Preparing to drive

  • Retract the awning!
  • Set Master Power Switch
  • Ensure propane is off
  • Lock all external doors
  • Close all windows and ceiling vents
  • Close the shower and bedroom door
  • Make sure cabin gear is stowed properly
  • Seatbelts on
  • Set Rear-view camera
  • Adjust your mirrors

Ensure propane is off

You are required to have your propane off when pulling into gas stations. To ensure that you don’t forget, open the propane panel and turn the gray circular knob all the way to the right (lefty loosie, righty tighty) to turn it off. The propane powers the water heater, furnace, fridge, and stove, all of which are not necessary for driving.

Make sure cabin gear is stowed properly

You are basically driving a small house so you can’t just leave things around and hope they’ll stay. Place luggage in the rear garage or smaller bags in closets or under the sofa or dinette seats. Some small bags can go in the loft if you stow them all the way towards the front. Some small backpacks or bags can fit behind the two cockpit seats.

Lock all external doors

(including cabin door). There are two red switches on the cabin door and sometimes you need to pull the black handle in slightly to get the deadbolt to lock completely. Double check the door by trying to open it from the inside.

Close all windows and ceiling vents

Check all rooftop vents and windows to make sure they are closed or they will whistle while you drive.

Close the shower and bedroom door

Close bedroom door so it seals off that room from the cabin. This allows the cabin area to be more easily cooled or heated by the van’s A/C system. Make sure the shower door is closed properly or it will flop around and possibly break (it’s made of glass).

Set master power switch

When plugged in to shore power or leaving the RV unoccupied, it is best to leave the master power switch in the OFF position. You can leave it ON while driving if one or all of the following are true: 1) You want to run the TV and Blu-Ray player while driving 2) You want the water pump available to flush the toilet 3) When the master power it set to ON, you are running on the cabin battery.

The engine alternator charges the battery while you are driving but it will drain if you are running too many electrical devices. The water pump, a few lights, and the TV and Blu-Ray player are about all you should run while driving. 

The water pump uses only a little power intermittently so if you want it on during the drive (which is fine) simply flip the switch to ON at the main power console next to the left dinette seat on the side of the kitchen countertop.

Set rear-view camera

Any time you are running the RV, you can leave the backup camera on at all times. This gives you a clear view of what is behind you at any moment. If it is day time, switch the headlight knob to the left of the steering wheel from AUTO one click to the right. Once the sun sets, switch it back to AUTO so that your headlights will turn on, the backup camera will continue to stay on at night.

Adjust your mirrors

Sit in the driver seat and look at each of your mirrors. You should be able to just make out the sides of the RV and the road behind you. The best things to check while driving are the rear-view camera and the smaller blind spot mirrors. If you keep an eye on those two things you should be able to see what is going on all around you.

Seatbelts on

Make sure that you and all your passengers are properly in their seatbelts. It is against the law for anyone to ride without a seatbelt and it can be extremely dangerous.

If someone is walking around the RV while driving and you have to hit your breaks for some reason, even with minimal breaking pressure, they could potentially be thrown up to 20 feet through the air and straight into walls, cabinets, metal, or wood.

It is FAR more dangerous to be thrown around in an RV than in a standard vehicle.