What Our RV Moving Days Look Like

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Ah, RV moving days. It’s the perfect mix of excitement to visit some place new and stress over packing up and driving your entire hour down the highway at 60 mph.

In this vlog episode, we document the process of packing up our RV for a moving day while we travel from San Marcos to Fredericksburg.

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RV Moving Days To Do List

Inside the House:

  • Wash and put away all the dishes
  • Make the bed
  • Clear off table and countertops and secure items in cabinets
  • Get in fight with spouse over nothing
  • Secure anything breakable by storing it on the bed
    • This includes our desktop computer, bottles of wine, wine glasses, vases, etc.
  • Remove artwork from the wall (mental note to buy more command strips to attach canvas to the wall)
  • Clear floors around slide outs
  • Bring in slides and awning
  • Lower the jacks
  • Make coffee for the road(!!!)

Outside the House:

  • Dump black and grey tanks
  • Fill fresh water tank, as necessary
  • Put away hoses
  • Put away rug and lawn chairs
  • Unplug from electric


We typically structure our travel days to involve no more than five hours of travel time. For every hour of “Google Maps time” we add 15 minutes to create “RV time.”

Our 1 hour and 20 minute (Google Map Time) drive to Fredericksburg took closer to an hour and 45 minutes in reality.

The best thing to remember about travel days is to not let yourself get stressed and when in doubt, avoid the interstate at all costs.

What are your travel day rules?


2 Responses

  • We have a similar moving day ritual.

    Wash Dishes and stow them
    Move stuff off the counters and stow them
    Waste time drinking coffee and presupposing what our next stop will be like
    Sweep floors
    Put all electronics in their store places
    Bring Slides in
    Bring Jacks up
    Use the restroom before dumping tanks
    Put lawn furniture/grill in the basement (usually done the night before)
    Start and warm the engine
    Dump black water
    Dump grey water
    Fill the fresh water if required
    Roll up hose
    Turn off power on pedestal
    Roll up power cable
    Lock basement
    Drink more coffee and wonder what we’ve fogotten
    Pull out of parking
    Hook up Tow dolly
    Load car and secure
    Drive away groggy because we haven’t had enough coffee
    Drive a mile or so, pull over, pour more coffee from the thermos
    Check Toad to see if the dolly straps are tight
    Drive away again.

    • Lock basement! This is usually the one that Heath forgets. Once we were driving in downtown Nashville and our basement flew open and everything started falling out in the middle of the road. Terrifying!

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