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RV Setup Checklist

Setting up an RV at a campsite requires a variety of safety checks while getting your rig set up for a fun weekend of camping. The most important thing to remember is to take your time! Rushing will make you feel stressed, could lead to tense conversations, and could even result in damage to your rig!

Here’s a simple item checklist to help you have a smooth and efficient setup for your camper:

The printable checklist above is an abbreviated version of our setup routine. There are a few more details on each step below if you have questions!

  1. Arrival and Positioning
    · Choose a Site: Select a site that accommodates your RV’s size and offers the desired hookups (water, electric, sewer). Most of your sites will be pre-booked but it’s still a good idea to take a look at the site before parking to make sure size and hookups look like you expected them to.

    · Inspect the Site: Check for obstacles, low-hanging branches, or uneven ground that could cause issues. If you have slides, look at anything that might obstruct those once your RV is parked. During your site inspection, get a feel for the general placement within the site for where you want the RV. If you have slides, make sure you have room to extend those without obstruction. If the water or power connections are in an unusual place, you pay need to adjust your RV parking position in order to reach these connections.

    · Get the RV Positioned: Your positioning will vary site to site, with back in and pull through sites. Take your time getting positioned, especially for back in sites.

    · Level the RV: Use leveling blocks or an automatic leveling system to ensure the RV is stable and level left to right. The front to back leveling can be down after unhitching.
  2. Safety Checks
    · Chock the Wheels: Place wheel chocks to prevent any movement.

    · Set the Parking Brake: Engage the parking brake for added security.

    · Disconnect the Trailer from Tow Vehicle: With all of the wheels chocked and the parking brake set, unhitch the RV from the tow vehicle. Once disconnected, make sure to pull the tow vehicle away from the RV before continuing on the leveling the RV front to back.

    · Deploy Stabilizers: These can be automatic or manual but almost every RV has a variation of stabilizers.
  3. Connections and Utilities
    · Connect to Power: Plug in the power cord to the appropriate outlet (30-amp or 50-amp) and switch the breaker on. As a test, we prefer to flip the breaker with the surge protector plugged in prior to connecting the RV to make sure the wiring is setup correctly and there are no surprises.

    · Attach Water Hose: Connect the potable water hose to the campground’s water supply and attach a pressure regulator if needed (We would suggest using one at all times to protect your investment.) We also recommend running the water spigot briefly before connecting to ensure that the water runs clear. We always do this in addition to using a water filter.

    · Connect Sewer Hose: Attach the sewer hose to the RV and connect to the campsite’s sewer inlet, ensuring all seals are secure.
  4. Interior Setup
    · Deploy Slide-Outs: Extend slide-outs carefully, ensuring there are no obstructions.

    · Check Appliances: Ensure that the refrigerator, air conditioning, and other appliances are functioning correctly.
  5. Final Checks
    · Lock Storage Compartments & Trailer: Ensure all external storage compartments are securely locked. We also utilize a hitch lock on our trailer after it has been disconnected.

    · Check for Leaks: Inspect for any water or sewer leaks after making connections.

    · Review Site Safety: Double-check all connections and surroundings for potential hazards.

This checklist covers the essential steps to ensure your RV is safely and comfortably set up at the campsite. Tailor it to your specific RV model and personal preferences for the best results.