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Finding The Perfect RV Solar Panels – My Success Story

Hi there and thanks for visiting my Blog. My name is Jason Watts and I spend about 6 months of the year traveling around North America in my RV.

I’m from Seattle, Washington and I’m not an electrician or anything like that. I’m just guy who likes to travel a lot and who figured out the best a way to generate power in my RV was to use solar panels. Hopefully my story will help you to find the right solar panels for your RV.

Why Did I Need Solar Panels for My RV?

I love to travel. I love to see things that most people will never get a chance to in their lifetime.

In my youth, I used to backpack a lot through Europe. As much fun as that was, I’m a lot older now and don’t have the body to pull off that kind of adventure anymore. But traveling in an RV to new places all around the States and Canada for 6 months at a time gives me the same kind of thrill.

Now when I first started out, I had to stay in parks and campgrounds that could offer my RV hook ups. I needed the electricity to run all the electrical equipment I like to have. Stuff like a TV, DVD player, stereo, Satellite dish, computer, etc.

RV parks are nice but I quickly got tired of the noisy neighbors with all their music, parties, generators and late night talking. Not only that, over time it became expensive and limited what I would be able to experience.

I wanted more. I wanted to have the freedom all those RV brochures promised me I would have. That’s when I decided on boondocking full time.

By boondocking full time, the whole of North America suddenly opened up for me and I could go to places I only dreamed about – like the desert. There’s nothing quite like sitting outside in a quiet desert, watching the shadows lengthen and the sky redden as the sinking sun flames the eastern mountains.

But I had a slight problem – not having enough electricity.

I couldn’t run all the electrical stuff as long as I wanted without draining my battery to dangerously low levels or worse – dead.  I realized I had a choice to make. It came down to running a generator or using solar panels.

At first a generator seemed to make a lot a sense. But then I figured out what it would cost me in fuel over a six month period – not to mention environmental issues, the noise factor, limited generator life span and my restricted fuel storage capacity. It immediately became clear that solar panels were the logical choice.

Solar panels are a clean, environmental friendly technology that can produce all the power I wanted for free. All I had to do was find the right ones for my RV.

How I Found the Best Solar Panels For My RV

The first thing I had to do was figure out how much power I used in a day. I won’t bore you with all the details because I created an RV Solar Power Calculator to figure all that out for you (you can find it on this blog).

After I worked out how much power I used, all I had to do was find two things:

1.    A brand that I could trust
2.    A supplier that I trusted

After doing a lot of research I decided on the world’s leading manufacturer of solar panels: Sharp.

Sharp’s solar panels have been proven to work in all kinds of conditions – everywhere from rooftops to outer space. The ones they design for RV’s are totally weather proof and come with a 25 year warranty.

Finding a supplier was easy. Even though there are lots of companies on the Internet selling solar panels, I went straight to Amazon.com.

Why? Because I know they are going to be around a long time, they always have solar panels in stock, offer fast delivery, and most importantly – I know I can send it back without any hassle. I can’t say any of that about a company I never heard of before.

So there you have it. My quick story about why I love having solar panels on my RV and the freedom it offers me.

Be sure to check out the rest of my blog. It’s crammed with lots of great information to help you understand more about RV Solar Panels and all the stuff that goes with it!

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May 21, 2009 Posted by | Solar Power Info | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

123 Watt RV Solar Panels

123 Watt RV Solar Panel Kit

Harness the awesome power of the sun with this 123 watt solar panel to keep your RV batteries fully charged.

This SHARP polycrystalline 123-watt RV solar panel kit can produce 7.16 amps and comes complete with a male D/C plug, mounting bracket and screws, battery clamps, voltage tester, quick connectors, and extra wiring.

This panel is one of the best solar panel solutions for any RV owner with low electrical power requirements. But if later on down the road you find you need more juice hooking up a second or even a third panel anytime is a snap!

Here is a quick list of the features this 123 watt RV solar panel has for you:

  • Designed for RVs
  • High Efficiency Polycrystalline Cells
  • Easy to Install & Maintenance Free
  • Weatherproof
  • Connect Multiple Panels for More Power
  • 25 Year Warranty
  • Max Output 123 Watts 7.16 Amps

Click here for more details or to order this RV Solar Panel Kit now!

