Would you pay £10 per night for electric?

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  1. Rob and Val

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    Just back home after touring the south coast of Hampshire, Dorset and Devon.

    We called at http://www.hurstviewleisure.co.uk/ in Lymington and asked how much they charged for a one-night stay. We were told "£20 or £30 if you want electric." "£10 a night for electric?!!!", I said. "Yes, that's right." What a rip-off. Needless to say, we did not stay.

    We moved on and at Christchurch we found http://www.meadowbank-holidays.co.uk/ It was a delightful site and the facilities were superb. We only needed the smallest of the choices of pitches available and the cost per night was £17 ...... including electric!

    The standard charge for electric was £3 to £4 per night at every site we stayed at. So, why did Hurst View at Lymington want to charge us £10?
     
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    I'm sure it's illegal in this country to make a profit on resold electricity
     
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    Simple answer No.
     
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    Dunno, but keep quiet about Meadowbank!

    It is a great site, very clean, very well kept and very reasonable - number 1 son is studying a couple of miles from there and I use it when I go and visit, don't want them putting their prices up or being full when I want to go (c:
     
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    Because they can! ------------------ Somebody must be happy to pay it.


    You are right but they will justify it by 'providing a serviced facility'
     
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    Nope - we would not pay £10 per night for electricity.
     
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    It is meant to be illegal for sites to make a profit on electric but they get around this by just charging more for a higher flat rate for a pitch that has electric supply rather than charging a pitch fee for that same pitch then electric on top. To pay £10 more then that pitch would have to have a lot more going for it than just EHU!
     
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    Correct Jim, but there is an easy way round it.

    You are not buying electric, you are hiring their hook up point so in effect the electric consumed is free and they can charge whatever they want for the hire.
     
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    Although it seems a lot, it is their site and therefore their choice I would hope, presuming they haven't actually broken a law regarding resale, which as said above will be covered by providing a service not the actual electricity. Most sites charge a fixed rate it would be near impossible to balance the books on actual usage and that would give them nothing towards the installation, servicing it and insuring it

    The other issue is abuse by some, heating awnings etc just because they have paid for it, it would be possible to consume nearly that if you tried, I cant do the sums on amps / volts watts etc, but a 2Kw heater running 24 hours plus whatever else was used could put quite a dent in £10, especially as they will be paying business charges for the electric which is usually higher than domestic

    and you at least had the option to not take the electricity, it could have been £30 including, with no other options
     
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    Thank God for solar and/or B2B..........
     
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    I may pay a couple of Euro, but not £10............or is that the same now?
     
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    So when we buy diesel, we are just hiring the pump :) .
     
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    2kw x 24hrs = 48kWh
    Average domestic rate is around 17p per kw

    48 x 17 = £8.16...plus VAT @ 5%

    £8.57.....and that's just for the heater
     
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    Perhaps the pitches were significantly different ?
    Non-electric on grass, electric on hard standing for example.
    In such a situation I might pay the £10, however if pitches are identical, it's a blatant rip off !
     
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    I'd like to pay £10 less on a pitch , for being self sufficient.
    Better still bring in metering or more pre payed electric cards. That way you pay for what you use.
    Zilch in our case!
     
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    At an average of 15p per kwh one would need to use in excess of 66.66kwh in a 24 hour period to burn £10 ex vat

    So . . a 2kwh heater would only burn 48kwh in a 24 hour period if left on permanently & continuously using 2kwh
     
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    £10 a night for electricity?

    I wouldn't pay £10 a night for a very, very naughty working girl... :whistle:

    (Mind you, under those circumstances, I would need the electricity to kick start my system into action...)

    JJ :cool:
     
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    So how much would you pay?
     
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