Setting Up Camp

Level Your Vehicle

Leveling is done to ensure efficient refrigerator operation and for comfort. The vehicle may be leveled using blocks of wood under the low wheels. Some RVs come equiped with a self-leveling system. Most campgrounds have reasonably level sites and adjustments may be accomplished by simply moving the vehicle a few feet either way. If you feel comfortable, then the vehicle is considered adequately level.


  1. Connect the city water hose and eliminate using water from your tank. Ensure the water pressure reducer is connected to the hose correctly to avoid damage to the motor home.
  2. Connect your power cord if 110 volt power is available.
  3. Connect the sewer hose.
  4. Open the Gray Water Valve (pulled out).
  5. Make sure the Black water Valves are closed (pushed in).
  6. Turn on the electric switch.
  7. Turn on Water Heater.

During Your Stay

  1. Shut off the Water when leaving the site for the day or extended periods of the day.
  2. Retract awning at night, when leaving the site for the day or when it is windy/storming. Please do not have a fire under an awning.
  3. Shut off the water heater when leaving for the day to avoid wasting propane.
  4. Lock and secure all storage compartments.
  5. Be considerate of those around you – keep noise down.

Take Down – Before You Leave

  1. Day before you leave: Push In Gray Water Valve to help in rinsing the sewer hose at the end of your stay.
  2. Clean the RV.
  3. Pull Out Black Water Valve and let drain.
  4. Pull Out Gray Water valve and let drain.
  5. Push In Black Water valve (once all has drained).
  6. Put Chemicals in toilet (located under sink/vanity or in storage under RV).
  7. Turn off Water heater (located in control panel above TV).
  8. Set Air Conditioner Thermostat to 80°.
  9. Turn off and unplug Coffee maker and put away.
  10. Close Awning and secure.
  11. Shut off all lights.
  12. Shut off water supply, disconnect and store.
  13. Turn off electric, unplug and put away.
  14. Disconnect sewer, rinse off connection, and put away.
  15. Remove all trash.

Pre-Drive Checklist

Before driving away from home or a campsite, a vehicle check should be made. Start on the outside of the vehicle and walk around it. Then check inside.

Some things to look for:

  • Are outside access doors closed and locked?
  • Are taillights, brake lights, head lights and turn signals working properly?
  • Is city water hose disconnected and stowed? Is connection cap in place?
  • Are holding take valves closed and dump outlet cap installed? Is sewer hose stowed?
  • Is power cord unplugged and stored? Is TV antenna lowered properly with tabs lined up?
  • Is tire pressure OK? Check tires when cold.
  • Have you checked the engine oil, windshield washer fluid, coolant, and generator oil level?
  • Are wheel lugs tight, wheel covers on securely?
  • Are the roof vents closed?
  • Have you checked the levels of fresh water, sewage holding tanks, and LP tanks?
  • Are all loose items on the inside secured? Doors and drawers should be latched shut.
  • Is the entrance door securely closed and locked?
  • Is the entrance step retracted?
  • Have you checked the campsite for items left behind?
  • Have you left the site clean for the next camper?
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