My Travel Trailer Checklist For Safety and Peace of Mind

It’s a good idea to have a travel trailer checklist for use before you take your trailer out on that next trip. Murphy and I haven’t pulled Bridget out of our cozy site on my brother’s property since we arrived in late March. Tomorrow we head south on a short but exciting adventure.

Our Next Camping Trip is Tomorrow

My daughter and her family go tent camping every summer and I’ve been invited along again this year. Their site is huge and there is plenty of room for all of us. There are three adults, four kids, two big dogs, a huge tent, and Bridget and Max.

RV Maintenance

It’s a good idea to have your RV inspected annually by a professional. They check and service your propane system, appliances, water heater, furnace, axles, bearings, brakes, etc. I feel better knowing a professional has inspected my rig and I have had any issues repaired.

Travel Trailer Checklist

Before we leave on any trip, I go through a list of safety checks and do any necessary maintenance on my trailer as well as my tow vehicle. Because I live in my trailer full-time, I don’t check many of the same things a part-time traveler would. A sample travel trailer checklist is below.

  • check tire pressures and adjust as needed
  • check battery fluid levels (if you have flooded lead-acid batteries)
  • check all systems to insure they function properly (electrical, water, water pump, furnace, etc.)
  • lubricate stabilizers, stairs, doors, etc.
  • insure all items are stowed to avoid damage
  • locate your spare RV keys and place them in a safe location outside your RV in case you get locked out.

I’ve been preparing myself for boondocking on my next trip and I have a few new gadgets we will be testing. More on that in my next post.

Wash Your Beauty

Yesterday I gave Bridget a good wash and now she’s shiny and ready for our first summer trip this year. My rock tamers are back on Max. Thanks to my brother for shortening them for me.

When I got my Ford F250 over a year ago, I realized how difficult it is to hook and remove the trailer safety chains to/from the holes in the hitch receiver area. I tried a couple of different loops to make it easier but for one reason or another, I went back to hooking them directly to the truck. I finally found something that will work and now my safety chains won’t get stuck. No more getting everything undone except one stubborn safety chain.

These are Dura Link Safety Chain Connector Links. They are rated for 12,000 pounds and cannot be removed without a great deal of difficulty. It’s pretty silly how excited I am about these. My brother put these on for me too! Thanks, Bruce!

Consider making your own travel trailer checklist so you don’t forget to check anything before you head out on your next adventure.

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