Properly setting up your RV when you arrive at your campsite is not necessarily a difficult thing to do, but doing ensuring that you don’t miss a step will make your camping experience a much more enjoyable one. Maintaining and using a checklist is one of the best ways to make sure that your setup goes smoothly. Here are a few suggestions for what you can include in yours.
Chock your wheels. Used even on level lots, this helps to eliminate the slight rocking motion that your RV can experience as people move about in its interior, particularly if you are traveling with children.
Set and adjust your leveling jacks. Proper leveling helps to ensure that all the RV systems will work properly. Propane powered appliances like refrigerators require proper leveling for efficient operation.
Deploy your steps and handrail.
Deploy your slide-outs.
Hook up your electric line, water hose, sewer hoses, and cable line to the provided connections.
Open black water valve to empty the black water holding tank. Close the valve.
Open gray water valve to empty gray water holding tank. Leave the valve open.
Turn on your main propane supply valve.
Turn on your water heater. There’s nothing worse than a cold shower on a cool night!
Light the pilot on your stove.
Turn on your air conditioners, set thermostat.
Raise your television antennae or adjust your satellite dish.
This checklist is suitable for most RVs. If you have additional steps for setting up your RV, be sure to include them. Taking care of all of these steps right after you park your RV will enable you to spend the rest of your vacation focused on the most important step of them all… having fun!