What Will Solar Panels Power in My RV?

April 21, 2011 by · 7 Comments 

By James Mannett, CEA Solar Solar power for your RV depends on many factors: number of batteries, types of appliances, duration of use, presence and size of the inverter, and, or course, your budget. While solar panels won’t power everything on your RV, most items can be powered, either partially or entirely, by solar—with careful [...]

Solar Powered Fridgerators

Solar Powered Fridgerators

March 31, 2011 by · 7 Comments 

By James Mannett Propane fridge fires in RV’s combined with a demand for more fridge space is driving more new RV buyers to purchase the ‘Household Fridge‘ option.  Tiffin motorhomes reports the household fridge option to be the most popular.  But, what happens when boondocking for extended periods? And, if solar power is to be [...]

Strike a Balance with Solar — RV Upgrades

Strike a Balance with Solar — RV Upgrades

March 1, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

By James Mannett Most any household appliance can be powered from an RV battery bank, and an RV solar system can be designed to produce enough energy to replace what is consumed during a typical day. The trick is to strike a balance between the size of the solar system necessary to satisfy the daily [...]

“Ask a Solar Expert”

“Ask a Solar Expert”

December 26, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

By James Mannett RV solar systems can be designed many different ways to perform many different functions. They can consist of one very small panel for battery maintenance (trickle charging) applications or many large panels together with charging devices and an inverter, which can provide most or all of an RV’s electrical needs. Many RVs [...]

Do-It-Yourself RV Solar: What you need to know.

Do-It-Yourself RV Solar: What you need to know.

December 1, 2010 by · 6 Comments 

By James Mannett As soon as someone mentions the word ”Solar” in a crowd of RVers, ears perk up all around. There is a great deal of interest in the use of solar power for RV applications but very few sources of information on the many ways it can be used. Many RVers pride themselves [...]