Your RV Set Up Checklist
When you’re first starting out not only can setting up be intimidating, but it’s easy to forget things as you go. Here’s a good list for newbies to help you remember the little details that can cause big problems. Remember to always take your time, nothing takes up more time than rushing.
No Bull Tip! When parking your rig, give yourself more room than you think when pulling forward before you begin backing up.
No Bull Tip! As you are pulling into your site, whether you’re backing up or pulling through, always keep your spotter in your mirrors. Using phones or walkies to communicate can be very helpful.
Before you have finalized your site position!
- Check to make sure you can reach all of your water and electrical connections
- Check clearance for any slides
- Check that your RV is level both left and right
- Chock your tires***
- Always do this before you disconnect from your vehicle
- Disconnect from tow vehicle
- Level the trailer front and back
- Deploy your stabilizers
- Connect to electrical (if available)
- Be sure the electrical panel is OFF before you plug in!
- It is strongly recommended you look in to surge protectors for your electrical hookup to avoid electrical issues or damage to your unit from improperly wired or maintained hookups
- Connect to water (if available)
- When using a pressure regulator and filter have the regulator at the source first to avoid overwhelming your filter or hose
- Properly corral your hoses and lines to avoid tripping hazards.
- Check for hazards and obstacles (inside and out) before deploying any slides
- Remember, during transit items may have shifted or doors could have opened. Go slow.
- Know the power requirements to operate your slides. If they do not have enough power they can be damaged when attempting to deploy them. If you are not able to hook up to electrical you can leave your vehicle attached and running to allow power to them
- Connect the sewer hose (if available)
- Plenty of water in your black tank can be very beneficial when you go to empty it
- Use disposable gloves when connecting and disconnecting your sewer hose
*Reminder that your RV may include other elements that you will have to check to ensure the safety of yourself and others as well as your equipment. Use this list at your own discretion and risk.