solar panel system for RV

1 Posts
Jul 21, 2000 03:01 pm
solar panel system for RV

I am looking for info on a complete solar energy system for my motothome. Tired of the "generator
blues" and down time. Would be interested in hearing from other RVer's and anyone with knowledge of initial cost to set up and availability.
Jul 22, 2000 03:56 pm
Re: solar panel system for RV

Motor home system canbe very simple and very inexpensive - usually only one or two panels and a charge controller. If you want to run AC loads then you will also need an inverter.

A system with 2 - 100 watt panels and a MPPT charge controller with meter will cost around $1000 plus shipping costs and wire. You may also need batteries if the existing load batteries are not large enough but a couple of glof cart batteries or L-16's will be enought and they will cost between $100 - $350. If you want an inverter large enough to run a microwave or air conditioner will cost about $1400.

These system can pay for themsleves in one summer if they allow you to stay out of the RV parks. 2 - 100 watt panels may not keep you going for days and days expecially if you run large loads like air conditioners a lot but 200 watts during the summer will do a pretty good job. In most cases with RV's there is no more room on the roof even if you have a bigger budget.  


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