Checklist: Preparing for RV Shipping
Before turning over your vehicle to your RV delivery company, you will be responsible for preparing it and making sure that it is safe to transport over long distances. This process is similar to preparing a car for transport with just a few specific steps for RV’s. Make sure to ask your RV transporter for their specific requirements prior to RV transport. Taking a few minutes to prepare your RV lessens the chance for any accidents or damage that could occur during RV shipping.
Inside the RV
- Secure latches on all doors, windows, and cabinets. Tape them shut if they do not latch.
- Secure or take down any items hanging on the walls.
- Turn off all appliances and electronics and disconnect the power supply and gas lines.
- Remove any loose items and stow cargo in the appropriate compartments.
- Make sure there are no loose items within the RV.
Outside the RV
- Check that all parking, brake, turn signal, and indicator lights are functional.
- Latch and secure all cargo doors, chains, and pop-ups.
- Lock slide-outs if your RV has them.
- Check fluid levels (engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant, power steering fluid) and that for any leaks.
- Secure tow bar and hitch and ensure that they are correctly installed and latched.
- Inspect battery and make sure the volt/amp gauge shows that it is within the correct range.
- Check pressure in all tires and visually inspect for cracks and excessive tread wear.
- Verify that service and parking brakes function as they should, and if your RV has air brakes, that the air pressure is OK.
- Consider the weather along the route that your transporter will take. Fill up fresh water tanks with antifreeze and take other precautions as necessary.
- Give the transporter a full set of keys and write down any special operating instructions.
- Provide clear directions to the RV delivery company for emergency procedures and shut-off locations for batteries, generator, LP/propane tanks, and manual overrides in case of problems.
These tips are not an exhaustive list, but they are some of the most important things to keep in mind when preparing your RV for transport. You will want to find the specific owner’s manuals for your RV for manufacturer-specific information on RV shipping. Even though this process may take some time, it ensures that the RV delivery will go smoothly and that you will receive your RV in good condition.« A Guide to RV Transport Insurance Choosing an RV Transporter »