Camping is always fun, but camping with friends and family can take your camping trip to a whole new level. When you start to go camping with groups, getting sites together can be tough, and expensive, and usually people will congregate to one site to hangout and have fun, especially with campfires and cooking. What ends up happening, especially when tent camping is that people will share their campsite with other friends or family members so that they can just be closer, and of course, it’s cheaper! One question I get asked a lot before we go, is how many tents can actually fit in a campsite?
How many tents can fit in a campsite? Depending on your tent size, and typical campsite size, you can plan on having space for at least two, 4-6 person tents, three 2-3 person tents, and up to five single person tents, and still have room to move around with extra gear. The two things that you will want to look for is how much parking you have per spot, and if you can buy more. And two, how flat the ground is where you are camping. If you are camping on a mountain and there is on a couple of flat spots, you will have to place your tents closer together to get them to fit.
What Is The Difference Between A Campsite And A Tent Campsite
At some campgrounds, when you got to make reservations, they will offer a normal campsite, or a tent campsite. Typically when you get a tent campsite, it will be a little cheaper because there are no hookups for a camper or RV. Tent campsites might be a little smaller, and have less room for parking. Normal campsites for campers and RVs have to be long enough to park a camper and a vehicle pulling it, and will usually be more expensive. If you are in need for electricity and extra parking, A normal campsite might be your best bet, but if all you need is your tent and car, go for the cheaper tent site if it’s available to you.
Parking Might Be Tough
Campsites are not parking lots, and they hate when people try to cram four cars in one camp spot. Generally, there will be parking allowed for two cars in each spot, but you may have to pay extra for the second spot. Almost all the campsites I have been camping at have an overflow parking where you can pay just to park your cars during your stay. Parking typically runs between $10 – $20 dollars a day depending on how popular the place you are staying is. If you try to get a group of people together and they all try to park in the same campsite, you might be asked to move your cars by the camp host, or rangers that patrol the park. You have to keep in mind that large campers and RVs are trying to drive through, and if your vehicles are sticking out in the road, it could be impossible to pass your site.
Too Many People? Get A Double Site
Campgrounds know that people love to go camping with friends and family, so there are a lot of campgrounds that have double sites just for this. If you know you are going to have a group of 10 people or more going, and do not want to deal with possibly having to walk to the other campsites, ask the campground if they have double sites. These will almost always be more flat, and will have room for multiple family size tents with room to park up to four cars. Double sites are great for families and friends to stay together because most campgrounds are first come first served, and it could make the difference between staying close and having to walk a hundred yards to be together.
Can I Put Up A Clothes Line
You typically have no problem hanging up a close line to dry your towels and swimwear at your campsite, as long as you clean everything up when you leave, and do not deface the trees you use. Hopefully, you are lucky enough to live close to the mountains and national forest like I am. Even if you dont live close, most campgrounds will have some trees, and shade for you to hangout under. If you know you are going to camp in spots that do not have much trees, there are a lot of very inexpensive solutions to hang up your wet clothing and towels.
Can Tent Sites Have Campfires
Most campsites, whether they are for campers or tents, will have a fire ring for having campfires. They might be made out of rock or it might be a metal ring, but all sites will have them in the campground. The only time you might have problems with campfires are when you live in states like California where I live, and they are worried about forest fires and have banned them, so it is extremely important that you read ALL posted notices for campers so you you don’t break any rules. Just because there is a fire pit, does not mean that you can use it, so check the boards, and talk to the camp host before you light a fire, and just because you might see other campers lighting fires does not mean that they have asked about the rules, so double check!
Do Tent Sites Have Running Water?
Almost all campsites that are in a park or privately owned will have some type of hookups. Even if you are in a tent campsite, you should still have a hose spicket for washing dishes and yourself. The only things a tent campsite might not have are electrical hookups, and sewer hookups. There might be more desolate camp sites that do not have water, so be sure to check because you might have to carry in your own water which will add to your packing, especially if you are going for more than just a few days.
I love camping, and it is my goal to make sure that everyone tries it at least once. I have camped in tents, campers and rvs and love the different aspects of each style of camping. Tent camping is extremely fun, and only gets better when you can share your campsite with your friends or family. Make sure that you always check to see how many people your site can handle, and the most important thing you can do is check PARKING. campsites, especially ones higher in the mountains will only take cash, so make sure you are prepared to pay for extra parking.
What Is Full Hookup Camping?
What is full hookup camping? Camping on a full hookup site means that you will have access to water, sewer and electricity. These sites are generally for campers and rvs so that they can park, and not move and have full amenities without ever having to dump tanks, fill water, or run their generator. Typically full hookup sites will run between $25 and $35 more dollars a night, and are usually bigger to accommodate a bigger camper or rv.
What Is Dry Camping?
What is dry camping? Dry camping is camping without having access to water, sewer, or electricity, so you will have to survive off what you bring in yourself. If you have a camper or rv, you will need to make sure your water tank is full, and will need to watch the sewer tank levels. If you are dry camping in a tent site, you will have to pack in your own water which can take up a lot more room in your vehicle so be prepared to have extra room.