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Matching a Power Inverter to Your Solar Setup

What do you mean I bring everything in my Travel Trailer?

Matching a power inverter for your solar setup requires a couple of factors. First, look at how much wattage you are going to be using in your Travel Trailer. Everything from your blender to lights and microwaves can be a factor. They all can draw power even when turned off: Wall warts are the worst offenders for power drain. The best thing to understand is you’re not going to run a refrigerator, freezer, air conditioner, or heater unless you have a high-efficiency unit, and even then these pieces can draw a lot of power. We usually recommend an inverter charger for most RVs, Travel Trailers, and Fifth Wheel Campers. We recommend that if you’re running over a 2000 Watt load the 4000 Watt surge capacity of this power inverter will cover the few second overages.

This rv solar system includes a power inverter in the travel trailer.A great example of how an inverter works with the solar system in a travel trailer.

A lot of times we tend to focus on the wattage of our RVs and for good reason, but we should also look at the reliability of our battery chargers in relation to the inverters drawing power from the batteries. If your battery charger and solar array are charging the batteries quick enough then you don’t necessarily have to worry about running out of power. Be careful though not to deplete your battery bank without a backup power source like shore power or solar power. Don’t be left in the dark. Call Outside Supply with any questions! And Get Outdoors Ya’ll.

This is a great entry levelf Go Power's Inverter Charger Kit. They offer the Elite and Extreme kits. These have different amounts of solar and also different size Inverter units.

The Go Power! Elite Solar Kit - IC-2000 - 380 Watts of solar

We have found these kits contain much of what you need for getting going with off-grid solar and inverter power. We have also added lithium battery and sealant as well

Need to add solar panels to your RV?

Depending on how large your charge controller is on your mobile solar array, you may be able add additional panels. Important factors to know when trying to add panels to your array: * How many amps can your charge controller handle * How many amps of solar are in your array * How is your array wired (Parallel, Series, Series/Parallel) * How much space do you have on your RV roof for more solar panels Here is a selection of panels to grow a Go Power System

Go Power 190 E Expansion Panel

Go Power Flexible Solar Panel 100 Watt Expansion

Go Power Rigid 100 Watt Solar Panel Expansion Kit

There are other brans on the market, we have found Go Power! to be among the highest quality gear on the market. Their service has been friendly and reliable. However they can be a bit higher priced. Lithium batteries have come down a lot in price over the last 10 years. When we first started selling these batteries, they were hard to come by and a 100 Ah battery would cost over $5000. Today they are much lower cost and the power denisty is getting greater.