What can rv solar panels run? More than you think

A lot of people want to know what kind of items you can run on an RV solar system. That is because solar systems are kind of foreign to the average user, in fact many people have never operated or been somewhere that they had to be responsible for the amount of power that they used. When you are running items on an RV solar system you are very in tune with how much power your batteries can hold and your solar panels can produce. This is a very different situation than being able to get limitless amounts of power from the power grid. However there are some real benefits of unplugging and going off-grid, for example, you can still run many of the items that you would like to wow having better views and fewer telephone poles to look at oh, my pet peeve. When you are trying to calculate the total load of items that you want to run it is important to know how long the item will run for and how many amps or Watts the item uses also it is important to know what voltage it will operate at. For example, an inverter would produce 120 volts for you to operate household loads, but these inverter loads will use more power from the no-load draw and also the inefficiency of power conversion. A 12-volt direct current load will always be more efficient because it does not have any no-load draws. Items like your water pump, fan, LED light, and 12-volt outlet all operate directly off your battery in your RV for the most part. Items like coffee pots microwaves and air conditioners operate at 120 volts. These may or may not be reasonable to power went off-grid on an inverter system.

Common items run in an RV on solar

Laptop Computers

Charging laptops off-grid is a must for most RVers. Find out how to keep your battery charged on the road.
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Hair Dryer

Hair dryers pull a lot of power, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them. Get the details here.
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Sewing Machines

Enjoy sewing on the road while you travel, get information on running a sewing machine while off-grid.
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Electric Air Fryer

These devices are all the rage in homes and are making their way into RVs. Find out more information on their specifications.
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Clothes Iron

Clothes irons range from cordless to regular. Find out how to keep your clothes crisp even on the road.
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Amazon Alexa

Amazon Alexa units are becoming more common additions to RV living. Learn more about how to power one up in the middle of nowhere.
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Vacuum Cleaners

Vacuum Cleaners are often needed in RVs. The fight never ends when working to remove sand and dirt when out boondocking. Many users need to…
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Here are the components you need to build an RV solar system

Every solar system is built using the same basic components. From batteries to panels each piece has a place and a function in the system. The basic solar charging portion will work to keep the house batteries charges using only the power of the sun. The charged batteries can then be used to operate lights, water pumps, refrigerators and more. Below you will find a group of items that we find in RVs when the owner is boondocking. Each has its own electrical specifications and operational times. These will impact runtime and solar system design.

Solar cable entry plate

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…
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Solar panel tilted to capture more power from the sun.

Tilt mount for panels

Tilting a solar panel to better angle towards the sun can produce more power. There are brackets that can help achieve this on an RV.
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Circuit breakers

Circuit breakers are designed to protect AC wiring in your RV. The breakers are allowed to trip and be reset. They can allow for easily…
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Solar panels

Solar panels take light energy from the sun and turn it into useful DC electricity. This electricity is useful for charging batteries or for immediate…
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