Wednesday, November 30, 2022


RVelectricity – What cost, electricity? Part deux


By Mike Sokol

Dear Readers,
In case you missed my feature article in last Sunday’s RVelectricity newsletter, here’s a brief recap. (You are signed up for my monthly newsletter, aren’t you? If not, then sign up HERE.) I’m gathering information on just how much electricity costs a campground to provide it for “free/included” versus metered.

Now, put down the torches and pitchforks as I’m just trying to get to the bottom of why there’s a large percentage of poorly maintained electrical pedestals at campgrounds across the U.S. and Canada, many with too-low voltage and non-existent grounds. Read the original article “What cost, electricity?” HERE.

There have been a lot of comments so far, with some readers hinting that I was exaggerating the cost of electricity the campground pays, while other’s saying I was spot on. And it does seem that human nature allows us to waste something we don’t have to pay for. Hence, this quote from an email I received from a campground owner:

I read your article and it’s spot on. I own a 265 site campground in Canada. I can confirm that, yes, we get $20,000 power bills in July and August (at 8 cents per kWH). Do people use more power if it’s ‘free’ or ‘included’? Absolutely! I have videos of no one home and all windows open on their RV with the air conditioner on in 90 degree weather.

I’m not here to argue about how and how much a campground charges you for basic utilities. But I do want to explore what we can do to help ensure better electrical power at campsites. That’s largely because our RV electrical power demands are getting larger every year, with residential refrigerators recently added into the mix.

So read my article “What cost, electricity?” and let’s discuss our experiences with both “free” and “metered” electrical power at campgrounds. And please, no bashing or name-calling here or on any other of my blogs or forums. Do so and Diane or I will smite you down. (That sounds painful, Mike. —Diane)

Let’s play safe out there….



Mike Sokol is an electrical and professional sound expert with 50+ years in the industry. His excellent book RV Electrical Safety is available at For more info on Mike’s qualifications as an electrical expert, click here.

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2 years ago

If my math is right thats about $37.73 per day per site. I can see why some campgrounds have electric meters, just makes it fair to everyone.

Abe Loughin
2 years ago

I’m a full timer and do some work camping in maintenance. Mike is correct in what these articles are saying. One thing I want to add is that in most places it’s illegal for a campground to charge more for electric than they pay. IE; if the electric company charges 8 cents a kWh then metered guests in the campground pay 8 cents.

Kenneth Fuller
2 years ago

I’d rather have lower campground fees per night and be charged for electricity separately. I know a majority of campers would be more conservative with usage just to keep their costs down.

Tony Sauer
2 years ago

I think RV park owners could benefit from a simple sign near the entrance asking people to conserve. If I saw one at this particular park, stating his typical bill in the summer is $20k, I’d be a little more careful with what I used, particularly AC in the summer when I wasn’t there. Most people just need a little nudge.

Peter McDonald
2 years ago

I actually don’t mind the metered electric if the campground cost is reasonable. I have a 50 amp motor home. Why shouldn’t I pay more than a family with a pop up trailer? It makes sense to me.

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