When I first started travelling around New Zealand in a caravan, I stayed at a lot of campgrounds. The checkout time was usually 10am. I’d give myself 45min to pack-up the caravan and move on, but would always be ready sooner. I eventually learnt that I could be driving out of the campground if I started packing up half and hour before check-out time.
In this video, I show the steps I take when packing up the caravan – with a nifty timer. I didn’t empty the toilet or fill up with more water, and I wasn’t plugged into the power, so that took my pack-up time to 20 minutes.
Steps for packing up a caravan
- Put everything that might move away.
- Make sure all windows and vents are properly closed.
- Turn off fridge, and all items at control box.
- Turn off gas at valve.
- If connected to power, unplug power cord (I was running off my solar panel in this video).
- Wind up stabilising legs.
- Put gas cover on.
- Disconnect grey water hose.
- Dump grey water in designated area.
- Put away fresh water connector and store tank.
- Wind up caravan so room for cars tow-bar.
- Reverse car and connect.
Learn how I found my first time setting up the caravan here.
Tips for packing up a caravan
- You can hid items behind the cushions.
- You can put light items on bed and throw your duvet over the top.
- It’s best to have the main heavy items sitting over the wheels. Otherwise it puts pressure on tow-bar connection.
- This is the best time to clean surfaces as everything is away.
- I store my freshwater connector in the kitchen sink to keep clean.
- Depending on surface the caravan is sitting on, you can push and pull caravan to be over the car tow-bar. Long grass does make it harder…
So this is a good taster of what packing up a caravan is like.
Do you have any questions or extra tips? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.