RV Solar Panels
One of the benefits of installing RV solar panels is that they are able to produce electricity for your motorhome in remote locations where a power outlet may be unavailable.
Traditionally, RV owners who required a source of electricity had to visit campsites that had power outlets available for motorhomes. The problem with this is that a motorhome owner was tied down to a selection of places to visit and couldn't go off and explore without losing a supply of electricity.
How Much Do RV Solar Panels Cost?
The cost of solar RV kits can range from cost anywhere between a few hundred to a few thousand dollars depending on the wattage you require to run your chosen appliances.
RV solar cells come in a variety of forms from starter kits to RV solar array extensions for use when upgrading a current RV solar electricity system.
How Are Solar Panels Attached to a Motorhome?
The most common way to attach RV solar panels to a motorhome is by fixing them to the roof. This is done by using mounts which screw into your RV roof. The downside to this method is that you have to drill holes into your vehicle which can prove to be a very unpopular decision. This method also generally requires a degree of skill and is often best carried out by a professional installer.
An alternative to roof mounted solar panels is a mobile solar electricity kit. The downside to this method is that the kit requires storage space when travelling and can take time to assemble at your destination. This method eliminates the need to drill holes into your RV which helps to retain the value of your motorhome ensuring it isn't affected by potential damage caused by the "do it yourself" approach.
Another advantage of mobile solar panels for your RV is that they aren't permanently fixed to your vehicles roof which means that when you finally come to sell your vehicle, your solar panels can quite easily be taken out of your recreational vehicle and placed in your new RV which eliminates the cost of purchasing new panels.
Some RV owners have even found that by combining a small wind turbine with an RV solar panel installation, they are able to provide a reliable and significant source of electricity through the use of solar and wind energy.