Packing Up — Outside Your RV

The following are generalized checklists for packing up after your RV trip. Since there are so many different types of RVs with different options on each one, it's nearly impossible to put together a checklist for each one. So keep in mind the following notes when using these lists:

Note 1 — These are general checklists you can use for packing up. Modify them any way you wish for your particular setup. Some items may not apply while other items for your rig and setup might be missing. But these checklists contain most of what needs to be done in every situation, regardless of whether you have a motorhome, travel trailer or tent camper.
Note 2 — The checklists are not necessarily in the order that things must be done. Rather, as long as you have everything checked off before you leave, you should be in good shape.
Note 3 — We have a checklist item to turn your refrigerator to gas before pulling out. It has been proven, sometimes with devastating results, that traveling with your propane gas open and running can be dangerous. The experts strongly recommend against this practice. But, just as many RVers are running overweight (another dangerous practice), many will still run with the propane on. Who are we to judge, and we don't. But as a form of disclaimer, just because we have this item on our checklist we do not endorse operating the refrigerator on gas while traveling.

  • Take down and stow awning lights.
  • Stow all outside items: carpets, chairs, grill, etc.
  • Stow satellite dish and stand.
  • Put up all awnings.
  • Close and lock outside range hood vent.
  • Close front (and rear) window shutters.
  • If not operating the refrigerator, shut off the LP gas bottles.
  • Turn off gas water heater.
  • Put stabilizer jacks up and secure -or- Stow portable jacks.
  • Stow wheel chocks.
  • Put up the steps.
  • Remove and stow any outside electrical connectors.
  • Drain and flush black water holding tank.
  • Put in 2-3 gallons of water and 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.
  • Make sure all exterior storage items are secure; close and lock all compartments.

checklist courtesy of rvNetLinx: