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Camping season is in full swing! Before going on an RV trip, you’ll want to check on some things beforehand. You’ll want to make sure basic parts are in working order and that you have everything you need. This can save you a lot of hassle in the long run. To avoid an unwanted surprise on the road, here are a few things to keep in mind.

First, you’ll want to go over the exterior. Check the tires, make sure they are in good condition and that they are at the right pressure. Tire pressure should be checked when the tires are cold, and not right after you’ve traveled. Lug nuts on the wheels should be tight. Check all the fluid levels for your driving vehicle and check for any leaks. This includes oil, coolant, power steering, brake, and transmission fluid. Everything should be retracted or stowed, including entry stairs, jacks, slide-outs, and awnings. Make sure all outside storage compartments are secured and any outside cargo is safely stowed. If you’re towing a vehicle, or if your vehicle is towing your trailer, make sure the connection is secure. One way to test it is to pull the trailer or vehicle forward for a short distance, making sure that everything stays connected properly. Slowly driving for a short distance is also a way to check the brakes as well. Make sure the headlights, taillights, and brake lights are all functioning properly.

Moving to the inside of the RV, check to make sure all cabinets, sliding doors, the fridge, windows, and vents are closed. Doors should be secured to make sure they don’t come open while on the road. Any loose items should be stowed, especially things like electronics or appliances that aren’t securely fastened or mounted. Make sure everything is powered off. This includes interior lights and fans.

When you’re preparing to go on a trip, making a list of things you’ll need is an essential step. There may be things that you may not have thought of, so going through a day and making note of what you use can help you make sure you’ll have everything you need. Make sure you have a toolkit and emergency roadside kit with you if something comes up that needs attention. When you are packing your RV, make sure the inside weight is evenly distributed and that it’s not in danger of exceeding the RV’s limit.

With a little attention to detail and some basic prep, getting your RV ready for road trip won’t take a lot of time. If you make a list of everything that needs to be done, you’ll be able to make sure that your RV is ready to go without running into a problem that could have been prevented.

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