Level Your RV
First things first, you need to level your RV to ensure efficient refrigerator operation and overall comfort. Some RVs come equipped with a self-leveling system, or the vehicle may be leveled using blocks of wood under the low wheels. Most campgrounds have reasonably level sites, and adjustments may be accomplished by simply moving the vehicle a few feet either way. If you feel comfortable, then the vehicle is considered adequately level.
- Check that the driver seat and recline are fully forward. This prevents any damage to the seat and the slide room.
- Make sure the RV’s emergency brake is ON. The slide-outs will not work without the brake in place.
- Check that the area around the slides is clear of obstructions that would prevent them from extending.
- Lower any hydraulic jacks and turn off the hydraulic leveler switch.
Because your slide-out rooms operate on battery power, they might not move properly if your battery is low. Make sure you are unplugged from shore power to check battery levels accurately.
To recharge your battery:
- Run the vehicle’s engine for 15 minutes, OR
- Plug the battery in for at least 15 minutes, OR
- Run the generator for 15 minutes
- Connect the city water hose and eliminate using water from your tank. Ensure the water pressure reducer is connected to the hose correctly to avoid damage to the motor home.
- Connect your power cord if 110-volt power is available.
- Connect the sewer hose.
- Open the Gray Water Valve (pulled out).
- Make sure the Black Water Valves are closed (pushed in).
- Turn on the electric switch.
- Turn on Water Heater.
Take the following checklists with you on your trip to make sure your vacation goes off without a hitch.
Before the Day's AdventureDownload checklist
- Shut off water.
- Shut off water heater to conserve propane.
- Retract awning, especially when it’s windy, during storms, and overnight.
- Lock and secure storage compartments.
Before Packing Up CampDownload checklist
- Push in Gray Water Valve the day before you leave to help with rinsing the sewer hose.
- Pull out Black Water Valve and drain, then pull out the Gray Water Valve and drain.
- Once everything has drained, push in Black Water Valve.
- Put chemicals in toilet (found under sink or in RV storage).
- Turn off water heater (in control panel above TV).
- Set air conditioner to 80°.
- Turn off, unplug, and put away all electric devices, including lights and coffee maker.
- Close and secure awning.
- Shut off, disconnect, and store the water supply.
- Disconnect, rinse off, and put away the sewer and its connection.
- Clean your RV and remove any remaining trash.
Before Hitting the RoadDownload checklist
- Close and lock outside doors and retract entrance step.
- Latch doors and drawers to make sure they stay shut, and secure any loose items inside the RV.
- Make sure all lights and signals work – taillights, brake lights, head lights, turn signals.
- Disconnect and store city water hose, and make sure the connection cap is in place.
- Close holding tank valves and install dump outlet cap.
- Stow sewer hose.
- Unplug and store power cord.
- Lower TV antenna with tabs lined up.
- Check tire pressure. Double check during cold temperatures.
- Check levels on engine oil, windshield wiper fluid, coolant, and generator oil.
- Tighten and secure wheel lugs and wheel covers.
- Close roof vents.
- Check levels of fresh water, sewage holding tanks, and LP tanks.
- Make sure campsite is clean for the next visitors, and double check for any items you might’ve forgotten.