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Old 07-15-2016, 01:05 PM   #1
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Camper newbs paying for power monthly?

Well the family delved into a brand new Wildwood 261 BH XL back in the end of May. Packed up the wife and kids for summer vacation with dad at work on the Ohio River.

Question?
We have a 15btu AC, water heater is propane, lights are led's.

What should a monthly summer power bill cost? I've heard no more then $30-$40.
They are trying to charge me for 1200kwh's. Crazy almost as much as my house
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Old 07-15-2016, 01:09 PM   #2
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Well the family delved into a brand new Wildwood 261 BH XL back in the end of May. Packed up the wife and kids for summer vacation with dad at work on the Ohio River.

Question?
We have a 15btu AC, water heater is propane, lights are led's.

What should a monthly summer power bill cost? I've heard no more then $30-$40.
They are trying to charge me for 1200kwh's. Crazy almost as much as my house
The meter should be there for your site . you need to monitor your usage . that way you know what you used .
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Old 07-15-2016, 01:12 PM   #3
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I have but I believe they are reading the Tenths as a whole number instead. We have a Schlumberger JS5 meter and I have snap shot it from day one.
One week use $5.30
One month use $140.00


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Old 07-15-2016, 01:15 PM   #4
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We have our 5er on a seasonal site in Oklahoma with plenty of humidity. We have 2 ac units and our ouside kitchen has a refrigerator also. We use gas and electric for water heater. We use it only on weekends and turn everything off except the refrigerators and converter during the week.
Our electric bill was about $62 last month and we have seen it up into the low $90s. I would say our yearly average would be about $55-60 a month, but i haven't actually ran the numbers.
If your living in it all week I could easily see electric bills over $100 a month during summer months. You will be a little less with one ac and not using electric for water heater.
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Old 07-15-2016, 01:18 PM   #5
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Thank you MillerTime, exactly. Just didn't want to seam crazy in the mind for believing I'm correct. Plus owning a brand new / energy efficient model.


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Old 07-15-2016, 01:23 PM   #6
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Electric usage and cost

My wife and I live in a 40ft Cardinal, 2 AC units and gas water heater. Our last month power bill was 49.00. Our monthly high has been during the winter but I say the average is around 50.00 to 60.00 per month. We cool the place well at night with the fantastic fans and open windows. AC units work for around 7 hours per day but not every day. If they were to run all day and every day I could easily expect a power bill around 90.00 per month.
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Old 07-15-2016, 01:32 PM   #7
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Thank you TimnDee. Another post making sure I'm not crazy.

I even went as far to call my dealer. His reply "sounds like your paying for other people's power"!



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Old 07-15-2016, 01:32 PM   #8
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Thank you MillerTime, exactly. Just didn't want to seam crazy in the mind for believing I'm correct. Plus owning a brand new / energy efficient model.


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How much are they charging you?

Honestly we ordered our sabre 2 years ago with hot weather in mind. We ordered it with insulated, dual pane windows, slide toppers and all the radiant heat barrier and insulation available. But even so, its a camper. Slide seals, vent covers etc make them extremely inefficient, so if staying in one all the time, i would expect to have roughly the same electric bill as a more modern home.
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Old 07-15-2016, 01:39 PM   #9
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Camper newbs paying for power monthly?

$.11 a kilowatt hour. Plus $1.94 service fee is all.

No slides.


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Old 07-15-2016, 01:41 PM   #10
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The A/C being 110 volt will use some juice especially if you're in hot humid weather running it round the clock. If I plug my Silverback in at home and let the 15K A/C run for a day or two at say 78 while prepping on and off for a trip ... it nearly doubles my daily usage for my stick house when I look at my KG&E electric readout.
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Old 07-15-2016, 01:44 PM   #11
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$.11 a kilowatt hour. Plus $1.94 service fee is all.

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Thats a reasonable rate.
If your in Louisiana, then your ac is probably running non stop this time of year. And living in it, $135 for a month of electric is probably right.
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Old 07-15-2016, 02:40 PM   #12
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I have but I believe they are reading the Tenths as a whole number instead. We have a Schlumberger JS5 meter and I have snap shot it from day one.
One week use $5.30
One month use $140.00


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Then it seems you should take it up with the park owners or the electric co.
if you have your facts correct maybe they mis read the meter
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Old 07-15-2016, 03:20 PM   #13
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Well the family delved into a brand new Wildwood 261 BH XL back in the end of May. Packed up the wife and kids for summer vacation with dad at work on the Ohio River.

Question?
We have a 15btu AC, water heater is propane, lights are led's.

What should a monthly summer power bill cost? I've heard no more then $30-$40.
They are trying to charge me for 1200kwh's. Crazy almost as much as my house
You didn't mention where the RV was parked but that Air conditioner is going 2 Kw an hour itself,.

Don't forget the TV, the Fridge, The stereo, etc. and why would you run your hot water heater on propane when electric is available. propane is a lot more expensive than electric.

take that 1200Kw and divide that by 30 days and then 24 hours a day and your only talking 1.6 Kw per hour average. divide that by 120 volts and you are using an average 12 amps draw on average.

Makes one wonder if the reason for the usage figure is due to the fact that the park owners have been burned in the past by people saying they would minimize their Air usage then run it constantly. There isn't near the insulation in an RV as there is in a house and they get hotter a whole lot faster.
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Old 07-15-2016, 03:27 PM   #14
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Thanks Sherman,
Lamens turns.
Propane because no electricity to the hot water. Lower model camper.
1.6 kW per hour thanks again



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Old 07-15-2016, 04:17 PM   #15
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Just seemed like a lot of power for a smaller home (TT). Hiding cost around every corner and learning the ropes along the road!



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Old 07-16-2016, 12:44 PM   #16
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Seems like you need to take a photo of the meter every week and monitor your weekly usage. If you have the initial meter reading why can't you determine if your actual usage matches the campgrounds reading of 1200 KWhs used? Bottom line is unless the meter has been tampered with (highly unlikely) YOU should be able to figure your electric cost from reading to reading.
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No electricity to the hot water heater???
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Old 07-16-2016, 01:06 PM   #18
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Arizona ran 2 A/C units plus usual HW heater fridge ect. For 1 month cost $50 plus $15 elec hook up fee (paper work & reading meter)
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Nope just for the igniting of propane.



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No electricity to the hot water heater???
I think the OP have a base model trailer with a WH that is propane only.
Course it's got a 12v DC igniter
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