What you need for the ultimate RV campsite set-up

Author: Your RV Good Guide   Date Posted: 1 May 2024


Setting up the perfect campsite can be something of an art form, but it doesn't have to be complicated. Whether you're a seasoned road-tripper or new to the RV lifestyle, having the right RV supplies can make all the difference. But how do you decide which motorhome accessories are worth the investment? To help get you started, we’ve put together this helpful guide to the ultimate RV campsite set-up. But first …


RV campsite rules and regulations 

New Zealand offers a variety of campsite options, from holiday parks and regional council sites to Department of Conservation (DOC) campgrounds and designated freedom camping locations. Each comes with its own set of rules and amenities. Here are a few key considerations:


Bookings, facilities, and time limits 

Some popular sites may require you to book and pay ahead of time, others request a donation for upkeep. While many sites offer facilities like showers and kitchens, some are more basic. Some campsites also have a limit on how long you can stay.


Legalities and accessibility 

Before setting up your campsite, always ensure you're in a legal camping area. If you’re staying in a freedom camping site, you’ll need to have a vehicle that is certified self-contained. Also, if you're planning to light a fire, check whether a permit is required. Ignorance isn't bliss when it comes to following the law.

Another point to note is that not all campsites are accessible for all types of RVs. Always check ahead to ensure your chosen campsite can accommodate your motorhome.


Keep it clean 

Whether you’re freedom camping or staying in a holiday park, it’s important to dispose of your waste responsibly. This means using a proper dumpsite for your black and grey water, and rubbish and recycling facilities for your general rubbish.

We encourage you to join us in upholding New Zealand's Tiaki Promise and commit to preserving the beauty of our camping sites for future generations.

TOP TIP: Download the thl Roadtrip app. This handy, free app is a must-have for motorhome travellers. Use it to find DOC dump stations as well as campsites, free camping areas, petrol stations, and pretty much everything else you need as you explore New Zealand. The app is available free on Google Play and the App Store.


Our top tips for the ultimate RV campsite set-up 

Let’s take a look at some of the must-have campervan accessories and outdoor camping supplies to help create the ultimate campsite set-up.

1. Chocks or levellers 

Once you've settled into your chosen campsite, one of the first tasks on your to-do list should be to ensure your motorhome is level. This not only makes your living space more comfy but is also important for the functioning of your fridge and drainage system. Absorption fridges need to be as level as possible, with no more than a few degrees of slope.

Modern RVs often come equipped with hydraulic levelling systems or stabiliser legs that can be activated at the touch of a button. Another great option, and very cost-effective, is to use wedges. Levelling wedges come in either a straight finish – which require chocks to keep the wheels in place – or with steps, which pocket the wheel at every height, eliminating the need for chocks.


2. Campervan awning 

When it comes to camping in New Zealand, the weather can be a bit of a mixed bag. A campervan awning is one of those must-have motorhome accessories that can transform your holiday. It shields you from the sun's rays on those glorious sunny days and offers a dry refuge when the rain decides to make an appearance. An awning lets you make the most of your campsite no matter the weather.

RV Super Centre, has a wide range of caravan awnings and campervan awnings. Whether you’re after inflatable awnings, roof awnings, wall awnings, bag awnings or privacy room and awning accessories, we’ve got you covered. The skilled team at RV Super Centre can handle installation for you too.

READ MORE: What is the best awning for my caravan or motorhome?


3. Entrance step 

Sharing your campsite with family and friends is one of the joys of RV camping. To make your RV more accessible to people of all ages, an entrance step is a great addition if your vehicle doesn't already have one. This not only makes it easier for everyone to get in and out of your RV, but it also adds an extra layer of safety.

RV Super Centre offers a variety of steps to suit your needs. Whether you're looking for permanent manual steps, electric options, or portable anti-slip steps, they have a range to choose from, and if needed, we can take care of installation too.

4. BBQ or grill 

There's something special about cooking outdoors, especially when you're surrounded by New Zealand's stunning landscapes. Whether you’re cooking up the ultimate breakfast with all the trimmings, or heating up leftovers for lunch, it just tastes better on a barbie. And of course, if you need to get the kids to the dinner table, the yummy aroma of a BBQ cooking will bring them running.

