If you’re new to RVing, you’re smart to wonder about how to drive and operate your RV safely.
It’s your home away from home, and should be treated as such.
And Vogel Talks RVing has you covered with answers, tips, ideas, and more, so you can hit the road with confidence.
Checklists Save the Day
From inspecting and maintaining your first RV to knowing what to take with you on trips, having a plan helps everything run more smoothly and ensures you’re informed and in control every step of the way. Below is a helpful checklists to get you started during the RV purchasing process.
RV Inspection Checklist
Whether you buy new or used, it’s important to inspect your RV during the purchase process. You can hire a professional inspector or perform an inspection yourself.
Here are some things to look for either way.
Look underneath the RV for anything hanging or leaking
Look at the exterior for paint and fiberglass damage
Check all windows and weather stripping for damage
Make sure all doors open, close, lock, and unlock
Check the roof for cracks or loosening components
Make sure all accessories are firmly attached to the RV
Make sure exterior storage doors open, close, and latch properly
Check tires, wheels, suspension, and brake pads for damage and wear
Check tire pressure in all tires including spares
Check all hookups and tanks (water, sewer, electricity)
Check that the generator isn’t leaking, smoking, or making extra noise
Check batteries for corrosion
Check the furnace and propane tank for exterior leaks
Make sure all exterior lights work properly
Make sure vents are clear of debris
If applicable, check motorhome engine or have a mechanic check it
If applicable, check all components of towing hitch (tongue/king pin, hitch receiver, ball mount, safety chains, breakaway switch, wiring for brake lights)
Check the floor and ceiling for water damage or mold
Check cabinets and storage compartments for leaks or damage
Make sure all interior lights work properly
Make sure both heating and air conditioning are working
Test all electrical outlets
Make sure seating/sleeping areas convert properly
Make sure all interior appliances are working and clean
Make sure all electronics are working (TV, satellite, DVD player, sound system)
Test all water sources (sinks, shower, toilet)
Test all alarms (smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector, propane gas detector)
Check that your fire extinguisher is full and ready
Check all gauges (holding tank levels, propane, battery)
Check all switches (power awning, water pump, slide-outs)
Make sure the leveling system works properly
Check window shades and screens for tears or damage
As I read, and thought, and stared at my stuff around me, I slowly realized a simple truth. The amount of freedom in my life was inversely proportional to the amount of stuff I had.
—Emily Fagen’s blog, Road Less Traveled