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Old 02-02-2017, 05:55 PM   #1
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I just purchased a 2016 Sierra 355se length 40ft 9in can anyone tell me about what it will cost a month to run both ac`s when the temp is 95 to 100 degrees outside. I Know it depend on the cost of the kilowatt hours and the humidity. What do you pay?
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Old 02-02-2017, 06:07 PM   #2
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When it is that hot it really don't make any difference to me as long as I can stay cool, you won't be working both AC's all the time
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Old 02-02-2017, 06:42 PM   #3
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who cares? If it's 95 outside it's gonna be unbearable inside without a/c, so on it goes...and vast majority of time it's covered in your overnight camping fees. I guess it may be a concern for fulltimers or seasonal folks who have to pay electricity over and above your fees.
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Good luck with those 2 keeping it cool in those temps... I haven't ever stayed in a park where they charged for electricity usage.
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Some seat of the pants math.

Lets assume a 100% duty cycle

12 cents per kilowatt hour (thats what I pay right now)

each AC draws around 15 amps (lets just assume. I can run mine on a 15 amp circuit but if anything else kicks on, it blows the fuse)

watts = volts x amps

120 x 15 = 1800 watts

That's 1.8 kw per hour

So roughly 21.6 cents per hour

$5.18 cents per day per AC

If they run non-stop
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Some seat of the pants math.



Lets assume a 100% duty cycle



12 cents per kilowatt hour (thats what I pay right now)



each AC draws around 15 amps (lets just assume. I can run mine on a 15 amp circuit but if anything else kicks on, it blows the fuse)



watts = volts x amps



120 x 15 = 1800 watts



That's 1.8 kw per hour



So roughly 21.6 cents per hour



$5.18 cents per day per AC



If they run non-stop

That's $300 per month....I would have said $200 pretty easily.


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Thank you all for taking the time to reply to me post, now I have some kind of idea what to expect. I guess I`ll open the windows wider lol
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Thank you all for taking the time to reply to me post, now I have some kind of idea what to expect. I guess I`ll open the windows wider lol
Buy a box fan or two....
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12 cents a kilowatt hour is outrageous. Thank our govvy for stupid utility rates. Stayed a week in eastern Washington two years ago - they had a strip of windmills a few miles down the road. Camp manager told me that before those windmills electric was 3 cents, now over 13 cents. We have a bunch of really stupid people in D.C. But then, guess who puts these fools in office? Used to pay 7 cents a kilowatt hour in Florida, now up to 11.4 cents++ yet they are making electricity the same way they did before...so, why does electricity cost more? Look to D.C. folks, and get rid of the fools that occupy there.
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I have 3 ac units and full time on a permanent site and pay the electric. Our biggest bill was $129. Last year with residential frig and water heater. On the HOT days you go visit friends or go shopping ��
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who cares? If it's 95 outside it's gonna be unbearable inside without a/c, so on it goes...
LOL, we live in Arizona. 95 is just getting started.
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Heck, 80 degree day and it's running in western Arizona!
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I wish my electric was $.12 kwh. Elec in NJ is over $.20 and in the campground it is $.24
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Old 02-03-2017, 02:10 PM   #14
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I just purchased a 2016 Sierra 355se length 40ft 9in can anyone tell me about what it will cost a month to run both ac`s when the temp is 95 to 100 degrees outside. I Know it depend on the cost of the kilowatt hours and the humidity. What do you pay?
To answer your question, I run two sometimes 3 AC's. Last months bill was $80
Even run one at nite in bedroom, an we don't hold back on being comfortable. We're in south Fl. We have a Charleston
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Thank you all for taking the time to reply to me post, now I have some kind of idea what to expect. I guess I`ll open the windows wider lol
Where are you going to be camping at? Looking at your username, maybe somewhere in OK? If so, your KwH costs will be about 1/2 what was posted. Also, what was posted was worse case 100% duty cycle. I would safely say you will experience @ 75% of the duty cycle projected - maybe even less if you are parked in a shaded area.

Here is the national average KwH table:

https://www.eia.gov/electricity/mont...m?t=epmt_5_6_a

Where are you going to set your camper up? in a LOT of RV camps- even with monthly rates - electricity is included.

Finally, I can pretty much guarantee that in 95 heat you are not going to "open the windows wider" - you are gonna roast in that trailer if you don't run the A/C
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12 cents a kilowatt hour is outrageous. Thank our govvy for stupid utility rates. Stayed a week in eastern Washington two years ago - they had a strip of windmills a few miles down the road. Camp manager told me that before those windmills electric was 3 cents, now over 13 cents. We have a bunch of really stupid people in D.C. But then, guess who puts these fools in office? Used to pay 7 cents a kilowatt hour in Florida, now up to 11.4 cents++ yet they are making electricity the same way they did before...so, why does electricity cost more? Look to D.C. folks, and get rid of the fools that occupy there.
Outrageous is living in southern CA. Electric there starts at .18c on a 4 tier rate plan ending up around .36c. The more you use...the more you pay. That is the very reason so many there are putting in full capacity solar...(another rip off with a 20-25 year payback)
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We have a 43' Sierra with 2 bedrooms. The rig came with 2 ACs (15,000 in living rm and a 13,500 in master bedroom. We travel mainly in the southern states. We found that with temps in the mid 80s and above that the 2 ACs were struggling to keep the interior around 74-75, especially in the non-AC back bedroom. Modified the main fore-aft duct to get a bit more even cooling. Helped a bit. Finally said the heck with it, and had a 3rd 13,500 unit installed in the back bedroom. You do need 50 amp service tho'. AC problems solved even in 100 degree Texas sun.

As others have indicated, most times the electric costs are part of your site fee. This generally is not true if you drop anchor for a month or more (dependent upon the RV park's policies). Typically you will be charged.

Bottom line: Run the ACs if you want to stay cool, and pay whatever the cost. Don't run the ACs - get hot - save money.
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To the guy ranting about the cost of electricity, I can remember when my Dad's monthly bill was only $4.00 and like you he was always complaining about the cost of it. Guess some things never change.
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