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In this article I’ll share with you our Jayco camper trailer set-up checklist

(and our pack-up checklist too)

Even though I put these together when we‘d just bought our Jayco Swan a few years ago, I still refer back to this if we haven’t had our camper out for a while:

Setting up and packing down a Jayco camper trailer is mostly a sequential process…

…and doing things out of order can make things a lot harder

(or make you need to backtrack which takes even more time)

So we briefly re-read this just before setting-up to remind us the best order for OUR set-up

[yours might be slightly different based on whether you’re using your bed end flys, are setting up a bag awning, etc]

Here it is:

Our Jayco Swan Camper Trailer Set-Up Checklist

This is our standard set-up procedure for when we’re camping on an unpowered site:

  1. Insert levelling ramp on low side
  2. Drive onto ramp until level E-W
  3. Apply handbrake and chock wheels
  4. Attach jockey wheel, unhitch, move car
  5. Wind jockey wheel until level N-S
  6. Lower stabiliser legs
  7. Unzip, attach, and half-raise bed flys
  8. Undo clips and wind up roof*
  9. Insert roof support poles and close velcro
  10. Raise bed end flys
  11. Pull out beds and insert support poles
  12. Pull steps out
  13. Assemble door
  14. Raise wardrobe
  15. Insert hockey sticks
  16. Attach velcro
  17. Plug in roof power cable
  18. Switch fridge from DC to gas

* When winding up the roof we stop twice to double-check that the lifter arms are raising evenly

Jayco Camper Trailer Set-Up Checklist

Now, depending on where we’re camping and what the weather is like, some optional things that aren’t standard practice for our set-up include:

  • Roll out the awning
  • Attach power cable
  • Attach water hoses
  • Set-up table and/or chairs

The main benefit (and reason) we switched from a bag awning to a Fiamma roll out awning is because you don’t need to commit to having it out during the set up process… you can decide later

Jayco Swan Camper Trailer Fiamma Awning Installation

(plus you can pack it away easily the night before leaving to make for a quick getaway in the morning)

To be honest, this is our number one timesaving tip for both set-up and pack-up

Read: 9 Tips To Save Time Setting Up Your Jayco Camper Trailer

The other big time-saver?

Swapping to collapsible chairs (instead of folding ones) and to a roll-up table

[we bought ours from BCF but you can find the same ones cheaper here on eBay]

Aluminium Roll Up Folding Camping Table - Perfect Purchase for Jayco Camper Trailer

(this means we don’t have to get them out unless when we actually need them)

Read11 Best Jayco Camper Trailer Accessories (Our Must Have Purchases For Our Swan)

Our Jayco Swan Camper Trailer Pack-Up Checklist

Packing up to go home from camping is bad enough at the best of times… but it’s worse if:

  • Things come loose during travel
  • You have to wind up if forgot something
  • Lights burn a hole in the canvas
  • Food in the fridge gets warm, or just…
  • It drags out for over an hour!

This is the process we’ve found most helpful for us:

  1. Wash, dry and put away dishes
  2. Unplug power and water
  3. Get everything out that’s staying out
  4. Internal confirmatory checks:
  5. Diesel heater isolation switch off
  6. Cupboard doors latched
  7. TV antenna down
  8. Windows zipped up
  9. Lights off
  10. Remove bed hockey sticks
  11. Fold down wardrobe
  12. Attach door to ceiling*
  13. Switch fridge to DC
  14. Unplug roof power cable
  15. Fold canvas and push in beds
  16. Lower bed flys halfway
  17. Remove bed support poles
  18. Wind down roof
  19. Fold up bed flys
  20. Fold away steps
  21. Turn off gas
  22. Wind up stabiliser legs
  23. Clip roof latches

HINT: When it comes to attaching the door to the ceiling something we didn’t know was that it needs to be folded flat

It’s the answer to a surprisingly frequent question that pops up when people have difficulty closing their roof…

Hanging Jayco Camper Trailer Door on Roof - Incorrect and Correct Methods

…which is why it’s number 2 in this list of tips and tricks for Jayco camper trailer owners

Read23 Tips For New Jayco Camper Trailer Owners

Jayco Swan Pack-Up Checklist

And why is clipping the roof latches the very last thing?

By leaving it a few minutes, it allows the air to escape from the canvas which makes the roof easier to close

Door Won't Close - Check Canvas Is Not In Way of Door When Closing Jayco Camper Trailer

(which makes the difference in being able to leave our mattress topper on the bed when we close down)

ReadEver Rest Memory Foam Mattress Topper Review [For Jayco Camper Trailer]

Summary: Our Jayco camper trailer set-up and pack-up checklists

We refer to our Jayco camper trailer set-up checklist (and pack-up checklist) especially if we haven’t had our camper out for a while:

Yours might be different based on how you camp and whether you’re using your bed end flys, are setting up a bag awning, etc

Read35 Most Popular Jayco Camper Trailer Modifications