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Old 01-07-2015, 07:30 PM   #1
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Hi everyone. e are parked at a Resort in California. Our coach is plugged in to 50 amp service. So far our electric consumption is almost double everyone else around us. We only noticed because we just received bills for Oct and Nov. The meter is spinning fairly fast and when I unplug the rig it virtually stops. We have never had this kind of consumption. Any ideas what we could check?


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Old 01-07-2015, 07:42 PM   #2
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Have you tried leaving the RV plugged-in then tripping your main breaker for the coach? You should see the same results as unplugging. After that turn on main, then begin tripping each sub-breaker, taking note of meter reaction after each sub-breaker. If you do have something amiss with your RV it should be revealed. If nothing makes a big sudden change, I would suspect the meter itself and request the power provider check the meter.

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When you are plugged in, one person pulls fuses/breakers in the coach while the other watches the meter. Do one at a time and see if you can isolate the drain that way.
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Old 01-07-2015, 07:50 PM   #4
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Engine block heater on ??
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Old 01-07-2015, 07:55 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by jimmyjnr View Post
Engine block heater on ??
Excellent suggestion. Anything that generates heat should be the first suspects.
Can you connect to another meter to confirm the meter is good?

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Old 01-07-2015, 07:57 PM   #6
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Engine block heater on ??
That's my guess.
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Old 01-08-2015, 09:44 AM   #7
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You said "When I unplug the meter VIRTUALLY STOPS.....

Should stop dead in its tracks (Well if there is a light atop the box, turn off the 20 amp breaker to kill the light)
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My first guess would be block heater as others stated. Are you running multiple electric heaters?

Lastly, are you using one of the power transformers for campgrounds with poor power. Like this one 50 Amp 12,000 Watt Low Voltage Boosting Transformer - Hughes Autoformers RV220-50 - Voltage Boosters - Camping World

They draw power when just idling. If you have one, bypass it.
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Old 01-08-2015, 11:52 AM   #9
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Thank you all for the great ideas. I checked each breaker and it is very obvious that the fridge is the culprit. Its a Norcold fridge and we now are running on propane until we can figure out what's wrong with the electrical part of it. Does anyone have any experiences with these fridges to make a suggestion for us to look at next. Not sure how we could survive RVing without all you wonderful friends.
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There are quite a few threads running here on Norcolds, do a quick search and I bet you will have an answer. Many are replacing theirs with a 12v household refer and running it on an inverter.

If your runs fine on propane, then you might just want to leave it that way. It will run a long time on a tank of propane.
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There is a heater in the door to reduce condensation. Try turning it off. It has been a while since we had a Norcold, but the switch is hard to find. I think it is inside, but under the top edge.
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I can tell you this about running a refer on electric. When we ran our Dometic on electric, the bill at the lot was within a few dollars of of our 5,000 sgft house. Turning off the Dometic caused our electric bill to go from $32/mo to $12/mo.

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