I am often asked for tips to help the newbie hit the road. I believe following a checklist is an important part of the process. It’s always a good idea to review safety steps no matter how many times you’ve performed them. I share things learned from my own experience (sometimes found out the "hard way"). I also had lots of good expert input from those more experienced in areas less familiar to me. An RV salesman with over 20 years experience helped with the PDI process, a long-time trailer and 5th wheel tower overlooked that section. These lists were designed to be easy to use, broken down into four stages so you can print out just exactly what you need along the way. Below is a recap of the kind of checklists included and the type of information provided.
Separate detailed lists for interior and exterior elements to check out. Drive Test – how’s it handle? What to watch for. Helps keep track of different ones you’ve seen and how to inspect them.
What to look for on your maiden voyage. Notifications, things to consider, safety checks. One forum contributor solution: "Just stock it with money and it will turn into anything you need." You get 3 pages of more specific things to consider. You might as well do this now while you’re stocking it – hopefully it will never come in handy.
Site inspection, setting up procedures, safety checks. Don’t forget anything (including your spouse!) Basics on how to be a good neighbor
General instructions for basic hitch setups are provided. Manufacturers have specific instructions to their brands, so be sure you understand their recommendations and procedures.
Steps to take to assure your rolling home is safely tucked away and then ready to hit the road again safely.
A resource of more info related to checklist items. "Ooops" that could have been prevented by using checklists.
Below is a sample page showing the basic format used for the checklists.
This book is available as an E-Book in pdf format that lets you download it onto your computer. That way you can print out just what you need.
RVing means having to think about a lot of different things. From buying your RV to hitting the road with it, checklists are a huge help. I started to make my own lists, but the process was daunting. So, I did some Googling and came across Malia’s RV Checklists. These lists cover every aspect of RVing and are easily adapatable to your own unique situation. I used the ‘pre-delivery inspection’ list to determine that the Glendale Royal Classic destined to be Miranda was worth bringing to an inspector while the Minnie Winnie wasn’t and the ‘comparison’ checklist to easily compare my short list of rigs. There are special lists for 5th wheels and travel trailers and driving lists for motorhomes. The checklist for ‘towing a car’ enabled me to quickly hook up my toad the first time I tried, with no help whatsoever. I especially like that there are opposite checklists, for example one for arriving at camp and one for leaving, since doing what you did when you arrived, only backwards, isn’t always all that needs to be done upon departure (or vice versa!). Rae Crothers – Travels with Miranda
"Nice JOB! ….We’re getting a 5th wheel and…there’s so much to prepare for, especially selling everything we own. Thank you for a great check list. I put it in a plastic folder. DM
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