Pull through campsite meaning [with visuals]

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What is a Pull through campsite?

A pull through campsite is when you can drive your RV in one side of the campsite and drive right through to the other side to exit your campsite: you can pull through the site. No backing up required. This in contrast to a back-in campsite which requires you to reverse your RV into the spot. You’ll sometimes see a pull through campsite called a pull thru site, or a drive-thru site.

A pull through campsite is often desired by beginners, people that can’t reverse their RV well, or for people who simply want the convenience of a pull through campsite.

Key Takeaways

  1. A pull through campsite is when you drive in one end of the campsite and can drive right out the other side
  2. No reversing is required…unlike a “back in site”
  3. They are generally considered more convenient to set up your camp

Pull through campsite definition explained with a graphic showing what pull through campsites look like and comparing it to a back-in campsite
Pull through campsite definition – explained. (Photo inset: Forest Rose Campground. Barkerville BC)

Above is a picture of a campground showing the pull through sites, and also showing some back-in sites so you can see and visualize the difference. The dark grey lines are the roads.

Understanding Pull through campsites

In selecting a campsite at a campground you may have options such as a back in site, or a pull through site. A pull through site means you drive in one end of your campsite, set up your RV for camping, and then when you pack up, you drive straight out the other side of the campsite. You don’t have to backup into a pull through site (that is what a “back in” site is).

The downside to a pull through site is that it may be in the center of the campground connecting two looping roads (like a line through the letter “U”). You can see some pull through campsites in the picture above.

pull through campsite meaning explained.  Give the pull through campsite definition explained
Pull through campsite meaning – explained


Back-ins are campsites that require you to reverse, or back up your RV into the site. Sometimes called back in sites, or simply back-ins. 

Full hookups 

These are campsites that have water, electrical and sewer hookups 

Partial hookups

These are campsites that do NOT have all three of the hookups that make up a full hookup. A partial hookup campsite usually has Water and Electricity, but not sewer hookups.


This is when you stay in a spot with your RV that does not have any hookups. 

RV Shore Power 

Shore power is an external power source that you plug your RV into to receive Alternating Current (AC) electricity.

Hose bib 

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

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