Coach Care: Master Trip Check List

1 month before leaving on an extended trip

Renew registration, state inspection and be sure insurance is up to date
Change/replenish engine fluids and filters
Inspect tires for wear, weather checking, and proper pressure replace if necessary
Test exterior and interior lights
Lubricate entry step according to the owner’s manual
Treat hydraulic levelers with silicone retract and extend twice
Inspect freshwater hoses and sewer hose for wear replace/repair
Inspect extension cords for wear and cracks replace/repair
Verify that the holding tanks are actually holding fill the fresh water tank at least 1/4 full. Check for leaks. Check the gray and black water tanks while you test the appliances. Check for leaks.
Sanitize freshwater holding tank with bleach
Empty all holding tanks
Test ALL appliances:
Refrigerator (including icemaker)
Coffee maker (run a pot of vinegar and water through it, then a pot of water
Stove burners and oven
Kitchen sink replace water filter if you have one
Hot water heater
Toilet (does it hold water?)
Television(s), VCR, Stereo
Backup Camera (check the alignment)
It is very important to know the exact height of your RV. If you have never measured your RV from the highest object on the roof, use a level and a tape measure. Add 6 inches to that number and write it down. Memorize it as well. That is your necessary clearance. Do not assume the manufacturer’s dimensions are correct. You may have added something to the roof, or it may have been

Before leaving home:

All items on the previous list packed in coach
Membership cards
Good Sam – Camping World – Pilot – Flying J – National Park Pass – Costco – Sams Club
MH Insurance
Extended Warranty Service
Car keys
Arrange for pickup of mail and flyers
Newspapers – cancel or have picked up
Phone number or itinerary with a trusted friend/neighbor
Security watch for home (neighbor, friend, police)
Turn off Water Heater
Turn off Air Conditioners
Turn off Water to House
Set Alarm
Remove and stow TV cable and/or phone cords
Check lugs on wheels
Check tire pressure
Check Engine Oil
Check Transmission Oil
Check Coolant Level
Check Hydraulic Fluid Level
Check Diesel / Water Filter
Make sure all exterior storage items are secure; close and lock all compartments
All Compartment Doors Closed and Locked
Shaver – Charger – Blades – Toothbrush – Personal Items

Packing Up: Outside

Takedown and stow awning lights
Stow all outside items: carpets, chairs, grills, etc.
Put up all awnings and Lock arms
Turn off the gas water heater
Shore Power Disconnected and stow any outside electrical connectors
Drain and flush black water holding tank
Put in 2-3 gallons of water and the appropriate amount of holding tank chemical into the black water tank
Drain gray water tank
Double-check that sewer drain valves on RV are closed and remove the sewer hose
Cap the RV sewer drain outlet
Drain sewer hose, clean and stow
Disconnect shore power electrical cord and stow; close and secure the hatch
Remove fresh water hose, drain, and stow
Cover the outside water connection
Remove and stow TV cable and/or phone cords
Check lugs on wheels
Check tire pressure
Check Engine Oil
Check Transmission Oil
Check Coolant Level
Check Hydraulic Fluid Level
Stow satellite dish and stand
Make sure all exterior storage items are secure; close and lock all compartments
Put steps up

Packing Up: Inside

Stow everything loose; coffee maker, toaster, dishes, cups, etc.
Put in the slide-outs
Lock in the slide-out (travel bars and/or lock pins)
Lower roof TV antenna
Lower roof satellite dish
Lower roof vents
Put travel bars in the refrigerator
Lock refrigerator door (safety pin or latch)
Turn off refrigerator -or- switch to gas operation
Turn off the air conditioner or furnace
Turn off the water pump
Turn off the electric water heater
Turn off all lights, radios and electrical items
Lower range top cover
Lower toilet seat cover
Close windows and secure blinds/drapes
Secure bathroom shower door
Secure all other doors (pass-thru, bathroom and bedroom closet doors)
Secure all cabinets and drawers
Secure any stand-alone tables, chairs and other objects
Secure all bathroom items
Put the cutting board in sink or stow in cabinet

Unhitch procedures:

Situate in the site, level side to side
Unlock hitch, remove breakaway, move the truck
Hookups: electric, water, sewer, propane
Ensure that all compartments and doors are closed and locked (when going into dead storage)
Battery disconnect (when going into dead storage)

Hitching Up and Pulling Out

Check that hitch is secure
Pull out of the site slowly to the road; get out and check the following:
Take one last look around the site; Did you forget anything? Is the site clean?
Throw out your last bag of trash
Take one last look around the tow and towed vehicles; everything looks secure?
Check the lights (stoplights, turn signals, and running lights)
Check your brakes
Pull out of the park slowly

TOW Vehicle Checklist

Is the tow bar properly connected? All pins and clips properly secured?
Checked for any indications of damage to the bar or bracket?
Checked all nuts and bolts tightness?
Are safety cables hooked up and crossed under the coupler and attached to the towed vehicle and motorhome?
Is the wiring connected? Are all of the lights functioning properly on both vehicles?
Is the transmission in the proper gear for towing?
Turn ON Brake Switch in RV
If equipped, has a braking system for towed vehicle been properly connected and tested?
Is the towed vehicle’s parking brake released?
Is ignition in the first ON position allowing the steering wheel to freely turn?
Is the towed vehicle locked for towing? Do you have a spare key?
Have you followed your vehicle manufacturer’s instructions for towing?
Hitch car to MH and lock on, breakaway switch
Check lights
Are windows closed