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Old 12-26-2010, 10:44 AM   #1
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fees for electric

I am new to the game so when you go to a campsite with all hook ups is there a fee for electric, water, etc. What exactly do you have to pay for? The reason i am asking is i may want to use my "Iheater" which is about 1500 watts and draws about 7amps. I would want to save my gas to last longer.
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As a general rule the fee you pay at a campground includes the utilities at the site, electric, water, sewer, cable tv, etc. About the only time you will see a separate charge for electric is if you would be staying for a month or so.
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1500 watts is closer to 12.5 amps on 120 volts AC. You divide the power in watts by the power in volts to get amps. 7 amps is 840 watts.

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Old 12-26-2010, 12:10 PM   #4
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Re: Fees... Some campgrounds charge different rates for a "Tent Site' (20 amp) a 30 and a 50 amp, Likewise Sewer hookups cost more as do Waterfront sites if there is a lake or river.

Other campgrounds one fee fits all...

And if you are a "Long term" camper.. They may meter you and charge you by the killowatt just like at home ... They are not SUPPOSED to mark it up.. but as you knwo people do things they are not supposed to all the time.
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The only thing I'd add is: Yes, it is typical that the electric would be included in your overnight rate, the exception being as noted - long term stays. We will, however, occasionally come across a campground that asks a slightly higher fee, usually 2 or 3 dollars per night, if you intend (and admit) to use either electric heat or the A/C.
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We subscribe to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in reference to electric heaters.
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You can determine the cheapest fuel to heat with by taking the cost of propane and dividing it by 22. If the result is less than the cost of electricity (per kwh) then propane is cheaper than electric for a heating source. For example, if propane cost $3.20 per gallon and the cost of electricity is $0.12 per kwh, then: $3.20 / 22 = $0.14 per kwh. Since the electricity charge is only $0.12 per kwh then electricity is a cheaper heating fuel.


Also if you stay at a park on a daily or weekly rate you will not be charged for electricity, monthly you will.
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... Also if you stay at a park on a daily or weekly rate you will not be charged for electricity, monthly you will...
We are paying monthly and we pay $350 for our site. Includes water, sewer, cable (HBO), electric and we also have free WI-FI.
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Some CG's will charge extra if you want a 50amp hook-up. Some charge extra for cable TV.
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We are paying monthly and we pay $350 for our site. Includes water, sewer, cable (HBO), electric and we also have free WI-FI.
HI Lorna,
You are living proof that there is an exception to most every rule.
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Most private campgrounds have:

~ primitive sites (non-electric) used mostly by people in tents or pop-ups. Water is available nearby, but not always.

~ electric / water sites The electric will be either 30 or 50 amps. There is usually a water connection at the back of the site. Carry at least 50 feet of water hose.

~ Full service sites You will have water, electric and sewer service at your site. Some higher end parks will offer cable.

State Parks will have electric and non-electric sites. But in most cases water will not be at the site, but either every few sites, at the end of the street or only at the front of the park.
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Most private campgrounds have:

~ primitive sites (non-electric) used mostly by people in tents or pop-ups. Water is available nearby, but not always.

~ electric / water sites The electric will be either 30 or 50 amps. There is usually a water connection at the back of the site. Carry at least 50 feet of water hose.

~ Full service sites You will have water, electric and sewer service at your site. Some higher end parks will offer cable.

State Parks will have electric and non-electric sites. But in most cases water will not be at the site, but either every few sites, at the end of the street or only at the front of the park.
In Texas State Parks, I have never seen an electric site that does not have water at the site. There are however, tent sites that have the water spigot at either each site or shared by two or three sites. Some tent sites also have electric.
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