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How to set up your RV when you’ve reached your destination

Last Updated: 01.12.22


RVs are different from one another. This does not mean that there is not a basic set of rules that should be taken into account regardless of the model you own or you have rented. Putting together a basic system which allows you to feel as comfortable as possible once you’ve reached the campsite is always a good idea. To make matters easier, we’ve put together a short list of the most important details that have to be considered.



When you get there


One of the first things to do once you have landed safely on the campsite is to understand whether you should back in or if your destination is a pull through site. If you have little to no experience when it comes to setting up camp, you might want to inquire if the site offers some sort of guidance for first-timers.

Several campsites have their own staffers that can guide you through the area and make sure you get parked and leveled. Sometimes, it’s better to ask the opinion of someone who knows what he or she is doing, instead of risking to lose precious time on figuring out what you should do first.

Next, you should consider hookups. Identify the water, electrical and sewer hookups and then position your RV so that you are not forced to walk for a long distance to reach them.

It goes without saying that you should try to analyze the space where you leave your RV as best as possible, because you’ll need to have enough room on either side of it. Furthermore, you might want to check for any types of obstacles that might exist on the site, such as branches.

After positioning your RV, you should apply the parking brake (if you’re the owner of a motorhome) and try to level the vehicle as best as possible. The wheels must be chocked in order for the RV to be balanced. Some people might be driving towable RVs. In this case, what they need to do is balance and secure the trailer hitch.


Power and water supply


Be sure to pay attention to the amperage requirements of the RV you are driving. This means that you’ll need to choose the right kind of campsite receptacle in order to plug in the electrical shore power cord. Several types of adapters might be required, depending on the receptacle you come across. If you have the possibility, try to use as little as possible from the extension cord. After doing all this, there’s another thing you have to take care of. Switch your refrigerator from propane to AC.

Water supply details depend on the model you drive. The simplest thing would be to have a water pressure regulator, because this would allow you to simply hook it up to the campsite supply. Basically, there two other ways you might want to go about things. One of them requires connecting an exterior filter to the city water inlet of the RV. However, since not all people have exterior filters, they might need to utilize a 90-degree elbow.

The rest of the tasks speak for themselves, as what you need to do next is to connect the hose from the campground water supply to the inlet on the RV. Since water is very important when it comes to the comfort of your family, you’ll need to do your best to achieve a good connection. In fact, some say that it is the crucial thing for achieving a good RV experience, as you’ll be able to drink it, cook with it, and do the washing with it.





Some campsites have cable TV. In order to connect it to your TV set, you have to use a TV coax cable, so make sure you don’t forget it at home. If the campsite does not offer cable TV, you can still use the antenna and the power booster. Yet sometimes, spending quality time with friends and family out in the open is more important than watching the news or a TV show. After all, watching TV is something you could have done at home.


Final preparations


Lay down the outdoor carpet mat, position your lawn chairs, and then put the awning out. All you need to do now is to socialize, but that will not be a problem considering the fact that RV users and campers are some of the friendliest people in the world. After spending a couple of hours together, you’ll feel like you’ve known them forever.