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Old 09-07-2014, 06:40 PM   #1
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Metered electric

We are newbies and are going to Arizona this winter. Most sites we look at have the price of the site plus metered electric. What is the average monthly cost I can be looking at?

Gary and Karen plus our furry kids Sable, Jetta, & Winston. 2014 Newmar DutchStar 4369 & 2013 Chevy Equinox.
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Old 09-07-2014, 07:13 PM   #2
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That's like asking, what kind of fuel mileage do you get, LOL.
Honestly, it all depends on what your "needs" for electricity are. I worked over 42 years in the power industry, and have gone on countless "high bill" complaints. When a person is showed what they have in their house and what can use, it amazes them. But to you question. My folks had an older park model in south Texas they used for the winter (mid Oct to Mid April). They paid 20.00-35.00 a month. But, being from the depression era, they grew up without electricity until they were in high school. They would only use the A/C when it was really hot. No curling iron's, blow dryers, etc, one radio, one TV, and VHS player. They might turn a fan on once and a while. They did use electric heat to knock off the chill in the mornings, and did use an electric blanket, That's when the bills were the highest. Heat sources, cause the most consumption. Now, we have 40', 5 slide out 5th wheel, with washer and dryer, convection/micro oven (we use the convection oven all the time), residential refrigerator with inverter, dishwasher, two TV's, two DVD records/players, satellite DVR, WII, amateur radio equipment, and other various electronic gadget's. Our avg monthly use is around 150.00 a month, for a year. We have been fulltime since 2006, mostly in metered parks and sometimes not, but our figures are pretty actuate for our lifestyle and usage. Which I don't care, it helps pay my retirement!! So you can see, it only can be figured on your personal lifestyle, needs and usage.

Hope this helps and God bless,

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Old 09-07-2014, 07:21 PM   #3
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Lifestyle dependent.....maybe anywhere's between $25 - $200, it's really up to you and how much electric you use.

If you know how many KwH's you use now for your motor-home every month then just ask what the Kw charge is for the park that you want to stay at and do the math.

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Old 09-07-2014, 07:30 PM   #4
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As , Mike says , a lot of variables , our SCA. park charges 17.5 a kwhr.
We run a electric heater ; 1500 watt oil filled, to keep the propane use down. ( Delivery runs $1 gal more than you pick up)
Numbers go like this .
Pad rent $ 355 + 35 park cable + 45 high speed internet.
Power $ 60 >90 depending on how cool .
Propane $ 40>60 again depending on how cool .
For first time out , depending on your park rate , I'd say figure $750 a month , If you come in lower so much the better. But don't spend the extra at a casino.
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Old 09-07-2014, 08:10 PM   #5
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How are you on using electric? Cheap at home, wear sweaters when its cold, just turn on the fan when its warm instead of the AC? There is a lot of things you have to decide for your lifestyle to get a real number for your electric bill.
Figure 2 Kwh for each hour you run the AC; on heat or cool, 1.2 kwh for each hour the water heater runs, guessing maybe 0.5 kwh for most everything else.
Summer usage, 64 kwh a day, 1920 kwh a month, x 0.12 a kwh = $230 YMMV
Winter about 2/3s that maybe (that's a WAG, btw).
Just so you know, residential service costs about $10.00 for the meter fee and 0.06 per kwh. That's about $125 if you were dealing with the power company yourself.
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Old 09-07-2014, 09:12 PM   #6
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Gary and Karen,

Simple answer: We use metered electric living in a 40' MH. Campground rates are high, but we get by on average at about $80 to $100 a month. We've never gone over $100. We stay in the Houston, Tx area in Nov, Dec, Jan. Then in Tonto Basin, Az in Feb , Mar. We heat our water with propane and run the furnace using propane for heat because we think it's less expensive.

We've had couples next door with bills twice a high, they want it real warm inside when it's cold out and real cold inside when it's hot outside.

It's up to you to manage. You can ask for the kwh rate and read the meter weekly if necessary.
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Old 09-09-2014, 06:52 AM   #7
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My biggest cost for electric is A.C. My lights are LED and I cook and heat with LP. So I can control my costs by monitoring my use of A.C. If the weather is nice, the outdoors is my living room, so that makes it easy to keep A.C. off. I can easily stay below $100 per month electric in most places unless the weather is too hot for sleeping and I need A.C.

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