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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
Much of the information on this site is only my opinion. Use it at your own risk. -Denny
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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 we are going to camp again within the next few months, but anything longer and it's really a good idea.
Empty and Cleanup InsideWe remove everything that we don't keep in the trailer, then vacuum and clean it up well 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, with sun beating on it a good part of the day. We try to wax it twice a year. It's a 2007 model and still looks good enough for an occasional upscale RV park when we find a good deal! (We've stayed at some really nice upscale places for half price using Passport America. I wrote about it in my article here on How We’ve Stayed at 17 Decent Campgrounds with Hookups for $20 or Less)
Work on our "To Do" list*See below
The "To Do" listWe 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. By the way, I've put copies of all our checklists in my free Beginner's Guide to help you get started creating your own.
The End!Well, this is it. The last article in this series on Traveling With an RV or Travel Trailer. Time to get thinking about what to write next. Be sure to send me a note if you have any suggestions for me to consider. 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. - Denny
Are you a newbie?
If you are new to the world of Small Travel Trailers, here are the three most popular things for most newbies, here on my website. Please check them out and see if they aren't helpful to you:
- RV Surge Suppressors – What you need to know.
It's really important that you understand the risks and know how to protect yourself against bad electrical problems. Not only can these they cause a lot of damage to your trailer and electronic components, they can also be dangerous.
- A list of products we use and like.
All the camping and RV accessories can be overwhelming when you're first getting started. After trying lots of things, these are the items that have really worked well for us. The list may save you a few bucks on buying something you don't like or stuff you'll never use (I don't publish my long list of things we've purchased and wish we hadn't!).
- My free Beginner's Guide to Small Travel Trailers
Over 100 pages, this guide is all about what we've learned since we got started owning and traveling with a small travel trailer.
Denny JohnsonAfter having spent most of our adult life in Orlando, my wife Fay and I moved to Knoxville, TN in 2020. We are loving the change of seasons and being near the mountains. Plus, this part of the country is loaded with great places to camp.
We camped years ago with a pop-up camper, but got serious about it when we purchased our Casita in 2014. There was a lot to learn as we started traveling with it, and a lot of conflicting opinions on line. That's when I decided that creating a website would be a good retirement project. I started tinyTowable.com to share things we've learned along the way that have worked well for us in hopes that the information would be of help to others.
The hardest part for me is bringing all the food items back in the house and finding cupboard space or fridge space for all of it.
Thanks! What about the electrical and plumbing systems? Anything special that you do when you come home?
Nothing on our checklist and nothing I can think of Patrice. We do plug in the trailer at home to charge the battery and run the A/C once a month.
Do you use the jacks on the trailer or do you have additional jacks you rest it on? Ours has jacks on each corner and that’s what we use. Really enjoyed your articles. Wish they had been longer and more detailed! I’m a detail oriented person! Thanks for all the information.
I use separate jackstands in order to get the body up a little higher and less weight on the tires. I have the ones we use listed on this page of the website: https://tinytowable.com/accessories/
Thanks for the positive feedback Donna. Since I’m addressing a pretty wide audience, It’s hard to know what the best level of detail is when I write. Be sure to drop me a note anytime you have more questions.
Thank you for your great articles. I was wondering if you recommend a particular wax. We bought a 5 year old TT, and we haven’t been too impressed with the Meguiar’s Mirror Glaze Cleaner Wax that we applied. It’s a lot of work to not be happy with the results!
Our Casita is 13 years old Geri. We got it 6 years ago. I hired someone to professionally detail it about 4 years ago. They got it looking great. Since then, I’ve been using Meguiar’s marine Pure Wax. It’s pretty easy to use as long as I don’t wait too long between waxings, and it does a good job.
Glad you enjoy the articles. Be sure to let me know anytime you have questions.
I haven’t really done much camping or owning a RV until recently so I really appreciate your insight on pulling, camping, and having a good list to go by. I can’t seem to find the right small RV as I have bought 4 and now I’m owning a fiberglass truck camper but find it too small so I will be looking for a 17/19 ft rig. I’m planning on making a trip to South Carolina from Nebraska so your 7 steps really helped. Being 76 I want to see other parts of this great Nation but it looks like my wife of 50 years would rather stay at home so I will be traveling solo but would like to invite family for short stays within a two day travel arrangement so with your 7 steps I plan to do both. Thanks again for taking the time and effort to educate others on traveling with a small RV.