The RV market is in the millions and isn’t slowing down anytime soon. If you’re interested or already planning a trip, you’re probably quite excited. Hang on though, because there’s preparation you need to do before you get out there.
Even if you’ve gone on many trips before, you can always use a guide. Forward planning can make the experience fun, safe, and enjoyable. If you’ve ever wondered how to prepare for your visit to an RV park or campground, keep reading for all you need to know.
The first thing you’ll need to do is book your spot beforehand. Not all sites take reservations, so find out if the one you’ve got your eye on does. If you don’t plan ahead, you’ll be rushing to find a good place to park if you go to a first come, first served type of park. Last minute arrivals are often charged more so go early in the day.
Once you get to the campground, if you’re a beginner, you may not have a routine. In order to make sure you don’t miss anything, have a checklist for setting up that you can refer to and make the whole process easier for yourself.
At a minimum, the checklist should cover checking the site for obstacles or rocky patches, locating the connections for sewage, water, and electric, and securing your vehicle by chocking the wheels. Finally, put out the awning and you’re done.
Any good camper always walks – or drives – with their tools and equipment. Pack a kit that is stocked with the tools your RV may end up needing. If there are parts that are unique to your rig, make sure and bring those. You don’t want to be caught out if something happens and have to wait to order and then have it shipped. Basic items for a kit include light bulbs, jumper cables, bolts, and connectors.
Keeping the whole RV experience fun is something you should be aiming for. If you follow some simple rules of etiquette then both you and those around you will have an enjoyable time. Firstly, check if the park has any particular rules.
Parking is sometimes pretty clear, but most of the time, the only guideline you’ll have is the location of the hookups for electric, water, etc. The normal etiquette is to look around and see how other rigs are angled. If you don’t do that, then just keep on your side of the hookup and don’t have your awnings, etc. encroaching on your neighbors. When all else fails, use common sense.
Clean up after yourself. RVers are easygoing and you are outside, but try to be tidy. Anything that can blow into someone else’s area is a no-no. It’s often forbidden to wash your RV in the campground, so if you need a spot clean take a small bucket and rag or waterless cleaner.