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someuser001

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We just got our RV and there is a lot to take in. Parked it at home for the first night.

All we are doing is plugging the electricity in. Is there anything else to be done to park the RV at home?

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Posted: 06/13/20 09:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not really. It's just like any other vehicle, but bigger.

And congratulations.





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If you turn on the fridge level the rv.


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If it has a battery shut-off switch leave it in the "on" position. Check the water level in your batteries occasionally.

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someuser001 wrote:

We just got our RV and there is a lot to take in. Parked it at home for the first night.

All we are doing is plugging the electricity in. Is there anything else to be done to park the RV at home?


Essentially no, nothing immediate. But I presume you mean storing it at home when not in use.
Then there are several things that need done or considered.
Batteries. Make sure your converter is also a battery maintainer. Or time how long it’s plugged in as to not overcharge and boil the batteries.
Likewise, if you leave the batteries hooked up and don’t charge them, you’ll kill em from discharging from minor draws in the camper (co2 detector mostly, but maybe other stuff)
Water, waste tanks, winterization.
Protection from elements. Depending on your climate, it could look new 10-15 years from now or be in poor shape in that time based on maintenance and covering.
But now is summer, so enjoy. And you’ll have some time to figure out the rest .


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someuser001 wrote:

We just got our RV and there is a lot to take in. Parked it at home for the first night.

All we are doing is plugging the electricity in. Is there anything else to be done to park the RV at home?


Hard to know what to tell you when you just say RV which could be anything from a pop-up to a 40+ foot Class A motorhome. I normally consider an RV a vehicle but some people call their travel trailers an RV.


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When I had mine at home I plugged it in and leveled it.. I put in a TT-30 (20 amp breaker but TT-30 outlet) for it. NOTE: this is a 120 volt outlet (many electricians will want to wire it for 240 but that will damage your RV) if you hire an outlet put in put in a 50 amp those they do right. you can then adapt to your rig if you have to (mine is a 50 amp rig so I had to but the 20 amp line was already in place which is why I went the route I did)

That is really the only advice

You can plug into a common 15 amp outlet as well with an adapter that's just about enough power to top off the batteries and power the fridge. Not much more till the batteries are full


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2chiefsRus wrote:

Hard to know what to tell you when you just say RV which could be anything from a pop-up to a 40+ foot Class A motorhome. I normally consider an RV a vehicle but some people call their travel trailers an RV.

And I know people who call Prevost coaches a camper and call TT's motorhomes.

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I suggest you install a GFCI outlet on the circuit used for the RV.


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Hi.. Congrats on your new RV... if it is parked on the street check with the city about regulations on length of time it can be on 4th street. Our city regulations allow for 48 hours only then it must be moved. Jim2007.


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