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 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
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.