If you’re new to camping or have only ever camped out in the wild, you may never have heard of hook-up camping before. Before you go getting the wrong idea, no, we are not referring to that sort of hook-up.
Hook-up camping is a type of camping where you have access to an electrical outlet, freshwater, and sewage hook-up. This setup is commonly known as a full hookup.
This is a very common type of camping offered by campsites and is often used by RV owners for that little bit of extra comfort and flexibility while you travel. You will be able to power your appliances easily, use water without depleting your own water tank and be able to allow your black and grey water to be flushed away without filling up your own storage tanks.
The electrical hook-up at a site like this will enable you to power all your appliances without fear of draining your batteries or having to use a generator.
Some campsites offer outlets with 50 amps, while others come with 30 amps or even a 15/20 amp household connector. This sort of hookup will give you peace of mind if you want to relax and not worry about your power consumption, allowing you to enjoy the comfort of your RV to its fullest.
Just be sure to check that the campsite you’re planning to stay at has the right connection for your particular RV, to avoid disappointment or losing out on the benefits being hooked up can offer.
For example, if your RV uses a 50 amp connector (typically larger RV’s use this, but always check), make sure that the campsite is compatible with this requirement.
Just be aware that this extra power may sometimes be a little more expensive and may be overkill if you have a smaller RV or a lower amp requirement.
Even if you’re in a tent, hook-up camping can help power your appliances and accessories and is especially useful if you’re on a longer camping trip during a cold time of the year.
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What is a partial hook-up?
A partial hook-up is where some of these services are available but not all of them. Typically these types of setups come with water and electricity but no sewer hook up, meaning you’ll need to use your own grey and black water tank capacity whole on site.
Usually, these sites do have places for you to dispose of your waste, however, so while a little less convenient it isn’t a massive concern for some campers. In fact, these campsites are actually the most common style available.
However, some campsites offer various services in a variety of ways. Some only provide electricity hook-ups, while others only provide water.
In cases where there is no electricity, you will need to rely on solar power, battery power, or a generator for your power requirements and appliances but be warned that some campsites have rules about generators due to the noise and smoke they can create.
Some won’t allow you to use them after sunset, or too early in the morning so make sure you check these rules before you arrive.
If you don’t have a water hook up you will have to use your own freshwater tank to meet the water needs of your trip, so make sure you save as much water as you can and try to be economical.
Some campsites will offer some sort of water tap for you to top up your water but again not all campsites have these available so always make sure you check before arrival.
What is dry camping?
Dry camping is also known as primitive camping and means there isn’t any sort of hook-up available, no electricity, no water, and no sewage hookup. It’s camping as nature intended, and perfect for people who want to get back in touch with nature.
Sometimes referred to as boondocking, this style of camping will force you to rely on what you bring with you, whether that be the batteries and tanks in your RV.
If you’re in a tent you’ll be living very simply, using a gas stove to cook if you’ve brought one with you, and whatever facilities are available on-site for water and ablutions.
Some campsites will offer a host of amenities depending on where it is. Some offer optional wifi while others even offer cable TV if you don’t wanna miss the latest episode of your favorite show.
There are even RV resorts that offer pools and jacuzzis, play areas, fire pits, and even spas if you’re wanting the luxury treatment. Who said camping has to be simple?
Just remember, regardless of what RV you use, or if you prefer to camp in a tent, always check exactly what your intended campsite offers and make sure you know exactly what you need. This is especially important if you’re on a long trip, or are traveling at odd times of the year.
For example, some campsites have their water hookups turned off in the winter to prevent them from freezing. You’ll want to check all these things to make sure you aren’t disappointed.