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Old 08-28-2014, 12:07 PM   #15
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Good post, Gary.

Thanks for the data.

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Old 08-28-2014, 12:11 PM   #16
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FWIW- I have our MH plugged into a 30 amp outlet off a pole barn where I keep & work on my old cars etc. This building is on a separate meter from my house.

My total electric cost for the barn per month is usually $30-35.00. This includes lights, power tools, air compressor, occasional heater etc etc and the MH .

Of this appears it costs about $10 month for the MH to be connected.
Note I shut off the fridge when we are home for more than a week or so.

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Old 08-28-2014, 01:13 PM   #17
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I live in SE Wisconsin -have 50a plug dedicated to coach -run the exact same way you have discribed - with same Frig - on shore power at home. Electric service is specific to building. Prior to coach cost was $24 per Mo. With coach plugged in went to $48 -only difference was the coach, so, I put my additional $24 to the coach. Hope the 'local' info is helpful.
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Old 08-28-2014, 07:46 PM   #18
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I use a 50a to 30a pigtail and plug in to a 30a outlet at home. I keep the rear a/c set on 87 and keep the fridge on. I see about a $30 or so increase in my bill.
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Old 08-28-2014, 08:37 PM   #19
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We live in central Florida,I keep 5R plugged to 50 amp at my shop 24/7,AC set at 80 to keep humidity down,fridge stocked &ready to go.Adds 50-60 a month.
Got bill today,3/2 S & B ,my shop &5r plugged up
Last month $249.00 can,t complain for August in Florida.We taking to ft.myers next weekend & leave set up in CG till Dec.1. Same as last year.they charge me 70 a month to leave hooked up on site so We use at least every second weekend read meter each month,they charged me 15 a month for electric.
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Old 08-30-2014, 11:34 AM   #20
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Gulf Coast in Alabama gets into the mid 90s during the summer. We kept one A/C unit running and the battery maintainer. No refer or lights.

Used about 10 KwH/day, according to our Kill A Watt. Electricity runs about $ .10/KwH, so about $1 per day for just keeping the coach from over-heating the interior.

We kept it around 84 degrees except when we went out to it for cocktails.
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Old 09-16-2014, 06:33 PM   #21
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Here in Houston, Texas area you just about have to plug it in and I keep one a/c on 85-90 degrees because if I don't it seems like it is 120 in the middle of the day and that can't be good for it. I haven't realized a significant change in the light bill.
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Old 09-16-2014, 06:41 PM   #22
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Good point about the temps inside the RV. If they are left without adequate cooling chances are one day you will find the covering on the ceiling draping down from where it was once attached.

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Old 09-16-2014, 06:59 PM   #23
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Put a kill-a-watt on it and you can see the exact usage. I did mine once and determined it was about $15 / month if no air conditioning. Now have solar so seldom am plugged into the house power.
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Old 09-16-2014, 09:08 PM   #24
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x2 on the Kill-a-Watt. It's one of the most useful devices I've bought in a long time.

We don't have heavy a/c needs here (today's high was 69 F with clear blue skies, sunshine and humidity around 20%), so all we have running is the fridge, and that only when we'll be going away within the next week or so.

Just be aware that the Kill-a-Watt isn't weatherproof, so hook up from an inside location to protect it.
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Old 09-18-2014, 05:59 PM   #25
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I'm not sure it's clear, but if you're plugging into a regular household outlet, then you can put the kill-a-watt inline with the extension cord and measure the usage by the entire RV. As frankdamp noted, be sure it's out of the weather.

If you need to know anything about your electrical usage, it's a fantastic tool.

Discussions like this annoy me a little because the cost is dependent on the amount charged per kilowatt hour and that varies all over the country. One website I looked at says the average cost of electricity in Washington state is 8.82 cents/kwh. In California, the average is 17.50 cents/kwh (and even higher in Connecticut and Vermont). That's a huge difference.

I will say that I have a Norcold 4-door propane/electric refrigerator, with 2 lower doors and 2 freezer compartments. I put a kill-a-watt on it for a while in moderate weather, and it was using 7 kwh/day. That surprised me. In California (or lots of New England), that would be over $35/month just for the refrigerator!

(For the record, I've measured the propane usage at about 1/2 gallon per day.)
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:07 PM   #26
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Am on the "who cares" part, No LP Gas at all, total electric, keep in heated/cooled garage, 50 amp. It is my man cave when at home, I spend a lot of time in it, stay clear of the DW for peace & quiet.
All stocked with full refrig, cabinets with food.
No idea what it uses for electric, but the automatic home generator runs everything, home, garage and the RV with out issues when needed
The coach is ready to launch at a moments notice and never winterize.
When on the road, the 4 Gel cell 8D batteries, 2500 watt inverter and 100 amp charger do fine, generator is the 12 kw diesel, all comfy. Coach now has 112,000 miles, we use it, and is a 2001 year model.
I do take good care of it, between Cummins, Allison, Aqua Hot, HWH and the factory, it has been very reliable.
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Don't know as we've lived in the house 28 years now and have had an RV in the side yard plugged in pretty much the whole time.
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you can do like i did and some around here ... make money when pluged in

install a good size solar system and a tie grid inverter and push power back on to the grid

it all so stops alot of the red type as its on a RV and moves

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