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One of the big questions we had during our prep and planning phase was just how much work and time would be involved when it came to packing down the RV for move day – that is, putting everything away in a safe place, unhooking and doing everything we’d need to get road ready so we could head to our next destination.
We’d already agreed on who would do what when it came to divvying up the RV household and maintenance tasks –Marc would be taking care of all the outside RV and tank stuff – commonly referred to as the ‘blue jobs’ in the RV world, while I would take care of the inside and domestic stuff often called the ‘pink jobs’.
Having a clear understanding of who does what helps everything go a lot more smoothly because:
- You’re less likely to ‘miss’ something and
- It reduces the potential for a disagreement!
And when you’re living in 300-350sqf of space, you’re going to want to do everything you can to enhance communication and harmony!
We figured some of you may have similar concerns or curiosities, so we decided to film our entire RV pack down process – inside and outside – and share it with you in a video. While every RV and setup may have different requirements and items to add to a move day checklist, this will give you a pretty good idea of what we need to do every time we move and the kinds of things you may need to be aware of and pay attention to.
Watch the video
To ensure we don’t forget anything, we also created and follow our own RV pack down Checklist – this is often called a pre-flight checklist – but as we’re traveling by wheels and not wings, we’ve called ours the Pre-Roll Checklist!
The checklist we use will at least give you a decent guide as to what’s involved and help you tailor your own to the unique needs of your RV setup. You may notice we didn’t include or even mention the TV Satellite – that’s because we never put our Satellite out as we simply don’t watch regular TV… ever! At most we’ll watch the occasional Netflix or movie on our iPad or laptop. But if you’re a TV watcher, you’ll definitely want to add that to your own pack down checklist – we’ve heard of way too many people who start heading down the road before safely stowing their Satellite!
An important item to note, after we finished editing and uploading the video, we realized we had forgotten to include moving the coach off the leveling blocks and putting those away as well, but we did include this as a step on our Pre-Roll Checklist. We don’t always need to use leveling blocks – only if the coach doesn’t get completely level with our Hydraulic Auto Leveling Jacks alone. Typically only trailers, Class B and C’s and Class A Gas coaches will have a need for leveling blocks – most diesel coaches have air suspension which can lower or raise the coach as needed to find a level position. We’ll make a note to do a separate post/video about leveling the RV (with the auto leveling jacks AND the leveling blocks) as it may be handy info for some folks.
Well, we hope you find this video and checklist useful. Feel free to share it with anyone else you think may benefit. Happy Trails!