Having rv checklists to follow is helpful to both beginner and veteran RVers when packing for a trip, setting up and breaking up camp and preparing for departure. It can save you from some embarrassing, and perhaps costly, mistakes.

Keep in mind your limited space and plan to live simply. As far as clothes, pack at least one set of clothes for each season. Even on a weekend trip, the weather could change. Go through your house and start making rv checklists of things you just cannot live without: in your kitchen; in your living quarters; in your bathroom; relaxation/entertainment necessities; work-related necessities, etc., etc. If you will be using your motor home off and on for trips throughout the year, outfit it with duplicates of the items, so you don’t have to move so many things back and forth between house and RV.

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Do a Google search for “rv checklists” and you’ll find a wealth of sites that will help you get started creating your own checklists for various parts of this RV lifestyle.

Outfitting Your RV - You can find all or most of the items on this checklist at a camping supply store, and Wal-Marts have a good RV supply section for hoses, RV toilet paper, black water chemicals, fresh water filters, etc.

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I made rv checklists like crazy when I was first planning my new life. However, I learned of many other things that weren’t on my lists as time went by. Hopefully, the following checklist will be of help to you.

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• Bungee cords in various lengths and strengths
• Bubble wrap sleeves for fine glassware (can find at camping supply stores)
• Waffle-patterned rubber matting (sold by the yard at Wal-Mart, camping supply stores, etc.) for lining bottoms of drawers and cupboards to create a non-skid surface. Put pieces of it between plates and bowls stacked in the cupboard – they’ll be less liable to slide around when you hit bumps.
• Duct tape
• Extra fuses in the varying sizes used in your RV
• Fuse puller
• Disposable rubber gloves

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Water pressure regulator – some campgrounds have very high water pressure. Without a regulator, you could end up blowing out the lines in your RV. Get a good one.

• Fresh water hose – 25’ should be adequate, and it’s a good idea to carry an extra one.
• In-line water filter
Sewer hose
• Sewer hose fittings – a rubber sewer ring is required at many campgrounds.
• Electrical extension cord – to match your RVs electrical rating ( 20, 30, or 50 amp)
Electrical adapters – so you can plug your RV into whatever service is available.

• Garden hose – for rinsing out your black water tank and sewer hose. Include a high pressure nozzle. Do not use this for fresh water.
• Wheel chocks – some form of locking the wheels of the RV.
• Leveling blocks – if you don’t have hydraulic levelers in your coach, use orange Lynx levelers or any pieces of wood cut into squares
• Level – so you can make sure your RV is level.
• Extra light bulbs – for interior and exterior
• Fire extinguisher
• First aid kit
• Black water chemicals – don’t forget to add this after dumping your black water tank!
• RV toilet paper – if you use regular t.p., you will eventually clog your black water holding tank.
• Rags – you always need a rag for something
• Flashlight
• Matches or one of the butane lighters – for lighting the range, oven, grill, etc.
• Tools – be sure to carry the basics:
     Pliers, large & small & needle-nose
     Channel locks
     Assorted flat-head screwdrivers
     Assorted Phillips-head screwdrivers
     Fuse puller
     Wrenches – box & open end
     Socket set
     Tire gauge

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RV MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST: As you go through the owner's manual for your motorhome, make notes of the items you'll need to do on a regular basis. This will be the start of your maintenance checklist - one of the most important rv checklists. The following is just a start on the basics of maintaining your RV - these are items I learned along the way.

Before and after every trip and at every stop during your trip, make it a habit to give all the tires (on both the RV and the towing or towed vehicle) a good visual inspection. I had a flat on one of the dual tires on my rv and never even noticed it until I stopped for gas. I was fortunate; a flat tire can start shredding, throwing up pieces and doing lots of damage, to say nothing of creating sparks and starting a fire.

If your coach has been stored, be sure to check the refrigerator flue before starting it on propane. Insects and/or birds may have built a nest and clogged the flue, which could result in carbon monoxide entering the coach, or cause a fire.

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Monthly Maintenance: Check all hoses and clamps to make sure they are firm and tight, and look for any signs of leakage. This includes all the connections between the engine and the fuel tank.

Check the water level in your batteries.

Test your smoke detector.

Look at the gauge on the fire extinguishers to make sure there is pressure in the extinguisher. Recharge or replace it if needed. Invert and shake a dry-powder or dry-chemical extinguisher to loosen the powder, which gets packed down during travel and could cause the extinguisher to fail to work.

Check the engine compartment regularly and keep it clean.

• Towed vehicle/or towing vehicle set up properly – all connections checked.
• Check all tires – need air?
• Power cord, water hose & sewer hose all disconnected & stowed
• Awnings all in
• Antenna down
• Brake off
• Loose articles in bathroom, kitchen, on table, refrigerator, etc., properly secured
• Hydraulic and/or manual jacks up 
• Slide in
• Solar panel (if you have one) flat
• Wheel chocks (if used) removed.

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There are times I've forgotten to take up the window awnings; another time I forgot to pull in the slideout. Fortunately, I realized  what I had done before going more than 50 feet. It goes without saying that I still find rv checklists helpful - I just need to remember to look at them!

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