Enjoying the Outdoors with a Solar Panel for a RV

Using a solar panel for a RV (Recreational Vehicle) will make camping and other outdoor outings more enjoyable, as you do not have to worry about maintaining the batteries for your electronics, while still able to enjoy the luxuries of your appliances. Although you will sill need a battery bank to store the excess energy for when the sun goes down, solar panels will provide enough power to keep your RV batteries charged, and therefore will supply light and electricity to operate your RV appliances.

How does asolar panel for a RV provide electricity? It doe s this by converting the energy from the sun into electricity in which charges your RV’s batteries (for example, for your interior lighting and appliances). These solar panels store the sun’s energy as DC power to use when needed at a later time. Solar panel for a RV includes solar panels, a charge controller, mounts, output wiring, fuses, and intermodule cables. The most common battery used is the RV-12 volt deep cycle as it allows you to link an AC inverter to it, and plug your appliances into the battery so that you don’t need to use the RV’s electricity. The average price for this type of kit is about $1,000.

Installing solar panel for a RV is fairly easy with the kits that are being made today. How will you know which kit to purchase? There’s some preliminary work you need to do before looking at the solar panel kits. First, you will need to figure out the amount of power that you will potentially use while using your RV. This will depend on the amount of days you plan on being in your RV, and whether it is for an extended or intermitted amount of time. Second, you’ll have to assess which kind of appliances you’ll be using. Are you looking to use just the basics (water, light, etc)? Or are you looking for some extra luxuries (microwave, television, etc)? Depending on the amount of appliances you have in your RV, will determine the amount of watts you will need. Third, you should have an idea of the type of weather you will most likely be experiencing, which will be influenced by the location and time of year. A built in charger will allow you to continue to have electricity even on those stormy days. Finally, when you go to buy your kit, make sure you see a UL (underwriter’s laboratories) on the kit.

There are a few differences between your home solar power system and a solar panel for a RV. First, pay close attention to your batteries; they’ll most likely be exposed to a wide range of extreme temperatures. Within the charge controller, you should include battery temperature compensation. Second, some of your solar panels will be placed flat on the roof of your RV and will be exposed to high temperatures. Sometimes very high temperatures can cause a drop in the voltage. Therefore, it is imperative that any roof mounted panel on your RV‘s capacity is at least 17 volts or higher to ensure it will continue to charge your battery.

If you buy a RV solar panel kit, you’ll be traveling in a RV with a clean environment. You’ll no longer have to worry about your generator producing exhaust fumes, or whether it has enough oil and gas. Camping and extended outdoor activities will be more enjoyable when using a solar panel for a RV because you know you’re not polluting the environments that you and your family are visiting.

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