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Departure Checklist


Departure Checklist

INTERIOR

Items stored

Cupboard doors closed

Ceiling vents closed

Windows closed

TV/satellite dish down

TV antenna down

Refrigerator items secure

Refrigerator power selected

Water pump turned off

Slide rooms in and secured

Interior doors secured

Turn off water heater/furnace/air conditioner

Discard trash/recycling

PASSENGER AREA

Drink/coffee cups filled

Seat belts located

Note mileage in Camping Journal

Music/radio ready

Maps/Route/GPS ready

Kids games/books/music/videos/snacks ready

Cell phone

All keys accounted for

Sunglasses

Tissues/wet wipes

Pets walked & happy

EXTERIOR

Drain holding tanks

Check fresh water tank level

Power, water, sewer, cable, etc. unplugged from RV Propane

Range vent secured

Outside storage bay door secured/locked Raise leveling jacks

Remove wheel blocks Windshields cleaned Tire pressure checked Fluid levels checked Entry steps stowed

AT DEPARTURE

Safety inspection – turn signals, brakes, headlights

RV walk-around: windows, slide rooms, roof antennas/vents, steps Tow vehicle walk-around, hitch inspection, safety inspection Inspect site for left items, litter

 

 

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Breaking Camp with your Fifth Wheel RV
 

Now it’s time to move on. You’ve enjoyed your stay, but the open road is calling you. Be sure to check these items before you leave to prevent surprises:

 

  1. Is the television antenna lowered?
  2. Water heater is off?
  3. Heating and air conditioning systems off?
  4. Loose items are secured?
  5. Roof vents are closed?
  6. Slide rooms are in?
  7. Patio Awning is closed and locked?
  8. Steps retracted?
  9. Power cable, water hose, sewer line, and cable TV (if applicable) disconnected and stored?
  10. Rear stabilizer jacks retracted?
  11. Do a quick walkaround of the trailer to be sure you have not forgotten to load anything. Also check to be sure nothing is still hooked into the trailer (water, electric, etc.)
  12. Use the “Hitching the Truck to the Fifth Wheel” Checklist to be sure you are ready to go.

 

 

After a time or two, all of these items will become easier. The main point to remember is to have fun, relax, and enjoy the experience.

 

Happy Camping!

RV Campground Departure Checklist




10 Helpful RV Hacks Every RVer Should Know

10 Helpful RV Hacks Every RVer Should Know

By Cecilia Sturm

Having RV’ed a a good amount of times, I’ve picked up many cool and little “Tips and Tricks” along the way. Vacationing in the RV is always such a great time, and the family is left with unforgettable memories. So why not get the most out every trip you take with these simple and super smart hacks?

Avoid chaos and accidental broken items, eliminate a usually dark spot, and keep your life cleaner and more organized, easily. Instead of learning the hard way, you can get these straightforward RV hacks right here at Mobilerving. These are especially great for everyday life or if you have already decided, or currently deciding to relocate your life in an RV of your dreams.

I give you these 10 helpful RV hacks to simplify your life:

