Jayco Hawk Setup Instructions

Instructional video from Jayco about setting up a Jayco Hawk camper trailer & annexe.

The campers used in the video may vary from the model you are hiring.

There is another video by a different presenter at the bottom of the page.

Bob Jayco Hawk Setup information

If you have any doubt whatsoever or the checklist is unclear to you, please do not hesitate to call us at any time during your trip. We would much rather talk you through doing something with the camper, than have something break.

1. Position camper in desired location

  • Confirm camper is contained on your caravan park site or ideally located on your campsite.
  • Confirm proximity to mains power and water/sullage.
  • Confirm sufficient room for rear bed-end to deploy.
  • Confirm there are no tree branches above the van, allowing the roof to raise without restriction.

2. Ensure the camper is level side-to-side

  • Use provided spirit level or a smartphone app like ‘Spirit Level Plus’.
  • If levelling is required use levelling ramps stored in the front boot.
  • Pro tip: The fridge will function most efficiently when the van is level.

3. Unhitch camper from the tow vehicle

  • Apply camper park brake.
  • Chock camper wheels.
  • Attach the jockey wheel (stored in the front compartment of the camper).
  • Wind jockey wheel up until tow ball is released.
  • Remove safety chains.
  • Remove 7-pin plug from tow vehicle.
  • Release hitch catch.
  • Ensure tow vehicle is completely disconnected from camper and drive tow vehicle away.

4. Deploy camper stabiliser legs

  • Use the winding tool provided in the front compartment.
  • Position legs as vertically as possible.
  • Use tool to wind down foot to the ground, without over-winding. Just firmly on the ground is fine.
  • Place blocks underneath each of the legs if needed to help level the camper.

5. Raise roof to approximately 50cm

  • Undo the four roof latches.
  • Using the winding handle, insert the tool into the flap and wind the roof up to approximately 50cm.

6. Pull out the step

7. Deploy the awning and bed flys

  • Unzip the bed flys and awning bags.
  • Insert the horizontal bed fly poles onto the camper, lay against the bed, for now.
  • The bed fly poles are stored in the awning bag. (black taped poles &  for front and red taped poles and bag for the back).
  • The awning poles are stored inside the van in a silver bag.
  • The pegs, ropes and hammer are located in the green bag in the front compartment.

For the awning:

  • First undo the wingnuts on both poles, attach the end awning horizontal poles onto the camper and extend the poles.
  • Roll out the awning to the metal frame - this is easier with a friend.
  • Ensure that the track on the metal frame is pointing downwards. There is a small hole in the centre of this frame to ensure it faces towards the camper.
  • Insert the upright poles through the end of the metal frame and the end of the horizontal poles, screw down the wingnuts.
  • Extend the upright poles to approximately 1.5 metres and attach the Velcro on top of the awning to the horizontal end poles.

8. Continue to raise the roof

  • Continue to wind up the roof, checking green height gauge tension guide.  The green tension guide is located directly above the winder position.  The guide should be almost tight, when the van is fully erected.
  • Caution: The green tension guide is used to gauge how high to raise the roof, it should be taut and not overstretched. Raising the roof too high can and will cause damage.
  • Insert both of the roof support safety poles, stored under the bed mattresses, place poles on the diagonal corners.
  • Wrap the canvas around the poles and secure with the Velcro.

9. Pull out and set up the beds

  • Slide out the bed, checking that the canvas is not catching on the tracks.
  • Get the two bed support poles from underneath the front mattress.
  • Place the front bed support poles into the spikes on the drawbar and use your shoulder to slightly lift the bed up and place the other end of the pole into the bracket on the underside of the bed.
  •  Go inside the camper and get the internal support bars from under the mattress. Place the bar into the bracket on the bow and gently push out the canvas, slide the other end of the bar into the locking slot located on the canvas roof.
  • Repeat this process for the rear bed-end.
  • Then go back outside and gently pull the canvas down and slightly outwards over the corners of the beds and attach the Velcro to the underside of the beds.

10. Securing the Awning & Fly set up

  • Extend the bed fly & awning poles and tighten support ropes.
  • Velcro the fly shade cloth corners together.

11. Setting up the door

  • Go inside the camper and close the door.
  • Remove the plastic cover from top half of the door, located on the roof.
  • Undo the clips and lower the door from the roof.
  • Align the locating pins on the top door so that they sit into the holes in bottom door and secure using the hinges at the top of the door.
  • Using the latches on the bottom door, lock the top and the bottom doors together.
  • Fit both the inner and outer Velcro around the side of the door (top door).

12. Plug-in 12V lights located on the wall near the sink.

13. Turn on gas at the bottle in the front compartment.

14. Connect power supply if available. The 15amp extension cord is stored in the front compartment.

15. Connect the water supply if available. The hose is stored in the front compartment.

16. Connect the waste pipe. The waste pipe is stored in the front compartment.

17. Switch Fridge to correct power source, watch the video for more information on 3 way fridges.

18. Place green shade mat out from the door.

19. Place doormat in front of steps.

20. Relax and enjoy your holiday 🙂

A video from Jayco about unhooking a Jayco camper trailer and setting up. The campers used in the video may vary from the model you are hiring.