How to prepare your van before you travel

December 13, 2018
How to prepare your van before you travel

Before you go away it is important to check that your Jayco is primed and ready for your trip. This will give you peace of mind when travelling and keep your holiday plan on track.


Servicing is important to reduce the incidence of road-side issues that require assistance and to give you comfort when travelling.

1. Have your RV serviced by a Jayco authorised service agent.

For new models we recommend servicing it in the 1st month/1000kms and at 12months/ 10,000kms – whichever comes first from the date of purchase. If you have a Jayco that is older we recommend servicing it every 12months or every 10,000kms depending on which comes first.

Book your Jayco Approved Service Agent today!

  1. Ensure you check both the inside and outside of your RV for any operational issues:

Inside your Jayco:

1. Test the Smoke Alarm and replace the battery annually. (see Care and Maintenance instructions in your manual).

2. Check that the fire extinguisher gauge is in the ‘green zone’. Please ensure you have this checked every 12 months by a Fire Service.

3. Check that the cupboard doors and drawers are properly closed, and locks are engaged.

4. Place heavy items in an immovable position on the floor, over or slightly forward of axle (pillows are useful for packing).

5. Check that the gas cooker control knobs are turned to OFF.

6. Secure all items inside your RV by storing them in cupboards or in your car.

7. Make sure your fridge is turned to axillary.

Outside your Jayco:

1. Ensure the gas bottle(s) are full and turned OFF. If they are not connected to a line, please ensure a safety cap is fitted.

2. The corner stabilisers (steadies) are up and secured tight.

3. Disconnect the 240V electrical extension lead.

4. Disconnect the drain bucket or grey water hose.

5. Disconnect the mains water hose.

6. Lock the external trunk doors and storage boot.

7. Check the condition of all tyres for wear and replace if required. Don’t forget the spare tyre!

8. Make sure the tyre pressures match your VIN

9. Check all the wheel nuts and torque if required (150Nm).

10. Release RV’s handbrake and remove chocks from wheels.

11. Remove jockey wheel. And secure in a safe place.

12. Plug in 12V electric plug to car and check all driving lights are operational.

13. Check all controls on electric brakes.

14. Fit and adjust towing mirrors.

15. Lock and secure main door.

16. For Campers and Pop Tops lock the roof latches into place.

17. If two water tanks are installed close the valves between them during towing and open them when on site.

18. Hitch unit to car, check safety catch is operating and attach safety chains.

19. The break safe operation (if installed).

20. The house battery is in good order and fully charged.

  1. The same goes for your vehicle. Book it in for a service by a qualified professional. Be sure to check that your water, oil, lights, brakes tyres are either full, in good condition or operational.


  1. Don’t forget your essential items such as towels, linen, food, sunscreen and store these items securely prior to leaving.

  2. Fill up your water tanks! Even if you plan on staying in a caravan park. This way when you pull over for that very important rest you can fill drink bottles and even enjoy that needed cup of coffee.


  1. Limit the number of items you allow the kids to pack. Give them 3 or 4 of their favourite items they can take as this will save on weight.

  2. Clean out your cupboards/boot and eliminate any unused items that are not necessary for your trip.

  3. Create a meal plan for your time away. You can then organise the ingredients you need to purchase and prevent overstocking produce in your RV.

  4. Finally, stay safe and follow all the road rules in your area (When travelling interstate do check the state requirements for tow speeds as they do vary) and don’t rush to get to your destination. We hope you enjoy your adventure and make some good memories.