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Old 12-12-2009, 09:31 PM   #1
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electric charges

Dh is working near Charlotte, NC so we are looking at an extended stay at the Fort Mills KOA. They charge 10 cents a kilowatt for electricity. We've never had to pay for electric before. Is this a fair rate? What would you think an average electric bill would be? (roughly)

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Old 12-12-2009, 11:26 PM   #2
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which of these do you have (and how much do you use them)
a) heat pump
b) clothes washer / dryer
c) electric hot water heater
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Old 12-13-2009, 12:29 AM   #3
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That sounds cheap to me. I think when we were in our sticks and bricks about 8 years ago it was 12 cents a kilowatt. That was PG&E in California.
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Old 12-13-2009, 03:08 AM   #4
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You should check out the old PTL campground. Next exit north on I85 and east about 1 mile. Turn left and drive back through nice sub-division over railroad tracks to campground (about 2 miles). We stayed there about a year. No amenities but some sites are pretty nice and much more room than KOA will give extended stayers.
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Old 12-13-2009, 06:13 AM   #5
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Ten cents a kilowatt-hour is a very reasonable rate for electricity. Of the few campgrounds we stay at that charge for electricity, most charge $.11 per kwh, although one went up to $.16 this year.

We have a washer-dryer and we use electricity to heat our water. If it's cool at night (35-45 degrees), we use an electric space heater. If it's colder than that, which is rare, we use the furnace. Last winter in central Florida our daily usage of electricity was about 20 or 25 kwh a day (~ $2.00 to $2.50). Your usage will depend on how many lights you turn on, how much TV you watch, how much you use the microwave, etc., and how cold (or hot) it is outside.

We found it's mostly for long-term stays that campgrounds charge for electricity. They give you a discount for the long stay, then they take some back by charging extra for electricity.
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Old 12-13-2009, 06:58 AM   #6
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I'm in Texas on my own RV Lot and I pay $.13 per KW. After an extensive search of rates in this area this is the best one. So you're getting a very good rate. During the winter, we're on the gulf coast, we average about $50 to $60 per month.
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We are staying at a RV Resort in Arizona and they charge $.09 per kw plus a meter fee.
We use heat pump, ac, electric water heater and last month bill was less than $2.20 per day.
This is first time paying for electric so I know when I get charged $3-5.00 for 50 amp service in the future it will be fair.
Also we do stay mostly at C2C, Western Horizons, Passport etc so now we know why they charge extra for electric.
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The RV park we fulltimed in charged 15 cents a kilowatt. It was about a 47% markup for them, that is, it cost them about 10.4 cents, and they charged 15. At that rate, we never had a bill over $100, and that was in the middle of Summer, running the a/c 24/7.
Charging for electric is a way to get people to not waste electricity, such as running the a/c and heat at the same time. And I've seen it done...
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The RV park we fulltimed in charged 15 cents a kilowatt. It was about a 47% markup for them, that is, it cost them about 10.4 cents, and they charged 15. At that rate, we never had a bill over $100, and that was in the middle of Summer, running the a/c 24/7.
Charging for electric is a way to get people to not waste electricity, such as running the a/c and heat at the same time. And I've seen it done...
When we bought our first fireplace equipped home, we fired it up just to enjoy the fragrance of the juniper wood we burned. Problem was, this was Phoenix, Arizona in the summer...

We only had it until the fun wore off (about 1 hour) and then we waited until the Christmas season to relive it.

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We are staying at a RV Resort in Arizona and they charge $.09 per kw plus a meter fee.
We use heat pump, ac, electric water heater and last month bill was less than $2.20 per day.
This is first time paying for electric so I know when I get charged $3-5.00 for 50 amp service in the future it will be fair.
Also we do stay mostly at C2C, Western Horizons, Passport etc so now we know why they charge extra for electric.
I don't know where you are in AZ but at .09 they are losing money. I believe the best you can find with APS or SRP is 11-12 cents. Maybe TGE?
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Thanks for all the responses. We have a washer/dryer combo, usually have used electric for water heater and fridge but could switch to LP if it were cheaper. It sounds like this is a reasonable rate and that's what we were wondering.
Thanks for the tip on the campground. We will check it out. We feel like the KOA is the only option unless we want to have an amusement park running behind us or park at the raceway. So, hearing another option is great. DH is going to rent a car this week and check out the KOA and this one you mentioned. If anyone knows of any others in Charlotte or very close we would love to hear about them. It seems there are not many in that area for some reason.
thanks again for all the responses!
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Not posting all the numbers, but only giving the formula result_. If you multiply the the cost of electricity by 22, the result will be close to LPG cost gallon. Whichever cost is less is the one to use. Keep in mind an RV gas furnace is about 55%-60% efficient.
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Thank you, Ray. That will be very helpful. We are excited to explore the area. We have vacationed there but spending so much time there will give us time to really experience the 'flavor' of the area.

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I don't know where you are in AZ but at .09 they are losing money. I believe the best you can find with APS or SRP is 11-12 cents. Maybe TGE?
Have the bill in front of me.
Used 677 KWH Cost 56.37 comes out to .08326 cent per KWH
Now when I add in the Taxes and the Resort electric fee it changes to
$0.1060 per KWH which is still a good rate.
We are staying at the Cal-AM Sunflower RV Resort in Surprise, AZ
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