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A Complete RV Setup Guidelines for Your Campsite


Even skilled RVers make the most of checklists when establishing and breaking down camp. There’s a lot to recollect, particularly once you’re new to RVing. Whereas forgetting some duties received’t damage, others could cause main injury to your RV, the campsite, passengers, or unlucky bystanders. 

Utilizing an RV setup guidelines for the campsite makes the method safer and simpler. Obtain this guidelines so it’s at your fingertips once you want it. Higher but, print it and maintain a bodily copy in your RV. 

Professional Tip: Divide these duties between you and your journey associate. However then return and double-check one another’s work. There’s a lot to recollect when establishing and tearing down a campsite. Utilizing a guidelines and double-checking one another’s work is the easiest way to attenuate the possibilities of forgetting one thing that damages your RV, tow automobile, or toad/dinghy.

For our full listing of RV tutorials, go to our Study to RV web page. 

RV Setup Guidelines for Setting Up a Campsite

Eddie Bauer travel trailer parked in great spot for boondocking
Photograph by Tenting World

This guidelines begins when you’ve checked into your campground and positioned your web site. Right here’s every little thing you’ll want to take into consideration to get your RV prepared for each day dwelling:

  • Scout your web site. Assess the house to find out whether or not you may pull by way of or need to again in. Decide the way you need to place your RV to make it simpler to degree and guarantee clearance on all sides (above as nicely) on your entry steps, slide-outs, and awnings.
  • Disconnect your toad or dinghy (Solely motorhomes towing a second automobile).
  • Use a spotter to drag in. Even when your RV has a backup digicam, your journey companion ought to know find out how to information an RV, be prepared to assist, and be simply seen by the motive force. 
  • Place your RV inside attain of hookups. The lengths of your sewer hose, electrical twine, and potable water hose decide this distance.
  • Set up leveling blocks as wanted. Use leveling blocks underneath your wheels to boost your RV and degree it from side-to-side (for towable RVs) or side-to-side and front-to-back (for motorhomes). 
  • Chock the wheels. Set these in place to make sure your RV doesn’t shift. 
  • Disconnect your tow automobile (Towable RVs solely). Take away {the electrical} connection, breakaway cable, security chains, and any weight distribution hitch elements earlier than utilizing the tongue jack to elevate your trailer off your automobile’s hitch ball.
  • Pull your tow automobile away (Towable RVs solely). Enable your self house to simply unload gadgets out of your tow automobile’s trunk. 
  • Elevate or decrease the tongue jack or touchdown legs to degree the unit (Towable RVs solely). Use a bubble degree to examine your work from entrance to again and aspect to aspect. 
  • Prolong stabilizing jacks. Place jack pads or 2”x4” wood blocks beneath and prolong jacks till they make contact. DO NOT OVEREXTEND! Stabilizing jacks are meant for stabilizing your RV, not for lifting it. View our full tutorial on leveling and stabilizing your RV.
  • Join a surge protector and your electrical twine to shore energy. Use the suitable surge protector, electrical twine, and/or adapter for your RV’s electrical system. Examine that the breaker on the ability pedestal is turned on on your 30 or 50-amp outlet. 
  • Connect a potable ingesting water hose, water stress regulator, and water filter. Connect the stress regulator to the water supply. Connect the inline water filter to the regulator. Connect one finish of your potable water hose to the filter and the opposite to your RV’s metropolis water inlet. Skip the filter step in case your RV has an onboard filtration system. You might think about using a 90° elbow to scale back pressure on the hose’s connection to your metropolis water inlet.
  • Join the sewer hose to the sewer drain outlet. Place the downstream finish within the sewer drain outlet earlier than attaching the bayonet becoming on the opposite finish to your RV’s sewer outlet. Place a sewer hose assist under your hose to create a slope from the RV to the drain outlet. 
  • Decrease your entry steps. Modify them to make sure secure entry and exit (if relevant). You might want wood blocks to assist your steps in the event that they don’t include adjustable legs.
  • Flip in your fridge and change it to AC energy. Guarantee your fridge is powered on and set to run on 120-volt AC energy. 
  • Flip in your propane provide. Open the container valve(s) and set the place of your LP regulator
  • Unlock and prolong slide-outs. Take away any slide-out locks or brace bars earlier than absolutely extending your slide-outs
  • Flip in your water heater to fill the tank. Flip it off after 2-3 minutes till sizzling water is required. Confirm tank is full once more earlier than working.
  • Return all stowed gadgets to their correct positions.
  • Arrange kitchen and inside. 
  • Arrange the outside.

Organising the Within Your RV

Spacious interior of Eddie Bauer fifth wheel
Photograph by Tenting World

Each floorplan is exclusive, that means your precise course of will differ relying in your RV’s make and mannequin. Right here’s an inventory of all of the concerns you would possibly account for when establishing your RV’s inside: 

  • Open the blinds. 
  • Plug within the electrical kettle and/or espresso maker.
  • Set out dish cleaning soap and sponge(s).
  • Place bathe necessities again within the bathe from their saved places.
  • Elevate the TV antenna. (Solely relevant to RVs with a handbook antenna).
  • Activate the TV and run a channel scan. Examine that your sign booster is turned on if relevant. 
  • Place bedding/linens on any convertible sleeping areas you’ll use. 

Organising the Exterior of Your RV

Couple enjoying camping outside their Eddie Bauer RV
Photograph by Tenting World

Some could not apply to your setup, however right here’s a complete listing of every little thing you would possibly arrange on your RV’s out of doors dwelling space:

RV Teardown Guidelines

Rear of Eddie Bauer travel trailer
Photograph by Tenting World

Use this guidelines to make sure you’re prepared to move dwelling or discover your subsequent vacation spot: 

  • Stow gadgets in your out of doors kitchen. 
  • Stow all out of doors camp gear (chairs, patio mats, griddles, out of doors video games, patio lights, and many others.)
  • Retract RV awnings. 
  • Decrease TV antenna (if relevant).
  • Stow all inside home equipment that may shift throughout journey. 
  • Flip off all inside and exterior electronics and lights.
  • Shut the blinds/curtains.
  • Flip off your water heater. 
  • Retract and safe slide-outs.
  • Drain holding tanks and stow sewer hose and hose assist.
  • Flip off the propane provide. 
  • Flip off the fridge.
  • Flip off metropolis water and retailer the water hose, regulator, and filter. Take the time to blow any remaining water out of the hose and filter earlier than stowing.
  • Disconnect the surge protector, electrical twine, and any electrical adapters and stow away.
  • Examine to make sure all rooftop equipment are within the stowed place.
  • Retract stabilizing jacks and entry step(s).
  • Elevate the tongue jack to prep for connecting your tow automobile (Towable RVs solely). 
  • Join tow automobile and weight distribution hitch (Towable RVs solely).
  • Take away wheel chocks and stow. 
  • Examine tire pressures and situation.
  • Pull ahead off leveling blocks.
  • Gather and retailer leveling blocks.
  • Lock all compartment doorways.
  • Use a spotter to information you out of your campsite. 
  • Join your toad or dinghy (Motorhomes solely).
  • Conduct a last walkaround
  • Confirm you’ve all tenting companions. Don’t go away your furry companions both!
  • Cease and re-check all hitch connections after transferring a brief distance.

Are there gadgets in your RV setup or teardown guidelines that we didn’t embody? Share them within the feedback under.


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