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Parking at an RV campground

  • Level the RV
  • Plugging in to shore power
  • Connecting to water
  • Turning the propane on/off
  • Running the generator (optional)


Level the RV

If you are hooking up to shore power, then you will want the RV to be as level as possible so that the fridge runs properly, the generator doesn’t burn out, and that water drains properly in the sinks and shower.

The front of the RV sits about 2” lower than the rear. So even if you are parking on unlevel ground, try to park in a manner where the front of the RV is on the higher ground. Parking in this manner often gets you pretty close to level simply by doing this.

When you are satisfied that you have the RV as level as possible, get the gray level in the cabinet above the fridge. Lay the level down on the floor between the fridge and the stove. Check how level the RV is front to back and then left to right.

If you are not level, get the two sets of leveling blocks out of the garage. You can access them easiest by opening the rear right hatch. Each block raises the RV 1” so you can stack them in a pyramid under the tires that need to be raised.

It may take a couple of tries, but once the bubble is about 75% within the lines, that is probably level enough. When you drive up onto the blocks, push the parking brake down to lock yourself in place. It helps to use a partner to check to make sure your wheels are on the blocks correctly.

Plugging in to shore power

When you get to the campground and are hooking up to power, located the small black bag in the garage that has the adapters and surge protector.

First, plug in the surge protector to the power outlet before hooking up the RV. Check the lights on the surge protector and make sure all three green lights are lit. If no lights show up or any other configuration other than three green, contact the manager and let them know there is an issue. Hooking up the RV while there is a problem could damage the RV or your own devices and equipment.

If all three lights are lit, you are good to plug in the RV.

The RV has a 30 amp setup. Three poles on the plug identify a 30 amp plug. 50 amp plugs have four poles. You will want to use the 30 amp outlet if it is available. If only 50 amp is available, there is a green adapter in with the electrical cord. There is also a 20 amp adapter (yellow) that you can use to plug the RV into a normal three pole power outlet. When plugged into the 20 amp adapter, you cannot run the A/C, microwave, or any other major appliances. Only use this in an emergency to charge devices or run lights.

There is a blue-screened voltage meter in the outlet by the stove. It will turn on when connected to shore power or running the generator. If you are running too many energy- sucking devices at once it could cause a low-voltage situation. The meter should never read below 105 so keep an eye on it if you are using high-watt devices simultaneously like a microwave, hair dryer, toaster, or several electronics at once.

Connecting to water

Open the rear left hatch on the outside of the RV and locate the blue bin. Inside the blue bin is a white hose that is only to be used for potable water. Hook one end of the hose up to the water source and then hook the other end of the hose up to the blue filter. Next, screw the filter into the port that is labelled “City water.” This will provide endless water to the RV while parked.

Turning the propane on/off

Open the first outside hatch on the left side of the RV and turn the gray knob all the way to the left to send propane into the system. On the fridge, set the switch to AUTO and it should begin to cool automatically.

The furnace will run if you turn on the AC and set it to “Furnace” and set the temperature. The water heater will turn on if you flip the second switch to the top left on the panel below the countertop right in front of the cabin door.

Running the generator (optional)

It is only necessary to run the generator if shore power is unavailable.

To run the generator, the RV power cord must be plugged into the outlet that is on the left, inside the hatch, where the power cord is stowed. Then, return to the inside of the RV and look for the panel to the left right inside the cabin door. Turn the master power switch to OFF. Now, look to the panel below the counter straight ahead when you enter the cabin door.

Push the switch on the top right to Start and hold it for 5 seconds. If the generator doesn’t start, hold it again for 5 seconds and it will usually start up the second time around if not the first. To shut the generator off, hold the switch to OFF until it powers down.

You can run the generator from the outside using similar steps. You may open the second hatch on the left side of the RV and remove the panel to access similar switches to power on and off the generator.

Garage hatch tips

When the lock and the latch are parallel to the main opening of the hatch then the hatch is locked.

When the lock and the latch are perpendicular to the main opening of the hatch then the hatch is unlocked.

Understanding the key colors

The black key opens the two front doors and starts the RV. There are two keys for the cabin door on the right side of the vehicle: the teal key is for the handle, the blue key is for the deadbolt. The yellow key is for the three rear outside hatches to the garage.

Door locks

The driver and passenger doors can be locked and unlocked from the inside using the power door locks. To unlock the vehicle from the outside, simply open the driver or passenger door with the key.