RV Transportation Tips and Guidelines

Posted in June 25th, 2014
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RV Transportation Tips and GuidelinesBefore you give your RV to a transportation company, you will have to prepare it for the trip ahead. The responsibility of preparing it and making sure its safe for long-distance transport. There is a a similarity between transporting a regular vehicle and an RV. You will need to make sure you check with the RV transport company whether they have any specific requirements for the task ahead and what needs to be done. Preparing things ahead of time will ensure you have less chance for accidents during the moving process. The following tips will give you an idea what you have to do to make it happen:

• You will need to check the inside of the RV, securing all cabinets, doors and windows and their latches. If they don’t have a latch or a lock, then you will need to tape them so they won’t open during transport. The same goes for items on the walls or anything hanging down from the ceiling. You don’t want them falling or waving around due to turning and vibrations.

• Turn off all electronics and appliances and disconnect the power and gas lines for safety reasons. Remove all loose items and cargo and place it in stable, secure compartments. Make sure you have nothing loose inside the RV at all times.

• As for the outside of the RV, you will need to check all functions, such as brake, turn signals, parking breaks and indicator lights and whether they work right or not. You will also need to latch and secure all chains, cargo doors and so forth. If the RV has slide-outs, then make sure they are locked and secure as well.

• Check out the fluid levels, such as coolant, steering fluid, engine oil and transmission fluid. Make sure there are no leaks whatsoever as well. Check the battery and make sure its within the correct range and that it has enough charge.

• Check out the tow bar and hitch and make sure they are latched and correctly installed so it will not suffer on the road.

• Check the pressure of all tires and inspect them for excessive wear and tear. You will also need to make sure you have the parking and service brakes working right.

• Consider the weather on the trip as well as the route that the transporter will take when moving the RV. Fill up the tanks with fresh water, antifreeze and take whatever other precautions you have to to ensure things work out on the road.

• Give the transporter a complete set of keys and write down any other instructions they may need during the trip.