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post Apr 26 2012, 05:26 PM
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Lately I have noticed many RV parks in Florida charging monthly campers a rate for electric KWH use that is higher then the local power providers. This is not really legal in Florida from my limited knowledge or research. A Google scan led me only to find this about the Florida rules - Florida Administrative Code Rule 25-6.049(6)(b). I do not know legal matters at all but was happy to find there is at least some info about protecting Florida RV monthly campers. Trouble is many RV camps I have called regarding their electric rates do charge more then the local utility and most managersí say they donít know who establishes their camps KWH rate. One camp manager said that the KWH charge is also water and sewer bill that the park divides by the number of monthly campers and that bill is what is then given as their Electric KWH rate bill. One Florida RV camp charged 16 cent per KWH rate to the RV camper but the local utility told me that the camp was charged a business rate including fuel surcharge etc never more then 13 cents KWH. My guess is a typical RV in a hot Spring/Sumer in Florida can expect a usage of about 850Kwh per month with one AC unit and no washer dryer use. Nice business model for hidden profits. Why donít these camps just raise the camp site rate so we all know what we are getting for our money in place of an unknown questionable electric bill at the end of a monthly stay?

What have other long term/full time Rvers seen across our great nation i.e. is this the new norm to nickel and dime RVers with KWH charges?
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post Apr 30 2012, 03:10 PM
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At my campground, I only charge extra for electricity if they go over 1000 Kwh in a given month. Even then, I only charge what the utility company is charging me, which is around 11 cents per Kwh including fuel surcharges and taxes. However, some campgrounds are also paying more for electricity based on a "Demand" charge each month. (Thankfully I do not have Demand Metering at my park) With Demand Metering, they pay a separate amount that is based on the amount of electricity used during a "Peak" period of maybe 15 min. Once the peak demand is established, it can be months before this charge changes. A friend of mine operates a horse camp which closes for the winter. Even though his Kwh usage is zero for the winter months, he still may have an electric bill of $800 or more because of the demand that was set back in the summer. If you call the utility to ask about rates, they usually give the Kwh rate, but don't mention the Demand Charge, which can be quite high.
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