RV Checklists

Introduction

Since using and maintaining an RV involves a great deal of tasks and procedures it’s best to have some sort of RV Checklists. You may have an excellent memory but even the best of us can forget something, usually when you’re tired after a long days travel or its dark and raining.

Most likely of all the friendly RV site neighbor decides to talk your ear off while your setting up or breaking camp.
RV Checklist

RV Checklists App

Many folks use the tried and true pen and paper method and write out a checklist by hand. We own an Ipad so it was only natural to find an app and use it for our RV Checklists. There are many decent apps to choose from, available for most smart phones and tablets. We choose to go with one called RV CheckList by Dan Senatro – (Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with RV Checklist, I only use and like the product.)

RV Check List is a tool that provides various checklists for the RV owner. These task lists cover various phases of the RV adventure. A fellow RV owner who decided there should be a better way then multiple hand written checklists or trying to depend on your memory wrote this application.

RV Checklist on the App Store on iTunes

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The RV Checklists app comes preconfigured with many of the common lists you would use while RVing and some maintenance ones.  Examples are: Arrive at Site, Depart Site, Winterization, First Aid Kit. You can customize each list to suit your own needs and create your own lists.

The most important one for us is “Departing From Site”.  This one prevents us from being the RV you see driving along with it’s TV antenna up, stairs out, sewer hose dragging or worse.  You can also export lists to share, here is our departing site list.

Section: Indoor

  • Verify Reservations If Any
  • Secure Loose Items
  • Secure Cabinets/Drawers
  • Interior Doors Secured
  • Windows Closed & Locked
  • Refrigerator Items Secured
  • Refrigerator Power
  • Blinds Anchored
  • Kitchen Table Extension In
  • Secure Coffee Pot
  • Close sink drain
  • Sink Tops On
  • TV Antenna Down
  • AC & Heat Off
  • Hot Water Off
  • Water Pump Off
  • Slides In and Secured
  • Jacks Up
  • Take Out Trash
  • Cell Phone/Maps/GPS
  • Glasses/Sunglasses
  • Tissues
  • Drinks/Snacks Ready
  • Don’t Forget the Beagle!

Section: Tow Vehicle

  • Attach Safety Cable
  • Connect Tow Wiring
  • Check Lights
  • Check Fluid Levels
  • Check Gauges
  • Check Fuel Level
  • Check Tire Pressure
  • Adjust mirrors
  • Secure Items in Truck Bed
  • Tailgate Up
  • Move Forward to Check Hitch is Secure
  • Don’t Forget Leveling Blocks

Section: Outdoor

  • Flag Pole Put Away
  • Hummingbird Feeder Removed
  • Awnings All Retracted
  • Stow Outside Items
  • Store Mats
  • Secure Bicycles
  • Drain Holding Tanks
  • Add Fresh Water if Needed
  • Disconnect Sewer
  • Disconnect Water
  • Don’t Forget Water Regulator!
  • Disconnect TV Cable
  • Disconnect Power Cable
  • Propane Off
  • Storage Bays Close & Lock
  • Remove Wheel Chocks
  • Check Tire Pressures
  • Check Wheel Lug Nut Torque
  • Windshields Cleaned
  • Entry Steps Stowed
  • Check Trailer Lights and Brakes
  • Final Walk around
  • Give Ray a kiss!

Notice the two essential items I added “Give Ray a Kiss” and “Don’t forget the Beagle“.  It can be a pain to go through the list every time but it’s worth the few minutes. Every once in a while something will be missed.