How To’s for your first camping trip


First time campers have a lot to learn. Keep it basic for your first camping trip by focusing on the required information such as how to hitch your RV, basic driving tips, how to back up your camper, towing weights and everything you need to know the first time you arrive at the campground. And most of all- HAVE FUN!


Arrival and set up at your campsite

RV/Camper/Travel Trailer Campground Arrival & Setup

This is just a general guide. Please refer to your owner’s manual for specific steps for your RV or camper.

How to:

  • check in at campground
  • unhitch from tow vehicle
  • site walk through before pulling in
  • level your RV/camper and put down jacks
  • hook up your power, water, sewer
  • set up camp

Remember: if all else fails, YouTube is your friend! Just relax and have fun. It is all part of the adventure of RV Travel.


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How to safely hitch your travel trailer

Hooking up to your RV or camper

Hooking up to your trailer hitch is a pretty straightforward process but you need to make sure you do it properly. It is very important to make sure everything is connected securely and in working order. Follow these steps and you will be ready to hit the road safely.

How to safely hitch your trailer

RV leaving for a camping trip

RV Driving Tips

Learning to tow your RV or camper can be a stressful experience. Remember that it will get easier the more you do it. Practice in a large parking lot until you are comfortable with the turns and braking. Your first few trips should be short and plan to travel when there is less traffic. You don’t want your first trip to be a cross country vacation on a holiday weekend. Take it slow and don’t let other drivers rush you. Slow down when you need to and even stop all together if it keeps you from making a costly mistake. The only way to learn and get comfortable towing your camper is to just get out there and do it. Here are a few more tips for safely towing your RV….

More tips for safely towing your RV/camper

 Pop up camper is a lightweight RV that collapses for towing and storage. Normally provides beds on each end and small kitchen area with dinette that can be converted to small sleeping area. Pop up camper is a lightweight RV that collapses for towing and storage. Normally provides beds on each end and small kitchen area with dinette that can be converted to small sleeping area.

Backing up your camper or travel trailer

Pulling your camper or RV gets routine pretty quickly. It follows where you go, backing up however is completely the opposite. The most important thing is to not get in a hurry, put your hands at the bottom of your steering wheel and trust your guide. Well, that is not all there is to it. Follow these tips for backing up and you will be pulling into campgrounds like a pro in no time.

Backing up your RV

Towing weights

Knowing how much you can safely tow is one of the most important lessons you learn.  You must know how much your vehicle can tow, how much your RV/camper weighs loaded and how to load your trailer to safely distribute the weight.

Safety and tow weights

weight distribution bar


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Next Steps… The Ultimate RV Camping Checklist

Feeling pretty good about your first trip? Well, let’s get organized and packed. The RV Travel 101 Ultimate RV Camping Checklist will help you make sure you don’t have to make a last minute run to the store or pay expensive camp store prices for something you forgot.

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