In this 6-part series, we explain everything you need to know about RV Solar and how it works!   Part 1 – Confused by wattage, voltage, amperage, battery banks, and wiring size? Then this is for you. Read on! How is your RV solar system like the fuel system in your car? It helps to

Conclusion A well-designed RV solar solution built with quality components will provide you with the ultimate flexibility for going off grid and should give you years of trouble-free service. Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing your solar set-up: Understand your current and future requirements. Are you a casual RVer, or

Part 6 – Power Converters, Battery Chargers, and Transfer Switches In RV applications, the terms ‘power converter’ and ‘battery charger’ are used interchangeably. The converter takes AC power (from shore power or a generator), converts it to DC, and uses it to charge the RV batteries. Good converter/chargers provide high throughput and will dramatically shorten

Part 5 – Power Inverters While your RV batteries generally provide 12 volt DC power, many of the appliances you run in your RV require 120 volts AC (like in your home). Making this conversion is the primary role of your RV power inverter. There are several things to consider when choosing your RV power

Part 4 – Charge Controllers The solar charge controller is a critical component in your RV solar system. The controller maintains the life of the battery by preventing overcharging. When your batteries are low, the controller provides a full flow of current from your solar panels to replenish your battery banks. When your batteries achieve

Part 3 – Batteries RVs typically use deep cycle, valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries that can be regularly discharged and recharged. There are two types of VRLA batteries—  gel and absorbed glass mat (AGM)—with the latter being more popular. AGM batteries offer many advantages to the RVer. They are sealed, do not spill or vent gas,

Part 2 – Solar Panels How they work. Solar panels are made up of individual solar cells that convert sunlight into energy. That energy comes in the form of direct current (DC) electricity, which is used to charge and replenish your RV’s batteries. Typically, several panels are joined together, creating a ‘solar array.’ What to