Solar Panel Tips

It’s an investment to convert to solar powering your RV. However, when all’s said and done, it’s free energy in your pocket! For folks who like to camp in the backcountry, or just avid RVers looking for ways to minimize their energy consumption, solar is well worth the investment. All you need is a little bit of sun and the open road.

There are so many options when it comes to solar powering your RV. Where do you even begin? We have a few tips that might help you start your research.

Where to start

Consider your daily use: will you need to power electronics like laptops and televisions, or do you spend most of your time outside? Will you use shore power at all, or do you want to be entirely self-sufficient? We can help you calculate exactly the power you need to meet your energy requirements.

Invest in a good battery

No matter the size of your solar system, it will require a battery. The battery packs the real strength when collecting energy from the sun. Many suggest installing a battery large enough that you could survive for 3-4 days without having to recharge, just in case you hit a bad batch of days. Ask us to direct you to the best option for your energy needs.

Buy a controller

Protect the system you’ve worked so hard to set up! A solar charge controller prevents you from overcharging your batteries because it controls the power moving from the panels themselves to your battery storage.

Consider compatibility

You may need to buy a power inverter to provide energy to your standard appliances depending on the difference in voltage between your batteries and electronics. We can help you with the compatibility.

Connect to shore power

The same way you want to check that your solar system is compatible with your appliances, also purchase an inverter that allows your battery to charge on shore power if needed. This is a good idea if you don’t plan on using it often! If your RV is equipped for shore power, you will always have a backup in case something goes wrong with your system.

There are many factors to consider when converting your RV to clean energy.  Our Parts Department can guide you in getting all set up to go solar!

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