Setting Up Your Caravan for the First Time
Plan Your Setup and Pack Down Routines Thoroughly
Many hands make light work, so having everyone on board and well-versed in the setup routine will make your life a whole lot easier. You don’t want to spend hours working out what goes where when you’re on holidays, so do a practice run with your whole camping crew.
Once you’ve figured it all out, create a checklist that you can easily follow once you arrive at your destination. Clear, precise instructions will save you from being confused and frustrated on your first day.
Setting Up an Awning or Shelter
Don’t rush this job because going back and fixing mistakes is a massive drain on your time. Before you leave home, make sure you read the instructions, watch a how-to video (if there’s one online), and practice so you know where all of the parts are supposed to go.
You want to set your awning up on the flattest ground possible and reinforce the flaps on the side to prevent water from entering. In beautiful New Zealand weather, this will be your home so make it as comfortable as you can.
Use folding chairs and tables that can easily be set up and packed away, putting them in a position that gets plenty of shade.
Plugging in Your Power and Water Supply
Caravans, motorhomes and campervans that are permanently fitted with 240V power are hardwired with a 15amp circuit. Your dealer should explain to you the details of plugging in your utilities before you drive out of the lot.
When you arrive at your campsite, after securing the vehicle, this is the first thing you should do. If you have problems, speak to the site manager and they can show you what needs to be done.
Professional Help is Available
When you purchase a caravan with DeLuxe RV Group, our experts will explain everything you need to know. We’re on-hand to chat about any issues you may experience and can guide you in the right direction.