hard to get road service.


  9. Hitch Checkout:

               - Check mount bolts on vehicle frame for cracks.

               - Hitch on tow vehicle should have locking pin

               - Grease ball or fifth wheel

               - Add a little grease to the load leaving bars where they attach to hitch


  10. Door Locks:  Make sure the doors and screens are in good shape


  11. Septic:  Add water and deodorizer tab to septic.

    - Make sure the septic hose is present and in good repair

    - Make sure your water hose is present and in good repair.


  12. Tires: 

       - Check air pressure per specs on tire

       - Check for damage to tread and side walls


  13. Tow Vehicle:

       Check oil, Windshield washer, Battery condition, Tires, Alignment, A/C, Radio/Stereo


  14. Camera Check: Batteries, Charger, Memory Card


  15. Bon Voyage:  Pack and have a great trip!



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