Solar Panels for your RV: Here’s What to Know

If you own an RV camper and have been considering alternative power sources for your camping trips, solar is a great option. Depending on where you are traveling, most campsites provide unobstructed access to sunlight, which is paramount for RV solar panels.

Adding solar panels to your RV can seem overwhelming, but we’ve created a guide on what you need to know if you’re considering solar energy.

What are solar panels?

Solar panels are devices that convert sunlight into power. The sunlight hits the panel and creates an electric current that is then regulated by a charge controller before reaching the battery bank.

Why buy solar panels for your RV?

Mainly for an electrical power source. Solar panels will enable you to power lights in your RV, charge your phone, use a blender, and more. Solar power enables RVers to charge their house battery, which is what will power most items within the RV.

Solar panels also enable RVers to live an off-the-grid lifestyle since they provide electrical power. So you can be camping in a remote location and still have the ability to use electricity.

What are the benefits of solar panels?

While the initial setup can be costly, once the solar panels are installed, the power is extremely cost-effective. Solar power works year around, too, so you can camp in your RV during the winter months and still get electrical power from the sun.

It’s renewable and clean. There is plenty of sunlight to go around our planet. Solar energy does not use fuel; therefore it does not produce any toxic waste. Solar energy also extends the battery life of your RV and it’s relatively easy to get power.

How much solar power do I need?

How much power you need for your RV is largely dependent on your power consumption. Our 100-watt panels supply around 5 amps of power and depending on the panel size, this can range. If you own a large RV and have appliances that require more power, you'll most likely require a large-scale solar system.

What might I have to do once I have RV solar panels?

Installing solar panels onto your RV might mean that you have to be more cognizant of where you travel and camp. Some days, you might require a sunnier spot, so your panels can power-up in the sunlight. You will also likely want to put a majority of the panels on your roof.

You should also expect some lifestyle adjustments. You can reduce your energy consumption on the RV by replacing your lights with LED bulbs. It’s important to learn how to minimize your power usage.

The verdict?

Research the energy options that are best for you and your RV lifestyle. Solar panels are a clean and efficient way to have power in even some of the most remote places. Though they are an investment, installing solar panels is often worth it in the long term. Using solar power is clean, good for our environment, and can allow you to stay out in the wilderness longer.