Setting up a new RV is not only costly, but very time consuming!! There are so many things to modify, test, and prepare even before taking that ‘Maiden Voyage’ to a nearby campsite. Little things like making sure you have all of the correct power supply adapters and plug in’s, to covering all exterior vents and openings with screen to keep any flying insects from building their own homes inside of the exterior vented furnace, refrigerator, or hot water heater appliances.
When I was in Submarines in the Navy (that’s right, you are “IN” a Submarine, not “ON” one), after every shipyard repair, overhaul, or service period, the boat (Submarines are referred to as “Boats” – not “Ships” – besides, ships are “Targets) would spend time dockside testing all systems before getting underway for ‘Sea Trials’. Preparing a new RV is no different. In order to avoid as many problems as possible, every system must be tested and checked before heading out to that nearby campsite or RV Park.
Since our trailer is wired for 50 Amp service, hooking up to a 50 Amp supply is no problem at all – UNLESS – the site at the campground only has 30 Amp service available….. Or, there is NO available hookups and all you might have is a generator set….
Today I was able to hook up to the trailer our 6500 Watt generator that I use as emergency power here at the house to keep our well pump, refrigerators, and freezers operating during extended power outages (those pesky hurricanes!). Although the sound of a generator running isn’t total ‘piece and quiet’, it sure makes up for it by providing nice cool air inside the trailer – not to mention watching a little free HD TV while sipping on a cold one from the refrigerator!! Yup, all the comforts of home….
I was also able to get most all of the vents covered for the external vented appliances. Since the refrigerator, hot water heater, and furnace all operate on either electric or LP gas, they have to be vented to the outside. Without screens covering these openings, wasps and hornets will no doubt begin building their ‘mud huts’ inside of these areas, and eventually cause all kinds of problems down the road. As you can see, adding a little screen to these openings can help save time and money.
Adding vent screen to the freezer vent.
Vent screens added to the hot water heater and furnace vents.
So much preparation!! Looks like today will be another day of the same….. Only this time that nasty job of testing and dumping the black and grey water tanks……. and for fun,…. setting up the outside TV.