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I am often asked for tips to help the newbie hit the road. I believe following a checklist is an important part of the process. It's always a good idea to review safety steps no matter how many times you've performed them. I share things learned from my own experience (sometimes found out the "hard way"). I also had lots of good expert input from those more experienced in areas less familiar to me. An RV salesman with over 20 years experience helped with the PDI process, a long-time trailer and 5th wheel tower overlooked that section. These lists were designed to be easy to use, broken down into four stages so you can print out just exactly what you need along the way. Below is a recap of the kind of checklists included and the type of information provided.

THE "I WANT IT" PROCESS
1. Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI)
A. Checklist for Motor Homes
B. Checklist for 5th Wheels and Trailers
C. Comparison Checklist for Buying Pre-Owned

Separate detailed lists for interior and exterior elements to check out.
Drive Test - how's it handle? What to watch for.
Helps keep track of different ones you've seen and how to inspect them.

THE "I'VE GOT IT" PROCESS
2. Preparing for that First Step
A. Shakedown Cruise
B. Checklist to use before hitting the open road
C. Inventory - Stuff to Bring
D. Contents and Price List for Insurance Purposes
What to look for on your maiden voyage.
Notifications, things to consider, safety checks
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One forum contributor solution: "Just stock it with money and it will turn into anything you need." You get 3 pages of more specific things to consider.

You might as well do this now while you're stocking it - hopefully it will never come in handy.
"ON THE ROAD AT LAST"
3. Getting In/Out of Campgrounds
A. Campground Arrival (see sample page below)
B. Campground Departure
C. Campground Etiquette
Site inspection, setting up procedures, safety checks.
Don't forget anything (including your spouse!)
Basics on how to be a good neighbor
"TECHNICAL CONSIDERATIONS"
4. Hitching and Unhitching
A. Travel Trailers
B. 5th Wheels
C. Towing a Car
General instructions for basic hitch setups are provided. Manufacturers have specific instructions to their brands, so be sure you understand their recommendations and procedures.
5. Storage Procedures
A. Putting RV in storage
B. Getting RV out of storage
Steps to take to assure your rolling home is safely tucked away and then ready to hit the road again safely.
6. Miscellaneous
A. Checklist Related Links
B. Tales of Woe from RV forums
A resource of more info related to checklist items.
"Ooops" that could have been prevented by using checklists.
Below is a sample page showing the basic format used for the checklists.
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This book is available as an E-Book in pdf format that lets you download it onto your computer. That way you can print out just what you need.
A few comments from purchasers:

RVing means having to think about a lot of different things. From buying your RV to hitting the road with it, checklists are a huge help. I started to make my own lists, but the process was daunting. So, I did some Googling and came across Malia’s RV Checklists. These lists cover every aspect of RVing and are easily adapatable to your own unique situation. I used the ‘pre-delivery inspection’ list to determine that the Glendale Royal Classic destined to be Miranda was worth bringing to an inspector while the Minnie Winnie wasn’t and the ‘comparison’ checklist to easily compare my short list of rigs. There are special lists for 5th wheels and travel trailers and driving lists for motorhomes. The checklist for ‘towing a car’ enabled me to quickly hook up my toad the first time I tried, with no help whatsoever. I especially like that there are opposite checklists, for example one for arriving at camp and one for leaving, since doing what you did when you arrived, only backwards, isn’t always all that needs to be done upon departure (or vice versa!). Rae Crothers - Travels with Miranda

"Nice JOB! ....We're getting a 5th wheel and...there's so much to prepare for, especially selling everything we own. Thank you for a great check list. I put it in a plastic folder. DM

Because I am prior Air Force (31 years), I LOVE working off of checklists – and I really like yours and your website! CS

I am in the process of shopping for a used RV, so my focus right now is on your comparison checklist for buying pre-owned. I appreciate the format and your experience; you saved me from making my own table or Excel checklist. PB

Your list was great. While the dealer did a great job in covering everything, having your checklist to review was perfect. MJ

Review from fulltimerblog.com:

"Everyone who owns a motorhome or RV knows the value of checklists. Without checklists, there is going to be such a higher chance of you losing something, forgetting something at your last campsite, or worse- causing damage to your RV or Motorhome from forgetting some simple maintenance before hitting the road. Now, not only are checklists important, but for you to get the most out of those checklists, you need to be able to print them in bulk and on demand.

With regular printed books, you just can only write on the checklist so many times. Maybe 2 or 3 times at best before you’re asking yourself, “Why did I get this book?“. But, and this is where eBooks are actually superior to older bound books, with ebooks you can print out any page hundreds- even thousands- of times. So if you are the type of RVer who just loves to have that checklist on how to Flush the Septic System but you don’t need the checklist for Pre-Planning Your Used RV Purchase, then forget the latter and print 10 of the first one. It’s a custom ebook, built for you.

Now the best ebook I’ve come across for RV, Motorhomes, Travel Trailers, Class A B and C’s, Camper Vans, and 5th Wheels is hands down Malia’s RV Checklists. She’s got all the checklists, updated, and it’s CHEAP too..you’ll get paid for that ebook purchase hundreds of times over in return."

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