Basics of a solar battery charging system for your RV

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This is a really basic overview of a solar system for your RV.

Solar Panel

Solar Panel

The solar panel is the core component of a battery charging system for your RV that is designed to take the light from the sun and turn it into electricity.

Mounting Brackets

Mounting brackets are designed to mount your panel to your RV roof. They usually have the panel sitting about 1 inch off the roof.


10 AWG 600 volt solar wire with MC4 connectors is the most common wire used in solar systems.

Charge Controller

A charge controller is a device that controls the amount of power sent to your RV battery when charging.


The fuse protects the wire against shorting out.


You 12-volt house battery is the battery you use to run items when your RV is not plugged into electricity.

Check out an interview with someone using RV solar off-grid

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