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Old 05-17-2016, 02:26 PM   #1
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Looking for summer spot - probably around South Fork or Creede. CO. Called a few places so far and none have 50 amp. Just looking at average temps for the area, I am thinking 30 amp and one a'cond should be enough. Can anybody comment on need for 50 amp service in that area?
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Old 05-17-2016, 07:50 PM   #2
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There may be a few that only have 30 amp, but most that I'm aware of have at least half of their sites with 50 amp service. We do get a lot of advance reservations, and folks that stay all summer. So it may be that many of the 50 amp sites are already taken by now.

Mountainviews RV Park in Creede has some 50 amp sites Home

South Fork RV Park has mostly 50 amp sites
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Aspen Ridge in South Fork has some 50 amp sites
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As far as the need for 50 amp or more than one AC, its a bit of personal preference and site location. If your site is out in the middle of an open field with no shade, you might want 2 AC's running occasionally during the late afternoon when we sometimes hit 85. Its rare that we get over 85 in this area. If your site is in the shade of trees, you may not need any AC.
Most of the homes here in South Fork, including mine, have no AC. At the peak of summer, during a few late afternoon hot spells, I turn on a couple fans. Mornings, evenings and overnight are comfortably cool all summer. Its just a few hours in late afternoon when we ocassionally feel hot. But the thing I like about living in the mountains, when it feels hot down here in the valley, we can drive up one of the nearby mountains and its 10 degrees cooler.
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How do you feel about camping without hookups? Several boondocking spots up Spring Creek Pass between Creede and Lake City. Williams Creek CG west of LC has some nice spots and several water spigots. Bristol Head CG about 12 miles out of Creede has nice spaces, but water is pumped/carried from well--great host at this CG. Cottonwood between Creede and S Fork has some 50amp.
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Looking for summer spot - probably around South Fork or Creede. CO. Called a few places so far and none have 50 amp. Just looking at average temps for the area, I am thinking 30 amp and one a'cond should be enough. Can anybody comment on need for 50 amp service in that area?
Creede is at 8,800 ft. If it gets warm enough for A/C it will be for a short time in the afternoon.

The sun is strong at that altitude - cover up!

You might even need the heater late at night.

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Creede is at 8,800 ft. If it gets warm enough for A/C it will be for a short time in the afternoon.
Just be sure to have a full propane tank more likely to need HEAT than A/C.



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As stated, you 'might' need AC in the afternoon but we've boondocked in the area so didn't use AC and were never uncomfortable. It's nice in the evening through morning. If you have a Fantastic fan it would be plenty at night, if you really needed it.
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We find 30A limiting even without needed two a/c. Big rigs tend to have a lot of power-hungry stuff, "just like home". Do you have a washer/dryer? Like plenty of hot water? Run a big microwave or convection oven? Use an electric frying pan or hair dryer often? The 3600 watt max of a 30A hook-up doesn't go far if you have and use those appliances.

I'm not saying you can't get by without them, but consider whether 30A is going to crimp your lifestyle. Or your wife's.
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Wouldn't you be ok with running just the front AC during the day, and if it is too warm at bedtime, turn off the front and turn on the rear AC? I close the door and stay out of the bedroom during the day unless just for a few minutes.
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Not sure which RV parks you tried--RVParkreviews.com has 2 parks in Creede, both with 50a; South Fork has 11 listed, 9 have 50 amp.
At any rate, in either of these spots, on the hottest days, 1AC should keep you ok til the temp drops and you have to consider blankets/furnace/hot chocolate.
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85 and no humidity? No AC for me. The only reason I am looking for electric is to keep from using the genny to charge the batteries.
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Hi OP Here - Thanks for all the replies. Sorry did not mean there wern't any 50 amp sites, just there were not any of the nicer parks with 50 amp spaces left. DW is my problem she can't take heat at all so I must be sure she is comfy. It took me four years to convince her to FT so I don't want to screw it up with make-do living conditions. Kicking self for giving up our best summer spot in Sequim, WA.
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