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12. Make sure that all windows open and close easily. latches can rust shut. Are screens on windows and vents rusted or torn?
13. Open and close roof vents and make sure that vent fans run properly.
14. Fire up hot water heater and make sure it works.
15. Test refrigerator on both gas and electric settings. Repairs can be expensive and you are going to want to use both gas and electric options. Watch for frost beginning to form in freezer to confirm that it is cooling properly. Make sure door will latch and lock securely. When you are on road, you don't want fridge contents strewn through your RV.
16. Check furnace. Does it blow hot air? Don't wait until it's thirty degrees outside to find out.
17. Crank up air conditioner. Does it blow cold air? If it has a heating element does that work as well?
18. Turn on water tap without being hooked up to city water. Does water pump work?
19. Check out toilet. Does it flush properly.
20. Hook up city water. Check for leaks inside and outside RV.
21. Inquire about condition of waste water valves. Better yet, if RV is hooked up to a sewer drain, open and close valves to make sure they work.
22. Check cooking range and oven. Do all burners function? Does oven burner function?
23. Do all interior cabinets and drawers open and then latch securely? If not, you may have your belongings scattered throughout your RV when you are in transit.
24. Check for soft spots on floor, particularly in bathroom area. The plywood may be rotted through.
25. Is flooring in good condition? How about interior walls?
26. Make sure curtains are not dry rotted. Can they be easily cleaned? Are blinds still in good condition?
27. External lights - Test external running lights. If you tow at night, and it is very likely that you will, you'll want to make sure that rear tail lights are operable. Simply hook up to tow vehicle and turn on headlights. You'll also want to make sure that brake lights work, that right and left turn signal lights work, and that backup lights work. If there is a problem, it could be a faulty bulb, or bulb fixture simply needs cleaning. Otherwise, you may be faced with an electrical problem.
28. Test exhaust vent fans to make sure they work. Typically you will find them in living area, over cooking range, and in bathroom.
29. Does TV antenna crank up and down easily? Better yet, find a hobby and skip TV.
William Smith lived, and traveled fulltime in an RV travel trailer for over 12 years, and maintains a website dedicated to educating people about the RV lifestyle.
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