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Comments for Paying an RV park for power? Read your meter!

  • Better yet take a picture of your meter that way there’s no question that who ever read it before you got there didn’t make a mistake.

  • I used to make a photo with my cell phone after hooking up the RV. For longer stays, I do it every day. so there is no discussion whatsoever.

  • Many campground owners are making a fast buck from electric charges and many RV folks have little clue they are being overcharged.Having traveled extensively,I can attest to this problem and while electric rates vary from one area to another,there is little a person can do about it.CYA is your best protection.

  • Taking pics seems to be the best way. We’ve never stayed anywhere long enough to have to do this, but in the future you never know. Thanks for the idea.

  • As others have said, arrive/depart photos are best arguing bills, but for your own knowledge (and brownout safety) install your own digital wattmeter inside your couch. Mine cost $7 installed, and reads Volts/ Amps/ Watts/ WattHours directly. The first two save your equipment, the third your generator, and the last your wallet. I can’t post photos here, so find me on rvillage if you need more info.

  • I’ve never been anywhere long enough to use a meter, but I’d expect to be billed for the correct amount of metered electricity, but at a rate slightly higher than what the utility charges the campground. That electrical pedestal and meter didn’t get installed for free and the campground owner deserves to make a little profit for providing that service.

  • I’m confused. Please explain your statement about determining how to read the meter if the needle is very close to the number: ” If the hand to the right of the one in question is past the zero, then the hand in question is to be read as higher.” It seems once the hand has passed zero, it will remain “past zero” during its entire rotation. The only time it is not past zero is when it is directly on zero. Thank you for the article and your anticipated help.
    Chris

    • Chris: As you read the dials from left to right on the meter, if there’s any question as to whether the needle has completely reached the next number, then look to the very next dial to the right. If the pointer on that dial is anywhere past the zero, then the pointer on the dial to the left is at that number in question. In the story, the photo shows that the pointer on the #2 dial (second from the left) “might or might not be” on “4” A quick look at the #3 dial shows that its pointer is now past the zero mark, so sure enough, that means the #2 dial pointer is actually on the 4.

      Russ De Maris
      Senior editor, rvtravel.com

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