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Old 09-07-2015, 08:56 PM   #1
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Electric usage of 5th wheel full timer

We are currently living in our copper canyon fifth wheel . On my brothers property sharing electric. Every month the electric bill goes up n up ! Ok it is summer in Florida but we are under trees . They have an above ground pool that runs non stop ! We also have washer & dryer in storage build with a full size refrigerator. They believe the high electric bill is because of fifth wheel . I don't see it ! Help
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Old 09-07-2015, 09:04 PM   #2
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Maybe they're telling you it's time to move on.
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Old 09-07-2015, 09:14 PM   #3
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Maybe they're telling you it's time to move on.
Nah it's been two months everything is great except this power bill thing I mean I've been splitting it but it's like $ 500 were not using 250 worth that's a full size house
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Install a sub-meter. easy.
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Old 09-17-2015, 07:05 AM   #5
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Install a sub-meter. easy.
Another thought.
I was going to suggest using a clamp on meter.
Thinking it would give you some data to talk about.

BUT: I did a quick search on e-bay, you should do the same....
For under $20 (but you will need a mounting box & wire)

5 65 A 230V 50Hz DIN Rail Energy Meter Voltage Current Active Reactive Power kWh | eBay

You could put a box in your RV and have all the data you need to prove how much electricity you are using.......

You might also consider you are parking for free?
You start complaining about the electric, and your host might want to charge for water & sewer and parking and and and.......
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Old 09-17-2015, 08:18 AM   #6
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UPDATE: the above meter might be safe for only 5 A.
They have a strange way of rating the units 5(65) translates into 5A base current 65A max current. I don't have a clue what the meaning of base current. But when you zoom in on the image it says 5 A on it. SO it might be rated for 5 A only? You might be better off / safer with a old fashion meter like this.

ABB Watthour Meter kWh AB1 EZ Read Cyclone 4 Lugs 240V 200A FM 2S 3W | eBay
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Now really I need to "get a life" spending too much time on this.

$0.13 is the average price per KWH of electricity in the USA (rounded up).

My RV in my driveway draws 16 to 22 A on a 120 V outlet
So round that up to 25 A, 25 a @ 120 v = 3 KW

If my AC ran 24 hr a day that would be 72 KWH a day.

72 KW x $0.13 = $9.36 a day

$9.36 x 31 days in a month = $290
If my AC ran 75% of the time that would be $217 a month
if it ran 50% of the time that would be $145 a month
if it ran 25% of the time that would be $72 a month

I only talk about my AC as w/o the AC on my current will drop to under 5 A.
If you run the refrig it would be about 5 A.
Water heater would add to this, but I don't run the water heater or refrig in the driveway.
If you are running a dryer etc etc in FL you might be burning up $250 a mo.
Only way to know is to install a meter.
Maybe some one on the site is staying by the month in your area and can tell you what they are paying for electricity?
Hopefully this will be my last comment.

I did read some more, a 5(65) A meter translates into.
5 A is the current used for the data sheet info. 65 A is the max current, and the max current for data sheet accuracy. So the little digital KWH meter would do what you need.
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