RV Campsite Setup (With Printable RV Setup Checklist): You're ready to hit the road in your new RV and you've found a campground in an area you'd like to explore - now what?
Setting up your campsite for the first time can be a little intimidating, right? In our RV Basics series, we will show you have to set up your RV campsite as quickly and painlessly as possible so you can get out there and enjoy your vacation and family!
Here are the steps you need to take to properly set up your campsite, starting with site selection, arrival, setting up your rig, and finally all of your outdoor gear.
Select Your Site In Advance
"A smooth RV campsite setup actually begins at the proper site selection. Do your campground research in advance"
- The Internet can be a valuable tool... If possible, study the campground map that's most likely available online. Use the campground's web page to select a site that appears to accommodate your RV and tow vehicle comfortably.
- After initial research, it might be a good idea to confirm your choice with a call to the campground. Be prepared with your rig's length!
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When You Arrive
"Resist the urge to just pull in and dive into setup. A little study of the site first can ease the process. "
Find The Flattest Spot Possible
- Select the precise spot to park your rig that's most level side to side and front to back. Remove any obstructions (think leftover firewood, rocks, sticks, etc) that might be in the way.
Make Sure Slides Will Not Hit Anything
- If your rig has slides, make sure that they will be able to slide out without any obstructions. Know how far your slides go out.
Double Check That Your Awning Can Extend Fully
- Make sure your awning can fully extend without any obstructions.
See If Your Cords and Hoses Can Reach The Connections
- Considering the cord and hose lengths to complete your service connection hookups, spot your rig in the most level orientation available.
Will The Firepit Be Located Safely Far Enough Away From The Rig?
- While complying with campground restrictions, verify and adjust the positions of the fire ring and picnic table for a safe and convenient configuration.
Is There Is Enough Room For Outdoor Accessories?
- If you plan to eat (and maybe cook) outside, try to locate the table in a spot close to your rig's entrance, and potentially under the awning or near the outdoor kitchen/grill location should you have those.
"Depending upon the rig you have there may be some variances to your setup process. Always consult your owner's manual for further guidance. Always keep the owner's manual with you on your trips."
Exterior Rig Setup
Starting with the exterior of the rig, here are the steps you need take:
Level Your Rig
- To start, always level your rig side to side FIRST
- Then, level the rig from front to back using your rig's built-in leveling legs and tongue jack. Use your unit's owner's manual for the best way to level your rig.
For more information, check out this helpful article from Camping World on how to level your RV: Level Your RV Right The First Time
Here is a video from All About RV's, How To Level Your RV Fast And Accurate!