A generalized list of items to check before each RV Trip. It is a starting point for you to create your own list. Add or delete items as needed for your setup. Before Every Trip

Truck

Engine compartment

  • Fluid levels – oil, engine coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid, any specific fluid, i.e. hydraulic
  • Check for leaks in, around, and under the engine
  • Check for debris lodged in or around engine compartment, i.e. leaves
  • Check radiator for debris and damaged coils
  • Check all hoses for cracks, leaks, and tight fit
  • Check battery if applicable to engine compartment for fluid, corrosion, and tight connection
  • Diesel engines:
  • Check air filter indicator
  • Air tank moisture (if applicable)

Tires – check cold, 3 hours without usage

  • Sidewall cracks
  • Tread depth – 4/32 steering, 2/32 others
  • Rims bead for damage
  • Valve stem, cap, ant extensions
  • Proper air pressure

External Lights

  • Headlights
  • Fog lights
  • Clearance Lights
  • Driving lights (if applicable)
  • Parking Lights
  • Turn signals - front, back and side
  • Emergency flashers
  • Reflectors

Glass

  • Mirrors – check to ensure they are secure, clean, and adjusted properly and if electric working
  • Windshield – clean inside and out, check for cracks or rock chips
  • Clean all brake lights, turn signals, backup lights, and headlamps
  • Windshield wipers – ensure they are working, good blades, and fluid  

Personal

  • Verify driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance
  • Check first aid kits
  • Emergency information – prepare a list of emergency phone numbers, personal information i.e. contact person, medication and dosage

Trailer

Exterior walk around

  • Tires – ensure proper inflation, sidewall condition, tread depth
  • Awnings – retracted and locked
  • Slides – retracted and secured
  • Jacks – retracted
  • Hookups – disconnected, stored, and compartment secured
  • Compartments – all items stowed, secured, lights off, compartments shut, and locked
  • Visual Inspection Under Trailer
  • Check for loose items i.e. lawn chairs
  • Check for rocks, logs, or large items
  • Look for any fluid leaks
  • Check chassis for loose equipment or wiring
  • Height – Look for any possible obstruction while leaving
  • Shut off propane tank
  • House Battery – check fluid level, corrosion, and connection
  • Steps stowed

Hitch

  • Connection – check connection at the vehicle
  • Ball and mount secure, 5th Wheel hitch secure
  • Coupler locked, 5th Wheel coupler closed and locked
  • Safety chains properly attached
  • Brake/light cord connected and secure
  • Lights – ensure proper turn signals, brake lights, and emergency Flashers

Interior Walk Around

  • TV antenna – retracted
  • Secure all loose items inside the unit
  • Close all doors and cabinets drawers
  • Check first aid kits, fire extinguishers, smoke, and CO alarms
  • Lock the doors

Buckle UP!