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Old 07-05-2022, 02:32 PM   #1
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Electric charges for snowbirds

We've never done a snowbird trip. My question is; roughly, what are the charges when electricity is billed per month in a RV park? I know some will use more juice than others, but overall, what would I look at dollar wise?
We have a well insulated trailer, and probably would keep the hot water heater and refer on 110. We also have a portable electric heater that does a good job of keeping the rig warm.
Also, any suggestions to a newby thinking of going south for the winter--1st time??
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I’d say the first thing depends on where you are going as power is more expensive in some states than others. My experience here in Florida was under 300 per month, but given the size of your unit, suspect around 200 per month.
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Ditto Warhorse6..............plus depends on whether you use a electric for space heating, e.g., heat pump, fireplace, auxillary space heater(s), electric for water heater, electric for cooking, etc.
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When snowbirding we normally use air conditioner instead of heaters. Last winter our monthly electric bill averaged ~$90/month in Ft. Myers Beach.
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I see about 200 in the desert for heat and ac
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January through March 2021 in Tucson, AZ, in a 40' motorhome with 3 HP/AC units our average was less than $100 per month.
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The variation is wide, depending on your habits and location. Even if in Florida or Arizona, the locale is a big impact because temperatures (especially overnight) vary widely across the state. Personal comfort is an equally big difference, e.g. does "comfortable" mean to you 72 degrees or 78? And are you careful about turning things off or adjusting thermostats when not needed?


I say a range of $100/month to $300/month can be expected, and even then a few will be outside that range.
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Thanks. This gives me an idea of how many cans I might have to cash in to stay warm.
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Thanks. This gives me an idea of how many cans I might have to cash in to stay warm.

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Also, any suggestions to a newby thinking of going south for the winter--1st time??
Your Profile says you're in Idaho. If so, you might just want to test Arizona - roughly from Phoenix and south and over to the Colorado River. More north is too cold. Check elevations and stay below 3,000', if possible, although a little higher up to 4,000' is OK but cold nights. The Benson, AZ area is very nice & lots to see. Lots of boondocking BLM areas around Yuma and over into California and we've been to every one of the state parks and Maricopa County parks in the greater Phoenix area and they're all awesome. Gilbert Ray county park in Tucson is also very nice.

Southern Nevada and southern California are other options. We like Borrego Springs. Death Valley is nice in winter.

We found New Mexico too cold for winter.

Naturally, you can also do winters in southern Texas and across to Florida.
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