RV Solar Kits
Solar power for your RV means you can say goodbye to noisy generators and wasted gas!
The Cost to Solarize your RV
It's really not that expensive when you consider it-you can buy a small 75W system for under $1000. This would provide you with enough power for one or two items at a time.
A solar kit for your RV is typically about 50 to 110 watts. With peak sun shining down on a 50 watt solar panel, you'll have energy to run a regular sized television set. They can be used to charge batteries or to power items directly.
Most people will want to power a few small implements. Check the silver metallic sticker on the backs of your electronic or other items. For example, a laptop will likely have a marking of 16V=2.2A. This means 16 volts and 2.2 amps. Plug figures like these into our handy solar calculator, to figure out your load (your energy usage) in watts.
Take the result of your calculation and multiply by the number of hours you are going to be out-the result will give you a number in AHrs (amp hours). Divide this figure by 2 to get a rough idea of the wattage you will need.
Freedom and power all in one
RV solar kits are actually very easy to use, virtually maintenance free to give you many years of uninterrupted (and best of all, free) power.
You can save yourself a lot of trouble by adding a regulator to your system. These come with very easy to read gages (digital readouts, etc) to ensure that you do not overcharge your battery.
RV batteries require special consideration. If you want to store energy, you will need to add a proper battery. Read more about solar RV batteries.