Do you have an RV pre-departure checklist? If not, it’s time to put one together. Having an RV pre-departure checklist will improve safety on the road and make sure important tasks are not forgotten. It’s the same reasons pilots use a pre-flight checklist, sailors use a pre-sailing checklist. Before driving off in your home on wheels, come up with an RV pre-departure checklist to ensure a smooth journey to your next destination.

RV Pre-Departure Checklist

In this post you’ll find two pre-departure checklists.

  • Class A Motorhome checklist
  • Class B Camper van checklist

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Class A Motorhome Pre-Departure Checklist

This is the checklist we used when we had a Class A motorhome with a Jeep Wrangler as a tow vehicle.

– Portable solar unit detached and put away (Renogy 100 watt portable solar panel review)
– Carpets and mats put away
– Bay doors locked
– Awning retracted
– Windshield cleaned
– Side view and rear view cameras cleaned
– Tire pressure checked and visual inspection (RV and tow car)
– Hoses and cables disconnected
– Portable electrical management system box stowed (Progressive Industries Portable EMS review)
– Locks and keys collected and stored
– Steps are cleared and carpet is put away
– Antenna down
– Fans on the roof are closed (now that we have the Fan-tastic Ultra Breeze vent cover, we leave that fan open, but not running)
– Slides in, locked and post-it secured
– Kitchen secured
– Water pump off
– Water heater off
– Lights off including bays and closets
– Generator off
– Bathroom products secured
– Shower door latched
– Toilet flushed
– Drawers pushed in all the way
– Doors closed
– Refrigerator items secured
– Windows closed
– Dog water bowl level check (we usually leave the bowl half full for Leo)
– Fuel check
– Windshield wipers in working order
– Leveling jacks retracted
– Steps retracted when engine is on
– Leveling blocks and Hosspads put away
– Tire chock put away
– Tow car in tow mode (How to Flat Tow a Jeep Wrangler)
– Secure tow car to RV
– Check all safety pins
– Attach brake line to tow car
– Check turn signals and brake lights
– Walkie talkies charged and ready to use
– Water, coffee and snacks easily accessible by the passenger

PDF version of motorhome checklist.

Class B Camper Van Pre-Departure Checklist

Our camper van checklist is shorter because there aren’t as many items to secure/pack. If you tow a car with your Class B RV, I recommend going through the motorhome checklist as well. To get an idea of what it’s like to pack up the camper van, watch the video below.

– Carpets and mats put away
– Awning retracted
– Windshield cleaned
– Tire pressure checked and visual inspection
– Hoses and cables disconnected
– Portable electrical management system box stowed (Progressive Industries Portable EMS review)
– Locks and keys collected and stored
– Steps are cleared
– Fan on the roof is closed
– Sunroof is closed
– Kitchen items secured
– Water pump off
– Berkey strapped down (Berkey Water Filter review)
– Lights off
– Bathroom products secured
– Toilet flushed
– Drawers closed and latched
– Refrigerator items secured
– Windows closed
– Fuel check
– Windshield wipers in working order
– Steps retracted when engine is on
– Leveling blocks and Hosspads put away
– Water, coffee and snacks easily accessible by the passenger

Now it’s time to put together your RV pre-departure checklist. More importantly, make sure to use it before you hit the road.

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