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

CPAP with heated hose by Philips Respironics

CPAP Machine

Sample CPAP Machines Issues with Running CPAP machines on solar Alternative ways to power CPAP
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On-Board Computer

Mobile Offices are pretty common in the RV community. Click here for more information on what equipment you will need to run your computer and…
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Refrigerators

Many RVs have switched over to running residential refrigerators. Learn what it takes to get one running using a solar system.
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Induction Cooktop

Many RVers have switched to induction cooktops because they are easy and more precise than hot plates. See what you need to get started.
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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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Rice Cooker

Rice cookers are quite common devices in an RV kitchen. See how much power is needed.
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TV

Everyone needs a little TV when camping, even if it is just to watch the latest weather report. Get the skinny on running a television…
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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.

Lap sealant used on RV roof.

Lap sealant

Lap sealant is often used when installing solar on an RV roof. Sealant is designed to there to help prevent water from entering your RV.
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Tools used to install rv solar kit.

Installation tools

Tools are required to install an RV solar system. There are several common tools and a couple that will make the job much easier.
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Tie wraps or cable ties ready to be installed

Tie wraps

Tie wraps or cable ties are a must to keep wires tight and in place. They are easy to use and come in different lengths…
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Inverter install kit

Inverter install kit

To install a power inverter, cables and a fuse should be used. The cable should match the wire size required by the load from the…
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