COMMON RV SETUP MISTAKES TO AVOID | Things Every RV Owner Should Know



In today’s episode we cover a bunch of common RV mistakes that we’ve seen during our 18 months on the road and ways we’ve learned to avoid them. Learn about everything from how to look over a new campsite to safe ways to level and secure your RV. We also go over a lot of the equipment we use for hooking up to campground water, sewer, and electric hookups and share a few tips on how to establish a routine for setting up camp safely.

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49 thoughts on “COMMON RV SETUP MISTAKES TO AVOID | Things Every RV Owner Should Know

  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    Great video and I have to agree with you a surge protection is very important and always a must have whenever you are hooking up to anything I keep a 50A 30’ & 20’ Power Cords. I’m a plumber so I have a triple inline filter system with a a piece of pipe to add a screen and I can add a pool chlorine tablet a and pressure regulator that I have it adjusted to 45 psi it’s just a little protection. I agree never drink the water. One thing you can get is these colors plastic strips that go around your steering wheel you label them for things to do before driving away. So basically you back into position and park, set e brake, hook up power, hook up water, hook up waste, chock tires, drop stabilizers, slide outs, remove truck electrical hookups, unhook truck, secure trailer hitch with lock. So everyone of them have a tab that wraps around trucks steering wheel and it is a checklist as you take them out of the bag you do it and place onto steering wheel number them. When you are leaving just remove the tab from the steering wheel and preform the task and place into its go bag. Once you’ve removed them all you will be ready to check your lights and pull out for home.

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    Great advise. We were new to this stuff several years ago but we bought a used toy hauler. It taught me a lot having to fix things on it all the time. Some my mistakes and some just normal wear and tear. We now have a brand new toy hauler and setting up and breaking down is second nature. We go to the desert 6-7 times a season and camp at local places during the summer. I've learned a lot by trial and error but also some cool snow birds at camp sites too.

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    I'm 52 and I've been camping since I was 5, as a scout and with my family, as a child and as a adult. This is, by far, THE BEST video about being prepared and doing it right!

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    Thanks for another great video on set up!! Do you use the Anderson levelers ONLY on one side?

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    Also, do NOT leave your sewer open, it will clog. best to only empty black tank at %50 or higher

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    Bit of addition if i may, been full time in my 5th wheel for almost 10 years. dont go for perfectly level, have the end of the rig that your tanks feed out slightly (1/2" or so) lower than the other end, helps with drainage immensely.

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    Thanks for the information! Question…I always use a surge protector also and do not connect to the rig until after the protector goes green…do you do the same?

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    I’ve seen lots of people leave their black tank valve open at all times and this is a MUST NOT DO! It drains all the liquid but solids will just build up and cause your valve to be stuck open

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    I’m still new to RVing so, although I knew most of what you were saying, it’s good to know I’d been instructed well in the past to learn a good technique. What I like about this video, and I’ll watch more, is that you are very easy to understand, you don’t go on and on about WHY your making this video, and it is an “easy to stay interested” length. Looking forward to watching more.

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    Even though you touched on it, you didn't emphasize the need for redundancies. Our very first camping trip which was basically a shakedown cruise for our motorhome, we ended up short on the water hose and that was because the campground water spigot was up almost to the cab instead of by everything else(sewer/electricity) which are normally back by where your hookups are. Thank goodness my inlaws who are RVers as well were close by and were able to run us an extra section of hose(we were only about 10 feet short). Because of that, I went out and bought an extra length of sewer hose and an extra length of electric which we've had to use only once. But always have backups not just for hookups but extra blocks, extra pressure gauges for water, extra hose splitters(lost count how many of those we've left at campgrounds).

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    Excellent YT. 1st time we've seen you. R noe new subscribers. Even tho we're not newbies, you can always learn something from someone else or get a good reminder or a valudation for something you're doing. Looking foward to next YT👍

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    Glad I found your channel good content…We just posted about the surge protector we just bought. We have been RVing for about 30 years and never ran a surge, so through watching videos like yours I thought I’ve probably played Russian roulette for long enough!
    Take care!

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    Good info, but even with cheap plastic chocks, a trailer twice the size of yours won't budge.

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    Great info! We have been RV’ing for 21+ years now and we all can learn something new from each other!
    This year (hubby retired) we are going to hit most all states. Thanks to you, I learned here that some states require the hose raisers. We also did not know about the power surge you use, with more electronics in rigs that is a great piece of advice.

