This is Part 7 of a 7 part series on traveling with an RV or travel trailer. It's all about what has worked well for Fay and me over the last several years of traveling through the U.S. and Canada.
The 7 articles in the series are (click to view):
- Planning Your Route
- Finding Places to Stay
- Preparing For a Trip
- On the Road
- At the Campground
- Leaving the Campground
- After You Get Back Home
It's over and we're back home again...already!We spend a lot of time looking forward to and getting ready for each trip. Unfortunately, it always seems like it's over way too soon. While it usually feels good to be back home, we try to make sure everything will be ready for our next trip before we get too busy with other things. Here are the basic items we try to address.
Put the trailer on jackstandsIf it is going to be a while before we take another trip, we put the trailer on jack stands to get the weight off the tires. Allowing it to sit on the tires for too long can develop flat spots. We won't bother with this if it's only going to be a few months, but anything longer and it's really a good idea.
Empty and Cleanup InsideWe empty out the trailer, then vacuum and clean it inside.
Clean items used outsideThis includes a good cleaning of our gas grill and portable stove, as well as chairs, tables, etc.
Wash/Wax OutsideOur small travel trailer is fiberglass and it's stored outside, in the shade, in the Florida heat. We try to wax it twice a year. It's 13 years old and still looks great!
Work on our "To Do" list*See below
The "To Do" list
We always come up with little things to fix or improve while we are traveling. We keep a "to do" on a clipboard hanging in the trailer where we write things down before we forget them. Once we're back home, we look it over and make a shopping list if there are things we need to acquire. We order things on Amazon if we can, or pick up the needed items locally. We take our time, but try to get started on the things to do pretty soon, so that we don't get rushed when we're ready our next trip gets close.
Well, this is it. The last article in this series on Traveling With an RV or Travel Trailer. I actually got 7 articles put together in 7 weeks...a real first for me! Time to get thinking about what to write next, but I just might take a little break before I get started again.
I hope you picked up a few new ideas from these articles. Please browse my website for other articles and information that you might also find helpful. And as always, drop me a note if you have any questions.