7 Steps to Set Up Your RV Campsite

By Samantha Lemna  | 
Mar 09, 2016

Whether you moved on from tents or it's your first time camping, you may be a bit overwhelmed at setting up your RV campsite. Don't worry. Even if it's your first time, with a little bit of patience you'll become a pro in no time. Here is our guide - 7 steps to set up your RV campsite:

Step 1: Check Out the Campsite and Pull In

Some campsites are really small, leaving you with little options on where your RV will go. Others are quite large and you can play around with where you want the trailer (as a wind block, south facing, morning or evening sun, et cetera). In any case, make sure you check out the campsite before you pull in. Look for any low-hanging branches which can scrape or damage your RV. If you have a slide-out or awning, check that there will be enough room for it to extend properly. Finally, confirm that your hookups are close enough to the RV for the hoses and an electrical plug to reach if you have a serviced campsite.

When this is all done, pull your RV into the campsite, apply the parking brake, and chock the tires so the RV doesn't roll anywhere while you're setting up. If you're towing, you can disconnect the trailer and stabilize the hitch.

Step 2: Level the Trailer

Even if you have self-levelling jacks, this is still the most time-consuming part of your campsite set up - but it's also the most important. Your fridge and plumbing won't work properly if your RV is not level and it will make sleeping less comfortable. Take your time and check your progress with a carpenter's level. Once your RV is level set the corner jacks.

Step 3: Position the Slide-Outs

Pull out your entry steps and remove travel locks and brace bars from the slideouts. You can also set up your awning. Make sure you keep an eye out for people, branches, obstacles or clearance issues while setting up all of your extendable parts.

Step 4: Power It Up

An RV comes equipped with electrical currents, but to get it up and running you’ll need to connect it to a power source. To do this, turn off the circuit breaker at camping site (known as the “shore”) and connect the RV to the box. Then, turn the circuit breaker back on and switch your refrigerator to the AC setting, so you’re drawing power from electricity rather than propane.

Step 5: Hook It Up

To get water running to your RV, attach a water pressure regulator to the hookup outlet and connect the white water hose, otherwise known as a potable water hose or a drinking water hose to your RV. Check for leaks. Now turn off the 12-volt water pump—you won’t need it while connected to a power source.

Next, put on some rubber gloves to insert to the sewer. Remember to prop this hose up to allow everything to drain smoothly from the RV to the sewer connection. Remember that not all campsites have this connection available so don't panic if it's not there.

Step 6: Final Check

Once you're plugged in and your water/sewer is connected, do a quick scan to make sure everything is working. Fill the water tanks and light any pilot lights, such as the hot water tanks or water heaters. Also, remember to turn the main LP gas supply valve on at the tank or bottles.

Step 7: Set Up the Fun

Now it's time to set up anything outside your trailer like your outdoor kitchen and chairs. Then it's time to relax or head out and enjoy nature!

Don't worry if you forget a few steps or execute them in the wrong order. You'll get the hang of it with practice and then setting up your RV becomes second nature.New Call-to-action

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