You finally pull up to your campground in your RV, but before you can run off and hit the water or go on a hike you have to park, level and stabilize your RV. Here are a few tips to help your set up go fast and easy!
Double-check that your RV can get into the campsite. The roads in campgrounds are normally easy to navigate but plan your route for the easiest access as sometimes there are hairpin turns and tight squeezes. Contact the campground if you have any concerns or questions.
Make sure you reserved a spot that will fit your rig. Also, keep in mind the full length and width of your RV with all the slides out and if you have a tow vehicle when planning.
Look over your site to remove any hazardous obstacles before pulling in. Be on the look-out for any drain ditches, roadside markers, posts, low hanging branches or power & water hookups.
Having an extra set of eyes when parking will make the world of difference. Your helper can make sure you’ve got the rig straight and that you are completely off the road. If there are any unmovable obstacles like picnic tables, fire pits or large rocks in the site your helper can ensure you don’t hit anything.
When your RV is positioned where you want it, go inside the unit with a level and check front to back and side to side to determine if you need to adjust. Put slides out when checking levels but retract them back in if adjustments are required.
Use markers where the leveling blocks or ramps are needed and pull your rig forward or backward to position the boards or blocks.
Move the rig up onto the levelers and make sure the tires don’t overhang on the edges to prevent damage.
Recheck with the level and adjust as needed. Once you have determined everything looks good position your wheel chocks in front or behind the tires. Disconnect the trailer and use the trailer high jack or on a fifth wheel the landing gear to alter the front to rear.
Depending on your type of RV there are a few different styles of stabilizing jacks like a scissor or drop-down jack so before you leave become familiar with your rigs stabilizing equipment and the manufacturer’s instructions.
Once you are leveled, lower the jacks. If the ground is loose or sandy slide a couple of short 2×6″ boards underneath.
When the jack foot makes contact with the ground be sure to crank it a few extra turns to ensure secure footing. Repeat on all four corners, recheck using your level to make sure your RV didn’t shift.
The final step is to get out and enjoy your RVing Adventure!