Solar Power for Your RV : It's Electric
One of the fastest growing segments of Outside Supply's customer base is in RV solar. I believe this is partially because of the explosion in Americans wanting to hit the great outdoors. It is also, in my opinion, because it is harder and harder to find solitude in any park that has hookups. Therefore many of us are going dry camping or boon docking. RV SOLAR KITS
A solar panel in your RV can keep your batteries charged so basic functions like your water pump, 12 volt lights and other devices continue to run. While solar charging is not the most powerful choice when compared to running a generator, it is superior in the fact that it works without requiring any fuel except sunlight. It also requires very little maintenance except that the sun is required to rise every day to insure charging. (By the way if the sun doesn't rise, I think there may be bigger issues at hand, than worrying about your RV battery charging. LOL!)
The size of the RV panel or RV Solar Kit that you need is based on 2 basic principles.
RV Solar Principle 1:
More Solar means more Charging which means more Money:
The more watts of solar panels you purchase, the faster your batteries will charge and the more output in your system. However more panels cost more money, so most people get to point where they have enough solar power to meet their needs and not break the bank.
RV SOLAR PRINCIPLE 2:
Solar Panels Require Space:
The more panels you buy, the more space you need to install them. More panels also require more wiring, larger charge controllers and also a better installation plan. In fact many larger solar arrays for RV's are designed to be set out once the RV is parked. This allows for better orientation of the panels to the sun and also allows for shaded RV spots since the panels can be moved away from the shaded area. They do not however charge the batteries until they are set out, unlike permanently installed roof mount panels. So find or make an installation plan or setup that works for you.