Get Ready for Summer Camping
Ready for Summer Camping!
So!, you've bought your very first RV and you're excited to take it out. The only thing is, you're not sure how to set it up properly. What is the first step? What should you know? What tools to bring?
Step back for a second, Take a deep breath!
Here is the answer to all your questions:
1. Parking your RV at the campsite
- First, find a preferable spot where you might want to park your RV for the night. If it's a tight spot, have a friend step out and guide you.
- Inspect the ground before you park your RV. Look at the condition of the soil and see whether it can bear the load of the RV or if the surface is so moist, that you might need a wooden plate or concrete blocks to support the wheels and jacks for better stability.
- Then, your buddy should make sure you have enough room for the slide outs and awnings on all sides of the RV to come out entirely without anything blocking the way. It's also important to make sure that the connections are as close to your RV as possible to avoid problems during hook-up.
- If you’re able to find a pull-through parking spot, that's great! It will save you a lot of time when setting up your RV.
2. Levelling the RV
- Positioning and elevation are very critical for two reasons when setting up your RV
- When your RV is level, you can conveniently hook everything up and get your RV and campsite set up.
- You can cause serious damage to your camper if your RV isn't properly balanced.
- You want your slide outs and awning to be able to come out completely, without touching anything on the sides. If the RV is not level to the site, it can cause your camper expensive problems. Think about your appliances and equipment!
3. Setting up an Electric Connection
- Before you begin, check to confirm that the breaker is off! When hooking up to electricity, it is important to be careful. Check to ensure the breaker has the correct attachments or adaptor.
- Start by first hooking up the connections to your RV and then mounting it to the box. Switch the breaker on once everything is linked to the appropriate fittings.
4. Hooking up to Water
- Hooking up the waterline to your RV is just as easy as hooking up a hose to the water spout at home. First, check to confirm that fresh water is coming into your RV through the hook up, as well as make sure it is on city or tank water. Then start by hooking one end of the hose to the connection at the campsite and the other to your RV.
- Two products that can be a great addition to have when camping are an attachable filter and a pressure regulator. The water filter is designed to ensure that you always get fresh water directly from the tap. The pressure regulator is nice to have just in case. Some campgrounds have very high water pressure, which can have harmful effects on your RV.
5. Connecting your RV to Sewage
- A good tip to think about when hooking up your RV to the sewage lines is to use gloves, just in case there is any mess or spillage. Check to make sure the grey and black waterlines are closed before you start hooking up.
- To get going, first remove the sewage cap at the campsite and then hook the hose up to your RV. Use the lock on the end of the hose and twist it so that it is firmly locked. Be sure the line is sloping, so that the water flows naturally. Run the sewage first after it is hooked up, and then the grey water.
A Short Checklist to be Well-Prepared:
- medical kit
- offline maps downloaded
- check brake fluid
- check drums / rotors
As always, happy camping!
The High Sky RV Parts Team