April 14, 2009 Posted by | Mid Power RV Solar Panels | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

How To Find The Perfect RV Solar Panels For Your RV

RV Solar Panels

Find the perfect Solar Panels for your RV In Just 3 Easy Steps

  1. Discover how much electricity you use in your RV on average a day (very easy to do)
    – Just use our handy RV Solar Panel Calculator to find the answer
  2. Find the perfect solar panels for your RV that matches your answer from step one
    – You’ll find it right at the bottom of the RV Solar Panel Calculator
  3. Order your RV Solar Panels and you’re done!

April 9, 2009 Posted by | RV Solar Power Calculator | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

246 Watt RV Solar Panels

246 Watt RV Solar Panel Kit

With two high efficiency 123W polycrystalline solar panels this RV solar panel kit will convert a tremendous amount of the sun’s power into electricity for you to use when you’re camping.

The two panels are completely weatherproof,  maintenance free and easy to install.  Along with your RV Solar Panels you also get mounting brackets, a voltage tester and extra wiring (brackets and screws also included). You can connect additional panels to these ones which will charge your batteries even faster.

Included with your RV Solar Panel kit is a 30 Amp digital charge controller which helps to maintain 12V batteries in a fully charged state and preventing it from being  overcharged. This controller can handle up to 30 Amps of array current and 500 Watts of solar power.

Everything you need to get set up comes with this kit and even includes a digital 30 amp charge controller, an 175W inverter, screws, mounting brackets, voltage tester, and extra wiring.

Here is a quick list of all the features this 160 watt RV solar panel kit has for you:

  • Designed for RVs
  • High Efficiency Polycrystalline Cells
  • Easy to Install & Maintenance Free
  • Weatherproof
  • Connect Multiple Panels for More Power
  • 25 Year Warranty
  • Each Panel = Max Output 123 Watts 7.16 Amps
  • Digital 30 amp charge controller
  • 175-watt inverter
  • screws, mounting brackets, voltage tester, and extra wiring

Click here for more details or to order this 246 Watt RV Solar Panel Kit now!

April 3, 2009 Posted by | High Power RV Solar Panels | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

RV Solar Panel Calculator

Step 1 – Calculate your RV electrical power requirements

12V Appliances

Amps

x Quantity

x Hrs. run/day

=Total amps/day

10 watt lights 0.8
15 watt lights 1
Water pump 4
12 volt TV 3
Automatic Fan 2
Furnace 8
12 Volt Stereo 0.8
Propane Alarm (usually 24hrs/ day) 0.21 1 24 5

120 VAC Appliances – Using DC to AC Inverters

TV 4
DVD Player 3
Satellite 4
Microwave (average 0.15 day) 100
Toaster 65
Coffee Maker 60
Blender 12
Laptop 5
Coffeemaker (average 0.15 day) 50
Blender (average 0.15 day) 12
Toaster (average 0.15 day) 60
Vacuum (average 0.15 day) 35
Curling Iron (average 0.15 day) 3
Blow Dryer (average 0.15 day) 125
Total amp hours per day


Step 2
– Calculate your total weekly amps

Multiply total amps hours per day by the number of days per week (i.e. weekend camping: multiply
total amp hours x 2 days, full-time camping: multiply total amps per day x 7 days).
_____________ amps per x ______________# of days of use per week = ________________ total amps


Step 3 – Find the perfect solar panels for your RV

Estimated Weekly Output

RV Solar Panels

112 Amps 60 Watt RV Solar Panel Kit
149 Amps 80 Watt RV Solar Panel Kit
200 Amps 123 Watt RV Solar Panel Kit
260 Amps 160 Watt RV Solar Panel Kit
400 Amps 246 Watt RV Solar Panel Kit

Rates are based on a 12V system with 4 hour charging times. Actual charging times will vary depending
on time of year, angle of the sun relative to the RV solar panel and, of course, weather conditions.

April 2, 2009 Posted by | RV Solar Power Calculator | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

160 Watt RV Solar Panels

160 Watt RV Solar Panel Kit

Harness the free power of the sun with this 160 watt solar panel to keep your RV batteries fully charged.

This 160 watt RV Solar Panel Kit contains two of Sharp’s 80 watt solar module panels.