  1. GLOW IN THE DARK TAPE:
Glow tape will come in handy for many uses that will pop up along the way, such as placing on the outside stairs for when you are coming in and out in the dark or just as extra precaution if you have little ones. Also, keep in mind that the last type of memory you want to make on vacation is an injury of some sort. Hurrying down the stairs at night can lead to a little slip to a major fall, and everything in between. So keep those areas lit up with some glow tape. It also looks pretty cool.
  1. USE A COLLAPSIBLE LAUNDRY BASKET IN PLACE OF A TRASHCAN WHEN CAMPING:
This is one of my favorite RV hacks, because it is so convenient. Collapsible laundry baskets easily pop up, they're light weight, and collapse for easy and out of the way storage. If you struggle with space, this cool item is sure to simplify your RV lifestyle.
I have heard that it could also be used as a porta potty. I haven’t tried that one myself, but I would love to know if anyone else has. Of course, regardless of how you use it, always place a trash bag in the trashcan prior to using.
  1. USE A HANGING SHOE ORGANIZER IN THE SHOWER FOR ORGANIZATION:
For many RVers, bathroom storage is usually limited and can become an issue. There's usually very few places for necessary items and some bathrooms do not even come equipped with cabinets underneath the sink or built into the wall. What is the solution you ask? Well I came across this simple and clean RV hack: just hang a clear shoe organizer in the shower to hold shampoo, soap, conditioner, body wash, razors, shaving cream and whatever else you need to shower. You can also hang another one behind the bathroom door for more RV storage for things outside of the shower.
  1. ADD HOOKS TO THE SIDE OF YOUR STORAGE SHELVING FOR MORE SPACE:
Drilling hooks into the side of your shelves is brilliant because you're already saving space with the shelving, so adding hooks on each side is almost like doubling your space. We are always looking for more ways to preserve our very precious RV storage.
  1. VELCRO DOWN YOUR REMOTES:
If you do not already have a special place for your remotes, you can use double sided Velcro to keep them safe and secure and the best part… Never lost!
  1. NON SLIP LINERS FOR DRAWERS AND SHELVES WILL PREVENT SLIDING AND BREAKING:
A few times when we were on the go in our RV, a kitchen cabinet would come loose, my dishes would go flying and most of them would break. It was very frustrating and it only took a few times for me to think of a solution. I figured non slip drawer liners would for sure help. I also had the faulty cabinet fixed, but another one could come flying open at any moment. So better safe than sorry.
  1. USE DANGLING JARS TO STORE AND ORGANIZE SMALL ITEMS:
Genius idea! I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it was such a great idea… You are already traveling/living in tighter than normal quarters, so again, RV storage is always a factor. All the little things we need daily but have no idea where to put for safe keeping can now be stored inside a mason jar with a metal cap.

Take off the cap, screw it to the top of an out of the way area like in the pantry or a cabinet, fill your jars with your little things and tighten the jar back onto the screwed in top. The jars not only help with organization and RV storage, being that they are screwed down and out of the way, you also don’t have to worry about breakage or things sliding around and lost… By lost I obviously mean stolen by the same gnomes who steal 1 of all your socks set at night.

You can try this DIY RV hack for yourself on HGTV!
  1. TIP FOR EVEN HEAT IN THE RV OVEN:
If you are having an issue with your RV oven not evenly heating your food, just add a pizza stone or ceramic stone to the bottom of the gas oven. This tip prevents the bottom of your food from burning in one place and being undercooked in another.
  1. Make your own fire-starter:
No need to purchase a chemical based fire-starter when you can simply and freely use dryer lint. All you need to do is save your laundry lint in cardboard egg carton or even an ice tray, pour wax over each compartment, then bring along to start your fire. Tada, priceless, chemical-free fire!
  1. RV PARK REVIEWS:
This is especially helpful if you’re a beginner! Head over to RV Park Reviews and read real reviews on RV Parks in the United States. The site is very user friendly and you can simply use the map and go from states to cities to view all the parks in the area as well as honest reviews by actual RVers.
MobileRVing also has over 2,000 listings of campgrounds, marinas and state parks in the United States and Canada. If you've visited one of these destinations, leave a review! Help the RV community with your assessment!

*Bonus tip, because we are so kind:

This is an issue I am sure many people have dealt with at some point, RVer or not. How many times have you opened your cooler only to find soggy or soaking wet food? Ugh, nightmare… After many years of dealing with this, I finally realized all I needed was either a couple shoe boxes or a rack that fits inside the cooler. Place your drinks and ice on the bottom, then the rack or shoe boxes on top. Simple, effective and smart.

 

Tips for Keeping the RV Cool Without AC

Introduction

We do a bunch of boondocking on BLM and Forestry lands and dry camping in National, State and County parks. Because of this we often find ourselves without electrical hookups and no way to run our rooftop air conditioner to cool the RV during hot days. We could fire up our two 2000 watt Champion generators paralleled together but that is more of an emergency cooling option and not really practical in the reality. Who would want to be camped next to all the noise and fumes. So we have found many tips and tricks for keeping the RV cool with out the regular air conditioner.