A popular option is the Dometic Portable Gas BBQ. With a spacious cooking surface and a high dome lid, it allows for versatile cooking options. The BBQ is constructed from sturdy powder-coated steel, yet it's lightweight and easy to transport. Folding side tables offer extra bench space, and foldable legs lift the BBQ off the ground. It even comes ready for use with a hose and POL connector.




5. Outdoor lighting 

Outdoor lighting is essential for making the most of the twilight and evening hours. Sit outside and watch the stars, enjoy the cool night air, and relax with a glass of wine as the campsite atmosphere winds down.

RV Super Centre offers a wide array of outdoor lighting options, from LED strips to awning lights. We also offer energy-efficient options with PIR sensor control units that activate the lighting automatically.

The professional team at RV Super Centre can take care of installation if you’d like to add more permanent outdoor lighting to your RV.


6. Outdoor chairs and tables

When you're parked up at your RV campsite, you'll want to make the most of the great outdoors, especially when the weather is on your side. Outdoor chairs and tables are fantastic campervan accessories, allowing everyone to sit back, relax, and socialise in comfort. RV Super Centre offers a variety of outdoor furniture options including:


7. Insect repellent 

There’s nothing worse than setting up your campsite only to discover you’ve got uninvited guests! Mozzies and flies can be a real nuisance and if you’re camping in the warmer months or near water, you can be sure there’ll be some around.

A great option for repelling pesky bugs is RV Super Centre’s Techlight LED Lantern with Bug Zapper. This rechargeable lantern not only provides light but also features a bug zapper that operates independently. It's a great way to enjoy your evening without the constant buzzing of bugs around you. Be sure to add this must-have to your list of camping supplies.


8. Outdoor mat 

Being in the great outdoors and getting back to nature is what the RV lifestyle is all about. That doesn’t mean you want to bring remnants of your day back into your RV in the form of dirt, grass, and sand. That's where an outdoor mat makes all the difference. Not only does it help keep your campsite and RV clean by acting as a barrier for dirt, but it also adds an extra layer of safety. When conditions get wet and muddy, a good mat can provide the traction you need to prevent slips and falls.

RV Super Centre has a range of premium floor matting, continental carpets and outdoor flooring to help create a cosy outdoor living zone.


9. Portable fridge 

If you’re freedom camping off-grid or just need some extra cold storage, a 12V cooler or portable fridge comes in very handy. They're also ideal for picnics, beach trips, or even just to keep food and drinks cool while you’re cooking on the barbecue.

RV Super Centre has a wide range of portable fridges to suit every camper's needs. For those looking for a budget-friendly option, the Challenger Portable Cooler/Warmer is a fantastic choice. This versatile cooler/warmer is perfect for day trips and short getaways. It's compact, easy to carry, and can be powered by your vehicle's 12V outlet. On the other end of the spectrum, the Companion Lithium Rechargeable Fridge/Freezer offers a generous 75L capacity and comes with lithium rechargeable batteries, making it ideal for extended camping trips.

It's a robust and reliable option for those who don't want to compromise on quality or features.

READ MORE: A comprehensive guide to choosing the right fridge for your motorhome


10. Firepit 

There's something inherently comforting about sitting around a campfire. It's a place for storytelling, cooking, and simply soaking in the warmth as the sun sets. A firepit can be the centrepiece of your RV campsite, offering both practicality and a touch of luxury.

If your chosen site doesn't come with a built-in firepit, don't worry. The Coast RV Portable Firepit from RV Super Centre is a fantastic option. This portable firepit is easy to assemble and comes with a galvanised ember tray for added safety and folds up for easy storage. Don’t forget to pack the marshmallows!


Level up your RV campsite set up with RV Super Centre 

Setting up the ultimate RV campsite doesn't have to be a daunting task. With the right RV accessories and camping supplies, you can create a comfortable and inviting outdoor living space that everyone will enjoy. From essential items like outdoor furniture to luxuries like portable fridges and firepits, we've got you covered. Remember, you can find all these products and more either in-store or online at RV Super Centre.

And if you need more inspiration to help you get the most from your motorhome and the RV lifestyle, be sure to check out our helpful guides.

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