Once you have found your ideal RV camping spot, it is time to learn how to get it all set up when you arrive. That way, you can quickly breeze through the steps and get on with the fun part. Use this guide to figure out how to proceed in setting up your RV campsite, and then get ready to have a blast on your trip.
Grab a Map and Find Your Site
Upon arriving at your camping spot, you will need to check in at the front desk. They will provide a map and direct you to your selected site. Use the map to familiarize yourself with the grounds and site, noting the location of the hookups and other key features.
Plan how you will maneuver the RV into the spot but remain flexible in case any obstacles are in the way. If you were able to secure a pull-through site, you are golden. Otherwise, think about how you will back the RV into place right alongside the hookups.
Park, Stabilize, and Chock the Wheels
Check your site number once, twice, and yet again before pulling in and parking the RV. Verify you are close enough to the hookups, then focus on stabilizing the vehicle. To safely accommodate you and your guests, the RV should sit perfectly level. This is especially important for vehicles with slide-out panels.
If you do not have an auto-levelling system, follow these steps to ensure everything is level:
- Place a bubble level on the counter to check your initial position
- Maneuver the RV back and forth to find level ground
- Drive up onto blocks to raise the low side and level the vehicle
No matter what, only use up to three levelling blocks to adjust your vehicle. If you need more than that, then it is best to choose a different campsite.
With everything level, secure the vehicle in place by putting wheel chocks at the front and back of a wheel still on the ground. Once all that is done, you can deploy the slide out section of the RV and extend the steps to the ground.
Attach the Hookups
The next step is attaching all the hookups you will use during your stay. Here’s a rundown on how that works.
If you have a filter and regulator, hook them to the campground’s spigot first. Then, thread your water hose to the RV and run the other end to the regulator. Make sure both sides are firmly tightened down and turn it on to check for leaks. Go inside and run the water in the bathroom and kitchen to ensure all function as expected.
The campsite will provide either 30- or 50-amp electrical hookups at the site. The 30-amp connections use a three-prong plug, while 50 amps require four prongs. If the hookup does not match your RV, you can use an adapter to make it work. Either way, turn off the power at the breaker before plugging in your power cord. Then, switch the power on and check that everything works. Also, take a moment to switch the fridge to run off electricity.
To connect the sewer lines, put on a pair of disposable gloves and verify that the valves are closed. Connect the hose to the inlet at the campsite, then secure the other end to the outlet on your RV. You can then open the grey water valve and leave it in that position. Only open the black water valve when you need to dump the tank. If you need additional liquid to flush the system, close the grey water valve for a full day before opening both valves to clear the tank.
If you want to connect to cable TV during your stay, hook a flat coaxial cable to the jack at the power bay. From there, run the cable through one of your windows to the supplied connector near the other hookups.
Before the front desk closes for the day, make sure to ask for the wireless internet login and password. With that info, you can select the campground’s router and input the password to connect to the internet.
If you leave your propane tanks unhooked while driving, now is the time to hook them back up. Check that all connected equipment works as expected so you can avoid any surprises when you need them later.
After you set up your RV campsite, you can start spending the weekend the way you intended. You can bring out the grill to make some awesome food. Or head over to the dock to see if any fish are biting.
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