Examples of horrible RV hookups


RV parks are not created equal — some are really good, some really bad. Here are two examples of what any veteran RVer comes upon from time to time. Look at the position of the water faucets and the sewer disposals. This should not be acceptable, yet in today’s world where RVers often find it hard to locate an available campsite, but need hookups, settling for a site like these can be the only option.

An RVer who finds him or herself assigned to a site like this with the water and sewer hookups within a foot or so from each other should demand another site or take their business elsewhere.

Would you feel confident drinking water from these faucets?

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Gerald Fuller

I’m so glad I’ve not had to hook up to a campground for years. We use a Separette Composting toilet. and have grey water recycling. Last year on one 27 day boondock our meter showed we used 1700+ gallons of water for laundry, showers, baths, dishes Etc but our tanks only dropped by 35 gallons after running through our 13 stage filter system. We have separate tanks for drinking water because even though our recycled grey water has always tested better than purchased drinking water nothing to gain, and it’s another layer of safety. We can carry up to 230 gallons of water onboard and often fill up before a several day park because our inflatable Jacuzzi holds 135 gallons. Our electric on demand water heater fills it up perfect and the Jacuzzi’s internal heater keeps it perfect.

Thomas Becher

Can’t believe that any government agency would allow that sort of plumbing with the faucets facing up like that. Bugs,bird poop ,whatever can fall into it. I had to put anti siphon adapters on our faucets at home but I never see them in a campground. I think everyone is taking a BIg chance on contacting salmonella or things like that. I would not hook up my water to those examples.

Patricia Neuzil

That’s one reason we always have our fresh water tank at least 25% full.


In most cases outside of buildings the health codes require 10 feet of separation between water and sewer lines, unless both are pressure rated pipes. It doesn’t apply inside a building, and I’m not sure how it applies in this situation. I’d like to see a little more separation, and a little more cleanliness, but more important I want the connections located near the corresponding points on the RV, with the sewer connection downhill.


Even our PETS drink bottled water, and this kind of thing is one of the reasons.
A couple of years ago we hooked up to the water in a campground we had stayed at many times over the years, not expecting any problems. Turned on the faucet in the coach and and what came out looked just fine BUT reeked of sewer!! Told the office person , and got blown off big time! Went to another campground ,checked the water , hooked up and sanitized the system !
NEVER stayed at the first campground since, and never will !
Found out later that they had been badly flooded over a week earlier ! Apparently no one complained to, or the local health department didn’t care !

Roger Marble

Wondering why there are no local building codes or health dept rules that would prohibit situations like this.


Disgusting, would never stand for that garbage, go elsewhere