    I would love to add that back 20 years ago we found ‘walkie talkies’ are a MUST HAVE! It saves couples from the screaming directions back & forth, with an argument later. 🤦‍♀️. When we travelled with all four kids the two older ones would work together to guide us into a spot!
    One time I did a 6 weeker with just me (mom) and the kids and our parking was such a quiet breeze that some guy runs out of his unit YELLING to HELP us 😂
    My teens on the ‘walkie’ says “who the heck is this guy?” (His impressed wife the next day apologized to me as she really tried to stop him💁🏻‍♀️)
    ALSO when we went from 23 class C (our first rv) to a 36’ TT a wonderful man gave me a very prudent piece of advice. “ Honey, you & the kids need to know how to do everything, including driving it. You may need to get your family home sometime.”
    Hence our 6 week ‘mom & kids’ road adventure!
    We also had a check list that every family member would review and follow up on!

    Blessings on your new adventures!

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    Good video and helpful. First, it’s not camping…..it’s RVing. Second, I’ve had mine for 3 years. I hate it. Folks need to know, regardless of which brand you buy, you are constantly doing repairs. If you like to constantly work on something that is in constant depreciation, then get one. But, if you’re not into that….save your money. I’m screwed because my wife likes it! 😂 Again, nice video

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    Great video man! My wife and I are on our first month full-timing in a travel trailer and are still learning every day. Really great tips in this video, thank you for posting.

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    I always block off black let grey flow till black is close to dumping then i block off grey fill it up then dump black completely then grey i think it empties better.

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    HYUHint: when you roll up and store your potable water hoses, connect the male and female end to keep them clean and keep out contaminants.

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    As a professional plumber and cross contamination expert. Keeping separate hoses is obviously a necessity, however, you could, in theory, contaminate the domestic water if the pressure on the main failed. It could, in theory flow back from your orange hose hook up into the domestic water. Two good ways to prevent that possibility are only hook up orange hose when your flushing or add a check valve on your orange hose, isolating the flow to only one direction.

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    Do you have any videos showing your beginning to end routine? I'm talking where nothing is hooked up or finished when the video starts

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    I would thin twice then leave if the sewer is right at your seating area and close to the picnic table… UGH

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    Great tips for the novice RVr. Get some chemical gloves for your sewer duties (most hardware stores carry them) your gloves won't protect you. I always bring my antibacterial soap out and set it by the camp water supply first. Some rules to follow to keep sanitary. Never touch your fresh water supply with the gloves you use for sewer and never touch your sewer equipment without the gloves. When you're done, wash your gloves (with your hands still in them) with the antibacterial soap and then wash your hands with antibacterial soap. Hand sanitizer has 0 effectiveness with the stuff coming out of your sewer line.

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    Nice job. Zero G is on my purchase list lol. For us once were level and not boondocking, I plug in the serge protector. It takes 2min. to cycle through it's tests. In that time, the jacks, water etc. get started.

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    Great video. We lived full time in our RV for 18 years. From 2000 through 2017. We learned to not being a hurry and rush things. Setting up and taking down a camper is time consuming and if your routine is interrupted…. good luck. I first started in a 16’ Red Dale pull trailer in 1972. Then In 1998, a 22’ 5th Wheel trailer, a 33’ 5th wheel, 36’ 5th wheel and finally a 45’ Country Coach Prevost with a 30’ Stacker trailer. We put 80,000 miles on the Prevost and visited the 49 States on the continent. Someone asked how I could afford the Prevost, my reply was. “What did you do with your money?” It was a 2010 with 12,000 miles on it when we bought it in 2012. We were very fortunate to be able to travel and see the great North American Continent.

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    We have a seasonal site at a lake that has reverse osmosis water. It is better than our city water at home. In a perfect world all rv sites would be like this. Unfortunatly we do pull out and go to places with crap water, so we still need filters

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    Ok, dumb question, if the stabilizer jacks are not load bearing, what do you do after you level the rig with them?

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    Rv are junk please don't spend a dime on one, you will regret it .I bought a new top of the line trailer, when my town was burned down, paradise California, I bought a 2019 cougar in Oregon, I was sold a new trailer with a patched roof, and with three to four leaks, heater went out four times,toilet valve leaks, ect and dont ever buy a svc plan, total waste of money. Don't believe me go buy one and find out for yourself. I wish you good luck. You will need it.

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    My number one mistake to avoid would be staying in RV parks. They're just awful.

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    Very helpful review! Liked and subscribed a long time ago. My channel is currently focused on RV accessories, but I think I'll do a video this spring with my own handful of suggestions. You're are great. Thanks for sharing! Keep it up!

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    Fresh Water hose.. screw the ends together making a "Sealed" coil.

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  • April 27, 2020 at 2:08 am
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    51 YEARS of Setting up RV's,…. So didnt teach an OLD dog anything new here,….. This Video was WELL DONE! (side note: I keep Ant-Spray handy, just incase a "nest" is nearby, I spray around My Wheels, Jack and Stabalizers, And Wipe the cord & hose near the ground. I do NOT try to kill off their nest. It is NOT my propperty. THANKS

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