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Before you hit the road, it's important to make sure everything is in working order. Trust me, you don't want to be stranded on the side of the road miles away from home.
First things first, check your tires. When your RV sits in storage, the tires lose air pressure at a rate of about two to three psi per month. Make sure you inflate them to the proper pressure before leaving on your trip. And always check the tires when they are cold, before traveling more than one mile. Inspect the tires for any checking or cracks in the sidewalls. If you see any damage, don't chance it. It's better to be safe than sorry.
While you're down there, take a look at the lug nuts on the wheels. Discoloration and stains around the lug nuts could be an indication they are loose. Make sure they are tightened before you head out. And don't forget to check all items in the exterior storage compartments to make sure they are secure. Lock all outside storage compartments before you go.
Next, make sure all your cords, hoses, and jacks are properly stowed. Disconnect the power cords, water hose, and sewer hose and stow them away. Raise any stabilizer jacks or hydraulic leveling jacks. And while you're looking under the RV, check for any leaks.
Now it's time to check the fluid levels. This applies to motorized RVs or the tow vehicle if you're towing a trailer. Nothing will leave you stranded on the side of the road faster than a low or empty fluid level in a major component like the engine or transmission. Check the engine oil, transmission fluid, radiator coolant, power steering fluid, and brake fluid levels. If a fluid level is low, try to determine why and correct the problem before leaving on your trip.
Make sure all the slide outs are in the travel position and the TV antenna is stowed in the proper position for traveling. Check the awning to make sure it is securely stored and all the travel locks and knobs are tight and locked. Stow or retract the steps and fill the fresh water holding tank with enough potable water to get to your destination.
Before you hit the road, it's important to check the headlights, taillights, and brakes. Make sure they are all functioning properly and the bulbs are not burnt out. And don't forget to check the windshield wipers and make sure they are in good working order. You never know when you might encounter a little rain on your trip.
Finally, make sure you have all your necessary documents and supplies with you. This includes your RV registration, proof of insurance, and any necessary permits. And don't forget to pack some snacks and a first aid kit in case of emergencies.
So there you have it, my pre-trip checklist for RVing. If you follow these simple steps, you should have a smooth and enjoyable trip. Happy travels!
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