Camping Canada Campgrounds RV campsite setup

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RV campsite setup  It would be impossible to cover everything involved with the process of setting up an RV on a campsite because of the vast differences between RVs. However most RVs do have many things in common and that is what we will concentrate on. The purpose of this checklist is to provide a basic system of what to do when you arrive at your campsite. Use only the items that apply to your RV and please feel free to tailor the checklist to your needs.

Conduct a site survey. Identify where all campground connections are and where you want the RV located to have access to all connections. Make sure there's enough room for your slide outs and your awning. Make sure there are no low hanging branches or other obstacles that will interfere with your RV
Position your RV on the site and double-check all clearances and access to hookups
Level the RV as required and check the wheels rv tent trailer
Disconnect the RV from the tow vehicle (if applicable)
Put stabilizer jacks down if applicable  
Test the campground electricity voltage and polarity with a voltmeter prior to plugging the unit in
Pull enough power cord from the RV compartment to reach the campground electrical connection. Plug into the receptacle that matches the amperage requirements of your RV (use electrical adapters as required). If at all possible, try to avoid using an extension cord
Turn the refrigerator on in the electric mode
If you have a water pressure regulator hook it up to the campground water supply. If you have an exterior water filter hook it up between the regulator and your RV's water inlet
Attach one end of your potable RV drinking hose (white hose) to the campground water supply (or regulator or filter) and the other end to the city water inlet on the RV
Turn the water on and check for any leaks
Wearing gloves, remove the cap from the sewer hose valve and attach the sewer hose to the sewer drain outlet. Be sure to turn it so the locking tabs securely lock in place. Place the sewer hose donut or seal in the campground sewer connection. Attach the other end of the sewer hose in the donut. Be sure and get a good seal and connection. If you have a sewer hose support set it up now allowing a slope from the RV down to the sewer connection to assist in dumping the tanks
If you're going to be at the campground for a couple of days or more, you can slightly open the gray water tank knife valve to allow sink and shower water to drain directly into the sewer. It is the smaller of the two valves. If you're only there for the night, leave it closed. NEVER leave the black tank valve open (the larger valve). You only open the black tank valve when dumping the tank. When the black tank is ¾ full, it is time to dump it. You will want plenty of water in the gray tank at this time to help flush the sewer hose out. To dump tanks pull the black tank valve all the way out. Let it drain completely then close the valve. Now open the gray tank valve and allow it to drain completely and flush the sewer hose out at the same time. Close the valve. Treat the black tank with holding tank chemicals every time you dump it
Turn the main LP gas supply valve on at the tank or bottles
Make sure your water heater tank is full by opening a hot water faucet and waiting until you get a steady flow of water (ie. no air). If your water heater has a bypass kit on it, make sure that it is not in the bypass mode. Then and only then, you can "light" your water heater
Open the locking tabs on the outside range hood vent door (if you plan to use the range exhaust fan)
Pull out the door step and set up the awning
Take out a couple of lawn chairs and.... happy camping!!
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