Tuesday, October 4, 2022


Would you hook up at this disgusting campsite?

It’s late in the afternoon. You’ve been assigned the last spot in the RV park. When you arrive at the campsite, this is what you find at your utility area.

Does the proximity of the water and the sewer disposal, just inches apart, bother you? Would you just say “the heck with it” and simply hook up your water and not fret about germs? Would you pull out your Lysol and spray your water hose? Or would you just attach the sewer hose and use the freshwater in your tank?

Or would you ask for your money back and head over to the closest Walmart?

Most RVers would find this setup disgusting. If you come across a scene like this please send it to us along with the name of the RV park and its location. A park that offers an unhealthy site like this should not be patronized. A reader sent us this photo without identifying where it was taken.

Your comments are invited.



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dave savage
2 years ago

Interesting that this bothers so many but no one comments that the sewer and fresh water connections and houses are in the same door on their RV.

Bob Weinfurt
2 years ago

Sewer and electric yes, but not the water. That’s why I always have some fresh water in my tank.

Al Kemp
2 years ago

The KOA at Graceland isn’t far off your photo with low water taps near the sewer connection.

Jerry X Shea
2 years ago

If I have just pulled in for the night, I would only hook up electric (since that is what I am really paying for) and use my tank water and holding tanks. I actually do that in nice parks if it is just a overnight, go to sleep stay.

2 years ago

Doesn’t bother me
They presumably use different plumbing so proximity is not a rational concern
Where we camp for months the sewer is just inches away
A much bigger issue for me is sewer hookups that are inches above the ground Which reduce dumps efficiently
Often encountered at dump stations
At one County park I think the sewer was almost a foot above the Pavement!

Jack Lee Roderick
2 years ago

That doesn’t look so good, but I’ve often wondered about the freshwater faucet even when it was spaced several feet away. I have observed on more than one occasion a person holding their sewer hose close to the faucet to rinse it out. In my freshwater hose kit I carry a spray bottle of bleach for that purpose.

2 years ago

that’s a great idea!!! i’ve always worried about the same thing

David St. Clair
2 years ago

Stayed at KOA`s all across the country and never once had this unhealthy scenario at a KOA! All the KOA`s are maintained nicely and set up thoughtfully!

2 years ago

I stay at KOA’s, I know that they keep their sites clean or they get closed down.

Dalton Mccormick
3 years ago

I think your over reacting , step up to your sink look at it,you have you sewer, do you fill with water then dip your glass into it, no Its all about how you “handle” the hookup

3 years ago

I really don’t want to stay in ANY campgrounds anyway. I like the beautiful spots you can only find while boondocking. Even Walmart would be better than that!!!

Hell no I wouldn’t use that!

walt f
3 years ago

have run across the sewer problem and h2o for to many years. have asked and basically no regulations for distance etc

walt f
3 years ago

I have a friend that owns a koa nd he indicated that there are basically no regulations regarding the location of sewer and h2o. Have run across this many , to many times

3 years ago

May stay for electric and dump only and then only one night.

3 years ago

While I look at the picture and think what kind of thoughts or planning took place in doing this we always carry a 1/2+ tank of fresh water and always dump at our previous location. So my answer would be no I wouldn’t hook up my fresh water to that. I always use lysol wipes on a hose bib in every campground no matter how sanitary it looks as you never know what the last camper did or didn’t do.

Merrily Robinson
3 years ago

Which is most effective to spray: bleach, peroxide or alcohol for killing germs on hose bibs??

2 years ago

70% alcohol…spray it on and let it evaporate before connecting. You can follow-up with peroxide for even more protection.

2 years ago
Reply to  BigTexRex

alcohol is a sanitizer and bleach is a sterilant. you just need to make sure you use the correct concentration of bleach (actually the sodium hyperchlorite in the bleach) to be effective. typically a 1% solution works, but then you get into contact time. if you use 10% for a few minutes, you should be good to go.

Tim H Lecluse
3 years ago

Oddly enough this looks normal to me.

3 years ago

I would use the sewer hookup to dump and flush my waste tanks but not hook up my fresh water hose. I would use my onboard fresh water tank while there and I would leave the next morning never to return.

George Didkenson
2 years ago
Reply to  Rock

I run my fresh water through a carbon filter.

3 years ago

Never ever use the water at a park for drinking, cooking, or pets. But, that is a pretty nasty photo.

Joe Testa
3 years ago

JUst use my bleach spray as I do at ALL campsites and move on.

3 years ago

I carry a 10% bleach spray in my water bay, if I really had to use it.