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What Does Full Hook Up Mean at a Campground?

What Does Full Hook Up Mean at a Campground?

What is a full hookup RV site? Let's get straight to it. If a campsite has a full hookup, it means you'll have access to:

  • Water
  • Sewer
  • Electricity

These are typically known as the “big three” of utilities.

You may see that some RV parks say they have "full service" or "full connections." Typically, it all means the same thing.

So, if you see any of those terms, just understand that if you choose to camp at that site, it usually means you'll have access to the "big three."

One important thing to note is that some campsites claim to have a full hookup, and they really mean they have electric and water hookups, with a dump station on site.

Additionally, there are different types of electrical connections, and they may or may not have the one you need.

Once you verify a campsite has a full hookup, you still need to do some extra research to make sure they can meet your specific needs.

What is a partial hookup?

If a campsite has a partial hookup, it means they don't offer one or more of the "big three" utilities.

Typically, they'd offer electricity, but no water, sewer or both.

That said, each site could be different, so you should always do your own research to verify what's available and what's not.

Should I choose a full hookup or a partial hookup?

We can't give you the answer, as it depends on your wants and needs. But we can give you some things to consider:

  1. Full hookup sites can make things easier.

    When you're at a full hookup site, you don't need to worry about things like water consumption or a dying RV battery.

    All the water and power you need are provided for you.

    That means you can focus less on those things, and more on the adventure.

  2. Modern conveniences can change your camping experience.

    This is not necessarily good or bad. It all depends on who you are and what type of experience you're looking for.

  3. Location may affect what's available.

    For example, some campsites that are close to bodies of water (like a beachfront site) may not offer sewer connections.

    Only you can determine if you think the tradeoff of a site's location is worth not having a sewer connection.

Happy camping!

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