RV Checklist: Pre-Departure | Protect Your RV from Damage



We use this RV departure checklist before driving down the road. It can be helpful in preventing unnecessary damage to the RV such as leaving the antenna up while driving or the bay door open. Complete list https://weretherussos.com/rv-checklist-predeparture/

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32 thoughts on “RV Checklist: Pre-Departure | Protect Your RV from Damage

  • May 31, 2020 at 5:09 am
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    Since we just bought a Hymer we would be very interested in learning what your checklist looks like now!

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  • May 31, 2020 at 5:09 am
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    This is a GREAT VIDEO👌
    "Chance always favors the prepared mind"!
    And clearly your minds are sharp as a tack! 👍👍🍻

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  • May 31, 2020 at 5:09 am
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    YES! I made a list like this for my vintage motorhome… after that time I drove into town with one outside cabinet open… LOL! Amazingly I only lost one item. I will check out your list to make sure I didn't miss anything….

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  • May 31, 2020 at 5:09 am
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    Checklists are absolutely essential! I have a weekly, monthly, seasonal and yearly for maintenance, as well as departure and arrival lists. So many details could cause trouble.

    In surgery, surprisingly a lot of doctors' egos get in the way of using checklists, but several studies showed that deaths declined by 40% and complications by 33% when surgeons used checklists (and then 97% of those surgeons kept using them after the studies). An RV isn't exactly brain surgery, but on the road it can still be life and death (tires especially).

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  • May 31, 2020 at 5:09 am
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    Joe & Kait – Do you check your lights, brakes & turn signals? I found I had a relay go bad and had no left turn signal on a trip. I could not figure out why nobody was paying attention when the signal appeared to be working inside the coach. Later my son pointed out to me that the signal wasn't working. Quick fix but took a while to find the cause.

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  • May 31, 2020 at 5:09 am
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    do you turn off your propane tank? I just got an rv have only driven it once last week on my way home from buying it and before I left it made sure to turn the propane tank off and the sellers looked at me like I was nuts. Is it common to leave the tank on when traveling?

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  • May 31, 2020 at 5:09 am
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    Have you tried the RV Checklist app? Very flexible and convenient, we have several trip and maintenance lists setup.

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  • May 31, 2020 at 5:09 am
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    I notice you did not check to see if the propane master switch was shut off. I always close my propane down before I move the coach. Do you do the same?

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  • May 31, 2020 at 5:09 am
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    Great idea! Also like the checklist on your electronic device. How terrible it would be to try and locate a paper list when you need it most!

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  • May 31, 2020 at 5:09 am
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    Two Ice Cold Beers in fridge door for a bump at the end of a long day of running. CHECK! C-Ya!,,,,Peace! (and a doggie treat of course)

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  • May 31, 2020 at 5:09 am
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    Awesome job and excellent show showing the disciplined team approach with checklists. Other items (maybe I missed them in your video):
    Perform outside scan to ensure nothing is left behind.
    Walk around RV, ensuring no obstacles above, below or near sides.
    Ensure no suspicious fluids under RV, tow, etc.
    Note storage levels: water, grey, black, battery, propane…
    Perform vehicle/s maintenance check (tire pressure/tread, no loose lug nuts…)
    Confirm lights/braking on RV and tow vehicle
    Power off electrical and electronic devices/systems
    Turn off water heater, heater, pilot light, etc
    Ensure no obstacles around slide (inside/outside) before closing
    Check slides for debris and water before closing
    If using hookups, ensure everything is disconnected and secured
    Dispose of trash
    Adjust mirrors to suit driver
    Make sure Leo is ready for travel (tinkle time) and safely inside coach.
    Optionally, advise spouse/partner it's time to go 🙂

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  • May 31, 2020 at 5:09 am
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    When we are ready to go full timng we will definitely have a checklist. With all of the things you went through I am sure we would miss something. Do you have a braking system on your jeep? I didn't see that on your list. I have that same Starbucks cup you were drinking out of. I can believe how long it keeps drinks hot or cold!

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  • May 31, 2020 at 5:09 am
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    Good idea. This guy is ready to buy and fly a seaplane, Need a triumph bonneville 650 for Joe. Two classic bikes I like the triumph or a bmw r69s. Old school.

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  • May 31, 2020 at 5:09 am
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    Well … I have a check list … NOW!!! I recall once, and only once having a l-o-n-g yellow "snake" following me down the road for about 1/2 mile or so, before I noticed it. Only made that mistake once before the check list was made and followed EVER time. 🙂

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  • May 31, 2020 at 5:09 am
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    Hope that made you both happy to hear we lift our SUV back at the camp sit ! It was not fanny at the time we went nuts over it at first , then look at the hook up and saw it in the box , then we new wear it was ,., and not all over the road or in someone's face going down the road ,.,lol,., never stay in side when doing your checklist walk around even in the rain

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  • May 31, 2020 at 5:09 am
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    you forgot the swimming vest under the seat and that you should put the mask as first on your nose before you help others … else it was perfect 😉
    and of course: yes we use to do the same procedure … 😉

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  • May 31, 2020 at 5:09 am
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    Steps, wheel chocks & folding hand rails have been our nemesis in the past. When we pull our current TT we will have to be sure to close the valve to the 2nd grey tank otherwise trailer movement especially on hills can cause volcanic back flow through the sinks & shower.

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  • May 31, 2020 at 5:09 am
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    We haven't made our checklist yet but will before we start traveling full time…..we left a basement bay door open from The Mall of America almost to Des Moines,Iowa once and not one thing fell out but I do walk around and check everything before we go anywhere now LOL

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  • May 31, 2020 at 5:09 am
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    Do you keep your refrigerator running on propane while on the road? I am getting my first RV next week. My wife and I are arguing about whether to keep refrigerator running while driving.

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  • May 31, 2020 at 5:09 am
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    we do a pre-dep. checklist all the time , but this one time we did not and wear in a RUSH ,., so now around an hr. for the camp sit and then turn on the back cam on our king air and the SUV was gone !! Sh*t ,.,lol,., come to fine out we never hook it up ,., must be an age thing after all we are in our 60's ,.,lol,., O.M.G. never will be in a rush again ever !

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