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linky99
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We are going camping with friends and we have side by side back in sites. We were hoping to have one of us back in and the other pull in so that our doors would open to one central site. We plan to be the family that pulls in instead of backs in. We are renting a class C motor home and realize the hookups will be on the opposite side and diagonal. Is this something that people even do? We know we would have to buy all sorts extensions for sewer, electrical and water, but is it even worth it? Thought I would ask some expert RVers their opinions. Thanks in advance!
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Ski_Pro_3
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linky99 wrote:
We are going camping with friends and we have side by side back in sites. We were hoping to have one of us back in and the other pull in so that our doors would open to one central site. We plan to be the family that pulls in instead of backs in. We are renting a class C motor home and realize the hookups will be on the opposite side and diagonal. Is this something that people even do? We know we would have to buy all sorts extensions for sewer, electrical and water, but is it even worth it? Thought I would ask some expert RVers their opinions. Thanks in advance!


How long are you staying? You have black and gray water tanks, fresh water too. That just leaves power. If you want to dump when you leave, just turn around then, dump and leave.

sullivanclan
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Well, out West here, where we "circle the wagons" we do what you are asking all the time. Yes, you will need some hose and electrical extensions, but it is doable. Depending on your length of stay, you may not need the sewer hook up until you leave and then dump.
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Bordercollie
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You should be able to "go" three days and then drive your rig to the park's dump site, dump and re-park at the campsite(OR) turn the rig around and dump into the campsite sewer, and re-park in the desired position. Seems like a lot of trouble for whatever purpose though.

j-d
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I found this hose on Amazon.

Notice that the two couplers are different. That would allow you to simply extend your regular hose. Use two if you have to. Otherwise, it'd be a matter of finding an adapter to connect two regular hoses, and so far I haven't seen one that didn't require you to first remove the existing couplers. Such a coupling follows.

This solution is much more expensive, but you might be able to borrow one. Dump into a portable tank and drain the tank at the dump station.

Two of us can go about 10 days using campground showers and the toilets during the day. But that takes practice. If your crew isn't used to conserving on waste water, you won't go seven days.
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linky99
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Thank you all for the advice and opinions. We are staying 7 days. I've asked the campground and the person who answered the phone said they don't care. I see the point about the sewer line and that was my biggest worry, plus not knowing how much extra hose to buy. I do like the idea of facing the forest and not the campground though. The only neighbor that would be impacted would be our friends, so that's not an issue. The neighbor on the other side would have more privacy, since our rigs would be back to back. Thanks again!

Matt_Colie
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Ilnky,

You don't indicate how long a stay this will and that matters.

Westernparkowners point is well taken, and may be the real issue here. If you have to dump the black, there will be no way to do it without some spill on the site.

You say you are going to rent. Is the other a rental unit also? If it is not, he might acquire one of the systems to boost the effluent. Electric and water are easy to do.

But, if you communicate with the park owner, everything will go better.

Matt
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valhalla360
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With a motorhome as long as the park doesn't care and you can maneuver in, shouldn't be a problem. Water & Electric is easy. Sewer can be an issue as that's gravity fed and doubling or tripling the length can be an issue.

If it was a trailer, they might feel differently. I've seen parks prohibit trailers because in an emergency (say a unit catches fire), they can quickly drag the nearby trailers out. If the trailer is the wrong way, that can be much harder.
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Hiking_Hunter
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If you don't want to, or can't pull one camper in, just get a pop-up style canopy to provide a common area to share with your friends. Locate it on one of the sites. Try to select a site that lots of room on the awning side for the canopy. Maybe even pull tables together if they aren't chained down.
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pnichols
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How long are you going to camp?

Maybe you with your rental - instead of buying extra sewer extensions to bring along - can be the ones to park in the wrong way and "partially drycamp" by not hooking up the sewer at all. Just hookup the two easy things that are usually long in length anyway - a water hose and your RV's built-in 30 foot electrical cable.

We can go several days camping without needing to hook up the sewer line by just letting the grey water tank and black water tank fill up.
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old_guy
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the electrical may reach but you will need to buy another sewer hose or two and couplers

westernrvparkow
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We do not allow it. When you run the sewer hose under the rig to reach the sewer connection there is no way to remove the sewer hose that doesn't leave a trail of waste when you pull the hose back out from under the RV. It also gives others the idea that if that rig can go in backwards, they can as well because it might give them a better view or will somehow be a better placement. But this then means their doors open into their neighbors yard which is unacceptable. Our sites are constructed for the rigs to go in one way, and that's the way we require the rigs to park. So it really does depend on the rules of the park you choose. BTW, if you ask us in advance, we will tell you our rules so it won't be a surprise.

toedtoes
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Around here it is mostly dependent upon the access road. If it's a one way road and you have to drive the wrong way to move in frontwards, then you cannot do it. Causes major headaches for other campers - someone will have to back up, etc.

If it's a 2 way road, then it usually isn't a problem.
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SDcampowneroper
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This question is a very common one for us, one we have no objection to and even help with if our sites work for it. Of course pull thrus are easy to come in each way with any rig, backins can work if one of the units is a MH.

On rare occasion it is possible for 2 towed units to park face to face if one tow will not be unhooked. No backing out around the rig across the grass & over the firepit allowed.

Land dictates whether its feasable, level to each other, no hedge, hookups in good location so that hoses are not under the steps or too long to work well.

call the camp Use google earth to see if what they have available will work for you.

j-d
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We do that very often at state parks. Actually, we often "drive in" vs. backing in to get a better view, a little more privacy from traffic, etc. The sites are not Full Hookup (Electric, Water, Sewer) just Water and Electric.

You'd be likely to need an extension cable for your Electric. $30-something for 30-Amp which a Class C usually is. Probably an extra white water hose $10. Trying to hook Sewer up would be dicey, to get it to still flow. Hard enough when you're on the "correct" side.

Get there, make sure you can do it, then make a WalMart run.
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