Why Would I Want To Install Solar Panels On My RV?
Why You Should Install Solar Panels on Your RV
Why would I want solar panels? Are they installed so that the generator is not needed?
ANSWER: Hi, Let me start off by saying that a Solar Charging System does not replace an RV's generator. But a Solar Charging System can reduce the amount of time that you have to run your generator in order to recharge your RV's 12 volt House Battery System.
If you do a lot of boondocking; installing Solar Panels becomes even more important to minimize the time that you have to run your generator.
A Solar Charging System also does not directly produce 120 Volt AC power to your RV. In order to create 120 Volt AC current from a 12 Volt DC power source you need a Power Inverter that connects to your RV's house batteries. Based on the wattage of the Power Inverter, you can run all kinds of 120 Volt appliances in your RV, such as TVs, VCRs, etc. Power hogs such as an Air Conditioner or Microwave will still need generator power to run.
The higher the wattage of the Power Inverter you use the faster it can drain your house batteries. When you have a Solar Charging System on your RV the free power of the sun now tops off your house batteries, so you do not have to run your generator as often. Even when your RV is parked at your house or a storage facility and it is not hooked up to electricity, the batteries will be receiving a charge during daylight hours.
The higher the wattage of the Solar Charging System you have the less you have to run your generator. By running your generator less
frequently you are reducing air pollution and noise pollution.
RV Solar Charging Systems can be installed on all types of RV's regardless of how old they are. When you install a Solar Charging System on your RV you are joining the 1000s of RVers that are part of the Green RVing movement.
There are portable Solar Panels available that you can use to attach to your RV's house Battery System. To learn more about one of these portable Solar Panel systems you may want to take a look at the video below by RV Expert Mark Polk from RV Education 101
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