Your RV Travel To-Do List

Your RV Travel To-Do List bb3 Mar 21, 2014

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


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

Visit the Go RVing Coalition for more.

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.

And don't forget to check your RV's roof. Find routine maintenance tips on the State Farm® Learning Center.

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