Join Date: Feb 2012
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I voted for not metering, but having just read a thread in a campsite forum I'm beginning to wonder.
On there someone was asking how to heat a 3 pod 9 man tent overnight in October using electric. Some one suggested 3 oil filled radiators left on all night!
Other 'tenters' were listing what they took with them - electric hobs, microwaves, mini cookers, fridges, toasters, kettles, bbqs, griddles, blankets, tvs as well as numerous heaters - I'm surprised some of them didn't blow the site fuses, never mind the hook up ones.
We only use electric for a small oil filled radiator that is on low for a couple of hours at the most and the fridge. The rest of our stuff is gas or diesel powered.
I'm wondering now if we are very much subsidising others who are, to me, taking the mickey. Don't get me wrong - I still love camping under canvas - it's something different that you can't beat in certain situations, and I have been camping in snow at Easter with the right equipment - but I've never come across a tent that is draughtproof enough to be economically heated by an electric heater (or three).
If what I'm reading is true then I have sympathy with campsite owners who feel the need to charge top whack for electric hookups and think I might be turning to the 'metering is good' camp.