Steps for Folding an RV

Steps for Folding an RV
Keeping your RV popup camping trailer in proper working order requires the correct dismantling and folding after each use. While tedious at times, the process when done correctly will extend the life of your RV camper trailer. Eventually you will come up with your own system and chronology that works best. There are certain steps that should not be left out to achieve a proper fold and taking down of your RV camper popup.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Large sponges
Step 1
Walk around the RV camper. Brush off any debris or grime from the fabric materials off the sleeping quarters. Brush off any awnings. If the fabric is wet and you have the time to let it dry, do so. It's best not to fold up your RV camper if wet, as this can lead to mold and mildew on the fabric.
Step 2
Go inside the RV camper. Remove any extra bedding or blankets from the sleeping areas and store them under the seat benches. Place any loose items inside the RV into storage areas and secure them. Go around to the four inside corners of your RV camper and release all locks for the roof.
Step 3
Go back outside and un-hitch the four roof locks at each corner. If your RV has electric folding pumps, go to the switch and turn them on, letting the hydraulics lower the RV camper roof. Push the sleeping quarter material inward to the center of the RV, letting it nest in its folding area while the RV roof slowly lowers down.

If your RV has hand cranks to lower the RV roof, go to the sleeping quarters and push the fabric as far into the center of the RV as possible. Begin hand cranking to the left to begin lowering the roof. Stop every two feet to push the sleeping quarter fabric further into the center of the RV. Continue until the roof is down fully.
Step 4
Tuck the final pieces of fabric on the ends/sleeping quarters until these are all tucked into the RV roof and body.
Step 5
Walk around the RV and close the roof latches to lock it into position for travel. If your RV has the hydraulic lifts to raise and lower the roof, make sure the switch is turned into the off position.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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