Preparing Your Home for a Long RV Trip


It doesn’t matter if you plan to travel the open road full-time or just plan to get away in the RV for a long summer vacation: you need to think about what you’re leaving behind too. Getting ready to go away on a long RV trip will require you take the time to both get your RV ready for the road and also make sure your home base is ready for your absence.

Here are some things you can do to prepare your home for a long trip.


The last thing you will want is to return home after a long trip to a smell that will make you want to stay a night in a hotel. Go through and clean out the refrigerator completely. This includes any beverages, food, and condiments that will expire while you are gone. In fact, depending upon how long you plan to be away, it may be best to empty the fridge all together and unplug it to save on electricity.


In addition to unplugging the refrigerator, it’s a good idea to turn off and unplug anything electric in the home. This will save on energy costs while you are away. It will also help reduce the chances of electrical fires starting where appliances and other items are plugged in. Same thing should be done for all items in the home that run on gas power.


There are many little hoses that run throughout the home. These hoses bring water to and from the kitchen, bathrooms, and utility room. If any one of these hoses should spring a leak, become disconnected from the wall, or break completely, it can cause catastrophic damage to your home – especially if you will not be returning for weeks or months after the hose breaks. Before leaving, make sure to turn off all of the water supply valves to the home.


Make sure the insurance policy you have on your home covers everything that could happen while you are away. This includes theft and property damage. Coverage for fire, flood, and other disastrous events need to be included in the policy you have. That way when you return, you have the coverage you need to replace, rebuild, or repair anything in the home that could be damaged while away.


Help reduce the chances of the home being broken into by locking everything up and making it difficult for thieves to enter your home while you are away. Your pre-travel checklist should include closing and locking all doors and windows, as well as adding any additional security features to entry points in the home. Cut shrubs and trees away from windows and add outdoor security lighting that are motion controlled. Other security options you can do before leaving include closing up blinds and curtains, as well as setting some lights in the home on timers to give the perception that someone is home.

The last thing any long RV trip goer wants is to worry about their home while they are supposed to be enjoying the road, or worse, to come home to something disastrous after their trip is completed. By taking the time to prepare your home for your upcoming absence, you can enjoy peace of mind and help reduce the risk of damage to your property.

Now that your home is squared away, it’s time to get your rig ready for the road. Download your free pre-trip checklist here.


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28 Responses to “Preparing Your Home for a Long RV Trip”

  1. Michael Dietz

    One thing we have found to be extremely useful is to actually live in the RV while parked in our yard for the last week before we leave. It's amazing the things we will find that we have forgotten to pack into the RV that way, and it's so easy to just go in and get them if you're in your yard or close to your house. If you can't park in your yard, stay as close to home as you can for that last week.

  2. clementslarry

    The former owner was never able to use it, so last year we took it out once at I have had it out twice this year over weekends. The sensor on the tanks don’t seem to register that they have anything in them this includes water, both grey and black tanks. Is there someway to check the sensors on the tanks and where are they located?

  3. Eugene Lloyd

    Is it really necessary to put slide bars on before travelling

  4. Gabriel Gennarelli

    Don’t understand what an inverter does

  5. Pierce Newsom

    If Hydralics fail, is it possible to retract Levelers and slide outs?


    Last December we had a issue with the axles undercarriage of our 5th wheel. A bolt came out and the two tires on the passenger side were rubbing together causing smoke which fortunately I noticed in time and pulled off the interstate and prevented a fire. Road side assistance replaced a bolt, to get us a short distance to home, but the damage had been done. The frame was bent, and other damage. The insurance company paid to have the frame cut and a replacement, and a new axel. NOW MY QUESTION: The tires on both sides are only about 1.5 inches apart. How far apart should the tires be? Is 1.5 inches safe? thanks. Robert

  7. Edward Peck

    Thanks for all your help

  8. Andy

    Hi there I am having problems with idling speed on my rig. The engine keeps surging. I am told that the problem may be a air flow velocity sensor located in air intake. Engine in 8.1ltr petrol chevy . Anybody have any idea where I can get one if these, if indeed it is that componant that has failed, given I live in the UK? If any members have had any similar issues with this engine, could they please share their solutions with me. Love the RV , want to make her better! Cheers Andy

  9. John Tate

    Tips are always helpful

  10. Chuck Reese

    Our cable TVs have snowy effect on some channels while parked for the winter in our Florida park. Park says it's not there cable. Have heard you can buy a cable power booster that will help on this,what do you think and what should I look for.