Bucars Blog — May 25 2016

Hooking up RV Services at the Campsite

I’d like to talk today about hooking up our trailer at the RV park.

In this case, the park we’re at today has full-service hookups including sewer. So hooking up our sewer, we’re just going to get our sewer hose, most commonly stored in the bumper of the trailer. We’re gonna connect it to the trailer. If you have a termination cap we can occasionally get what we call “shakedown” and water residing in the end. So when I go over my cap, I like to pry open from the bottom first let any moisture dribble out. Once that’s done I’ll fully remove the cap and connect our sewer hose to the trailer. Run it out to our ground drain and most parks require you to run an elbow to that drain. Simply insert, lock into place and that’s how she’ll set for your duration at the campsite. Once we’ve hooked up, you can open the grey gate valve. This way from doing dishes washing up and showering that water will run through. We do keep our black gate valve closed. This way we can build up an accumulation of liquid with our waste which will help drain it out when the time comes to dump it. Monitoring my tanks when I find that my black tank is about two-thirds full, I’ll come I’ll close my grey this will then allow a buildup of grey water so that when I find that my black tank is full I can dump below that black tank to dump out. if she’s done I’ll close it and then I’ll have a rinse to flush out our line keeping the line free of any potential blockage. Then I’ll go back inside add a second chemical to my black tank for the next cycle.

Now that I’ve hooked up my sewer, I’m next gonna tie into water to the trailer. We’re gonna be using an RV hose. This is a non-porous hose, designated food grade safe. Also being non-porous allows will not allow for any bacteria buildup in the line. This simply ties in on the city port on the wall of the trailer. Prior to attaching to our supply, it is recommended that we use a water pressure regulator. This keeps all our water pressure at a constant 45 psi, therefore, reducing the risk of any chance of a spike in water pressure causing damage to the trailer lines or taps.

Once we’re connected, everything’s good to go I like to quickly run through the trailer, make sure all my line taps are shut off and once that’s done we will just simply come out and turn on the water through the trailer, pressure up the unit.

Last we’ve got is our power to our trailer. In this case this unit the cord stores in the trailer. There is another type that the core is loose and it would quick couple to the side. This trailer being a 30 amp supply will come with a reducer to get you to 15 amp should you be at an older provincial campground or at home so we can get her plugged in and charging our batteries and getting ready before we head out. This simply comes to our supply line, where we’re gonna plug in our power to the trailer here. At the site we run today this service here is a 50 amp service and our trailer is only a 30 amp so we have an adapter that will allow us to plug our 30 amp into the adapter, given a 50 amp on the male end that we then plug in add our supply. So now our trailer is fully hooked up with sewer, water and power and you’re ready to enjoy your stay at your camping site.


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