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Are you planning to rent or purchase a recreational vehicle but you’re not sure which side are hookups on? As a newbie, this is one of the important things that you should know as you’ll need it to connect your rig to water and electricity supply. So, which side of RV are hookups on?

In general, RV hookups are located on the driver’s side of your RV. This is to help you hook up your rig easily whenever you need to. There are 3 hookups that you will see which are for water, electricity, and for your wastewater such as blackwater and greywater.

Hookups are essential to get the most out of an RV and guarantee that the vehicle is suitable for your everyday life. Actively using them when traveling will provide a high sense of satisfaction no matter where you go or where you park. While on the trip, the hookups allow you to feel at home and use things that you will usually find in your house without the fear of needing to conserve resources to use them.

The only downside in going on a trip without the hookups is that whenever you need water or generate power, you will have to make sacrifices to reduce water usage to have a supply that can last for the whole trip and perhaps use a loud, stinky generator.

They’re available at many RV campgrounds and sites, but be aware that they’re not complementary, meaning that you will need to pay for them when you need to use one. But some campgrounds may allow you to pay for the services that you only used. 

So what are the types of hookups, you may ask? Well, there are three primary hookup types for the sewer and water and electrical supply. These three are the essential types as they are what you will mostly be needing on a trip. There are some other types like the Cable or Telephone hookup, yet the availability of this will depend on the campsite you stay in.

To better understand the different types and functions of hookups, let’s discuss them.

Which type of hookups does RV need?

Water Hookup

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Water RV Hookup is necessary to provide you with a water supply when you need to take a bath, flush the toilet or wash the dishes, and anything that you need water.

This type of hookup enables RVers to link their vehicles directly to the campground’s source of water that is usually consumable or safe for drinking.

Whenever attaching your pipe to the Rvs, ensure you thoroughly stretch it to avoid any twists. Inspect for leakage at it from both sides at all times. 

When it’s ready to unplug, switch off the connection, clear away excess liquid from the pipe and then detach from the supply of the water. To have a hassle-free journey and an abundance of water without worrying much, it is safe to find a water hookup and enjoy the services.

Electrical

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Electrical RV hookup is available at most campsites as every camper needs it to run their electrical equipment such as sockets, lights, and other gadgets. Luckily, it’s also one of the most straightforward RV hookups. It very easy to use.

However, when you’re connecting, make sure your gadgets are turned off because there are campsites that have power cables that are defective and might harm your devices.

If you are still worrying, you can purchase a surge protector; it’s a cost-effective solution to safeguard your devices against power surges that may cause further damage. 

It’s also worth noting that RVs don’t all use the same level of electricity. However, the quantity of electricity drawn by your RV is determined by its shape and capacity.  The number of plugs or prongs on your RV hookup would indicate the amps your RV can take.

(Here’s one of my articles that could be helpful for you: Can RV Surge Protectors Get Wet? (And Other Important Questions))

Sewer

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RVs feature constructed storage tanks that store gray water from basins and bathrooms and black water from toilets. While such containers have adequate room to retain the wasted fluids of a typical household for only several days, you should clean them regularly. 

That is why Sewer Hookups are available, as they make it convenient for you to dispose of water wastes quickly because they can serve as a system for your RV.

If you wish to connect the sewer hookup, you will need a segregated line for the water pipe. Attach the sewage line to the campsites hookup before connecting it to the RV. 

When detaching the Sewer Hookup, you will need to take more precautions as it can be a little messed up; that is why wearing rubber gloves is highly recommended, but even you use one, make sure to wash your hands still after. 

When detaching the sewer hookup, make sure to shut down all the valves before you remove them to your RV, keeping the hose up to enable any residue to drain into the sewer system of the campgrounds. 

After using your sewer hookup, make sure to keep the hose clean before you put them back to where it should be placed.

(You may also want to check out these articles to give you more details about sewer and your RVs water syste:

Are All RV Hookups on the Same Side?

Most of the time, the RV hookups are placed on the side of the driver near the middle part, but this situation may depend on some factors because sometimes you can find hookups at the rear or passenger side of the RV.

Are All RV Camper Doors on the Passenger Side?

The right side is almost where most of the country’s road conduct driving; that is why stopping by at some places, reloading, or taking down some equipment is commonly accomplished at the right-hand side of the highway as it is safer for the passengers to have the entrance at the right side of the RV.

Installing RV Hookups

How much will it cost to install an RV Hookup?

The price of installing RV hookups for the electricity, water, and sewer is different and dependent on factors like if you are going to do it yourself or have someone install it for you. 

This may usually cost from 20 dollars to 30 dollars for the water hookups if you decide to install them on your own; however, it will cost roughly around 700 dollars if you consider hiring a plumber. The price hiked way high, but this is the consequence of the convenience of installing it. 

On the other hand, you will most likely spend around 100 dollars for the electrical hookups if you have them installed on your own, but when you hire a professional, you will need to pay about 1200 dollars. The same thing with the sewer hookups, you will spend less if you can do it on your own and connect it to your existing sewer, but if you like to install a separate sewer tank, this will cost a lot and may range from 2000 dollars to 3000 dollars.

Obviously, it will most likely cost more if you hire someone to install it, but this will depend on your decision and capability to install the hookups.  Yes, having it installed by professionals can be a bit more expensive, yet it can guarantee that it will be safe and done correctly.

Also, you need to note that some places will require you to get permits before you can hook up your system. The requirement for permission to connect your RV to different hookups is decided by where you reside and the state legislation and construction requirements. 

To be sure, contact your local government and ask for details, especially when hooking up for a sewer system.

As an RV owner, you should consider that owning it means extra expense apart from having the abundance to travel wherever you are. 

It is critical to prepare ahead of time and select the correct items so that your hookups will last for a prolonged period. Splurging on exceptional items and properly configuring them will result in dependable hookups and save you from having them to maintenance from time to time.

Is It Possible to Install My RV Hookups at Home?

Yes, you can have your RV hookup installed at home; just make sure that you have the space to install it and the things you need, as lacking the space or needed equipment may add to the complexity of installing it successfully. 

Take note to do your research first or ask some professionals to help you decide what to do and ensure that having it at your home means taking up some space. Think about the advantages and disadvantages before pushing through the process, including the cost and efforts you need to exert

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Final Thoughts

Using RV hookups provides you the freedom to select how you’d like to utilize your recreational vehicle while on vacation; however, there are a few factors to consider. 

Not all RV campgrounds will have all the types of RV hookups you needed, and most will only provide specific varieties; that is why it is necessary to make reservations if you wish to pursue them on your next trip.  

If you already have the hookup, make sure that you are at ease when using them, and do not be shy to ask for assistance when needed; campground staff will always be happy to help you.

Needing to install an RV hookup will undoubtedly cost a lot but remember that your RV is an investment, and no matter what happens, you need to do your best to keep them in prime condition as it is your home as well. Yes, it will cost you a lot of money and brain cells as it will be complicated sometimes, but I can assure you that it will be worth it.

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