Shade the RV

RV Orientation

Where and in what direction you park the RV can have a dramatic effect on the sun’s effect on internal temperatures. Setting up beside a nice shady tree is one way to reduce the suns impact. Another is to position the RV so the midday sun is shining on the side of the RV with less window area. On most RVs this seems to be the side with the entrance door. Usually on this side is also a large awning that can be deployed to give further shade to the rig. Keep these things in mind when booking a site. You can use a satellite view to check out the available campsites and see which ones are more favorable.

Window Coverings

In my experience the biggest transfer of heat from the outside comes through our large picture windows. Even though they are double pane and slightly tinted, when the sun shines straight on them the rigs internal temps rise quickly. What I do to combat this is insert some reflective bubble insulation called Reflectix and lower the night shades.

Reflectix BP48010 48-Inch by 10-Feet Bubble Pack Insulation

Price: $28.27

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This cuts the heat transfer tremendously. Other solutions I’ve seen are to install external window shades or apply a stick-on reflective window film. I prefer my method because when camping in cold weather I like to utilize the free solar heat energy the windows provide and the external window shades can be a nuisance when the winds pickup.

Window Covers

Ventilation

Once you have the RV setup in the optimal way, awnings out and windows covered the next thing is to ventilate the rig. The goal here is to bring in fresh cool air and pump out the warm air. The target is to not have the inside of the rig any warmer than outside ambient air temperature. Close off any windows that are on the warm, sunny side and open up the windows that are on the shady side. I then open up my roof vents to let the warm air out.

Warm air rises so hopefully you will get some natural convection happening drawing in the cooler air and pushing out the warmer air. To help out this convention effect you could install some fans. We recently installed a quiet but very high output roof vent fan called a Fan-Tastic Fan. It draws very little power and works like a charm creating a nice cooling breeze in the RV.

  • Once the sun goes down the outside temps begin to cool open up your storage bays and cupboards and try to vent off the built up heat in them before bedtime.
  • If your rig doesn’t have any, install some attic vents like you see in regular sticks and bricks houses. These will help remove excess heat that gets trapped up in the roof.

Fan-Tastic 01100WH Endless Breeze Stand alone Fan

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RV Fridge Vent

Another area to pay attention to ventilation wise is the refrigerator.  As the fridge cools our food it also creates a lot of heat which can get trapped in the RV. This heat needs to be removed. Most units have an external vent in the roof or side of the RV. If you can shade the external fridge panels it will help the fridge run cooler and more efficient.

Also a fan in the fridge ventilation area works well to remove all that heat buildup. Our rig came with a small temperature regulated fan in the fridges vent stack and I hear it running on a warm day removing excess heat. I plan to install some extra fans on my roof as well. I’ve seen online a replacement rooftop vent hood with built in solar powered fans that looks like a great idea!

  • Check and make sure the fridge vent areas are clean and not blocked by any debris

Shower Skylight

I’m amazed how much heat pours through our shower skylight on a sunny day. I’ve heard of some folks painting over the thing to block out the heat. Last summer I took apart the inner covering and place some Reflectix bubble insulation in there and that did a good job of keeping the heat out.

Another option is to use Velcro tape and attach a sun block panel when needed. Only caveat is it may be possible to create too much reflected heat back out onto the domed plastic cover and possibly crack it. I guess you could experiment using a infrared heat gun and see how much hotter the external plastic dome gets compared to normal.

Carry Some Tarps

Carrying a tarp or two when RVing is a good idea for all kinds of things. They can be very useful by providing instant shade. Attach one to the awning, the rig or nearby tree, etc. for extra shade.

Use LED Lighting

You would be surprised how much heat those little OEM incandescent or halogen lamps put out in the RV compared to LED replacements. While the LED lamps do warm up a little bit, the regular bulbs are like running little heaters.

LED-Replacement-Bulbs

Swamp Cooler

I haven’t tried one in the RV yet but I had a little evaporative cooler when we had a house and it worked great. You just added water and the small fan pushed air through a wet filter and it cooled the air. There are many interesting designs floating around the internet. Looks like an interesting DIY project.

Cook Outside

Best to try and keep all the cooking heat outdoors. Use the barbecue or camp stove to prepare your meals, coffee and teas. Rather than use the hot RV gas oven, look at cooking a meal outside in a crock pot or Dutch oven