How To Set Up An RV Campsite? (In 8 Easy Steps)
Setting up a campsite can be challenging but it doesn’t have to be a hassle. Keep reading the following information so you can learn the process. Once you understand the steps, you will then be able to set up your own RV campsite like a pro. Here are 8 easy steps that will show you how to set up an RV campsite.
1. Location, Location, Location
The first thing you must do when establishing an RV campsite is to figure out the place where you want to go camping. Once you decide on the location, travel to that area and check-in at the service office on the campground. Follow their instructions about the area where they want you to take your RV.
Do not go outside of this area, otherwise, they will direct you to where they want you to go. Also, some areas in the open country are not suited for RVs. We’ll discuss more that later.
Find a location within your assigned area that is somewhat elevated and level. Avoid parking on hills, uneven ground or slopes unless it is absolutely necessary. Use parking blocks or some other type of stabilizers to keep your RV in place in case you have to park on a slope like surface. You can also look for a shaded area during the summer months. Make sure to avoid extremely rocky or jagged grounds or mud holes.
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2. Technical Aspects of RV Camping
RV camping has a technical side. You should know what it is if you plan on camping in your RV. You will have to put on your parking brake, chock (block) your wheels, disconnect your chassis (if necessary) and set up your RV’s electrical system.
Make sure your RV’s electrical system can be plugged into the park’s electric supply. You might need an electrical adapter, so have one for this purpose. If your RV has a toilet system, set it up. Test your refrigerator or stove to ensure that it is working.
Some RV campers bring a mini wash machine. Test this appliance and any other appliance you bring along to make sure they work. Remember, if you don’t use the right type of electrical connection then you will mess up your appliances.
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3. Pack Light Transportation Equipment
Light transportation equipment such as bicycles, motorized scooters, and even hoverboards are strongly recommended. The reason being is that they can help to make traveling around the camping grounds with great ease. They also are useful for transporting items. Many people like to hike and walk during a camping trip and that is okay.
However, some elderly people or people with health issues might not be so mobile. The light modes of transportation will help these individuals to get around. You can also take electric scooters, motorized skateboard, bikes, and even wagons to use for the purpose.
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4. Don’t Forget Extra Fuel, Emergency Supplies and Survival Equipment
You should also bring extra gas for your RV or for other motorized transportation vehicles you bring along. Pack emergency supplies in case of an accident and you should bring survival equipment in case you need these items while on your vacation. If you (or the other travelers in your group) are the type of people that like taking on the wild, you should have emergency and survival equipment.
Emergency equipment should include bandages, medicine and other items for medical emergencies. Survival equipment should include simple things such as lighters for starting fires, a hunting knife for manipulating wooded environments, rope for securing and building campsites out in the woods and other items to make being in the woods a simple stay. You should also pack an emergency stash of food and water.
5. Communications for your RV Campsite
Your smartphones might not work out in remote environments. So, you should use things such as a satellite phone. However, a digital walkie-talkie handset system (or 2-Way Radio System) would be better. Get a high-quality set that is able to transmit for miles.
You should have at least 8 units and a few backups. You should also think about getting a CB radio unit or wireless satellite system that can access the internet through satellite technology. Don’t forget about text messaging communication. This is low tech but it is effective.
Set it up through your smartphones, tablets or computer system on your RV. Communications are important and you should also keep a simple radio on hand to keep track of local weather conditions and other events that might be taking place in the area.
Also, you should consider putting a GPS tracking device in the gear or clothing of each person and your RV. This will help members of your party to easily locate each other and your campsite if they get lost.
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6. Set up your Outdoor RV Site
Make sure you bring comfortable but durable outdoor chairs and tables for your RV campsite. There are many different styles, features, and materials for you to choose from. Your furniture must be practical, comfortable and then stylish. Durability and comfort are the two most important qualities for outdoor furniture in the wild. You don’t need to look good if your uncomfortable or worrying about your furniture falling apart out in the wild.
7. Grilling and Cooking Foods
Grilling your food is a low tech way to cook. You can also cook over a controlled open campfire. Use your stove, microwave or hot plates when necessary. Remember, you can’t cook everything over the grill or an open fire. Make sure that one competent and responsible person is constantly monitoring the grill and campfire when you cook. Make sure to put out all fires from the grill and campfire before you go to sleep.
8. Lighting up your Campsite at Night
The woods can be extremely dark at night. You should get some solar lights to put into the grounds around your RV. You should also use battery-operated single lights that you can hook up to your RV. Making a campfire also goes a long way in providing light.
Lights from your RV can work as well. You can also use electric standalone lanterns. There are many different ways to light up your campsite. Make sure you use them if you want to be outside of your camper during the night time hours. These 8 simple tips will help you to have the best RV camping experience possible.
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