How to Do a Pre-Trip Inspection on Your Recreational Vehicle

Know Your RV with CVSE

The all-important pre-trip inspection was one of the hot topics when Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE) officers hosted a “Know Your Recreational Vehicle” safety education event in Kamloops on May 2, 2015.

There’s a lot to know about your RV. Once you’ve mastered your RV’s specifications – including everything from towing requirements to load capacity – it’s essential to stay on top of your vehicle’s condition with regular pre-trip inspections. You want to catch any safety defects or potential mechanical problems before they impact you and your family on the highway.

At the Kamloops event, officers handed out printed copies of ICBC’s Towing a Recreational Vehicle guidebook. In it, there’s a section dedicated to performing a thorough pre-trip inspection, complete with handy checklist. From testing trailer brakes to checking fifth wheel and other trailer hitch connections, this guide has you covered.

We’re considering hosting future RV safety and education events around British Columbia, and want to hear from you. Is this something you’d find useful in your community? If so, please let us know in the comments section below.

Happy RVing!

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  1. Being a retired commercial driver and now enjoying pulling our RV 5th wheel, I’ve talked with other RV trailer operators and a lot of the questions asked just amaze me as to how little so many RV operators actually knew. I believe a lot more inspection & education events are needed. After driving well over six million miles professionally throughout Canada and the USA, I’ve seen so many RV accidents that were preventable with just a little education.
    I would see so many RVs improperly set up, overloaded and the worst, too small of a tow vehicle for the trailer size and weight. I even had to show a driver that his gross combined vehicle weight is listed on his manufacturer’s plate on the door post of his pickup.

  2. RV chassis repair is 70% of our business (power units) it would be great to have one in central Vancouver Island to educate owners on what to look for before setting out each trip.

  3. Yes, more RV inspection & education events around the province would be useful. I think it’s a great idea, whether you’re towing a trailer or driving a motorhome. Some tips from the experts is always welcome.