Sharing the RV lifestyle with family

Jim as Camp Host with Denise & Jacob Fisher at Holiday Hills RV Park in Coalville, UT

As the New Year begins, Jim and I have been helping my sister begin her own RV journey.  She’s buying an RV for vacations with her son during the summer.  It’s fun to be a part of her excitement about buying an RV, and planning adventures on the road.  We’ll be sharing with her our all-important check lists for the RV.  The lists have kept us from driving away, and forgetting important items behind at the campsite.  In the excerpt below from my book, Living the RV Lifestyle:  Practical Advice and Personal Tales from Life on the Road, I share a couple of the check lists from my book.  There are many more in the resource section at the end of the book. 

Donna’s latest book can be found on  and as a Kindle E-reader, Click here to go to the Kindle store.


Editorial Reviews of Living the RV Lifestyle

“As the title indicates, this is a book with a lot of practical advice and personal experiences gleaned from living full-time in an RV…Her book details how to buy, prepare and afford the RV lifestyle of your dreams. This book would be especially helpful for newbies, but would also serve as reminders for experienced RVers.”

Marcella Gauthier, columnist of, From the Bookshelf in the Escapees Magazine (

 “Whether someone is considering a full-timing road trip as a permanent way of life or a temporary adventure, Living the RV Lifestyle: Practical Advice and Personal Tales from Life on the Road is filled with the author’s many valuable tips for making the most of it.  Trying to balance domestic chores with the RVing learning curve is a challenge for most people. Toss in the need to earn a living while constantly changing locations and the business of learning how to be a nomad turns into a full-time occupation. For anyone who needs to manage all of these lifestyle factors, Donna’s new book lives up to its promise of providing practical advice for success.”

Rene Agredano, columnist for RV Life Magazine (

 My new book, Living the RV Lifestyle:  Practical Advice and Personal Tales from Life on the Road is a combination of practical advice on RV living as well as personal stories from life on the road, giving you an idea of what it’s really like to live the Full-time RV life.

The excerpt below is from the Resource Section at the end of the book:

Fifth Wheel – Closing Check Lists

Inside List

  • Lower TV antenna
  • Secure TV’s
  • Lower window Blinds
  • Close vents
  • Secure all chairs, kitchen table, recliners, cabinet doors, shower doors, Sliding doors to bathroom and front closet.
  • Lower stove cover
  • Lay towels over bottom shower door track (prevents water from coming out on floor)
  • Shut off water heater
  • Water pump off
  • Fireplace off
  • Secure kitchen faucet handle with Bungee cord
  • Secure fridge door and items inside
  • Remove all items from counters, bureau, vanity and desk area
  • Secure lamp
  • Re-check that all items are secure
  • Close slides Bedroom and others.
  • Kitchen make sure racks are locked in place
  • Large kitchen cabinet place pin in sliding section
  • Retract awning
  • Secure outside steps

Closing and Hitching Fifth Wheel to Truck List

Do Not Get Distracted When Hitching.

  • Do not remove wheel chocks until ready to travel
  • Raise rear stabilizer jacks
  • Dump waste water as needed (add chemicals to black water tank)
  • Fill fresh water tank if not using campground for 1 or 2 days
  • Disconnect TV cable
  • Disconnect electrical lines
  • Disconnect water and remove pressure gauge
  • Raise steps to trailer secure safety rail
  • Raise trailer to clear tailgate
  • Back truck to hitch (make sure trailer pin clears tailgate)
  • Make sure trailer rides up on hitch preventing high pinning and locks (using flashlight make sure trailer pin is locked in hitch)
  • Secure breakaway wire and place lock on hitch handle
  • Plug in trailer wiring to truck
  • Remove wheel Chocks
  • Lock all trailer doors
  • Remove wheel Chocks
  • Make one complete walk around trailer
  • If tight campsite have someone observe that you are clearing all obstacles
  • Check air ride level (Add air only when hitched to truck)

Fifth Wheel – Opening/Set up Check Lists

Do Not Get Distracted When Unhitching

  • When parking check that all slides-outs can open freely (trees, picnic table or post)
  • Add wheel blocks to level as needed
  • Chock wheels on each side of trailer
  • Lower front legs to take weight off truck
  • Disconnect trailer wiring and breakaway cable from truck
  • Pull pin on hitch in truck bed
  • Slowly pull truck out from under trailer (stop and check that trailer pin will clear tailgate)
  • Raise trailer as needed to clear tailgate
  • Level trailer front to rear (using front level)
  • Lower rear stabilizer jacks
  • Connect water hose with pressure valve
  • Connect electrical cord
  • Open slide-outs (check that no cabinet doors opened during travel)
  • Fill water system (before turning hot water heater on) could burn out heater if dry.
  • Open hot & cold faucet to bleed air from water system
  • Check that Fridge is operating in correct mode & temp.
  • Start water heater (if using gas you will need to light burner on stove to bleed air from line)
  • Extend awning
  • Remove straps from recliners, dinette and TV’s.
  • Connect cable or raise antenna (Use antenna reminder)
  • Connect sewer hose

By Donna Fisher-Jackson, M.A. © 2018

Donna Fisher-Jackson, M.A., CHT is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Western Astrologer and Author who counsels clients through her business of Iris Holistic Counseling Services on the road at She has published the self-help book, The Healing Path of the Romantic: Type Four of the Enneagram Personality Type System and a novel, Clara & Irving: A Love Story of Past Lives, based on the true story of a Romantic. And now her latest book, a travel adventure book, Living the RV Lifestyle:  Practical Advice and Personal Tales from Life on the Road.  All of her books are available in a print and Kindle edition on Amazon.


About Donna Fisher-Jackson

After traveling for three years around the country in her Bighorn RV, Donna Fisher-Jackson, MA, CHT now makes her home on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She is still a part-time RVer, and her latest book, "Living the RV Lifestyle: Practical Advice and Personal Tales from Life on the Road" is available on Amazon. For seventeen years, she lived in Northern California where she pursued studies in Western Astrology, Holistic Counseling, Hypnotherapy and Past-Life Regression. Donna completed certification in Astrological Counseling with the Astrology Institute West in the San Francisco Bay area. During her time in the Bay area, she also graduated with an M.A. in Counseling Psychology specializing in Holistic Studies from John F. Kennedy University in Northern California. Her counseling business, Iris Holistic Counseling Services, began in 1999. In her counseling work, she shares the insights of Hypnotherapy, the Enneagram, Dreamwork, Western Astrology and the Mythic Tarot. She specializes in life transitions, relationship issues, mid-life, career/vocation and life purpose.
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