Your RV Travel To-Do List

Your RV Travel To-Do List bb3 May 13, 2014

By Staff Writer

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Is the old-fashioned Canadian road trip on your summer agenda? If it's by way of RV, use this checklist to plan a smooth ride.

RV Travel

Get Insured: A blend of homeowners and auto insurance is typically used to cover the vehicle’s multiple uses. Talk to your agent for more information.

Plan Ahead: Flexibility is a perk of RV travel, but a rough agenda with the best places on route to eat, explore and stay will help alleviate some of the guessing.

From rustic to Wi-Fi enabled, camping options run the gamut. Find the lot size and water, power and sewer hookups you need at and

Load Up: Outfit your RV with the comforts of home. Some necessities include:

  • Dishes, cookware and kitchen tools
  • Nonperishable food items
  • Cleaning supplies
  • First-aid kit
  • Tool kit
  • Batteries
  • Flashlights
  • RV toilet paper
  • Linens

Maintain, Maintain, Maintain: Regular maintenance can keep your RV operating safely and reduce the risk of a breakdown.

Before every trip:

  • Check tire pressure
  • Check brakes
  • Check battery fluid levels
  • Wash and inspect the exterior

And according to the manufacturer’s suggested timeline:

  • Clean air conditioner filters
  • Drain air from air brake tanks
  • Lube slide wipers and rails
  • Change engine and generator oil
  • Check air, fuel, coolant and hydraulic filters
  • Have brakes adjusted
  • Check window, door and roof seals

Learn more about these maintenance basics at Rand McNally’s blog.