Solar energy is a 'green' friendly source of energy that could simply be your best solution to charge the house batteries of your RV.
Solar energy is the first thing that comes to most people's minds when the subject of alternative energy comes up.
It is just ready to be used as a resource of power during your RVing adventure.
n fact, the use of solar panels is getting more and more popular among RVers. The sun is everywhere from dawn to dusk. Even on a slightly cloudy day, it is surprising to realize how much power you can collect with a solar energy system.
As you may know by now, unlike homes, recreational vehicles function on DC current i.e. direct current electricity stored in batteries.
Solar systems are perfect and well adapted to RVs because DC current is what they produce and it is directly transmitted to the deep-cycle battery bank.
If you do not have access to an electricity hook up, there are many advantages of using solar energy for charging batteries instead of running a generator . A solar panel system is like having a mini energy power plant on board.
Getting energy from the sun is probably the most sensible thing to do when boondocking or dry camping with a recreational vehicle. It will allow you to boondock anywhere, have access to all the power you need while saving money and conserving energy.
It will charge the battery bank very slowly and steadily, extending its lifespan and keeping it at a fully charged state most of the time.
Solar energy is clean with no possibility of fuel and oil spills, no more dirty hands fueling and doing maintenance to the generator.
The solar panels used to collect the sun energy are silent with no parts moving, consequently no wear and tear. It is safe and non polluting without combustible, then eliminating any risk of fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.
The components of a RV solar system are:
Note also that when alternating current is needed for the usage of AC wall outlets or appliances, an inverter is necessary. It should be located as close as possible to the battery bank but not in the same compartment.
Even if the up front costs are higher and there is quite a bit of work involved in the installation of a rv solar system, you may consider all the advantages of solar energy.
On the other hand, if you are not sure of how much boondocking you are going to do and how long you are going to use your RV, think twice before wiring a whole system of solar panels on the roof.
A good size battery bank and a generator may be just sufficient for your needs. Adding one or two portable panels may help.
For the serious 'boondocker' or the fulltimer , it may worth every penny to invest in a robust system that will meet all your needs of the future.
Since after the installation, the operating costs are negligible, a properly sized solar system with its long term longevity can provide you with enough power to quickly recharge your batteries and make you self-sufficient for years to come without extra cost.
Also, your neighbor will like you very much just for the fact that they will not have to smell or hear the noise of a generator running for hours, breaking the silence of nature.
If you plan it properly, your solar power set-up will give you a lot of independence and freedom for years after its installation. You will always have this feeling to be able to go anywhere at any time.
You will be totally self sufficient without the obligation to pay for the electrical hook-up service of a campground.
You may consult the website of the National Directory of Solar Services to find some specific businesses in your location: solar companies.
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