Before you hit the road, don’t forget to go through your RV departure checklist. If you’re not sure where to start, start right here. Joel and I have been full-timing for several years and have mastered the art of departing quickly and smoothly.
If you want more guidance, I’ve got a detailed article about how to prepare for RV road trip success.
RV Departure Checklist For Inside the RV
- Turn off propane/fridge turned off (some people drive with fridge on propane, but I do not due to safety concerns if you were to get in an accident. I figure, better safe than sorry.).
- Close and latch all doors, cupboards, the fridge, etc. so nothing opens while you’re driving.
- Put the showerhead on the ground if you have a removable one.
- Secure all shampoo, conditioner, soaps, etc in the bathroom.
- Secure dining room table and chairs if applicable.
- Remove everything from the shelves and countertops.
- Blinds up for visibility out your windows if driving a motorhome.
- Securely close all windows.
- Make sure the RV door is latched. We leave ours unlocked while driving in case of emergency.
- Close roof vents.
- Throw out all trash.
- Put snacks and drinks for the road trip somewhere you can access them while buckled in.
- Check your mirrors.
RV Departure Checklist For Outside the RV
- Check tire pressure.
- Inspect tires for any signs of damage.
- Ensure your awning is rolled up and secured.
- Leveling jacks up.
- Remove all wheel chocks.
- Door step retracted.
- Nothing left at your campsite (including trash, leave it better than you found it).
- If you are towing something check that your hitch is connected and locked correctly with safety chains in place.
- Did you fill up your freshwater tank if you need some along the way?
- Disconnect and drain your freshwater hose.
- Take your water pressure regulator with you.
- Dump your black then grey tanks.
- Disconnect sewer hose.
- Disconnect electricity and be sure to take your surge protector/EMS with you.
- Outdoor storage compartments locked.
- TV Antenna/satellite down.
- Make sure your campfire is out.
- Check your brake lights, turn signals, and headlights.
- Check windshield wipers and washer fluid.
- Make sure you have enough gas to make it to your first planned road trip stop.
- Experienced RVers, what else is on your RV departure checklist? Drop a comment to help the newbies out!