Hard to believe an RV park hookup could be so stupid!


By Chuck Woodbury
Here’s the water-hookup situation at my campsite at an RV park in Springfield, Illinois. I just found this photo. I took it a few years ago.

Luckily, I was the only one occupying the four campsites that shared this one water source. Imagine when the park was packed and four RVs needed to share.

When taking a shower while sharing the water with others, it might be better to use your own water supply and water pump instead of risking a sudden pressure drop when the neighbors decided to take their own shower.

I know most RV parks are mom-and-pop operations and it costs money to upgrade the plumbing. Nevertheless, if a park wants to attract RVers and not give them reasons to stay at Walmart for free, then they need to dedicate themselves to making their facilities worth paying for. This situation is not acceptable. Actually, it’s ridiculous!

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millard fillmore

I go “camping” to get away from Technology. I have a cell phone. If I can’t get a signal, so what? It’s not like I dropped of the edge of the Earth. I’ll be back……

Mark B

This is what it has come to? You want a campground to remediate this unacceptable and ridiculous solution?

Given the weather in Springfield, IL, this campground may have partial occupancy around Memorial weekend, ramping up to 4th of July and then falling slowly until Labor Day. Maybe 4 weekends with full occupancy? And, in that 4 weekends, assuming a few tents and the assorted RVs that may or may not hook up a hose (depending on whether they use their tank/pump), you are deeming this unacceptable? Are you willing to pay an additional $5/nt to help them recoup the plumbing costs? We already know how you feel about $100/nt.

Don Quixote swung at windmills. Is this your windmill? I was really expecting promised announcements in new low-cost camping/roadside initiatives. I could give a rip about utilities, except maybe electricity every few nights and a place to get water and dump my tanks every week or so. We all have different priorities, but is this a priority?

S M Jenkins

There are too many parks like this to count. Add to that very unlevel sites, sewer ports elevated so that stuff must flow uphill, and locked offices all day with a sign to call a number if you need anything.

Dale Sain

The South RV Lot at the Albuquerque Int’l Balloon Fiesta in on an old landfill, so we lay out over 4000′ of water lines above ground for those that get water & electric. One hose bib at the top and 400′ of PEX per row. Every 40′ is an 18″ riser with a tee on top with two spigots. Then each spigot has a “Y” to supply four RVs per riser. Do the math; that’s 40 RVs on one bib. We recommend you fill your tanks and then use your own pump for pressure. Zero complaints. You come for the Fiesta, not the campground.


As far as the pictured faucet tree is concerned it’s only ridicules if the pressure is too low to provide adequate flow to the riser and each spigot.
The copper line appears to be either a 3/4” or 1” line. Each spigot further restricts the size and flow capacity (go to a plumbing isle at a home improvement store and look inside of one of those spigots and you’ll see how much reduction there is compared to the opening you are looking through. Now consider that if you are a savvy RVer you will have placed a pressure regulator at the spigot which not only reduced the pressure but the size and volume of water capable of moving through that device and then consider the further reduction of the valves and plumbing inside of your RV and you can understand that this could very well provide adequate water volume to all 4 spigots.
Sorry Chuck but this is much the same as showing an aeronautical engineer and an entomologist a picture of a bumblebee and saying “This is ridiculous”. The engineer will agree saying “you’re right. That can’t fly.” And the entomologist saying “well, it really does a fantastic job considering the kind of flying it does”.

Donald Wright

I’ve seen worse. The water faucet was above the electrical connection. “drip, drip, drip”, Or the old campground designed for tents and popups, electrical and water connections at the pipes running behind the site, not next to the RV parking spot. Trees so close to pavement that the slide outs cannot
be used. Campground restrooms with no ventilation system, not even an exhaust fan.

Bob Weinfurt

Whatever happened to the basic fun of camping? I’m more relaxed with boondocking than if I have WIFI, cable, and the other “luxuries” of home. My motorhome is 42 years old so it’s not financially draining on me. Electric and extra water are nice to have but everything I have runs off propane or 12 volts, even my TV.
So, am I a happy camper? You betcha.
I always clean up the area I stayed at, even other peoples garbage left behind. It’s just the right thing to do to help keep free camping places available to us all.

PS There’s no way the water could siphon back to that faucet.


I couldn’t figure out the problem when I first looked at the picture. But when I read the comments and found out the problem was only water pressure, I thought it was pretty trivial. Personally, I would rather have low pressure than high and, maybe, blow a line. If there is an electrical outlet under the water spigot, then I would consider that a real problem!

richard ackroyd

Chuck, are we all “expecting ” too much ? Are we rushing headlong towards a ” this coffee is hot” scenario ? For the last 6 years we have spent the 6 summer months travelling around this great country. This week we are at a casino RV park paying $65 per night, 6 weeks ago we were staying at Dawson ND for $105 per WEEK with full hookups. Dawson has a population of 67 people. If you are in Montana you will get great views, if you are at the fairground in Fargo ND maybe not such good views. If someone must have 50# water pressure just fill up your water tank, if you cannot live without the TV get a satellite system if you must have high speed internet carry your own. I am trying to emphasise the “you” do it part. It’s not always “the other persons” fault. Chuck I enjoy RV travel news but when you wrote this article I think you needed to turn the glass over, it’s not half empty, it’s half full. Keep up the good work and when do the $10 one night only RV stop start. Richard


Two weeks ago, 1000 Trails in Long Beach, WA!
Four sewers, four waters, two electric, the other two next site over!

David Hagen

I stayed at a campground in Canada a few years ago that had water hoses with “Y”dividers on the hoses running throughout the campground. I was told just to follow the hose back to the spigot and turn on all the “Y” devices. And the power was extension cords hung in the trees. Sewer was one long long sewer hose stuck through a manhole cover at one end, the other RV’ers hooked up to when they needed to dump.


I build homes thru Habitat RVcaravaners and at one build we have 6 RVs hooked up to one hose bib. Not as big of an issue as you would think.


If they have good water pressure you’ll be fine stop overreacting.


“camping” does not mean what you THINK it means. Camping has nothing to do with hotel amenities and wifi. Apples and oranges

Gene Cheatham

Server .. yikes! So much valuable information lost. Are you considering forensic recovery? Is it all gone prior to the event?

Thomas Becher

I didn’t see even one anti siphon device on that mess of faucets. So the last guy to hook up used his fresh water hose to clean out the black tank.? No thanks laws and rules and codes are made to prevent injury, not to punish people.


Chuck….you need to stay at better parks! : )


That looks very much like the I nternet connection at many campgrounds. One small source and multiple connections. Just about the time you get started on email, the rest of the park wakes up.

A recent stop east of Denver at a major campground chain location brought this warning at checkin: “We are full this weekend so don’t expect WiFi to work”. She was correct though I did manage to partially download emails between 5 and 5:15 each morning. It was like most of the rest of their facility, tired, worn out and difficult to work with. A hotel chain would suffer greatly it it provided such poor service. There are effective ways of reducing/eliminating/throttling video streaming so all campers have reasonable access. One recent sit offered a 24 hours paid connection at a reasonable fee. I have no problem with that if the changes is reasonably priced and well maintained.

Between miserable WiFi connections and sloppy, fuzzy cable ( if available) it is getting difficult to find nice spots for reasonable money. We have stayed at many delightful sites over the years but it is getting harder to find them. So many locations call themselves “Resorts” that it is laughable.

Rant over. Maybe I should have gone to bed earlier last night.


I sure hope this isn’t Sangchris Lake SP at Springfield , IL. We have reservations there for this Sept.