HOW TO: Hook Up an RV

Connecting an RV to full hookups at an RV park or campground isn’t too difficult, but if you’ve never done it before, this quick tutorial will get you started. Even if you’ve been RVing for years, you might pick up a quick tip or two to improve your routine.

For example, do you spray disinfectant on your campsite’s water spigot before you connect your water hose? If not, think about one of the last things you do when disconnecting… you rinse out your sewer hose. Of course that means the RVer who used your site last night probably did the same thing. Think about that for a second, and if you don’t already keep a can of Lysol in your water compartment, you’ll probably get one pretty quick. ;)

We love boondocking (camping without RV hook-ups), taking full advantage of our ability to live comfortably off the grid for extended periods. But there’s something wonderful about taking a regular shower vs a navy shower, microwaving dinner without firing up the generator and watching TV late at night without depleting your house batteries.

These luxuries require hooking up in a campground. When it comes time to connect to water, sewer and electric, following a few standard procedures can make your stay a better one.

For more detail about using Dogbone adapters to connect to different size RV power outlets, check out another of our videos:

Plugging in an RV (Dog Bones 101)

You can also view our video “RV Holding Tank Dumping 1-2-3

For a REALLY thorough black tank cleaning, see our more complete video “Dumping & Cleaning an RV Black Tank“.

When our old, inferior sewer hose support fell apart after only a year, we bought a Slunky brand. It’s now 9 years old, and still works perfectly. You can find it, and our high-flow water pressure regulator on Amazon.

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