Arrival, Setup and How to Hookup RV at Campground
This is a general guide how to hookup RV at campground for your electric, sewer and water. Please refer to your owner’s manual for specific steps for your RV or camper. If you are renting and setting up yourself, your RV owner should give you detailed directions how to set up and hook the RV up to electric, water and sewer.
Arrival and Check -in Before You Hookup RV
*Park near the office. There should be signs showing you where to park for check in. Some campgrounds have a call box to alert attendant.
*Check in- you will need your driver’s license and tag number on your tow vehicle or motorhome.
*Request a map of the park and directions on easiest way to drive to your site. Some parks offer assistance for new RVers- don’t hesitate to ask. Most are happy to help.
*Write down any codes given- gate code, internet etc.
*If arriving after office is closed, look for after-hours check in instructions posted near entrance or office.
Pulling into a Campsite
*Find your site on park map and entrance/exit routes. Ask if there are any sharp turns, low branches or narrow roads you should be aware of.
Before pulling into site:
*Make sure your RV will fit into the site and the site has expected utilities- water, electric compatible with your camper, picnic table, grill, sewer etc. test utilities to be sure they are working
*Be on the lookout for stumps, holes etc
*Plan how you will pull into your site, where you wil stop etc. discuss your plan with your spotter.
*If the site has no sewer hookup, drive to dump station and empty waste tank , if needed.
*Perform a two way radio check, if using these with your spotter
Setting up Camp-Leveling and Disconnect from Tow Vehicle
*Slowly pull your rv into the site
*Make sure electric, water and sewer can be reached
*Verify you have rom to put out slides if you have them, steps, awning etc. make sure no branches etc are touching.
*Place level on floor inside RV or lay a water bottle down to test if camper is level (click here to learn how to level your RV)
*Chock wheels on the RV- this will keep your camper from rocking back and forth when you walk around inside. You will need to put one in front and behind one tire on each side of the RV.
*Put blocks under leveling jacks or tongue jack, to support sinking and marking paved surfaces) and lower until the front of the RV is supported and level front to back. You can use wooden blocks or the leveling blocks.
*Unhitch the trailer
*Remove safety chains and sway bars
*Disconnect rv connections from tow vehicle, breakaway switch and store safely.
*Unhitch RV from town vehicle ball hitch.
*Put out slides, steps and handrails if applicable
*Connect electric to shore power using an RV surge protector. This is very important and will protect your system against power surges. You should know in advance if your system in 30 amp or 50 amp. If you have a 30 amp electrical system, make sure you have an adaptor in case the campground only has 50 amp available.
*Connect fresh water hose and water pressure regulator. This will protect your RV from high pressure water. We also use a water filter so we don’t have to worry about the water quality.
*If site has sewer hookup, connect sewer hose and make sure both ends are securely attached. It just screws onto both ends- on your RV and the sewer connection in the ground. Make sure both tanks are closed until you are ready to dump them. Do not leave them open even when connected to sewer. This is very important- you need a liquid buildup to help flush out solids. You also want a clear elbow on your sewer hose so that you can see when the tank water runs clear. As gross as it sounds the tank is not cleaned out completely until the water runs clear when dumping the tank. You will need to add a treatment to your black water tank each time you dump. You can use ready made treatments or the GEO method. Either way you will dump the tank, add a couple gallons of water and then add the treatment.
*Turn on propane tanks and check for leaks. Light pilot lights for any gas appliance if needed.
*Turn on hot water faucet to allow hot water tank to fill.
*Make sure refrigerator is on and set to correct temperature
*Turn on air conditioner or furnace if necessary and set thermostat
*Set up house- put everything in normal locations from travel, set up outside accessories, raise antenna etc.
Now that you know how to hookup RV at the campground it is time to have some fun!