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Old 01-27-2018, 08:12 AM   #1
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Motorhome pulling lots of power from my house

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I have a odd situation hoping someone may have some ideas. No sure that it matters but I have a 2006 Coachman Cross country 351 DS and it is stored at at a secondary house that we do not live in. I have the the MH plugged in to 110 just to keep the batteries charging but it is pulling a lot of power from the house (noticed the electric bill was about triple what it normally is when coach is not plugged in). I recorded the KWH off of the electric meter both with MH plugged in for 24hrs and then unplugged for 24 hours (plugged in it used 19KWH from the meter and then when unplugged for an additional 24 hrs it only pulled 1KWH from my meter. Note: the MH does not have any lights,tv and etc running...it is just being stored right now. Does anyone have any ideas why it would be pulling that much power? Thanks in advance!
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Fridge on? Plus charger will pull that amount.
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Old 01-27-2018, 08:57 AM   #3
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Hello All

I have a odd situation hoping someone may have some ideas. No sure that it matters but I have a 2006 Coachman Cross country 351 DS and it is stored at at a secondary house that we do not live in. I have the the MH plugged in to 110 just to keep the batteries charging but it is pulling a lot of power from the house (noticed the electric bill was about triple what it normally is when coach is not plugged in). I recorded the KWH off of the electric meter both with MH plugged in for 24hrs and then unplugged for 24 hours (plugged in it used 19KWH from the meter and then when unplugged for an additional 24 hrs it only pulled 1KWH from my meter. Note: the MH does not have any lights,tv and etc running...it is just being stored right now. Does anyone have any ideas why it would be pulling that much power? Thanks in advance!
do you have an engine block heater? That would draw considerable power.
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Assuming you have a gas/elec frig., if the frig is "ON" elec., the gas in the frig is boiled by an electric heater rather than a gas flame. That can take quite a bit of power. Also the charger for batteries, if the batteries are aged and don't hold a charge good, that could be a constant draw on power. I assume you don't have any electric heaters just to keep some heat in the coach.

A current meter would tell you where the power is used quickly.
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Old 01-27-2018, 09:23 AM   #5
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19 KWH in 24 hours is way too much. Something else is going on. Thats about what you might use with an AC running.
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Water Heater on?
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I would plug in but shut off all breakers. Then turn on one at a time and look for increase in meter spin or use a clamp on ammeter.
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A kilowatt meter for $30 from Home Depot is a good tool to have around. You can plug it online with the coach to easily see usage and plug into appliances to see the same.

Battery charger.
Refrigerator.
Water heater.
Engine block heater.
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sounds like squatters to me ,,vagrants,,believe me they will move in for the nite and gone by morn an not leave a trace
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Is the extension cord warm where it is plugged in to the house?
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Hello All

I have a odd situation hoping someone may have some ideas. No sure that it matters but I have a 2006 Coachman Cross country 351 DS and it is stored at at a secondary house that we do not live in. I have the the MH plugged in to 110 just to keep the batteries charging but it is pulling a lot of power from the house (noticed the electric bill was about triple what it normally is when coach is not plugged in). I recorded the KWH off of the electric meter both with MH plugged in for 24hrs and then unplugged for 24 hours (plugged in it used 19KWH from the meter and then when unplugged for an additional 24 hrs it only pulled 1KWH from my meter. Note: the MH does not have any lights,tv and etc running...it is just being stored right now. Does anyone have any ideas why it would be pulling that much power? Thanks in advance!
My Guess - Refrigerator is on - Batteries need water and are cooked, thua on full charge,

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[QUOTE=tboss619;4010217]sounds like squatters to me ,,vagrants,,believe me they will move in for the nite and gone by morn an not leave a trace[/QUOT
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If you have an EMS that shows you the amps you are drawing you can multiply the amps by the volts (120) to get the instentainus watts you are drawing.
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