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Pre-Trip Checklist

RV Trip-Preparation Check List

By George A Mullen, Compuserve RV Forum

D-x ________________________ (Departure minus x days)

  • Plan itinerary.
  • Make campground reservations (List on last page.)
  • Get General Delivery ZIP codes for mail-forwarding destinations.
  • Get DISH azimuth/elevation/ skew settings.
  • Contact gardener, if needed.

 D-10 ________________________ (Departure minus 10 days, etc.)

  • Check medication for needed refills.
  • Temp. change of address to USPS Start __________ Stop_________
  • Check AAA maps and Tour Guides
  • Oil cabinet doors with Old English

D-9 ________________________

  • Check/top-off fuel and propane levels.
  • Check engine oil, transmission fluid, etc
  • Check battery water levels & charge as needed.
  • Check/clean/treat battery terminals.
  • Check interior/exterior lights.

D-8 ________________________

  • Check generator.
  • Oil level. Change oil?
  • Air filter.
  • Lube linkages

D-7 ________________________

  • Wash air conditioner filters (4)
  • Wash small ceramic heater filter.
  • Check topside units for cleanliness and security.
  • Check air conditioner shrouds for security.

D-6 ________________________

  • Check water heater sacrificial anode rod; replace as needed.
  • Check lawn sprinkler control setting
  • DeLorme road construction info update
  • D-5 ________________________
  • Check printer ink; obtain spare ink cartridges as needed
  • Check paper supply
  • Draft paper
  • Bright white paper
  • Photo paper
  • Apply for CVSVP security checks. (Police department Senior Volunteer Patrol)
  • Dust & vacuum/shampoo rug as needed.
  • Check video tape inventory.
  • Check office/mailing supplies, labels, stamps, etc.
  • Change cell phone calling plan? Y N
  • Bug "bomb" inside RV? Y N

D-4 ________________________

  • Wash RV.
  • Check distilled water supply.
  • Get a haircut.
  • Start RV refrigerator cooling.
  • Refrigerator exhaust fan switch ON.
  • Drain and refill water tank as needed.
  • Check Saturn transaxle fluid level
  • Check tire pressures.
    • RV 
    • Auto
    • Tow dolly

D-3 ________________________

  • Call SDU-T or use Internet (Local newspaper delivery stop/start) Stop __________ Resume __________
  • Recharge water softener.
  • Check garage for transfer items.
  • Load ShopVac & accessories? Y N
  • Transfer clothing to RV
  • Load desired computer disks & CD-ROMs
  • Mow lawns.
  • Wash automobile.
  • Check CO alarm
  • Check smoke alarm
  • Home telephone "Call Forwarding" service? Y N

D-2 ________________________

  • Keep/dispose/move to RV, as needed:
  • Refrigerator and freezer � Kitchen pantry
  • Bakery goods, etc.
  • Garage pantry
  • Load kitchen pots/pans/utensils, etc.
  • Withdraw cash as needed from credit union.
  • Commissary trip. (Grocery shopping)
  • E-mail to ALCON. (Itinerary to "all concerned")

D-1 ________________________

  • Wash RV windows.
  • Load satellite system
    • Antennae
    • Receivers
    • Remote controls
  • Check/set LR and den light timers
  • Check/fill humming bird feeders
  • Load laundry supplies.
  • Load plants.
  • Mail forwarding instructions to MBE
  • Pick up mail at MBE.
  • "No mail" sign in mailbox (after last mail delivery).
  • Dust motion detectors in house.
  • Install Saturn front covers
  • Install main braces and QD base on Saturn
  • Install tow bar on motorhome.
  • In c:ozwin230 rename RVexclist.dat to Exclist.dat

D ________________________

  • Wash RV windshield & mirrors
  • Call ADT (Home security system)
  • Confirm P.O.C. (Point of contact if alarm activates)
  • Garage back door locked.
  • Home Water OFF
  • Home Water heater pilot OFF
  • Home Furnace pilot OFF
  • Home Phantom loads OFF
  • Home Butler: OFF ON (Telephone answering machine)
  • Load toilet articles.
  • Load pillows, etc.
  • Load medical equipment/supplies.
  • Load laptop and accessories (phone cord).
  • Load husband & wife medication.
  • Garage door opener LOCKED.
  • Cuckoo clock STOPPED
  • Windows locked and blinds set.
  • Final refrigerator check!
  • Security alarm set Y N
  • Bug bombs Yes No
  • Buy donuts Yes No

