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RV Rules: How Many People Can Stay in a Single RV Park Site?

RV Rules: How Many People Can Stay in a Single RV Park Site?

If you travel from campground to campground, you’ll see that some parks have more rules than others. You should read through the rules for a campground before making a reservation. If you have questions about any of the rules or policies, make sure you ask the necessary clarifying questions to the staff.

Today, we’re answering one question many ask. How many people can stay in a single RV park site? Let’s take a look.

What Is the Average Size of a Campsite?

Campsite sizes will vary depending on the campground and the individual campsite. You’ll find tent-only campsites that are 12 ft by 20 in or large pull-through sites for RVs 20 ft wide and over 90 ft long. Some campsites will have tremendous amounts of space compared to other sites, making these the prime spots in a campground.

No matter what type of camping you’re doing, it’s important to note the site measurements. You want to make sure that it will meet your needs for the type of camping you plan to do.

Some of the pull-through sites for RVs are often very close together and have limited usable space outside of parking your rig.

Friends sitting around campfire.
Some campgrounds will allow an RV and a tent, while others will not.

How Many People Can Stay in a Single RV Park Site?

RV parks typically limit the number of people camping on their campsites. This typically is no more than four to six adults, but some RV parks limit sites to no more than two. It’s also not uncommon to see RV park sites that include two guests in their base rate, and there is an additional fee per night for each guest.

You’ll want to check this policy when making reservations at a campground. If the park does charge an additional fee per night for additional guests, it can drastically increase camping costs in a particular park. We’ve seen some cases where families have had to pay $5 to $15 extra per night for their family to stay on campgrounds. If you’re staying in a campground for a week’s vacation, that’s more than $100 in extra fees!

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Who Sets the Rules for Campsite Occupancy?

Many campgrounds are typically independently owned and operated, except in national or state parks. Campground management or governing agencies typically create rules for campsite occupancy. This is why it might seem somewhat inconsistent regarding these policies. 

Some campgrounds are more flexible than others when enforcing the rules. They may be more flexible with you, especially if you’re a large family. However, failing to follow the rules could cause issues for you with campground management. So make sure you know the rules and regulations before setting up camp.

RV parked amongst trees at campsite.
Each campground will have different rules about how many people can be at your campsite.

Can You Put Two Tents on Campsite?

How many tents you can put on a campsite will vary for each campground and possibly even each specific campsite. Some campsites have plenty of room for multiple tents, but it might not physically be possible to have more than one tent for others.

If campgrounds do allow more than one tent, you’ll need to consider the dimensions of the campsite. Most typical campsites will have no issue housing two tents. However, you may have issues if you’re trying to fit two multi-room tents onto a site. It can be difficult finding enough flat spaces that can accommodate them.

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How Many Camping Units Are Allowed on an RV Park Site?

This is another policy that’s going to vary from campground to campground. Some campgrounds allow an RV and a tent, but others do not. However, we’ve seen campgrounds that allow multiple RVs on a single campsite.

If you want or need to put up a tent in addition to your RV, you’ll first want to make sure the campground allows it. By asking for permission in advance, it helps you avoid asking for forgiveness later. Some campgrounds have a zero-tolerance policy on their rules and may have a short fuse with violators. You don’t want something so simple to get you ejected from the campground.

How Long Can You Stay on a Campsite?

Campgrounds typically limit stays to 14 consecutive days, but this is another inconsistent policy. A campground may have a 14-day limit but may require you to move to another campsite or spend some time off the grounds. This is often to prevent people from setting up a permanent camp on a campsite and to avoid abusing the land.

Some campgrounds will offer some extended-stay sites. These often are discounted rates for guests staying for weeks or months at a time. Sites may have electrical systems with meters and require guests to pay for their electrical usage. These are typically a minority of the sites in a campground and are not always available.

We know you’ve seen some funny rules during your travels. So what are some funny campground rules you’ve encountered while camping? Tell us in the comments!

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