Solar panels are everywhere, popping up on roofs all over Santa Clarita. But did you know solar isn’t just for homes? Solar power systems can be installed on RVs, trailers, and campers too! For owners of any of these vehicles, find out why and how to add renewable solar power to your vehicle.
Why should you go solar for your RV, trailer, or camper? There are several pros to doing so. It’ll free you up to go off-grid while staying self-sufficient. Solar power is a quiet alternative to conventional generators. It is cost-effective. It provides you and your vehicle with backup power for use in parking lots or emergency situations. It requires little maintenance. Moreover, it is an eco-friendly and safe source of power.
To power your vehicle internally while on the go, a system of parts that work together to collect, bank, and provide power that you need is required.
One of the most important components are the solar panels themselves. Solar panels are crystalline silicon cells that convert sunlight to DC (direct current) electricity by charging the battery bank. There are different solar panel types to choose from such as rigid or flexible rooftop-mounted panels and portable solar kits. Each comes in a number of sizes and wattage capabilities.
DC electricity can only be used when paired with a power inverter. The power inverter converts DC power to household AC (alternating current) to power your RV, trailer, or camper. Pure sine wave inverters are used for electronics and sensitive equipment; modified sine wave inverters are used for resistive loads like household appliances. These also come in a variety of sizes based on your individual power needs.
The inverter remote is the inverter’s simple on/off button.
The inverter fuse and cable kit connect the inverter to the batteries safely.
The solar controller maintains the battery’s life by ensuring the solar power harnessed by the panels don’t overcharge the battery which can damage the battery in the long run.
Shore power is the on-grid power source.
The transfer switch prevents dangerous AC power back feed and is known as the power decision-maker in the system.
The AC breaker panel distributes power by connecting to the transfer switch to provide power from either the battery bank or shore power to all the AC power outputs.
The battery charger turns AC shore power to DC battery power when quick battery charging is needed.
Last but not least, the batteries act as the system’s gas tank. They store DC power generated by the solar panels.
Are you interested in fitting your RV, trailer, or camper with a solar system for your next trip?
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