Thursday, December 8, 2022


How often do you stay in a primitive campground?


RVers these days seem to want it all — a nice place to stay with plenty of space from neighbors. But it better have good WiFi, a 50-amp hookup, water and sewer — to enjoy all the comforts their RV affords.

What this means is that a lot of beautiful primitive campgrounds in the middle of nowhere, where a cell signal does not even reach, are unoccupied or nearly so.

What about you? How often do you stay in a designated campground (as opposed to boondocking) where there is no electric hookup?

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4 years ago

Although it’s a treat sometimes to camp with electricity, I prefer dry camping, as I like to be in nature. But it sure drives me crazy to listen to the bloody generators. As far as I am concerned, if they need all that power, try camping in a place with electicity. Or get better solar panels.

4 years ago

Interesting how the survey asks about electricity. We have solar and a generator, so, we have electricity, and prefer to always stay away from the confines of the expensive RV parks, and all of the negatives associated with living in confinement areas with tons of rules. Living in the peace and quiet is not for everyone…..good deal!

4 years ago

I answered, “Seldom”, which is true when I’m out with the wife and family. When I’m on my own, which is about a quarter of my outdoor time, the answer is “never”. Perhaps that matters perhaps not, but it’s the complete picture on this.

Robert watt
4 years ago

With solar and a generator the whole western federal land are at your beck and call – dispersed camping is where you find it. Currently setting on a beach in Mexico. The new 5ver does need more power draw than the older rigs just add more battery and solar capacity.

Dann Gravett
4 years ago

Here, in midwest USA, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, we have so many camping opportunities and such a small trailer, 18′ towable, that we have never had a midweek crisis trying to locate somewhere to land.
We have no idea of how it would be way out west or to the far east. If we went to camp on a weekend, it would probably be much different but we go mid-week almost always.

4 years ago

Most state parks around us (Texas and OK) have the best of both worlds. They have electric hookups but very limited cell connections. We love it.

4 years ago

We live in Ontario, Canada and camp often at a small campground with no cell service out in the middle of nowhere. Only 14 sites and very peaceful with dark sky.

Kim Mays
4 years ago

We have pull type 32 foot camper. Electricity is important cause we hate and don’t have a generator. So we avoid campground with no electricity. We don’t care about wifi or tv. Many state parks have electrical hookups so we enjoy those parks

4 years ago

I boondock 90% or more. All my electric needs are supplied by solar and I don’t own a generator. I prefer the solitude of boondocking and generally would only stay in a campground to visit a national or state park and dispersed camping options weren’t available.

4 years ago

We like the comfort of the AC in hotter weather. We travel with pets, so we can’t allow the RV to get too hot if we have to leave them for a few hours. Otherwise, we’d spend more time without electricity. We don’t worry as much about the water or sewer hookups, since we can go several days to a week or more without filling the water or dumping the tanks.

Helen Kirkwood
4 years ago

We are well equipped to park without hookups, but many sites such as state primitive campgrounds have limited sites for larger RVs (we are 36′). So being fully self-contained still doesn’t always buy us a site.

wally & Anita
4 years ago

At 72 and 71 we have been almost exclusively full hook up, but that is changing. We are adding solar and will be doing more boondocking for the privacy it offers. We will use full hook up sites when we need to run the AC or drain the tanks in our motorhome.

Tommy Molnar
4 years ago

At 72 and 66, we still seek out hookup-less campgrounds or just plain boondocking in the middle of “nowhere”. Here in Nevada (where we do most of our RV’ing) it’s still easy to just “find a view – park the house”. This also obviously helps to eliminate crowds . . .

Carolyn Miller
4 years ago

Love camping in the woods but at 40 feet our sheer size limits us more than lack of electricity. In Florida, desert camping is not an option.

4 years ago

When looking for a campground site, we no longer select “electric hookups” as a necessity. With our generator we can produce the electricity needed for the appliances we use. We find we have more options for available sites if we do not need or want the electric available at the site.

Margaret smith
4 years ago

We used to love to camp primitive when we were younger but now we are 76 and 82 years old and feel that we have to have electricity.

4 years ago

In our 40s and 50 we often boondocked on public lands but morphed to mostly fully hookups in our 60s because it’s easier on us. We miss the privacy and beauty of boondocking.

4 years ago

It’s nice to be in the middle of nature with no human noise and no cell phone service. It’s very very peaceful.