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Preparing an RV for Transport

Preparing an RV for Transport
Preparing an RV for Transport

In deciding to transport your RV, it's not simply enough to chose an auto transport company. You also have to make sure that you properly prepare your RV for transport. In fact, before you turn it over to an auto transport company, you need to make sure that you take the necessary time to check that it's not only safe enough to be shipped, but that you don't run into any complications or violations of transport codes that can cause significant delays and lead to you incurring additional charges.

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While A-1 Auto Transport can provide you with a list of requirements for transporting your RV, the following is a fail-safe guide.

The Interior.

In the interior of the RV, you should make sure that you do the following:

  • Take away any items that are loose.
  • Take off any hanging objects, such as pictures, poster frames, and so forth.
  • Make sure that the gas lines and power supply are disconnected and that all appliances, such as a stove, are completely turned off.
  • Check all of the doors, cabinets, and windows to make sure that they're secured and won't open during the transportation.
  • Check the refrigerator to make sure that everything has been cleaned out. Defrost the freezer in order to prevent leakage.

The Exterior.

  • Make sure that the cargo doors, pop-ups, and chains are all securely fastened.
  • Turn on the RV in order to make sure that all of its lights fully work, namely in regards to the brake, parking, indicator, and turn signal lights.
  • Make sure that any of the slide-outs are secured.

 Mechanical Components.

  • Make sure that the hitch and tow bar are correctly in place and are securely fastened.
  • Examine the RV's fluid levels in order to see if there are any leaks occurring. The four main fluid levels that you should examine are the engine oil, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, and coolant.
  • Examine the RV's battery to see if its volt/amp gauge is within the necessary and required range.
RV Safety Components.
  • Check to see if the parking and service brakes are fully operational and working properly. Many RVs also have air brakes. If this is the case with yours, examine its air pressure.
  • Examine the tires to see if they have enough air pressure and that they're not damaged.
Additional Advice.
  • Make sure that the auto transport company has a complete set of keys. If you have any specific instructions or preferences, let them know ahead of time. This will prevent any miscommunications from happening.
  • Make sure that the RV has the necessary supplies. For example, if the weather is going to be quite cold along the route that it's being shipped, it might be necessary to fill up the antifreeze liquid.
  • Create a list of instructions for the shipping company, regardless of the method that it's being transported with, specifically in reference to how to turn off batteries, generators, and propane tanks. In addition, make sure that any emergency information is included, including manual overrides as relevant.
  • If you have access to the RV manual, then leave it or give it to the company.

Remember that, no matter the insurance that you have, if the RV is damaged during the transportation process due to improperly being prepared, then the fault lies on you, not the transportation company. It may seem a bit exhausting to do all of this, but it'll help to ensure a smooth and stress-free shipping experience.

Read also our article on the cheapest way to ship RVs.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!

We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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