Need An RV Checklist?… Here Are All The Best Checklists For RVers

clipboard-to-do-list2.jpgThere are a number of good resources for RV checklists out there.

I’ve spent some time researching them and I’ve compiled “the best of the best” below.

Need an RV checklist? Start here…

No matter which aspect of RVing you are currently seeking a checklist for, the following RV checklists should have you covered.


Before You Buy A New RV, Motorhome Or Travel Trailer…

Before you buy anything new, you should do a little homework first.

Here are some checklists to make sure you cover all of the important things during the road-test, walk-around inspection, and what to look for before you take delivery of your new RV.

RV inspection checklist

Checklist to follow before you buy an RV

RV road test checklist

RV & travel trailer road test checklist

Checklist for buying a used RV


Supplies RVers Generally Like To Have On-Board At All Times…

From the most basic supplies to the extravagant luxury items, it’s all covered here.

Initial inventory checklist before your first RV trip

A checklist of common RV essentials

RV supplies checklist

Checklist for on-board supplies

Essential checklist for outfitting your RV

Checklist for optional items that are nice to have on hand

RV kitchen checklist (.pdf)

Customizable list of kitchen and household items to keep on board

Customizable RV travel checklist


To Do Before You Hit The Road…

Before you even leave home, there are some things you’ll want to do to make sure things are in order for the time that you will be gone.

RV vacation checklist

Checklist to make sure everything is in working order

5th wheel departure checklist (.pdf)

Customizable list of items you’ll probably need at some point

Customizable RV meal plan & shopping list


If You Have Pets…

Whether you have a dog or a cat, here are some important reminders as far as pets go.


Dog Car & Travel Checklist

Customizable checklist for RVers with pets

Dog Travel Checklist


If You’ll Be Camping…

For the most part, your basic supplies will include shelter, bedding, seating, tools, safety & emergency equipment, cooking & eating supplies, fun & activities & entertainment, clothing, grooming & toiletries, cleaning supplies, and health care items.

RV camping checklist

RV camping supplies checklist

The ultimate checklist for camping

Coleman’s RV camping checklist

Essential vs optional camping gear checklist

RV camping checklist

Customizable list of toiletries to pack

Customizable list of first aid and medical supplies


Before Arriving At & Departing From RV Camping Locations…

One of the most ‘dangerous’ aspects of RVing is when you forget to do something before you leave (like pull in the slide-outs or turn off the levelers). Likewise, it’s sometimes hard to remember all of the little things you need to know when you decide to park somewhere overnight. These lists will help.

RV breaking camp checklist

Motorhome arrival & set-up checklist

RV travel trailer arrival & set-up checklist

Motorhome departure checklist

RV travel trailer departure checklist

Checklist for detaching a truck camper from a pickup truck

Departing a campground checklist


Maintenance & Tech Checklists…

You can prolong the life of your RV and make your road trips more enjoyable by sticking to a regular maintenance and repair schedule. Here are some ideas.

Routine RV inspection checklist

RV maintenance checklist

Checklist for winterizing your RV

Spring preparation checklist

RV inspection checklist

RV tire checklist

RV maintenance checklist

Customizable list of tools & supplies to keep on board

Customizable RV maintenance checklist

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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  • Anonymous

    That came really in handy for someone not-quite-so-organized like me and maybe your next post can be on how to deal woth moving ad how to have the courage to give up on certain items that you know you don’t need but somehow you still keep them. I tried Self Storage but that I still haven’t found the right plan to help me deal with this.

  • Matt

    Thanks Lynn!

  • Matt

    Thanks Lynn!

  • Mmlediver

    Regarding a flashlight. I’m a scuba diver and one of the best overall lights I’ve ever used, both above and below the water is… Underwater Kinetics SL6 with the xenon bulb. Gives a very bright beam of light and is waterproof. It uses 6 C size batteries and when using it as a non-diving light, the batteries have lasted for several years (periodic use) and can last over an hour on continuous burn.

  • Cindy Thomas @windshieldcover

    Wow this is one of the most through RV checklists I’ve encountered! It’ll definitely come in handy. Thanks!

  • rich

    vert well done thanks

  • Beth Sullivan

    Many thanks for compiling these checklists. I am a first time RV owner, 201 T@B CS-S, and didn’t know where to start. These were extremely helpful!