RV Set Up Checklist

Camping season is almost here!! As excited as everyone is to get out and enjoy the outdoors, you still have to get the camper set up before you can start relaxing. This checklist is a guideline so you don’t forget anything.

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  • Conduct a site survey. Identify where all campground connections are and where you want the RV located to have access to all connections. Take into consideration where slides will be and if there is room to put the awning out. Make sure there are no low hanging branches or other obstacles that will interfere with the RV.
  • Determine if you need to back in or if it is a pull through site. Position the RV on the site and double-check all clearances and access to hook ups.
  • Disconnect from the tow vehicle.
  • Level RV lengthwise. Use tongue or leveling jacks to raise or lower front.
  • Put stabilizer jacks down with enough tension to minimize RV movement. Do not attempt to lift a portion of the RV with the stabilizer jacks.
  • Check to see if RV is level in both directions.
  • Chock wheels.
  • Put slides out if they won’t interfere with making basic hook ups. Have someone watch for clearance and obstacles in the slides path.
  • Test the campground electricity voltage and polarity with a voltmeter prior to plugging the unit in.
  • Pull enough power cord from the compartment to reach the campground electrical connection. Plug into the receptacle that matches the amperage requirements of your RV. Use electrical adapters as required. Use a surge protector if you have one. If at all possible try to avoid using an extension cord. Some campgrounds have a circuit breaker in the box that must be turned on to allow electricity to the RV.
  • Check the RV to make sure electricity is working. If you have a plug in volt meter plug it into a wall outlet so you can monitor campground voltage during your stay. Any readings below 105 volts or above 135 volts can be dangerous to your appliances and electronic equipment.
  • Turn the refrigerator on in the electric mode.
  • If you have a water pressure regulator hook it up to the campground water supply.
  • If you have an exterior water filter hook it up to the city water inlet on the RV. If you don’t use a filter attach a 90-degree elbow to the city water inlet to prevent the hose from kinking.
  • Attach one end of your potable RV drinking hose (white hose) to the campground water supply and the other end to the city water inlet on the RV.
  • Turn the water on and check for any leaks. Make sure you have water coming into the RV.
  • When you are hooked up to a city water supply do not use the 12-volt water pump. Only use this when you don’t have an external water supply and need to draw water from the fresh water tank.
  • Wearing gloves, remove the cap from the sewer hose valve and attach the sewer hose to the sewer drain outlet. Be sure to turn it so the locking tabs securely lock in place. Place the sewer hose seal in the campground sewer connection. Attach the other end of the sewer hose in the seal. Be sure and get a good seal and connection.
  • If you have a sewer hose support set it up now allowing a slope from the RV down to the sewer connection to assist in dumping the tanks.
  • If you’re going to be at the campground for a couple of days or more you can slightly open the gray water tank knife valve to allow sink and shower water to drain directly into the sewer. It is the smaller of the two valves. If you’re only there for the night leave it closed.
  • NEVER leave the black tank valve open (the larger valve). You only open the black tank valve when dumping the tank. When the black tank is nearly full it’s time to dump it. Dumping the black tank before its near full can cause problems. You will want plenty of water in the gray tank at this time to help flush the sewer hose out. To dump tanks pull the black tank valve all the way out. Let it drain completely then close the valve. Now open the gray tank valve and allow it to drain completely and flush the sewer hose out at the same time. Close the valve. Treat the black tank with holding tank chemicals every time you dump it.
  • Turn the main LP gas supply valve on at the tank or bottles.
  • If you want hot water at this time be sure that the water heater tank is full of water before you light it. If your water heater has a bypass kit on it make sure that it is not in the bypass mode. Open a hot water faucet and when you get a steady flow of water (no air) the water heater tank is full and you can light the water heater. Follow the instructions for the type of water heater you have. There may also be an electric mode on the water heater. It will take a little longer to heat the water but it will conserve your LP gas.
  • Connect your TV coax cable from the RV to the cable connection.  If you have cable, do not use the antenna booster.
  • If they don’t offer cable raise the TV antenna on the RV. Turn the TV and the power booster on. Pull down on the antenna base plate and rotate the antenna until you get the best reception.

Now get out and enjoy the outdoors!

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