Back in campsite definition

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What are Back in campsites? 

A back in campsite is a campsite that requires you to reverse, or back-up your RV into the site. Sometimes called back in sites, back-in campsites or simply back-ins.

Because it requires you to drive backwards these spots can be more challenging to get in to – especially for beginners – compared to pull-through sites.  Pull through sites do not require you to back into them.

But back-in sites may offer you more privacy if your back-in campsite is at the outer perimeter of the campground.

Key Takeaways

  1. A back-in campsite requires you to reverse your RV into the campsite
  2. This can be challenging for beginners or those with large RV’s (hence all the funny RV shirts about these arguments)
  3. A back-in site may provide more privacy if it’s at the outer edge of the park

Back in campsite meaning explained using a map of a campground showing the back-in sites and the pull through sites.
Back-in campsites meaning [visual description] (Photo inset: Forest Rose Campground, Barkerville BC)

Understanding Back-in campsites

A back in campsite means that you have to reverse your RV into the site if you have a travel trailer or 5th wheel. If you have a motorhome you could pull straight into a back-in campsite but the hookups and picnic table would likely be on the other side, and you’d still have to reverse back out of the site. So whether you do it now or later, a back-in campsite will require you to reverse your rig.

Not confident when backing up your RV trailer? This article on “Pro Tips for Backing up a Trailer” may help.

Back in campsite meaning explained.  Sometimes people call them back-in campsites, or simply back-ins.
Back-in campsite meaning – explained

Pull through Sites 

These are camping sites that do not require you to back in to them. You only need to go in one direction to pull through them. Sometimes simply called “pull-thrus” 

Full Hookup sites 

These camping sites are the opposite of boondocking because they have water, sewer and electrical hookups. 


Boondocking is when you stay in your RV at a spot that has no hookups. 

Partial Hookups 

Partial hookups are campsites that usually have only water and electricity: they don’t have all 3 amenities of a full hookup. 

Shore Power 

Shore power is an external power source that you plug your RV in to. 

Hose bib 

This is the tap or faucet that you connect to to provide fresh water for your RV

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