What does it take to use/live in an RV ? 

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Whether you drive an RV or tow a trailer/5th wheel there is a process you must go through to set up your home to be ready to use.


  • Drive it
    • ​If you think you have problems parking your car you better start practicing parking your RV/trailer in a parking lot with few obstacles
      • ​You need to learn to back into a spot, turn tight corners, and watch your height for overhead obstacles.
  • ​​Park it
    • ​Once you've managed to park it you will need to make sure it is level
      • ​You may have electric/hydraulic/or crank jacks 
      • You will also need pads (1'x1' 3/4 plywood works great) so that your jacks do not get buried in sand/dirt/clay/other
      • ​You will also need a set of 1" pads (wood,rubber,plastic) to help raise your vehicle if the jacks travel is not enough to level the vehicle
  • ​​Water
    • Most places supply water if they don't they are "Dry". If you do not have a water storage tank, you will want a water hook-up
    • ​You will need at least your vehicle's length in "drinking water" water hose (not your typical garden hose). I would have extra for those hard to reach places
    • You will need a water filter to attach before it goes into your Vehicle's water system
    • You will need a water pressure regulator (most places crank up the pressure to supply large areas)
    • You will also need various plumbing fittings to hook up your hose from different angles
  • ​Sewer
    • Most places have sewer. If your "site" does not have sewer, there is usually a communal "dump station" where you can dump before you leave the site
    • There are two types of sewer tanks
      • Grey: Sink waste
      • Black: Toilet waste 
    • ​You will need "RV sewer" hoses to connect to the facility's sewer so that you can use your sink and toilets and drain (Dump) your sewage
    • You connect your sewer hoses to the drain
    • You monitor your use of water and dump when your tanks get full. We as a couple in "super conserve" mode can go 10 days without dumping, typically 5 days of regular use. Living/using an RV you instinctively start watching your water use.
    • You want to periodically pour Pinesol with about a gallon of water into your toilet while you drive to your next destination to keep your black tank clean 
  • ​Electric
    • ​Most places have electric.
      • ​There are 3 types of electric hook-ups
        • ​110 Volts, 30 amp & 50 amp
        • Electrical power supply needs will depend on your appliances use
          • 110 volts: (extension cord) basic needs, power chargers, lights, basic minimum
          • 30 amp: Powers 1 Ac Unit, microwave, and all other basics (lights, chargers, etc.)
          • 50 amp: 2 Ac units, microwave, multiple TVs, and all other basics. 
        • You want to make sure you have electricity if
          • you have pets and you leave them alone during the day (AC). It gets pretty hot during the day
          • You have electric appliances that you plan on using (refrigerator)
          • You have gadgets that need to be charged
    • ​​​There are various forms of power supply for your vehicle
      • ​Portable generator, Vehicle generator, or solar panels
    • Electricity is the last thing you want to hook-up to your vehicle if you have multiple electric supply sources (generator, solar panels, RV)​​
  • Propane
    • Most vehicles come equipped with  propane to run your hot water heater, refrigerator and stove
    • Most RV parks or Truck stops with RV lanes sell propane
    • You want to turn off propane supply during travel mode in case of an accident
  • ​Awnings & Steps
    • ​​You can have electric or manual awnings and steps. Make sure you never leave your awning fully extended while you are not at your vehicle. A wind gust will remove it for you