Modern motor homes are equipped with 12 volt or 24 volt battery systems that get charged by the rig’s alternator when the engine is running. They also incorporate a 230 volt battery charger that helps in maintaining the battery when it is connected to the electricity grid. However, if you are camping in a remote location, like a National Park, 230 volt is seldom available. In the absence of power supply, running the engine or a generator is the only alternative to recharge the batteries. You can avoid such instances by installing solar panels that will charge the batteries while you enjoy nature’s scenic beauty. Here are your options:
Portable solar panels are ideal for smaller vehicles. When you park your RV in the shade, you can place the solar panel a few meters away under the sun. Simply adjust the position of the panels so that it gets the maximum solar exposure. Some portable panels have adjustable legs to set the angle while others are foldable and have a carrying handle.
If your RV is large enough, you can mount solar panels on its roof. Many campers prefer installing rooftop panels for the convenience they offer. Since these panels need to withstand strong winds and constant vibration, you should seek professional help for their installation.
Before you purchase a solar panel system, you must calculate how much power you will need to charge your RV battery. Keep the following factors in mind:
Estimated power consumption
Travel plans and destinations
Design constraints of the vehicle
Once you review all these factors, you can buy a solar panel system that best suits the power requirements of your RV. Adopting solar energy to power your RV will help you select your camping sites with freedom. For more help with your motor home, contact us right away.