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Choosing the Right System for Your RV

What is the right solar system for your RV?

Solar panels on van roof Elite System for Van Conversion Choosing the right system for your RV involves a couple of factors. First, you want to make sure you are installing enough wattage to cover your wattage use inside the RV. See how much wattage you’ll be using daily.

You can also get wattage information for different devices.

Then you’ll know if you need an 80 Watt Solar Panel or multiple 190 Watt Solar Panels. These Go Power Panels are super high efficient and will get you the most amps/hr for your money. Our Solar Kits come with a high-efficiency Solar Charge Controller for regulating and monitoring your solar panels connected to the batteries.  You can also see what kind of battery you wish to install. Many RVs come with a battery already, but you want to test it and if need be replace it. From there you need an automatic transfer switch to properly switch over from battery power to charging with a converter (battery charger) overnight. You then need to consider a battery charger for charging your system when shore/ electrical power is available. We offer 10 Amp to 100 Amp Battery Chargers. I usually recommend no less than the 35 Amp Charger so you’re getting enough charge overnight. There is also an inverter to think about. Do you need an inverter for running things like blenders or fans during hot days that may not plug into your RV’s wall outlets? Many RVs only have a few plugs and can’t run high capacity loads like 1500 or 2000 Watts at a time. Most inverters require a proper fuse, block and cables. That’s why we usually recommend a 2000 Watt True Sine Wave Inverter by Go Power.

sprinter van with solar on top Finally, you’re ready to factor all these items into your RV or Travel Trailer. You can add additional accessories like an Inverter Remote and Trailer Connection for rear lights and power. If you have an existing Solar Panel and want to add an expansion unit we can help with that, too. We even have adapters for older MC3 Cable Connectors to the New MC4 Connectors. Call Outside Supply Today to discuss Solutions!

Check out our RV Solar Guide!

190 Watt panels are a great RV size and foot print

For years we sold the Go power 190 high quality solar panels. This robust size was powerful yet had a great form factor.
190 Watt Go Power Solar Panel
Go Power 190 Watt Overlander Kit

This Go Power kit is the basic building block of a standard RV solar kit. It comes with the solar panel controller, brackets and solar cable.

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With Go Power panels you know you will get what you pay for. They are a little more exspensive and the quality is there to support the price.

Maybe save a few dollars with another RV solar panel brand.

190 Watt Solar Panel
190 Watt Solar Panel

This is a 190 watt bare solar panel. It claims to be RV friendly and has a pretty good price.

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There are always different panels that you can choose to build your solar array from. Always consider price versus quality. Solar panels are things you really don't want to have to replace. It is a pain, so choose what works for your RV or off-grid array.