Truck Camper Departure Checklist

IMG_7422I’m sure we’ve all done it at one time or another. You’ve loaded up the RV for what you hope is an unforgettable trip. You get on the road and are heading toward your destination when you and your wife realize that the two of you have forgotten to bring along several important items. These “brain farts” can either be an annoyance, like forgetting to extend the towing mirrors and filling the DEF tank, or can be important, like forgetting to bring along vital medication or in the case of my wife, forgetting to bring along chocolate.

In an effort to prevent brain farts like these from happening again, this RV truck camper checklist has been prepared for your use. In it, you’ll find items and tasks that pertain to all types of RVs though some departure related tasks pertain to truck camper loading and set-up only. This checklist also assumes that standard and basic RV items, like the 110v shore power cord, the sewer hose, and the fresh water filling hose, are always stored in your RV. Note also that these checklist items are presented both in this article and in PDF file form for your use (you’ll first need to open an OpenDrive account to access the PDF version of the checklist). Once downloaded, the PDF version of the form can then be customized and modified for your use. As always, your feedback is welcome and encouraged. If there’s anything I forgot or that you think I should add to this truck camper departure checklist, please let me know.

I. Departure

  • Fuel-up Truck
  • Fill DEF UREA tank (if applicable)
  • Move License Plate from Truck to Camper
  • Engage Torklift StableLoads (if applicable)
  • Load Camper on Truck
  • Connect 6-pin umbilical
  • Install Torklift Tie Downs and Torklift FastGun Turnbuckles
  • Check Tire Pressures
  • Fill Fresh Water Tank
  • Fill Propane Tanks
  • Turn-on Refrigerator to 110vac Operation (2 days prior)
  • Hitch-up Jeep/Boat/Trailer (if applicable)
  • Close all windows and vents
  • Storage compartments and doors secure for travel
  • Bring-in Slideout(s) (if applicable)
  • Truck Camper Jacks Retracted
  • Extend Towing Mirrors and Remove Truck’s Antenna (for pics)
  • Reset Truck’s Trip Odometer
  • Adjust Rancho RS9000XL Shock Dampening (if applicable)
  • Switch Refrigerator to either Propane or 12 volt Operation

II. Equipment and Tools

III. Camping Items

  • Bug Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Hats
  • Hiking Packs
  • Bedding (Sheets and Blankets)
  • Sleeping Bags and/or Electric Blanket
  • Folding Chairs
  • Propane Grill
  • Folding Table
  • Solar Lantern
  • Solar Flashlights
  • Firewood
  • RV Toilet Paper
  • RV Holding Tank Treatment
  • Games/Cards
  • Personal Protection

IV. Clothing

  • Cold Weather Clothes
  • Warm Weather Clothes
  • Pajamas
  • Winter Socks
  • Undergarments
  • Hats
  • Shoes/Boots
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Coats
  • Sunglasses
  • Slippers
  • Swimwear

V. Personal Items and Hygiene

  • Medications
  • Vitamins
  • Feminine Products
  • Towels
  • Wash Cloths
  • Toothpaste and Toothbrushes
  • Shaving Kit
  • Hair Care Items and Products
  • Antiperspirants
  • Lip Balm
  • Bar Soap
  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Skincare Lotion
  • Tissue Paper

VI. Food and Kitchen

  • Buy Groceries
  • Condiments
  • Seasoning
  • Drinking Water
  • Paper Plates
  • Paper Cups
  • Paper Bowls
  • Eating Utensils
  • Cocoa/Coffee Mugs
  • Silverware
  • Can Opener
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Garbage Bags
  • Paper Towels
  • Cooking Pots/Skillet
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Mello Mike is an Arizona native, author, and the founder of Truck Camper Adventure Magazine. He's been RV'ing since 2002, is a truck camper and Jeep enthusiast, and has owned and restored several Airstream travel trailers. He enjoys college football, hiking, travel, off-roading, photography, and fishing. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2004 as a CWO3 after 24 years and now works as a project manager for a major banking and security firm. He also does some RV consulting and RV inspections on the side.

4 Comments on Truck Camper Departure Checklist

  1. Mike, I love your truck camper checklist. Just what I was needing. One addition: Connect/Enable Stableloads. I can’t be the only person who has loaded a camper and forgotten to do this before.

    Candace

    • Thanks for the feedback, Candace. And, yes, that's a good one. I've added the Stableloads to the checklist even though I haven't installed mine yet.

  2. Mike you might want to change from Plastic to Paper Cups, Dishes and Bowls. They are more environmental to the ecosystem and can be burned it the fire pits without emitting Vinyl-Chloride gasses which are highly toxic into the air.
    You can also use a Septic-tank Safe toilet paper in your waste tanks. While you are still home experiment trying the different brands but the trick is to do the water test. (Place a single square of TP in a glass of tap water and shake the glass slightly. You should see the paper start to dissolve before your eyes.) The cost is less expensive as well.
    Kathy and I also travel with our Bicycles.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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