Just like a pilot uses a checklist before taking the plane off the ground, many campers use checklists for arriving at the campsite, departing the campsite, and winterizing their rig. There are many moving parts when it comes to getting on or off the road so having list reduces the likelihood of forgetting something that could be damaging to your RV. Following are some things to do when you arrive at your campsite.
As you approach your campsite, look all around for object that may be in the path of your RV. Check for low hanging branches, items on the ground, and whether there are obstacles to steer around.
Once you back in, or pull through, make sure you are a safe distance from the hookups; not too close or too far away. You want to be close enough for easy access to the hookups but not so close that you cannot move between the hookups and your rig.
Level your rig with blocks or your jacks and chock the wheels. Check your work to make sure your stay will be comfortable and safe. It’s surprising how disorienting even a slightly unlevel RV can be to move around in.
Connect to the utilities and switch your appliances over. You can save your battery or propane by hooking up to the electicity provided at your campsite.
Attach the sewer hose (be sure to wear gloves). We all love having a sewer hookup but this is one job that is more appreciated than enjoyed.
Extend your awning and set up your camping chairs. Now is the time to start your camping adventure. You can bring out the fun “All who wander are not lost” wooden sign you bought for your RV yard and put those pots of flowers out on the picnic table for some sunshine.
Now you can walk the dog and meet your neighbors, you’re ready to enjoy all the benefits of camping and we cannot wait to meet you.