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Ultimate RV Road Trip Safety Checklist
- Check tire pressure, and adjust as needed.
- Check for loose lug nuts on each wheel, and tighten as needed.
- Check all fluid levels — whether it’s for a motorhome or the towing vehicle.
- Secure all items in storage compartments, and be sure outside compartments are locked.
- Check and secure cap on sewer outlet.
- Disconnect the power cord, water hose and sewer hose and properly store them.
- Fill fresh water holding tank with enough potable water to last until your arrival at your destination.
- Turn all gas appliances off and be sure to turn the gas supply off at the tank or bottles.
- If you’ve got a bike rack, make sure it’s secure, along with the mounted bikes.
- If you have a TV antenna or satellite, make sure they are taken down and stowed properly.
- Make sure all slide outs are in and slide out travel locks are secured.
- Securely store the awning.
- Raise all stabilizer jacks or hydraulic leveling jacks.
- Stow or retract the steps.
- Check beneath the RV for any leaks or anything else out of the ordinary.
- If you’re towing your RV, inspect the hitch on the towing vehicle.
- Remove and store wheel chocks or any type of leveling blocks.
- Double check all running lights, turn signals, brake lights and headlights on both the RV and towing vehicle.
- Check for an up-to-date inspection or emission sticker and license plates.
- Check brakes and make sure they’re working properly.
- Take one last walk around the outside of the RV and make sure you haven’t overlooked anything.
- Walk through the RV and secure all loose items that could shift, fall or get damaged while in motion.
- Turn off all appliances’ gas and electric, including all pilot lights.
- Close the range top cover.
- Turn off the water pump.
- Turn off all lights and accessories that could drain the auxiliary battery, including the antenna booster.
- Check for anything in the refrigerator that could spill, then lock both the fridge and freezer doors.
- Close all doors, drawers and cabinets.
- Close the roof vents, windows and secure blinds.
- Make sure all weight in the RV is distributed evenly.
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