How to Prepare Living Quarters for Your Next Trip

Prepare Your LIving Quarters“Oh no, there’s no hot water!!!”

“It is free-eeZING in here!!”

“What is that smell?!?”

These statements strike fear in your heart as you enter your living quarters – the fridge is off, the heat isn’t working and the toilets – well you can imagine the type of mess that could happen. These little details can turn a relaxing trip into one that is stressful and uncomfortable.

Don’t be a victim of these statements! By preparing your living quarters for your next trip, you can discover any problems ahead of time and take care of them. In this checklist are things you can do in the weeks and days before your trip will ensure your trip goes off without a hitch!


Mechanical Systems

Be certain all mechanical systems on your trailer – lights, brakes, bearings, hitches, latches, doors, windows, ramps, dividers, tie hooks, tires, etc. – are ALL in good safe working order.

Onboard Power

Plug the “shore power cord” on your living quarters system up to the proper AC electric outlet of 30AMP and 120VOLTS. Check to be certain you have 120V power in the trailer by operating the AC system, microwave, and/or wall 120V outlets. If no power, diagnose problem or have a qualified tech do so.

Battery Charging

If your trailer has a 12VOLT off/on switch be sure it is in the “on” position so the onboard charger can charge up the batteries. If they fail to charge, diagnose and fix the problem.

Propane Tanks

Be certain your LP tanks are full and that the appliances – stove, refrigerator, furnace, etc. – are all in good working order. If not, diagnose and repair.

Water Systems

Fill the “onboard” water system, operate 12VOLT pump, test commode, shower and all lines of the faucets and drains for leaks and proper operation. Connect the “city water” up to the trailer and use the correct pressure reducer to test the system same as with onboard 12VOLT pump. If you find a problem, well, you know the drill.

Water Tanks

Test black and grey water tanks for leaks. Be sure they are empty at the beginning of your trip so you have maximum use of their holding capacity.


Be certain your refrigerator works on AC and LP if its a dual use model, and be sure it cools to the desired temperature. It should be as efficient as your home refrigerator.


Check all cabinet doors, drawers and any movable items to prevent damage during travel and secure all items before travel.

Systems Check

Make one final systems check, supplies check and safety check a few days before your trip.


Remembering to prepare and check all of these items is a critical key to an enjoyable trip. Please call us if you have any questions or need further information on checking any of these systems.

Happy Trails!