Know Your Camping Spots!

April 20, 2010

There are many different types of camping spots, and with summer fast approaching, it is important to know what kind of amenities to expect and look for from your campsite.

Fully Catered

These sites are designed for RV’S and provide full range of amenities, such as electricity, water and sewer connections. Look out for the amps of power your site is advertising for. Some with have 30 amps whilst others will have 50 amps of power. A 50 amp circuit is more suited to larger RV’s.

Extra amenities which are usually provided include fire pits, picnic tables and a concrete parking pad. Be sure to confirm which amenities are present before arriving!

Electricity and Water

Similarly to fully catered sites, a camping spot with electricity and water is for RV’s and may include 20, 30, or 50 amps of power and feature extra amenities similar to the ones present at fully catered sites. Quite uncommon in the West, these spots are more frequent in state parks throughout the Midwest and South.

Electrical Only

Again, more hard to find in the West, tent spots with electrical power are not uncommon in the South. These sits are not specifically mafe for RV’s so they are usually smaller, 20-amp powered circuits.


These spots have no water or electricity, and depending on the campground, they usually include a picnic table and fire ring. It can get a bit chilly when you camp primitively, so make sure you have the appropriate outdoor clothing packed with you.


As you are no doubt aware, camping spots come in all shapes and sizes and are not strictly limited to campgrounds. On most federal land, you are free to make your own camping spot, with restrictions only being in place signalling how close your spot may be to the road or water source. Be warned though; regulations on campfires vary greatly. It is definitely worth checking this important information out before you arrive.

Whichever spot you choose, remember camping is a chance to “get away from it all” and relax. Be sure to pick a spot to suit your style!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Jason April 21, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Great explanations for different types of campgrounds! My personal favorite is dispersed, or wilderness as I call them. However, not too many people like to truly “rough it” like I do. I also wrote a blog post about the difference between Public and Private campgrounds at


Kim May 24, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Great articles throughout the blog. I like how you’ve broken the types of campgrounds down! I’ve got a question though:

Are you defining “primitive” as no water and electricity HOOK UPS?

I usually define primitive as no water, restrooms, electricity available. Developed would be potable water and restrooms. Full-hook up means that you can hook your RV to power, water, and maybe even sewer.

I’m from Arizona so maybe things are just a bit different out west.

Suzy September 6, 2010 at 3:42 am

Dispersed camping is also my personal favorite. The challenge is very high and the satisfaction is indeed ultimate. I learn a lot from this blog. I am definitely bookmarking this page and share it with my friends.

Rico October 8, 2010 at 11:07 am

I prefer the dipersed camping method also.When I go out on a relic hunting trip and decide to stay awhile this is the method I usually do.Great article by the way

Sarah Beard Buckley June 5, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Ok .. So I keep hearing about this campground in Maine .. I have no clue where it is, because on the few occasions it has been described, I don’t recognize the towns .. or, I forget … not sure which. Here’s what I know: very authentic old Maine .. people come year after year … electricity is shut off every evening at 6:30 … fishing & kayaking the normal daily activity … family run ?? … I think cabins as I’m told the “sheets are changed” .. sorry, I forget the rest? Location … got me … but within a few hours of Portland, I think? Awesome I’ve heard … would love to find a place like this. Any ideas ??… 2 kids, 10 & 12 …

Gus October 6, 2011 at 6:47 pm

I enjoy primitive camping. I won’t turn up my nose at a water source and porta-potties, but I try to stay away from full hook-up sites.

Here is some of the “non-electrical” camping and campfire cooking gear I use.

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