How to Hook Up Camping Tent Trailers

What You'll Need
Tent trailer
Wheel chocks

Camping tent trailers, or pop up tents, are easy to set up and provide a comfortable way to enjoy the great outdoors. Setting them up is different than setting up a standard tent. Here's what you should know.

Step 1 - Placement

Deciding where to place your tent trailer is just as important as setting it up. If you've prepaid for a site at a campground, you may have an assigned campsite. Before you set the trailer on the site, look around to find the most level area. You will want to think about which way the door will face as well to create as much privacy as possible.

Step 2 - Leveling

Newer tent trailers will have a level attached to the underside of the trailer. The location of this will vary depending on the size andmodel. Find this before you place the trailer. You can move the camper little by little until you get a level reading. Once it's level you can chock the wheels. If you don't have wheel chocks, you can use wood blocks to keep the trailer from moving. Drop the front support so you can remove the camper from your truck. 

Step 3 - Start the Set Up

With the tent secure and level, you can begin to set everything up. Most models will have an internal chuck that will need to be turned to raise the roof. Newer models may have an electric system instead of a hand cranked chuck. If you have the old-fashioned hand crank, you want to crank this up slowly. Turning too quickly can damage the cables and render the trailer useless.

Step 4 - Beds and Canopy

With the roof raised, you can begin to pull out the beds and prepare the canopy. It's a good idea to have someone help you with this step to avoid damage. Have one person ensure the canopy is not near the guide rails for the beds. If you pull the beds out without checking this, you can risk ripping the canopy. Once the beds are out and in place, you can begin to attach the canopy according to the manufacturers directions.

Step 5 - Doors and Awnings

All of the outside work should be done at this point, and you can begin to work on setting up the internal supports. If you have a door that needs to be attached you can put this in place now. Some camping trailers have awnings that can be set up on the sides as well. 

Breaking down the camper at the end of the camping trip will just require you to work these steps backwards.