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What Does Full Hookups Mean at an RV Park?

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Last Updated on May 11, 2022 by Jessica Lauren Vine

When we started out RVing, one of the things I asked was, “What does full hookups mean at an RV park?”

Do I need full hookups? Is it worth paying the extra cost to have full hookups vs partial hookups?

Full hookups means that you have water, electric, and sewer hookups. If you don’t have sewer hookups then it’s just partial hookups. Some places only have water hookups, but I’ve never seen a place call only water hookup a partial hookups.

The Difference Full Hookups Make at an RV Site

I have plenty of friends that are more than happy to live without full hookups for their RV. These people usually have solar panels for days and plenty of fresh water, and probably not a lot of kids. These are exceptions to the rule, but this is what I’ve seen.

When we had our littlest RV, there was no way we could be without hookups with six people in the RV. If we did that, it would have been a miserable (and smelly) existence.

We opted for full hookups every time they were available where we traveled, and oftentimes that meant that we were in the busiest part of the RV parks.

Pros and Cons of Full Hookups

There are some pros and cons of hanging out at the full hookups, and I’ll share the ones I’ve noticed with you.

Full Hookups Pros

  • You can treat your RV just like your home as far as water, electric, and bathroom usage.
  • You don’t have to worry about using too much electricity (usually).
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Full Hookup Cons

  • Usually costs more money
  • Often is closer to the action and offers less peace and quiet

Full Hookups Frequently Asked Questions

What does a dry campsite mean?

Dry campsite means not only do you not have full hookups, but you don’t have any hookups.

Can you use an RV without hookups?

Yes. You can use an RV without hookups.

What does water hookup mean?

Water hookup means you can connect your RV to the fresh water supplied.


Now you have the answer to your question, “What does full hookups mean at an RV park?” You can decide whether you think you really need full hookups or if you want to go the cheaper and more secluded route.

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