Solar Panels & RVs
May 18, 2020
How Solar Panels Could Change The Way You Travel In a RV
Solar panels are just one of the newest features on RVs to go main stream. Although it’s not standard on every until that comes off the line, many units now come wired for solar panels and can panels can be purchased at an additional cost. There are also aftermarket kits that can be installed on units. With the push to find green alternative energy sources, RV solar panels are a great way to harness this power while on the road.
Solar panels have many advantages when out camping. Besides being a green source of power, solar panels are a cost-effective mean of running your RV. They cut down on the use of the generator which means lower fuel usage and less noise and smell. Plus using the sun as a power source is free and inexhaustible. Even in the winter months or cloudy days you can still see some sunlight to gain some power. This could also extend your season depending on where you travel.
Solar panels could extend the life of your battery. Most RV batteries only last for a few years and are expensive to replace. But with the use of solar panels the life span of your batteries could be extended as much as 50%. Which means you won’t need to replace your batteries as often which means you save money and the environment at the same time. Most solar kits also have a controller that prevents harmful overcharging by adjusting the power generated by the solar panel before it reaches your batteries. This also helps you extend the life of your batteries.
Besides being a cost effective free source of power, solar panels also allow to you explore more remote locations while being off the grid. More scenic camp sites, no noise, and maybe no neighbors. Imagine the night sky with no light pollution and the stars that will be visible. Many campgrounds nowadays have a section that is “No Generator Allowed” or generators can only be used during certain hours of the day. This could make the difference of getting a camp site or not. Solar panels themselves are relatively low maintenance just needing a light surface cleaning and are light weight for easy set up and tear down.
RV solar panels could be the wave of the future with regulations to fight carbon emissions. As their popularity and use grows more units could come standard with solar panels. This will not only save money in the long run but also change and extend travel. You could reach new locations that you only dreamed about because they were too remote to access with their ease of use and maintenance. The possibilities are endless.