How to Set Up an RV Campsite – for New RVers

By: YouTube video by LongLongHoneymoon

Today’s topic is from Long Long Honeymoon. They put out a video a couple of years ago on setting up your campsite. I scoured the YouTube world looking for an easy video and I went back to theirs. They explain things in great detail and tell you what you need to know about a topic. If you ever need any information on RVing, I highly recommend checking out their channel. Plus, they are cute and funny.

8 Steps to Glory is what they call it – can you really set up in 8 steps? Of course you can! Eventually you’ll have this down in your sleep. The first few times will take a hot minute but don’t worry…it will become old habit soon.

Step 1 – Locate the sewer hookup

The sewer hose is probably the most important hook up and has the shortage hose you probably carry. Not all sewer hookups are the same in each RV park. Position your RV so that you know it will reach. Don’t hook it up just yet. That part is coming!

Step 2 – Level your rig (side to side)

This helps if your bed sits sideways in your rig and you don’t want your feet higher than your head. Do this before you unhitch anything!

Step 3 – Wheel chocks

These are very important so that your rig doesn’t roll away. Especially if you’re parked on a cliff overlooking a beautiful valley or the ocean. There are many different kinds so choose what is best for your rig.

Step 4 – Unhitch!

Don’t forget the emergency brake cable too. You want to make sure the trailer and RV are completed separated. Now you can level front to back. Be sure to watch the video (it’s at the end of this blog) so that you don’t miss all their tips on this step!

Step 5 – Unfold the step and clear the area

This will help you be mindful of the steps and to make sure there are no roots or other debri in the way when unfolding them. Please don’t fall down or up your steps…it’s so easy to do when there is debris or they are wet. Sean & Christy share both of their mishaps on the stairs.

Step 6 – Hook up the hookups!

Consider purchasing a water pressure regulator because sometimes the pressure is pretty high in the parks and you don’t want to damage your pipes.

Not all campsites have 50 and 30 w hookups. A great purchase to have is a dogbone that goes from 30-50 or 50-30 (depending on your rig) so you can have the correct amount of watts flowing to your rig.

For the sewer hose, you will need a donut. Some campgrounds require one and some areas they are regulation. It creates a tight connection which is what you want!

Another item that’s great to have is a sewer hose support. It just helps things move along a bit better. 🙂

Step 7 – Lower your scissor jacks

This makes sure you are not rocking all over the place. Make sure you are in the spot you want to be in. Remember: Do not use your trailer jack after you have lowered your scissor jacks – bad things can happen.

Step 8 – Make it homey – set out the chairs, awning, grill, rug, etc

Be mindful of your awning…don’t leave it unattended. A storm could come in and tear it off and do lots of damage. That’s expensive to repair.

Now it’s time to relax with your favorite beverage!

See the full video below.

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