Mastering Your RV Journey

A Comprehensive Pre-Delivery Walkthrough Guide

February 6, 2024
By: Team Keystone

Whether you're a first-time owner or an experienced RVer, a thorough walk-through is crucial to understanding your vehicle's features and ensuring a smooth and enjoyable journey. Here's a detailed guide for an RV walk-through:

Pre-Delivery Walkthrough Checklist:

  • Documentation: Gather all manuals, documentation, and warranties provided by the manufacturer. Have a notepad and pen for taking notes, or use your mobile phone to record.
  • Power Source: Confirm you have a reliable power source by the RV (shore power, generator, or solar). Familiarize yourself with the electrical system and circuit breakers.

Exterior Walkthrough:

  • Exterior Inspection: Inspect the RV for any visible damage or issues.
  • Check the tires for proper inflation and wear.
  • Verify that all exterior compartments and doors are secure.
  • Utility Connections: Learn how to connect and disconnect water, sewage, and electrical hookups. Verify the proper operation of the leveling system (if equipped).
  • Awning Operation: If your RV has an awning, understand how to extend and retract it safely.
  • Exterior Features: Identify and test external features like lights, speakers, and outdoor outlets.

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Interior Walkthrough:

  • Control Panel: Locate and understand the control panel for lights, water pump, and slide-outs. Test interior lights, both regular and emergency.
  • Appliances: Test and learn how to operate the stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, and any other kitchen appliances. Check the operation of the HVAC system (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). Test and learn how to operate a central vacuum system (if equipped).
  • Bathroom Facilities: Understand the operation of the toilet, shower, and sink.
  • Sleeping Areas: Test the functionality of beds, fold-out sofas, or any other sleeping arrangements.
  • Entertainment Systems: Learn how to operate the TV, radio, DVD player, and any other entertainment systems.
  • Interior Storage: Explore storage areas and cabinets. Check for any signs of water damage or pests.
  • Slide-Outs: If applicable, understand how to operate slide-outs safely.
  • Ventilation: Familiarize yourself with windows, vents, and fans for proper ventilation.
  • Safety Features: Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Test these detectors and replace batteries if necessary.
  • Emergency Exit: Locate and understand the emergency exit procedures.
  • Propane System: Understand how to safely operate and monitor the propane system.
  • Security Measures: Review security features, such as door and window locks.

Miscellaneous Tips:

  • Driving Tips: If you're new to RV driving, practice in an open area before hitting the road.
  • Understand the height and weight restrictions of your RV
  • Maintenance Schedule: Create a maintenance schedule and stick to it for optimal performance.
  • Travel Essentials: Pack essential items like leveling blocks, wheel chocks, hoses, and tools.
  • Campground Etiquette: Familiarize yourself with campground rules and proper RV etiquette.

Taking the time to go through this comprehensive RV walkthrough will not only ensure your safety and comfort but also help you make the most of your RV experience. Remember to refer to the manuals and documentation for specific details about your RV. You have it all at your fingertips with the My Keystone App!

Safe travels and Camp Better!