Maneuvering your RV into a campsite for the first time can be a little intimidating. Even though it might make it easier to realize that everyone had to do it a first time, it can still feel like a scary task. So we’ve compiled some tips for setting up your RV, including what to do before you leave and once you arrive, to make setting up your RV go as smoothly as possible.
Most campsites will have information you can access ahead of time to make your arrival easier. If they have a website, check it out to see what the campsites look like as well as the paths through the park. You\'ll be able to see if there are any tight corners you may have to maneuver around to get to your campsite. If you\'ve picked your campsite or have been assigned one beforehand, you will know right where it is and how easy or hard it may be to get in and out of. Also find out if your site is a pull through or if you will need to back your rig in.
If you’ve never backed your RV into a spot, you definitely want to practice doing so before you leave. You can get some simple orange cones at any automotive or sporting goods store, or use some milk jugs that you have on hand instead. Practice parking in between the cones or jugs until you are comfortable maneuvering your RV into tight spaces. Even if you are planning on having a pull-through site, it’s good to practice this skill anyway. You never know when you might venture down a skinny gravel road only to find out that there\'s no turn around at the end. This happened to us in Yellowstone when we followed signs to a remote picnic area and found ourselves having to back up our RV almost the entire length of the road because there wasn\'t room to turn around.
Prep your RV as much as possible before you leave. Having the slides measured ahead of time will save you a headache. The best way to do it is to extend the slides, have one person hold a rope against the RV and another run it to where the RV slide ends. Cut the rope and store it inside that slide. This way when you park you can simply pull the rope pieces out to see if you have room. You will want to do the same with the awning if you have one.
Ensure you have everything in the camper you will need to hook it up! You will want to have the following:
If you are going to be RVing full time, or planning to camp in colder weather, it’s a good idea to look into getting skirting for your rig. This will cover the open areas on the bottom and help keep your RV warmer. The warmer it is, the less you have to pay to heat it!
Park your RV off to the side when you first get to the campgrounds so you can check in without blocking any pathways or roads. When you check in, ask if the campgrounds have a campsite escort service. Many will offer to assist you in getting to your site, parking, and leveling your RV.
Once you get to your site, look for branches and any other obstacles that my present an issue. Clear out anything that can be moved and plan for adjustments for those that cannot. When backing in, it’s always good to have a spotter. Have your spotter stand where they can see you in the mirror as well as all the obstacles at the site. This way they can signal you which way to go.
Before you get too comfy in your spot, get out your rope for your awning and slide-out measurements. Make sure you are going to have room to fully extend everything. If you don\'t, reposition your rig.
Some rigs come with an auto-leveling system, which is great! If yours doesn\'t have this, then it’s going to take a little bit of work to level your RV. This is where the bubble level is going to come in handy! Follow these steps for leveling your RV so it won\'t sway with your movement or the wind:
Now it’s time to stabilize it so that it stays put! Go ahead and disconnect from your vehicle first if you’re towing your RV.
Once you have your rig level, you want to stabilize it so that it doesn’t move out of place and need to be re-leveled. Always be sure to check the manufacturer\'s instructions on how to use your stabilizing jacks as this can vary from RV to RV. Once you know how to lower them, the following steps will help you get it set up:
In order to get your RV ready for use, you need to set up all your hookups. This will include the power, fresh water, and sewage.
Before plugging in your electrical, make sure to check the amperage coming from the campground. Ensure you are using the proper connections and adapters so that you are running the correct amount for your RV. Once that is complete, turn off the breaker at the campground for safety. You don’t want a jolt from the power source running through your body. Plug in your power cord and turn the breaker back on! If you have a motorhome, now is a good time to disconnect the chassis battery. This will help prevent the engine from starting unexpectedly and keep from draining your battery.
When setting up the fresh water intake, we cannot stress enough how important it is to have a water pressure regulator. Since you never know how much pressure the campsite will have, you will want to protect your pipes. If the pressure is too much, you may end up with blown pipes and no one wants that. The following steps will guide you through the process of connecting your fresh water intake:
Now it’s time to connect the sewer hose. Wear gloves, as this can be a dirty job and you want to protect yourself from bacteria and germs. To hook up your sewer hose:
Go ahead and extend your awning and put on the skirting if you plan to use it. Now that everything is set up on the outside, you want to get the interior in working order and ready to use! Here are some useful things you will want to do so that everything is ready for you when you need it:
Now that you are all set up, you can enjoy your campsite and your RV! Kick back, relax, and take in all that nature has to offer. Maybe do some birdwatching or build a fire!',closing_desc:"",meta_robots_noindex:"0",meta_robots_nofollow:"0",meta_robots_adv:"",breadcrumb:"",content_page_url:"/blog/tips-for-setting-up-your-rv/",canonical:"/blog/tips-for-setting-up-your-rv/",og_type:"article",img:"Setting Up RV",img_width:"1920",img_height:"1080",img_alt:"Setting Up RV",img_file:"Setting-Up-RV.jpg",img_dir:"dms/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2015/12/",enable_amp:"1",blog_postid:"573",blog_catid:"21",hide:"0"}]}