Hey guys, new to rv'ing, not camping. I know when I camp I usually have a checklist of stuff to do before racking out for the night, ie; put foodstuff away, hang up trash from bears, etc. What is a general checklist for an RV? Can I leave on power, propane, fridge, and water pumps on while asleep at night? Sorry if these are dumb questions, but just wanted to make sure I don't burn us up while asleep at night and be safe. I have a keystone energy toy hauler. Thanks for your help and assistance.
Yes you can.. Just make sure you have a CO2 and fire alarm that are less than 10 years old installed and working. Outside the RV will be the same as tent camping. Put away the food as to not attract any unwanted visitors.
This all assumes your systems are tested and properly maintained. Seen more than one picture of an RV fire but usually enroute, not so many sitting in a park. As a general observation it seem the fridge is the common source.
Put foodstuff away, throw trash away.......good habits any time in bear country regardless of rig.
As to the power, propane, fridge, water pump......all personal choice.
Mine.....it's all on so I can use it when I want to.
Get up in middle of night and flush toilet.....no water, I don't think so
Temperatures drop down during the night.......burrr have to get up go turn on propane, start furnace.......I don't think so
Enjoy the comforts of the RV.......
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it sounds like the OP doesn't have hookups and is dry camping.
if so, get two 6v golf cart batteries and a small generator to recharge them.
you can leave the pump, fridge, radio and lights on, if you have the battery capacity for it.
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Oh and yeah.. the pump you may want to shut off. Sometimes they can be noisy when they come on at 3am to build pressure that has leaked off. The HW heater you can leave on but it is a bit of a waste of propane to keep it heated all night when it's so easy to shut off and quick to heat up. If your HW tank has both electric and propane you can use both at the same time to heat it up faster.
We leave everything on except the water pump. I do NOT want someone flushing in the middle of the night & making the pump come on. It can wait until morning. The pump is right under my head and it's not what I want to hear at 2 AM.
There is actually enough in the lines for 1 flush, if you are worried about it. Or you can add an accumulator aka pressure tank.
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