Pulling into a new RV campsite for the first time is exciting but can also be overwhelming.
From getting acclimated to a new location to navigating the ins and outs of your vehicle, it can feel like a lot. But getting your RV ready for your first night is easier than you might think.
Whether you’re a seasoned RV traveler or new to RV camping, this article will walk you through all the things to check off your set-up to-do list.
With this guide and our top tips, you’ll feel like a pro by the next time you pull into your RV campsite.
Pulling into a campsite for the first time
Once you check in to your campsite, one of the first things you’ll need to do is find the space that has been reserved for you. Most campsites should have staff on site who can help guide you to your RV space.
Next, you’ll need to get your RV into position as your home away from home.
Depending on the campsite space you may be able to pull through or you may need to back in. If you’ve never parked your RV (or even if you have) it can be helpful to have someone to guide you as you pull into your spot. RVs can be difficult to maneuver so take your time!
Most premium RV sites have relatively large spaces but make sure you’ve also left room around your vehicle for things like slide-outs and awnings.
Leveling and stabilizing your RV
Once you have your RV positioned in the right spot, the next thing you’ll need to do is make sure that it’s level and stabilized. This is incredibly important to do – even if it seems like you’re parking on a flat surface.
An unlevel RV can be inconvenient, you might find things rolling around inside or you might have trouble walking around inside. But more importantly, it can cause significant damage to the plumbing the mechanics of the
You can check if your RV is level by using the built-in leveling system or even a standard level.
Next, you’ll want to raise or lower your RV until it’s level. To do this, you’ll need to use leveling blocks, jacks, or ramps, depending on the make and mechanisms of your vehicle. Newer vehicles may also have auto leveling features that make the process easier.
Finally, once your RV is level, you’ll want to stabilize it by using chocks or tie-downs.
Hooking up your RV
Once you’re well situated, it’s time to get your RV hooked up to all the necessities. A full hook-up campsite will include all the important things like water, electricity, and sewage.
Here’s a breakdown of what you need to hook up the major systems in your RV.
Getting running water to your RV is relatively simple. But there are a few things you need to ensure a safe and successful connection.
First, you’ll need to find the water source. Most full-service campsites will have a dedicated hose for your space.
A good practice is to check about the water source ahead of time. Some campsites are on freshwater sources while others have access to city water sources or a water tank. A freshwater source will often require a filter.
After that, just hook up the hose from your RV hose connector to the water source connection. If your RV has a tank, you may need to give it some time to fill up.
This process is also fairly straightforward, but there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind.
First, make sure that you turn off the breaker that supplies power to your RV. This will prevent any accidents while you’re working. Next, locate the power supply at your campsite.
Many campsites come with various amperage receptacles that are clearly marked. But it can be helpful to test the voltage of the connections to make sure the power meets your vehicle’s requirements.
Once you have the right power simply connect your RV to the receptacle and turn your breaker back on. Make sure to take a moment to test your power to make sure everything is working properly.
Most RVs have a built-in sewage system that allows you to hook up to a campground’s sewage system. Not the most glamorous part of RV setup, but it’s a convenient way to dispose of waste while camping in your RV. To avoid coming into contact with sewage, it’s important to use gloves when hooking up the sewage lines.
First, locate the clean-out port on the campground’s sewage system. Next, attach your RV’s sewer hose to the clean-out port using a rubber band or cable tie. Finally, open the valves on both the campground’s sewage system and your RV’s sewage tank. Once the tanks are full, close the valves and disconnect the hose.
Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly afterward.
Once all your systems are hooked up, you’ll be able to start enjoying all the comforts of home at your new RV campsite.
Setting up your outdoor space
Finally, don’t forget to take a few moments to set up your outdoor space. Whether you have an outdoor kitchen or just want a nice seating area under the stars, taking care of it during set-up means you can spend the rest of your time relaxing.
Some things you may want to set up include:
- Outdoor area rug
- Twinkling lights
- Camp chairs
- Eating area
- BBQ grill
Just make sure to be mindful of nearby neighbors so you’re not encroaching on their space.
Other RV set-up tips
Here are some other quick tips that can help you get your RV set up.
- Get the WiFi details: This is especially important if you’re a work-from-your-RV-er. Many campsites now offer WiFi which can be super convenient.
- Explore the amenities: Many RV campsites have additional amenities like hiking trails, pools, or tuck shops. Take some time your first day to get the lay of the land.
- Ask a friendly neighbor: Most RV folks are happy to lend a hand if you get stuck during set-up.
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Setting up your RV is a breeze with our full hookups and large, premium spaces. With amenities like WiFi and a stunning terrace, Willows at Watson is the perfect escape to nature.Hopefully, with this guide, you’ll be camping comfortably in your RV in no time. Ready to put this guide into action? Book your next RV stay at Willows at Watson today.