Rving: Setting Up Camp

RVers are some of the friendliest, most helpful people you will ever meet. Don’t be surprised if you pull into your site and your neighbor, whom you never met, is right there to assist and offer advice. Never be afraid to ask for help – everyone was a newbie at one time.

RVs vary, so this checklist is not meant to be all-inclusive. It is just a list of the high points to be sure you have it covered when you first take to a campground in your RV.

When you arrive

If you’re new to RV camping, at check-in, ask if the campground provides an escort service for first-timers. A seasoned staffer will guide you to your site and assist you in getting parked and leveled.

After arriving at your assigned site

Determine if you need to back in or if it is a pull-through site. Know where your water, electrical and sewer hookups are on your RV. Position the RV so you have easy access to the hookups on the site.

Be sure there are no low-hanging branches or other obstacles that will interfere with the RV. If you have a slideout or awning, be sure there is room on either side for those to fully extend.

Once positioned at the site

Apply the parking brake if you have a motorhome (as a safety precaution, slideouts will not operate if the parking brake is not engaged).

The ground is not always flat, so level your RV as necessary, using blocks or stabilizing jacks if your RV is equipped with them.

Chock the wheels securely to keep the RV stable on the site.

If you are in a towable RV, disconnect the unit from the tow vehicle and stabilize the trailer hitch.

Manually pull the entry steps out or, if yours are electronic, turn the switch off so the steps stay out when the door is closed. (Don’t forget to turn the

switch back on before leaving or to pull up your steps before driving away.)

If you have slideouts, remove the travel locks or brace bars. Whenever you are operating slideouts, keep all windows closed for safety and have someone on the outside watch for people, clearance and obstacles in its path.

 

 

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