We were sitting by the pool on a sweltering afternoon when the RV park owner walked over. His simple request: If you're not in your trailer, please don't run your air conditioning.
I was running my air conditioning at the time to cool the trailer, after spending the day exploring. It takes a couple hours before it's tolerable inside. This is what you do, at least in the US. The problem with these Mexican RV parks is they don't have enough power for everyone to run their air conditioner, so on hot afternoons they have brown outs, because everyone is coming back from their activities is doing exactly what I'm doing. Brown outs occur when the power falls dangerously low and creates a low voltage condition.
Low voltage conditions can kill RV appliances, including air conditioning units. Anything less than around 108 volts is considered dangerous. For most campers, they have no idea what's going on. Those with better surge protectors will likely see them trip, which is probably what was happening. This becomes a collective problem in need of addressing. My RV is designed for this and just skips along happily, sending me notifications that shenanigans are afoot.
I had heard about parks in Mexico asking guests not to run their AC units at all in the summer, which I found infuriating, since the main reason you're at an RV park is you need power to run your air conditioner. I could park in a field if I didn't need power for my AC. This seemed kind of close to that and my mental outrage had been pre-loaded, which was dumb.
I was a bit miffed, but I pushed a button on my phone and turned my AC off. I later learned, someone was snooping around my RV to report me to The Man. I was then miffed that I had become miffed and had to think on that.
I thought about why I was miffed for a couple days. It wasn't that I didn't want to share, I didn't want to do my collective duty. My rig is different. Or maybe it was more than that? I'll explain how my RV handles this low voltage condition before getting into that.
That said, I talk about sipping power, but I do use a LOT of it in my self contained habitat. Being miffed also comes from being called out on my profligate electrical ways. This comes from living in the trailer rather than living out of the trailer. When the RV park manager stopped by, my buddy had all his windows open in his school bus RV. I'm really miffed because I'm being asked to change my behavior. Ahh, now we're getting to it.
There is no way to explain my rig to the RV park owner, so I'll just make sure we're complying with his simple request.