How to use a camp trailer at an unimproved site

Using a camp trailer at an unimproved site means no electric, no water, and probably no public restrooms or bathing facilities. It may be a remote out in the wilderness area. It could just be rustic camp ground that offers land to park your trailer, but little else. In these conditions, it is important to know just how self-contained your camp trailer is.

Not all camp trailers perform well for extended period under these types of conditions. The good news is that most can at least keep you dry and protected from animals and creepy crawlers.

Before leaving home, make sure that your propane tank and water tank are full.


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In fact, carrying some spare water and an extra propane tank is a great plan. You also want to make sure that your other systems are working well. You should have your refrigerator running off of the car or truck’s power while driving to conserve fuel if this is an option on your trailer. If you are travelling in cold weather, take along at least one extra source of heat. It is a good idea to have a back up battery with a full charge so that your vehicle can be started in case you accidentally over drain your the one in the vehicle.

Pack extra items that might be needed.


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A well-stocked first aid kit should be considered an absolute necessity. Take along items to deal with climate conditions. Rain gear, plenty of the right type of clothing, bug spray, emergency flares, and some type of emergency water and food. Leave detailed directions to the area where you expect to be with someone who will be watching for your return.

The first step for using the camp trailer is to make sure that the camping site can be cleared sufficiently to park safely.


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If you are camping at a rustic or wilderness sort of camp ground, this step has probably already been done for you. However, it you have driven back into the woods or to some uninhabited area, you will need to survey the territory for an acceptable camp site that will require minimal improvement. You really do not want to have to be a lumber jack to prepare a site for parking your camp trailer. Find a relatively clear area. If you have to chop down a few small saplings or shrubs to complete the clearing, this should not be too bad.

Make certain that the terrain will support the weight of your camp trailer.


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This is especially true if you are forced to park on a hill or mountain side. Soft soil, loose gravel, and too much sand can be some powerful enemies when you are try to level and secure your trailer. They can also present problems when it is time to pull out later. Try to find solid material on which to park.

If you plan to stay several days, use anchors to secure your trailer to the ground to prevent a storm from damaging it.


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Most of the time these anchors are not necessary. However, if strong winds are anticipated having your camp trailer tied down may keep you safe. At the very least, you need to level your trailer with jacks, stands, and blocks before setting up house keeping inside. Also, block the tires to assure that the trailer will not go rolling away unexpectedly. Having the trailer leveled and secured, you will not have trouble moving around inside without feeling like you are being pitched about.

For propane refrigerators, light the pilot so that your provisions stay cold.


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Hook up your electric for the lights and other appliances. Make sure that your stove will light although you may choose to use a camp fire instead to conserve fuel and keep from overheating the inside of the trailer. Prime your water supply if needed so that you can have fresh water available for drinking and washing up. Use a portable potty with a chemical deodorant to conserve your fresh water. Take advantage of clear streams and rain showers to bath whenever possible. Conservation can be the name of the game. Using less water in your trailer also means less waste to be stored and dumped later.

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