This RV travel checklist helps you pack for your trip
Get stocked up and prepared when an old-fashioned RV road trip is in your future.
Is the all-American road trip on your summer travel plans? If it is and you are planning on taking that adventure on the open road in an RV, use this maintenance and supply to-do list to plan a smooth ride.
Get RV insurance
The first step is to make sure your recreational vehicle or motorhome is insured. Insuring your motorhome against damage and loss caused by common risks, such as fire, storms, theft and collision will help protect you against the unexpected on your travels. Talk to an insurance agent for more information.
Plan ahead for your RV travels
Flexibility is a perk of RV travel, but a little planning can help you manage your time and budget.
- Make an itinerary. A rough itinerary with the best places on route to eat, explore and stay will help alleviate some of the guessing.
- Locate your camp sites. Find the lot size, water, power and sewer hookups you need at GoCampingAmerica.com and GoRVing.com.
- Decide what amenities you want. From rustic or Wi-Fi enabled, pools to exercise facilities, camping options run the gamut.
- Plan your route. Include pet friendly rest areas if traveling with your dog or cat. Careful planning and safety tips are essential when traveling with pets.
- Time your trip. Plan for the days of the week, weather conditions and special events you might want to see.
- Make a budget. And stick to it.
Stock the supplies
Outfit motorhomes, RVs and campers with the comforts of home. Some necessities include:
- Dishes, cookware and kitchen tools
- Nonperishable food items
- Beverages, meat, eggs, milk, produce
- Ziplock bags, aluminum foil and plastic wrap
- Pillows and cases
- Sleeping bags
- RV friendly toilet paper
- Soap, shampoo, linens and other bathroom supplies
- Shower caddy
- Bath towels and wash clothes
- Cleaning supplies
- Hand soap
- Laundry detergent and fabric softener
- Paper towels
- First-aid and an emergency kit
- Flashlights and batteries
- Fire extinguisher
- Collar and leash
- Waste pick-up bags or kitty litter
- Food, treats and dishes
Campanda magazine maintains several RV essential lists to ensure your RV is completely stocked with the must-haves for an enjoyable trip.
Regular maintenance can keep RVs operating safely and reduce the risk of a breakdown. Follow the manufacturer's suggested timeline for these tasks:
- Cleaning air conditioner filters
- Draining air from air brake tanks
- Lubing slide wipers and rails
- Changing engine and generator oil
- Checking air, fuel, coolant and hydraulic filters
- Adjusting brakes
- Checking window, door and roof seals
Following an RV maintenance checklist can help ensure you are not overlooking something important.
Before every trip:
- Check the tire pressure on your RV vehicle.
- Have the brakes inspected.
- Check battery fluid levels.
- Get your fluids topped off.
- Wash and inspect the exterior, especially the roof of your RV, motorhome or camper.