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Solar Panel Layout Guide for RVs


What’s your roof got to do with it?

Getting started on the process of RV solar requires knowing what assets you have to work with. One of the biggest assets an RV owner has is free uninterrupted roof space. Learn how to maximize open spaces and fit your solar panels into the open areas you have to work with. The more solar you can add will mean the more DC electrical power you can produce. This is why it is important to put on your thinking cap ahead of time and create an RV solar panel layout.

The items are just the main ones that can and will break apart your RV roof into smaller less usable spaces for solar panels:

  • Air Conditioners
  • Vents
  • Fans
  • Drain & Plumbing Vent Pipes
  • Skylights
  • TV Antennas
  • Exhaust Fans
  • Satellite Antenna
  • Roof Racks
  • AM/FM Radio Antennas
  • Port Holes

Panel layout requirements may cause the need for more cabling

Keep in mind that some RVs will have obstructions that require panels to be placed some distance apart. It may require you to order additional MC4 extension cables to make the necessary connections.

You can download a copy of our New Updated Solar Layout Guide Below

Solar Panel Layout Guide for RV Roofs

This kit has now been updated to include the new Go Power 190 watt solar panel kits. This guide will be really important when looking at kits like the AE-4 and AE-6.

Installing RV solar panels

Updated Sample of RV roof adding panels using layout guide includes 190 watt panels.]

Solar Panel Layout Guide

Update underway now to add the new Go Power slim 100 solar panels to the layout guide.

Shop Go Power Slim Rv Solar Kits and Expansion panels

The slim models may be what you need to increase your off-grid solar output. As the slim panels hit the market. You will find more and more offerings for them.
The newest style of solar panels is flexible ones that can confrom somewhat to the shape of the RV roof. These panels range from 20 watts to 110 watts. Many of the flexible panels have inreased in wattage due to their use of more efficent cells in the same panel footprint. Go Power! has a wide range of the panels and the most popular size is the [110 watt flexible solar kit](/go-power-100-watt-flexible-solar-kit-gp-flex-100/). Go Power 110 Watt Flexible Solar Kit Go Power 110 Flexible Expansion panels There are many brands and sizes of these flexibles today. Every year more and more efficent panels with better qualities hit the market. you can also look at thin film flexible solar panels as well. These panels are more flexible but typically have a lower power density.