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When choosing an RV solar system, it is best to start planning with identifying what kind of RV you have. This is because each type of recreational vehicle has specific requirements and limitations for off-grid power and solar charging systems.
Common questions regarding solar and inverter systems in RVs
A solar charge controller is the brains of a charging system. The solar controller determines when and how the solar panels charge your batteries based on several factors. This protects your batteries from being overcharged from your solar kit.
Power inverters are devices that allow a user to run 120-volt appliances from their 12-volt battery banks. These units come in a variety of models including power waveform of True Sine Wave and Modified Sine Wave and charging models including inverter only or inverter chargers.
Batteries are the lifeblood of an RV off-grid power system because they store the power needed at times when there is no power plug. RV batteries are available in a variety of types and common voltages like 6 Volt and 12 Volt.
A prewired cable entry plate on an RV is a simple way to have your RV solar-ready without the need to run additional wires into the RV. The main 10AWG cable run uses a quick-connect MC4 connector base for both the + (Red) and – (Black) cables.
The wires on your solar panels are like the water pip[es in your home, but instead of carrying water, they carry the electricity you need to charge your batteries and power your devices. Wire gauges and connectors vary by system.
Typical Electrical Loads for RV appliances and electric devices.
This is a partial list of the common devices and appliances that RV owners request to run on their RV solar panel system. Each item has its own electrical specifications and common run times. For more information visit the Complete list of off-grid common RV loads.