 DON'T FORGET:

  • Quarters/Dimes/Nickels
  • Walkman radio & earphones
  • Bills to be paid
  • Receipt storage folder
  • Camera/film
  • Books/magazines/RV parts catalogs
  • VCR loaded/set to tape programs
  • Stamps
  • Extra blank checks
  • Extra address labels/blank label sheets for printer
  • Rock salt supply (for water softener)
  • Spare batteries (9V, 6V lantern, D, C, AA, AAA)
  • Laptop board
  • Electric screwdriver/charger/bit set
  • Cardex address/phone list
  • Power inverter
  • Audio CD's
  • Laptop manuals
  • Stepladder Y N
  • Paper/plastic bags for trash collection
  • Plants
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Sphygmomanometer
  • Blood glucose tester & consumables
  • Large Stir-fry skillet
  • Wife's insulated water bottle & ice pack
  • Cell phone, charger, instructions, accessories
  • Distilled water
  • Butler instructions & code number
  • Hearing aid batteries
  • Battery jumper cables
  • Cover, security cable and lock for Saturn.
  • Hand-held Cobra CB and charger
  • Automobile CB and window-clip antenna
  • FRS radios and base-charger
  • Camera tripod
  • Bath scales Y N
  • Kitchen TV  Y N
  • DISH manuals
  • Therabands & snaphook
  • NiMH / NiCad battery charger

EXTENDED-ABSENCE CHECK LIST

  • Store outside furniture in garage.
  • Remove all trash and garbage.
  • Cover furniture, etc., as desired.
  • Check refrigerator/freezer temperature settings.
  • Place buckets of water in rooms.
  • Car in garage; disconnect battery
  • Dolly in garage?
  • Lawn watering? (Modify other water-related checks as needed)  

RETURN CHECK LIST

  • Call ADT
  • Call CVSVP
  • Call SDU-T
  • Garage door opener UNLOCKED.
  • Water ON.
  • Light water heater pilot. Turn ON.
  • Light furnace pilot. Turn ON.
  • Start cuckoo clock.
  • Pick up mail at MBE
  • Notify USPO to resume normal mail
  • Unload RV refrigerator. Defrost/clean.
  • Install DISH antenna, receiver & remote
  • Wash RV.
  • Rinse out BWT.
  • Review cell phone plan; change as/when needed. (Allow for any O/T charges to catch up, if needed)
  • In c:ozwin230 rename Exclist.dat to RVExclist.dat
  • E-mail to kids


CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS

Area: ________________________________
Campground: _________________________
Telephone: ____________________________
Arrive: ____________ Depart: ____________
Made: __________ Confirm #____________
CIS access telephone numbers: ____________________________________ Remarks:_____________________________ ____________________________________

Area: ________________________________
Campground: _________________________
Telephone: ____________________________
Arrive: ____________ Depart: ____________
Made: __________ Confirm #____________
CIS access telephone numbers: ____________________________________ Remarks:_____________________________ ____________________________________

Area: ________________________________
Campground: _________________________
Telephone: ____________________________
Arrive: ____________ Depart: ____________
Made: __________ Confirm #____________
CIS access telephone numbers: ____________________________________ Remarks:_____________________________ ____________________________________

Area: ________________________________
Campground: _________________________
Telephone: ____________________________
Arrive: ____________ Depart: ____________
Made: __________ Confirm #____________
CIS access telephone numbers: ____________________________________ Remarks:_____________________________ ____________________________________

Area: ________________________________
Campground: _________________________
Telephone: ____________________________
Arrive: ____________ Depart: ____________
Made: __________ Confirm #____________
CIS access telephone numbers: ____________________________________ Remarks:_____________________________ ____________________________________

Area: ________________________________
Campground: _________________________
Telephone: ____________________________
Arrive: ____________ Depart: ____________
Made: __________ Confirm #____________
CIS access telephone numbers: ____________________________________ Remarks:_____________________________ ____________________________________

Area: ________________________________
Campground: _________________________
Telephone: ____________________________
Arrive: ____________ Depart: ____________
Made: __________ Confirm #____________
CIS access telephone numbers: ____________________________________ Remarks:_____________________________ ____________________________________

Area: ________________________________
Campground: _________________________
Telephone: ____________________________
Arrive: ____________ Depart: ____________
Made: __________ Confirm #____________
CIS access telephone numbers: ____________________________________ Remarks:_____________________________ ____________________________________