We get a lot of guests who are new to the RV industry and a lot of folks who just bought a camper from our good friends at Paw Paw's Campers and Berryland Campers, so we thought we would make a page that helped folks get used to their new RV's. This advice might be useful to you if you are staying in one of our rentals as well. Of course, if you need help during business hours, we are always around to assist you, but occasionally things can happen when they're least convenient. Hopefully, the stuff below can give you a few tips.
First, the video below has a ton of good advice. You can jump to certain spots in the video if you'd like to learn more about that topic! Below the video are some Frequently Asked Questions, and below those are some general RV'ing tips!
0:00 - Backing into a site
2:00 - Leveling your RV
4:30 - Powering your RV
5:45 - Getting water to your RV
6:40 - Water System
7:20 - Black and grey tanks
8:35 & 9:15 - ***The importance of putting water in your tanks!***
*This video was made by General RV Center, and all credit for it's awesomeness goes to them!
Q:What does full-hookup mean?
A: While some parks may alter this, the generally accepted definition of a full-hookup site is one with water, sewer, and electricity. At TLC Wolf River Resort, all of our sites are full-hookup, and we have both 30 and 50 amp electrical hook-ups.
Q: How do I dump my holding tanks?
A: This may vary slightly between RV's, but underneath the RV on the driver's side, there will a pull handle. There may be more than one (one for 'grey' sink water, and one for 'black' sewer water). After connecting these area's to our park's sewer system, simply pull them to release their contents.
Q:Why is it so important to fill our holding tanks back up with water after dumping them?
A: The black tank especially is important to do this with. If there's no water in the bottom of the tank, solid wastes will just pile up where they fall. Over time, these wastes will harden and cause expensive (and unpleasant) repairs. Filling the tanks with water will ensure that these solids can move to the drain when needed. What we do with our RV's is this:
1.) Make sure your black tank is completely empty, and then close the valve off so that it will retain liquid.
2. ) Figure how much water your tank will hold by filling it up completely with fresh water. You can do this by just holding the flush valve open on the toilet. It's important to keep an eye on the toilet the first time you do this: it will eventually fill completely and overflow if you're not careful. You should be able to see the water rising up the commode opening as the tank gets full.
3.) Set a timer to figure out how long it took to fill up with this fresh water.
4.) When it's time to fill your tank up with some fresh water after a dump, fill the tank with fresh water for half as long as it took to fill. For example if your tank took 10 minutes fill completely from empty, then make your regular fills last for 5 minutes. Some folks might think this is overkill, but having a 50% water mixture ensures that the final product has enough liquid to squeeze through a somewhat thin sewer hose.
Q: Why do our breakers keep popping in the RV?
A: You are probably asking too much of the electrical infrastructure of your RV. If you have a 50 amp rig, this shouldn't be too big of a problem, but the smaller, 30 amp rigs can have some somewhat narrow restrictions on the amount of electricity you can ask for. Here are a few appliances that are probably best to run separately. In other words, you can still keep using your small appliances, but try not to run more than one of the following at the same time: Air Conditioner, Microwave, Electric/Forced Air Heater, Electrical Grills (such as a George Foreman grill), Curling Iron/Hair Dryer, and potentially even your electric water heater.
Q: Can I just get an adapter so that I can receive 50 amp service?
A: No. Unfortunately, you are only able to downgrade. You can buy an adapter that lets you use 50 amp service (which is a good investment for every 30 amp RV'er), but it will not allow you to receive any more electricity than you would on a 30 amp site. If you have a 50 amp rig, you can purchase a 30 amp adapter, but just know you will only receive 30 amp service when using it.
Q: What's the best way to stay warm when it's cold?
A: At TLC Wolf River Resort, we usually enjoy fairly temperate winters, so we apologize if this advice doesn't apply everywhere. We like to use electric heaters down here. Propane is not only expensive, it's a pain in the butt to fill and gets consumed quickly when using it for anything other than cooking. One or two electric heaters generally does the trick, and is much more convenient. One trick is to kick on your propane furnace in the morning just to "break the chill", and then switch back over to electric once it's temperate. We do sell propane on our property if you need a refill.
Q: Where can I buy parts for my RV if something breaks?
A:Walmart tends to have a surprisingly large selection of RV goodies. They are convenient because they are located all over the country. If their selection doesn't suit your needs, there might be a Camping World nearby. Camping World is great because it's a large department store that caters to RV owners specifically. They will carry most of what you need. However, our local solution is our good friends Advanced RV & Mobile Home Supply. They might have a physically small store, but their selection rivals some of the biggest RV stores. They are also local and very friendly folks. They can come do repairs on our property as well if you'd like.
Q: Can I come ask the TLC Wolf River Resort staff for advice and/or help?
A: Absolutely! We love helping our guests, and we are willing to do whatever we can to make your stay pleasant! If it's something that we don't know how to do or something we might break, we'll lead you to the right folks!