Set Up an RV for Camping

Owning a recreational vehicle (RV) to use for vacation time means that there's no flying, you won't have to rent a vehicle and you won't need a hotel room. Everything you need will travel with you. You'll be able to sleep under the stars or in your RV, depending on what you want to do. If you're looking for a vacation where you can relax and have fun, an RV might be just what you're looking for. They aren't as hard to set up as it may seem and after you've done it a few times you won't have to worry about trying to remember everything. This article explains how to set up an RV for camping, as well as how to plan your RV campground experience.


  1. Locate the different parts of your RV so that you can park your RV in the correct position the first time. The things you need to locate before you leave on your first trip include the connections for the:
    • Sewage
    • Water
    • Electricity.
  2. Begin planning your first RV camping experience. Beyond finding the perfect campsite for your first RV vacation, some of the things you may want to purchase or learn how to use include:
    • The RV's awning
    • A table and chairs set for dining outdoors
    • Plates and utensils
    • A grill
    • Anything else that will make your campsite more comfortable.
  3. Go camping and set up your RV. Travel to the campsite of your destination and rent a spot to park your RV. When you rent the spot, make sure to check the type of spot you will be parking in. You will need to know if you will have to back into the spot or if you can pull through. Most campsites have some of each, so if you're worried about learning to back into a spot on your first vacation you can usually get a pull through spot instead.
    • When you arrive pull into the spot carefully. Whether you need to back up or pull through, take it slow, especially if it is your first time.
  4. Begin with the set up process. Do the following:
    • Set up your water. There will usually be an easy connection that will attach to your RV.
    • Set up your sewage. You will want the sewage connection at the campsite to be as close to the one on your RV as possible.
    • Hook up the electricity. Usually, this is as simple as plugging your RV into the outlet at the campsite. If possible, make sure your RV is close to this connection and that your cord lays on the ground so no one will be able to trip over it. If your electricity doesn't turn on, look for a switch that may need to be flipped before you can get electricity from the campsite.
    • Set up your awning. You'll want the shade the awning provides, plus it will make a great place to shelter if it's raining but you want still want to be able to sit outside.
  5. Set up everything else. You'll want to get everything set up at once, so go ahead and set up your table and chairs, hang any plants you brought, and otherwise set up your camp. By getting this done all at one you won't have anything to worry about once you start relaxing.


  • If you have any questions about setting up or need help getting into the space, there may be someone at the campsite that can help you. Once you have everything set up, you can relax and enjoy the scenery around you.
  • You'll be able to camp outside with all of the comforts of home so you can really enjoy your experience without worrying how you'll cook dinner or getting wet if it rains.
  • You'll have all the comforts your home or a hotel room would provide without the cost of a hotel room, which is something many people look forward to.