by Bob Kelly 2019
A recent discussion on what to bring RV’ing made me realize that I’ve never seen a complete inventory of an RV. An RV is a small mobile house, where you are only limited by what you are daring enough to stuff into the space that you have. A house inventory is personal, complicated and lengthy. I personally carry too much stuff, and fortunately have reached the point where during my annual commissioning of the RV, I try to take out stuff I haven’t used and experience leads me to believe that I won’t need. Read more “RV Inventory – Example”
Checklist for Pickup
- Roof sealing – Climb on the roof and inspect seams, gaskets, and any other place where the roof material is cut or drilled. Check closely around air conditioner, vents, antenna, sewer vents, end-caps and side seams. No bubbles, nails or protruding screws! Check for rust spots near cut-away roof joint.
- Windows – Check closely around each window to make sure it has been properly aligned and sealed. A narrow gap between trim ring & frame is OK, but it should be nearly even all the way around.
- Cab & Entry Doors – Check the gasket for proper adhesion and coverage. Check from inside that it is flush against the door jamb. Check keys, lock & unlock. Check that screen door opens smoothly alone, locks to main door easily and does not have gaps to let mosquitoes in.
- Basement Compartments – Open and close each door, checking for alignment and gasketing. Lock & unlock. All hinges should be tight and secure, latches should hold the door tightly closed and be easy to open. Look for any signs of moisture that might indicate rain leakage. Gas cylinders used for keeping door open should be installed so as to not interfere with items stored. Check for protruding self-tapping screws.
- Utility Compartment -Where are the low point drains for the fresh water tank and water heater?
- Propane – Check the LPG compartment to verify that there is proper ventilation downward. There should be no possible way for propane to enter into the RV or any other compartment. Confirm that a leak test has been performed on tank, regulator and the complete system.
- House Batteries – Make sure the battery compartment is ventilated. Verify that battery cables are not rubbing.
- Paint & Siding – Sight down the sides for bumps and depressions. Check the paint finish. Check vinyl film to make sure it is free of air bubbles. Look closely where masking tape was used for paint graphics to make sure there is no over-spray. Check for surface smoothness (no indentations!), color variations in gel coat and paint and any place where paint coverage is marginal or paint bubbles.
- Tires and Wheels – Inspect tires (incl. spare) and wheels and check tire pressure. Ask for proper jacking points.
- Awnings and Step – Check operation of manual awning and automatic step.
Read more “Checklist and Procedure for Purchase and Delivery.”
- Clear campsite:
- Pack chairs, loungers
- Pack BBQ
- Pack hammocks
- Pack stuff on picnic table, tablecloth
- Pack tent or screen room
- Pack clothesline and hanging clothes, towels, shoes
- Load bikes on rack and lock
Read more “RV Pre-Drive Checklist”