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RV Checklist Before You Hit the Road

April 22, 2011 by · 4 Comments 


With the glory days of Spring now upon us, avid RV enthusiasts across the country are gearing up to hit the road. While you may be ready for your next journey, your RV might not be. If you’re a die-hard traveler looking to get the most out of your RV, there are a number of simple, routine tasks you can perform to help ensure you’re getting the most out of your investment.

Low Tires are a No-No

Every vehicle’s tires are different. Before heading out on your journey, take a moment to make sure your tire inflation is up to par. This includes everything from checking the sidewalls of each tire to ensure their inflation isn’t exceeding the maximum inflation of the tire, checking for bulges while traveling and also even covering them up when not in use to help protect them from the elements. Also, rotating your RV’s tires a few times a year is also recommended.

Take a Break to Check Your Brakes

Make sure your vehicle’s axles are in good shape. One of the easiest ways to do this is to pack your bearings and check them at least once a year.

A Dry RV is a Sad RV

Don’t forget your RV gets thirsty too. Check its fluids regularly to help keep your RV’s mechanical features running as efficiently as possible. Check its oil, coolant, windshield fluid, etc. Also, it’s a good idea to run your vehicle’s generator and motor for at least an hour every month to help keep it running as efficiently as possible.

Tighten Those Lug Nuts

It’s never a bad idea to torque your lug nuts before every journey to make sure your vehicle’s wheels and tires stay put. This will also help you from losing a wheel in the occurrence of a blow out.

The Battery: The Heart of It All

Make sure your battery is charged. Don’t forget to top off its water at least once a month. When your RV is not in use, it’s also a good idea to disconnect its battery. If your vehicle has a battery disconnect, remember to turn the switch off. If it doesn’t, then simply disconnect the positive and negative wires from the terminals. Also, a good way to store your battery in the off-season is as simple as placing it on a sheet of cardboard in your garage.

Drain Your Tanks Regularly

It’s a good idea to fully drain your hot water heater and fresh water tank periodically throughout the year as it helps to prevent water from becoming stagnant and a haven for bacteria.

Check Your RV’s Gadgets!

Taking a moment, even when not it’s not in use, to make sure all of your RV’s appliances are working before one of your road adventures. It is a quick and easy way to ensure your vehicle is in proper working order.

Inspection Time…

There are a variety of inspections you can do which will ultimately help you save money in the long run.


Clean your vehicle’s roof off several times a year. This won’t just help keep the exterior looking new, but will also benefit your RV’s structural integrity. With it being the number one area for possible leaks, inspecting the roof and correcting any possible leaks is a must.


Everybody enjoys sitting underneath their RV’s awning and enjoying lunch with the family. With that said, your RV’s awning gets rained on, has the sun beat down on it, and more. Don’t forget to check it at least two times a year for possible rips or tears.

Keep Your Refrigerator Fresh

Emptying out all of the contents in your RV’s refrigerator and freezer is a great idea when it’s not in use. Also, don’t forget to turn them off and prop open the doors. And hey, don’t be afraid to throw a box of baking soda inside it to help keep those unwanted odors out.

A simple inspection of your RV will ensure that you spend time enjoying your vacations,  instead of spending your time in an RV repair shop!

About the Author: Darrin Michael has worked professionally in both the journalism field as well as the RV industry. He currently serves as the marketing director at Dave Arbogast RV Depot in Troy, OH, where his duties include everything from website design to SEO operations to daily blog writing.


4 Responses to “RV Checklist Before You Hit the Road”
  1. Patti Faustini says:

    Thanks Guest Blogger! We just picked up our new (for us) RV so this list is quite useful, as well as timely!

    Happy Tales,


  2. Steve Hamlin says:

    Good article. If you have a travel trailer don’t forget about greasing the hubs as well.

  3. Jerry Driscoll says:

    “If your vehicle has a battery disconnect, remember to turn the switch off. If it doesn’t, then simply switch the positive and negative wires from the terminals.”

    I know what you mean, but your statement is misleading. It should read: “If your vehicle has a battery disconnect, remember to turn the switch off. If it doesn’t, then simply DISCONNECT the positive and negative wires from the terminals.

  4. Hi Jerry~

    You are right. We will correct that statement in the post. Thanks for alerting us to the error.

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