Even if it’s your first time setting up your RV with a little bit of patient practice you can easily become a pro. To start, here’s 7 steps to setting up the perfect RV campsite.
1. Check out the campsite
Make sure there are no long-hanging branches, which can scrape or damage your RV. If you have a slide-out or awning, you want to make sure there is enough room to allow it to extend properly. Then confirm that your hookups are close enough to the trailer for the hoses and the electrical plug to reach. When this is all done, pull in, apply the parking brake and chock the tires so the trailer doesn't roll away while you're setting up. (If you’re in a towable trailer, it’s now time to disconnect the trailer and stabilize the trailer hitch.)
2. Level the trailer
Even with self-leveling jacks this is still the most time-consuming part of the set-up. But it’s also the most important. Your fridge and plumbing won’t work properly if you’re not level, while sleeping at night is less than comfortable. But if you take your time and check your progress with a carpenter's level, you’ll soon get the RV level and that’s when you set the corner jacks.
3. Position the slide-outs
Now it’s time to pull the entry steps out and to remove the travel locks and brace bars to the slideouts. Have someone on the outside looking out for people, clearance issues or obstacles while setting up all your extendables.
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.
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, use 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.
6. Final check
Once connected do a quick scan to make sure everything is working. Fill 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.
7. Set up the fun
Now the fun part. Set up the satellite dish, awning and any outside furniture you use. Once done, it’s now time to sit down and relax!
Remember, the first few times you may forget a few steps or take them in the wrong order, but with enough practice, setting up an RV becomes second nature.