Your RV Water Hookup – 3 Must-Haves

One of the most important skills a new RVer learns is how to get city water into your RV. Then you can use it for washing, drinking, cleaning, etc. So you have to be able to use the RV water hookup in the campground where you are staying.

In most cases, the campground RV water hookup will be a faucet in your campsite. When you connect an RV water hose to the faucet and then to your rig, you are all set. But I am going to show you 3 things that will improve your campground water connection. They will enhance your safety and the safety of your RV. And they can also help make your RV life more convenient.

Must-Have #1 -RV Water Pressure Regulator

The first must-have for your RV water connection is an RV water pressure regulator. Why are these devices needed? Simply because many campgrounds will have a water connection that has too much pressure in the line. And the danger is that if you hook up to this high RV water pressure, you may damage your rig’s plumbing. If that happens, it is usually not an inexpensive repair.

So an RV water pressure regulator makes sure that the water pressure going into your RV is safe. It attaches easily to any RV water hose. Then it regulates the pressure so that your RV’s plumbing will not be damaged when you hookup. These little devices are very cheap insurance against very costly repair bills. So there is no reason why you would not want to use them every time you hookup to campground water. Click on the images below to learn more about them.

RV water pressure regulator with large dial Adjustable RV water pressure regulator

Must-Have #2 – A Water Filter

As we travel around in our RV, we use several campground water hookups. And in most cases, we don’t really know where the water is coming from for that connection. Or what condition the water is in either. And that is why it makes sense to use a water filter whenever you connect to a water supply.

There are several kinds of water filters available. Some are very expensive and some are not. Generally speaking, the more expensive the RV water filter, the more filtration takes place. Also some require a permanent mount in your RV while other can simply be hooked up to your RV water hose.

I have used a very inexpensive canister RV water filter for a while now. You often see these kind of filters being used by RVers in campgrounds. They easily fit any water hose, and they can be set up in just minutes. It is true that there are better RV water filters available. But these RV canister filters do an amazingly good job, especially for the price. They help remove bad taste, while also filtering out odors, chlorine and sediment.

You can always use these inexpensive RV water filters along with other filters as well. So here is the RV canister water filter that I recommend for consideration (just click on the image to learn more about it):

Canister RV water filter

Must-Have #3 – A Dual Water Hose Connection

This next item may not be as essential as the other two for the safety of both you and your rig. But it is a great time and energy saver that every RVer should know about.

I don’t know how many times I have needed to use a water hose to wash something at my campsite. But if I only have a single RV water hookup, it presents a problem. That is because I will have to use the hose that feeds my fresh water system. That in turn means that I have to take apart the existing water connection.

But if I use a dual hose water connection at the campground faucet, everything is much easier. All I have to do is just add another hose to the second connection at the faucet. Then I turn the water on to the second hose and I’m all set to go.

I have gotten such good use out of this arrangement and I’m sure that you will too. Here is a dual water hose connection that you may want to consider (just click on the image to learn more about it):

Solid brass RV water Y valve

Using these 3 must-have items for your campground water hookup will make your RV life easier and safer. Have safe and happy travels my friends!

Duane explains how to make your RV water hookup safer and easier!

Thousand Trails – Is It Right For You?

Thousand Trails campgrounds are not for everyone. If you search the internet, you will find opinions for and against Thousand Trails memberships. And there are valid arguments for both sides. But for many, they are a way to be able to affordably full-time travel by RV.

In this article, I just want to point out one advantage that Thousand Trails campgrounds provide that is often overlooked. And that is how affordable the 1000 Trails campgrounds can make traveling by RV in the Eastern US, especially New England.

Camping costs by region – not all are equal

Many full-time RV campers like to spend their time in the western states to save on campground costs. This because there is plenty of BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land in the west. And campers can often stay at designated areas on these government managed lands for free. Of course, it means that they have to boondock, or forego hookups of any kind. But if you have the right rig and can adjust to the demands of boondocking, you can save money. Primarily in camping or campground costs.

But in the eastern states, the camping situation is totally different. There is very little BLM land in the east. Therefore there are also very few places to be able to camp for free. So campgrounds generally charge more in eastern states simply because they can.

Thousand Trails campgrounds to the rescue

This is where a 1000 Trails membership can really shine. If it is used in the eastern part of the country, serious campground savings can be had. Even if you only have a Thousand Trails Zone Pass, the savings will still be substantial.

This is because a Zone Pass only costs about $585 at the time of this writing. A Zone Camping Pass allows you to stay at Thousand Trails parks for two weeks for free with full hookups. You must then stay outside the park system for 1 week wherever you choose. After that week you can stay at another Thousand Trails park for two more weeks. Then just repeat the process.

Many regular campgrounds in New England’s popular areas will cost about $50 per day even on weekdays. Therefore a month of camping at these campgrounds could cost $1500 or more in New England. But for two weeks out of three, you can stay at Thousand Trails parks for free. Of course, there is the cost of the Zone Pass, which would be roughly $50 per month. Obviously then, there are savings to be had with a TT membership, especially in the northeast.

A map of all Thousand Trails campgrounds in the US
The Thousand Trails Zones and map of campground locations

Encore RV Parks make camping even better

As you can see Thousand Trails can really help lower campground costs, especially in the northeast. But if you add the Trails Collection (TC) of Encore RV parks to your Zone Pass, it gets even better. This add-on gives you camping in Encore RV resorts nationwide for an additional $214 a year. Just to be clear, you can use the Trails Collection Encore parks anywhere in the country. Even outside your TT Zone Pass area.

The Trails Collection also adds significantly to the number of campgrounds available to you in New England. They are found in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. And the same rules applies to the TC parks as to TT parks. That is, 2 weeks in, 1 week out, rinse and repeat.

Yes, the TC does add to your overall camping costs. But for what you get, and the small extra cost per year, I think it’s a great bargain! And Encore campgrounds are typically a cut above TT parks in amenities too.

Can Thousand Trails help in other eastern states?

Campground savings in the rest of the eastern states may not be quite as dramatic, but they are still significant. Your free camping options may be slightly better in the lower eastern states. But they are still severely limited compared to what is available in the west. So that is why TT is able to deliver such value for camping costs in those areas as well. And, of course, there is always the added benefit of the TC Encore Parks in many of those states too.

Final thoughts about eastern Thousand Trails parks

You should base your decision on buying a TT Zone Pass on many things. And the availability of eastern camping options should only be one of those reasons. But for those who want to travel in the eastern states too, it’s a great way to do that and save money. If you have a TT upgrade membership, like the Elite or Ultimate Odyssey, you can even save more! But that discussion is for another time.

The Smoky Mountains are incredible to see. So are the Adirondacks. New England has breath-taking scenery and unique history. What a shame to miss all of that and more because camping costs are too high. And if you have family in that area like we do, all the better.

Please comment below and tell us about your thoughts or experiences with Thousand Trails