|1. Chassis System|
that fluid levels are in operating range (oil, power
steering, engine coolant, windshield washer, transmission,
brake fluid if equipped, etc.).
chassis engine starting battery for clean connections
and proper state of charge.
operation of all lights and flashers.
for proper operation of foot brake and parking brake.
wheel lugs for proper tightness.
and set tire pressure according to actual axle load.
for cleanliness of the generating set as it affects
the air cleaner as required by the owner’s manual.
oil level and change as required by the owner’s manual.
generator starting battery for clean connections
and proper state of charge.
governor and choke linkage clean.
manufacturer’s owner’s manual to ensure proper maintenance
has been performed.
refrigerator on gas and look at burner to see if
flame is blue. If not, have repairs performed.
and ensure there are no obstructions in ventilation
to see that control knobs are not stripped causing
a false thermostat reading.
packing the refrigerator, do not pack so tightly
as to shut off internal air flow.
air filters and clean if necessary. Look to see if
cooling unit coils are clean and free of debris.
to see that condensing unit is clean, free of obstructions,
and there is nothing blocking air flow.
voltage at outside panel. Most air conditioning systems
are designed to operate at 120 volts plus or minus
10% (108-132 volts).
Inside the Coach
off the water pump switch.
windows and vents.
that cabinet doors and drawers are closed.
that refrigerator door is fastened.
that no heavy items are stored in overhead cabinets.
that counter tops, range top, table tops, and shelves
are clear of unsecured items.
is the location of the fire extinguisher(s) and are
they fully charged?
Items You May Want To Take Along
supply of prescription medicines and copies of prescriptions.
sunglasses and prescription.
and film, VCR.
book with telephone list.
material. Spare chassis parts, set of engine drive
and accessory belts, fuel filters, oil, highway flares,
light bulbs, fuses, and a 12-volt trouble light with
tire pressure gauge. Spare parts for generator (spark
plugs, oil, air filter).
items: first aid kit, heating pad, ice bag.
toilet chemicals and toilet paper.
for areas you will be traveling to.
Thoughts to Consider
sure motorhome insurance is current and you have
a current insurance card and vehicle registration
carrying a great deal of cash while traveling: Use
travelers’ checks and credit cards.
any reservations well in advance.
a clothing checklist.
home and valuables before leaving.
appropriate home services, mail, and newspaper delivery.
neighbors and police of departure and return dates.
Unique Cold Weather Operation
gas appliances, furnace and gas operation of refrigerator
are designed with sealed combustion areas. This is
for safety to prevent danger from carbon monoxide
or depletion of oxygen. If frost or condensation
accumulates in closets or cabinets during long periods
of cold weather operation, leave doors to these areas
ajar to provide air circulation.
sure kitchen and roof vents are open when using oven
If Towing a Car With Bar
the tow bar hooked up and checked?
the safety chains crossed under the coupling and
the towed vehicle lights working?
transmission in the proper gear?
drive shaft disengaged if need be?
the towed vehicle’s parking brake off?
the ignition in the first “ON” position?
you have a spare set of keys for the towed vehicle?
If yes, lock the towed vehicle.
NOT ATTEMPT TO BACK UP WHEN HOOKED UP! REMEMBER THAT
YOU ARE DRIVING A VEHICLE THAT IS 20 FEET LONGER!
Just Before Driving Away
and stow electrical cord, sewer hose, and water hose.
TV antenna to ensure it is in the retracted position.
safety’s sake, the propane should be turned of or
have a device to shut off tank should a rapid leak
to ensure that items inside the compartments are
secure and the compartments are properly secured/locked.
the leveling jacks in the raised position?
the awning(s) up and secured?
the doorstep retracted?
the outside door locked from the inside?
the rear-view mirrors and driver’s seat adjusted
your campsite clean?
everyone buckled up?