Use solar panels to power your RV


Photo by Bob Difley

Jumping in your RV and leaving the rat race for the weekend is an American tradition. Did you know you can provide power to your RV with the sun while getting away from it all?

The Sun is Everywhere!
One of the biggest misconceptions regarding solar power is that it is limited to large panel systems on roofs. Au contraire! With new nanotechnology, solar power systems will soon be applied with the paint you use to improve your home. Practically, that’s still a few years away from hitting the mainstream.

If you enjoy taking the RV out for an excursion, you can use solar power to provide your electrical needs. Whether you are going camping, to a rally, or a NASCAR race, it is an exceedingly simple process.

Unlike homes, RVs run on direct current electricity. This makes them perfect for solar electricity since solar systems produce direct current electricity instead of alternating current. Put another way, there is no need for bulky converters to flip the electricity from direct to alternating current. Instead, you can use the sun to power up your batteries directly.

Portable solar systems consist of pop-up solar modules with four or five panels. Essentially, they look like small ladders with solar panels instead of steps. You just pop them up on the roof of the RV or in an area where the sun hits them. The systems tie directly into your batteries and power them up during the day. Super easy and super clean. You can find an assortment of solar panels on Amazon.

The real advantage to solar RV systems has to do with noise. The traditional method for recharging your RV batteries is to turn on a generator, and generators can be very loud. Even the quietest generator makes enough noise to make you feel like you live next to a construction site. Solar systems make no noise at all. There are no moving parts, just the sun beating down on the panels. You’ll never even know they are there.

If RVing is your thing, portable solar modules are worth taking a look at.

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5 Thoughts to “Use solar panels to power your RV”

  1. Randy

    Do you have any diagrams for electrical, hooking up Solar panels?

  2. Pat

    What wattage is sufficient for running things like lights, modern tvs, phone and laptop chargers etc. I know that running the AC or microwave may be excessive.

    1. Richard Heberlein

      We do all our tv, satellite , lights, laptops and chargers etc. on 220 amp hours charged with 3 200w soar panels a 60 amp solar controller and a 2000w inverter wired into a sub-panel. Microwave yes, AC no.

  3. Ocdman

    I have two 120watt panels on our RV with a 600watt inverter with two golf cart batteries. We have not had any problem running TV, sound system, CPAP, toaster, curling iron, phones, computer and furnace. We did not start the generator one time this season.

  4. Sandy

    We’re looking at solar panels with boondocking in mind. So the usual stuff , coffee maker , micro wave. Looking at Amazon there are several brands and we’re wondering which is best. Price isn’t as important as getting what we’ll need at the right price. Does anyone have opinions on what’s good and what to stay away from? Anything will help .

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