RV Checklist:

Now you can download these handy RV Checklists, which can really help to simplify the RV lifestyle.   These helpful reminders are a great way to make sure you know what to do (and to make sure you don't forget something).     In this e-book, Mark Polk, our partner from RV Education 101, has compiled all the checklists an RVer will ever need, all in one place. 

This 80 page e-book includes over 35 RV checklists applicable for pop-ups, travel trailers, fifth wheels and motorhomes, to use from the time you purchase your RV until you store it for winter and everything else you can think of.    This comprehensive compilation has checklists to help with pre-delivery inspections, tools & supplies, safe RV travel, setting up at the campground, towing, essential and nice-to-have items, awning tips, home security, traveling with pets, winterizing, storage battery testing and more.

Download immediately in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. You can read it on your computer or print it for reading later.

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More help - after Storing your RV...

Here are some helpful hints you can use as an RV checklist after storing your RV. While some tasks become second nature for the experienced RVer, a refresher can come in handy. Whether it is Spring or some other season when your RV comes out of storage, use these helpful reminders as an RV checklist of things to do and inspect for safe trips and sound RV maintenance. This article brought to you by the Good Sam Club.

RV Ready for Spring Yet?   Coming out of hibernation   (Author - Ken Freund)

It's been a long winter and the combined effects of the elements can take a toll on stored RVs. If your coach has been in storage, now's the time to prepare for those spring getaways. Taking a little time now will help ensure enjoyment all through the year. Before hitting the road complete this spring-prep RV checklist:

Begin with a thorough exterior inspection. Examine the outside, including the body and roof, for any cracks or separation and look inside for stains on the ceiling, sure signs of roof leaks. Look beneath the coach and/or or tow vehicle for signs of fuel or other fluid leaks.

Once you've determined there are no exterior leaks, wash the RV with a specially formulated soap designed for the exterior. Work in the shade, since washing a hot surface can result in hard-to-remove spots and streaks. Use specialized wheel cleaners to make tires and trim look new.

An RV that's been stored all winter needs to be aired out. Vacuum the carpet and clean the floors and other surfaces as needed.

Spring prep should include a fluid and connections check. Look for insect and rodent nests and chewed wires and hoses. Check the amount of LP gas and test appliances for proper functioning.

On motor homes, generators and tow vehicles, change the oil and filter and perform all recommended services according to the owner's and maintenance manuals.

Drain and flush the freshwater tank. Add 1/4 cup of household bleach for each 15 gallons of capacity. Then fill the tank almost to capacity, leaving room for sloshing. Drive or tow the coach to mix the bleach. Run the hot water to get the bleach through the water heater. Then drain the freshwater tank. Refill, along with 1/4 of baking soda per 15 gallons. Drive or tow to mix the water, run the hot water, then drain and refill with fresh water. Test the water pump and water system, including the water heater.   

Batteries should be checked for electrolyte level and connections should be removed, cleaned and after re-assembly, treated with an anticorrosive product.

Make sure all of the lug nuts are secure, check tires for cracks and other damage and set inflation pressures. Trailers should have the wheel bearings repacked.

Replace batteries and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Check the gauges on fire extinguishers. Check and refill your first aid and emergency kits. An emergency kit should include: flares, a gas can, reflective triangles, duct tape, jumper cables, wheel chocks, flashlight and basic hand tools.

Stock up with necessities for cooking, cleaning and entertaining. Review kitchen equipment and the inventory of favorite games, books, cards, puzzles, CDs, DVDs or videos.

To have peace of mind when you hit the road, check out programs like Good Sam Emergency Road Service and Good Sam Continued Service Plan to know you are covered.

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