Tips to Consider Before Leaving Your Campsite
Camping is an exciting activity that allows you to enjoy spending time with others among the great outdoors. If you enjoy traveling in style, the Airstream will fulfill all of your expectations. There are countless things to plan for when it comes to packing, traveling and then setting up your campsite. But there are some things to keep in mind when it comes to getting ready to take off with your airstream and head home.
Prep and Packing
Make sure the weight is distributed evenly throughout the trailer before taking off. This means storing heavy items securely in the center storage areas and trying to maintain equal amounts of equipment and luggage on both sides of the trailer. Be sure that all doors are locked and small or loose items are secure within drawers or cabinets. After everything is packed and secure, close down the camper properly. Turn off the water pump switch, close all vents and windows and lock securely. Fasten foldette and sliding doors. Set the table in an upright position secure and lock all windows. Drain toilet bowel and shut off toilet. Retract step if you are finished packing and ready to leave camp.
After you have the Airstream hooked back up to your truck, you will want to make sure it is ready for towing.It is important to make sure that all of the tires on the Airstream are full and have the correct tire pressure. Tires that are too low or high in pressure, can pop or leak—causing a blow out that could lead to a serious accident. Be sure to fully retract the jack and store away the jack stand or wood blocks. Check all lug nuts and make sure they are tight and secure.
Gas, Water and Electric
Turn off all the LP gas tanks and disconnect. Tighten all hoses and make sure valves are turned off completely. Make sure electricity is unplugged from the site and your cords have been retracted back into the trailer. Don’t forget to drain your water tank and make sure there is no standing water in the water hoses before they are put away.
Check your hitch to make sure it is attached properly to your vehicle. Make sure that all breakaway chains and safety chains are in the proper place and secured correctly.
Test your brakes before you pull out of the campsite to make sure they are in good working order. It is easier to seek repairs at the campground as opposed to the side of the road.
Lastly, make sure that the stabilizing jacks have been retracted and put away. Failure to do so could cause the trailer to shift or tip and the jacks could break. Remember to adjust your mirrors accordingly before you get out on the highway. After a thorough inspection, you can begin to leave the campsite.