14 - May 2018 Woodall’s Campground Management Campground owners need to ensure their campers are getting enough juice at their campsites. Today’s recreational vehicles are packed with technology. From the kitchen to the bedrooms and virtually everythinginbetween,themodernRVis like a house on wheels — one with esca- lating power requirements. For a camp- ground or RV park owner, that means it is imperative that the electrical infra- structure is in place to handle the load. “Twenty years ago, if you had low ‘People want to bring all the bells and whistles from home — and park owners have to have a system that can handle the load,’ said Maggie Linnell, owner of Lake Orion, Mich.-basedYour Electrical Solutions. voltage it just meant your lights weren’t as bright,” said Wade Elliot, owner of Kingston, Wash.-based Utility Supply Group. “But now microwaves and TVs and components like that won’t operate — or could be damaged by low voltage — so it really means that owners must pay attention to voltage drop, which depends on the length of wire the electricity has to travel and the size of because energy is an expense for the park,” she explained. “I’ve heard some horror stories where an RV is plugged in andamonthlatertheelectricbillforthat spot was $1,000 — and the reason was because the owner of the RV kept the floor heating on the entire time. “When people realize that they’re paying for what they use they really do become more conservative,” she continued. Suppliers of electrical products say that along with park owners upgrading their facilities’ electrical infrastructure, they are noticing more campgrounds expanding and that new builds are also on the rise. “Wehavebeenseeingmanynewand returning customers as they make up- grades to their campgrounds and RV parks,”saidElizabethCaldwell,market- ing manager at Jamestown, N.Y.-based Jamestown Advanced Products. “Business is good,” added Terry Linnell, owner of Keego Harbor, Mich.-basedB&BElectrical.“Peopleare always installing new parts, upgrading and expanding. We are seeing a lot of that right now.” Woodall’sCampgroundManagement spoke with several electrical infrastruc- ture suppliers to get an update on what they are providing in 2018. B&B Electrical 888-391-3802 www.bbelec.com B&B has been supplying electrical productsformorethan50years,accord- ing to Terry Linnell, owner of the Keego Harbor, Mich.-based company. From pedestals to surface boxes and meter conversion kits, Linnell said that the company has a wide range of products to fit the needs of campground and RV park owners. Linnell said the Eaton Powerslide pedestal is getting more popular with RV resorts. Built to slide right over a post, the Eaton Powerslide was designed for the marine industry and stands up to harsher weather conditions, she added. “It has the typical electric receptacles andbreakers,”Linnellnoted.“Italsohas aLEDlightthatcomesstandardonallof the pedestals and a hose and cable bracket that’s available for water.” Linnell said that B&B now offers a DataonDemandfeatureforsomeofthe meters they distribute, which allows owners the capability of checking meters from their office, without having to have staff go around and read each meter. “The data goes right to a laptop that’s owned by the campground and it’s just amucheasierwaytoreadalltheelectric the wire in the ground.” Along with ensuring that their campersaregettingtherightvoltage,itis also imperative that owners are individ- ually metering sites, according to Lisa Senior, general manager of Hialeah, Fla.-based Hialeah Meter. “I think they’re doing themselves a disservice in not at least attempting to collect the correct electrical expense, Hialeah Meter keeps used meters in stock that they refurbish for use in campgrounds. Utility Supply Group is promoting a ring-less meter. DataonDemandallowsforremotemeterreading.