These high efficiency Polycrystalline solar cells have an anti-reflective coating allowing it to absorb more light in absolutely all weather conditions. This 160 watt RV Solar Panel Kit can even let you easily be connect more panels to it to generate more power.  The panels textured cell surface to reduces reflection of sunlight and is completely weatherproof which makes it perfect for mounting it on the roof of an RV.

These panels come with an aluminum frame for extended outdoor use. This kit is extremely easy to install and best of all – maintenance free!

Everything you need to get set up comes with this kit and even includes a digital 30 amp charge controller, an 175W inverter, screws, mounting brackets, voltage tester, and extra wiring.

Here is a quick list of all the features this 160 watt RV solar panel kit has for you:

  • Designed for RVs
  • High Efficiency Polycrystalline Cells
  • Easy to Install & Maintenance Free
  • Weatherproof
  • Connect Multiple Panels for More Power
  • 25 Year Warranty
  • Each Panel = Max Output 80 Watts 4.67 Amps
  • Digital 30 amp charge controller
  • 175-watt inverter
  • screws, mounting brackets, voltage tester, and extra wiring

Click here for more details or to order this RV Solar Panel Kit now!

April 2, 2009 Posted by | Mid Power RV Solar Panels | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

80 Watt RV Solar Panels

80 Watt RV Solar Panel Kit

Harness the free power of the sun with this 80 watt solar panel to keep your RV batteries fully charged.

This SHARP polycrystalline 80-watt RV solar panel kit can produce 4.67 amps and comes complete with a male D/C plug, mounting bracket and screws, battery clamps, voltage tester, quick connectors, and extra wiring.

This panel is one of the best solar panel solutions for any RV owner with low electrical power requirements. But if later on down the road you find you need more juice hooking up a second or even a third panel anytime is a snap!

Here is a quick list of the features this 80 watt RV solar panel has for you:

  • Designed for RVs
  • High Efficiency Polycrystalline Cells
  • Easy to Install & Maintenance Free
  • Weatherproof
  • Connect Multiple Panels for More Power
  • 25 Year Warranty
  • Max Output 80 Watts 4.67 Amps

Click here for more details or to order this RV Solar Panel Kit now!

April 2, 2009 Posted by | Low Power RV Solar Panels | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

RV Solar Panel Basic Connection Diagram

A complete RV solar panel system consists of 5 parts: solar panel(s), battery, charge controller, wiring and a power inverter.

Solar Panels

A solar panel captures sunlight and produces direct current (DC) power. When a solar panel is connected to a battery, it stores all this power into the battery. To get increased power output more than one solar panel can be connected together.

Charge Controller

A charge controller is a device that is connected between the solar panel and the battery. A charge controller is designed to monitor the battery and prevents the solar panel from overcharging while assuring a complete charge. Charge controllers are an absolute requirement for your RV solar panel installations.

Power Inverter

This is one of the most useful devices in your whole installation. It’s what takes the Direct Current (DC) generated by your RV solar panels and batteries and converts it to alternating current (AC) power to operate things like laptop computers, radios and anything else you normally plug into a wall.

March 28, 2009 Posted by | Solar Power Info | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How Solar Power Works

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60 Watt RV Solar Panels


60 Watt RV Solar Panel Kit

Harness the free power of the sun with this 60 watt solar panel kit to keep your RV batteries fully charged.

These four 15-watt panels are really easy to install. Just mount the solar panels onto the included PVC frame and watch them generate power for your RV.  As an added bonus, you can even use this setup with a separate 12v battery (not included) as an additional way to generate and store juice.

This RV Solar Panel Kit has everything you need to generate power for your next trip and includes:

  • Four 15 Watt Solar Panels
  • Works in All Weather Conditions
  • Built-in Blocking Diode Protects Battery Discharge at Night
  • Made of Durable ABS Plastic with an Amorphous Solar Cell
  • Temperature Range: -40° to 176° F
  • Max Output 60 Watts 4 Amps
  • PVC Mounting Frame
  • 175 Watt Inverter
  • 7 Amp Charge Controller
  • 4 Way Connector
  • 5 year manufacturer warranty
  • Accessory Kit: 12V female socket and alligator battery clamps, wiring and connecting cable, screws, nuts and bolts.

Click here for more details or to order your RV Solar Panel Kit now!


March 26, 2009 Posted by | Low Power RV Solar Panels | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment