A Quick & Easy Pre-Trip for Travel Trailers

If you tow a trailer, it is your responsibility to do some sort of pre-trip check. This check is for both safety and loss prevention purposes.











Pre- Departure Check List:


_ All lights and fans turned off

_ Furnace and A/C turned off

_ Turn water heater and water pump off

_ Shut off gas pilot lights on stove/oven

_ Prepare Refrigerator for travel

_ Cabinets closed and items secured

_ Stow shower and bathroom supplies

_ Stow TV and TV supplies

_ Secure all loose items

_ Inside weight evenly distributed

_ Secure all windows and retract ceiling vents

_ Lower TV/roof based entennas

_ Retract slides


_ Stow folding chairs, awning mat, and other outside items

_ Clean up campsite

_ Empty and stow trash cans

_ Awning secured

_ Retract Entry Steps

_ Disconnect from campsite (CATV/phone lines, shore power cord, water hose, black/grey hose), recap outlets, and stow cords/hoses

_ Remove and stow chocks

_ Lift and lock A-frame jack

_ Check roof for open vents, roof rack, or storage pod

Tow Tests:

_ Wheels torqued

_ Check tires for wear

_ Check vehicle fluid levels

_ Check vehicle lights and brakes

_ Attach hitch and RV electrical cable to the tow vehicle

_ Check lights (Running, brake, and turn signals)

_ Make sure hitch is locked and secured

_ Disconnect electrical cable from tow vehicle

_ Attach safety chains & brake-away cable

_ Test brake-away by pulling cable and driving forward (RV should drag)

_ Replace brake-away cable and reconnect RV electrical cable to the vehicle

_ Dive Safe!

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