RV/Marine Solar Power Systems use the same components as any off-grid power system— solar panels or wind generator, inverter, charge controller, and batteries.
Just about any solar panel will work for an RV or Marine application. However some are better than others. Most panels over 125 watts are 24 volt panels and won't work with 12 volt systems. In many cases even 125 watt panels are too big for the sometimes limited space on the roof. Two 60 watt panels may work better. For a list of all solar panels we sell.
The temperatures on the roof of an RV can be very hot especially when panels are "flush" mounted, actually a couple of inches off the roof. High temperature lowers voltage output of panels and power to your batteries.
A lot of people ask about durability of solar panels on the road or water with the twisting and flexing going on not to mention flying rocks and road debris. Solar panels are covered with tempered glass that is rated to take the impact of a 1" hailstone at 50 m.p.h.! And if you have ever tried to walk through a closed sliding glass door you know that tempered glass is pretty tough.
Inverters for On the GO! Being able to run household appliances on the road or on the high seas is a great convenience. An inverter made for that purpose will give you years of high quality, trouble-free power. Some people just use small "Big-Box Mart" inverters for their RV's and it works out fine. When you get into inverters that charge batteries, however, things change.
If you ever plan to connect to "shore power" from your garage, the KOA or your marina you should only use an inverter / charger that is "mobile" rated by UL standards. These inverters provide automatic "ground switching" between the vehicle ground and the ground coming from the shore line.
All AC systems should have a "bond" between the neutral and ground wire only one place in the system. That place is usually at the meter of the system like on your house. Mobile inverters have this bond built-in for when you are on the road. It provides a "path to ground" for errant AC power and is a safety connection. When you connect to the shore, that power already has a bond back by the KOA or marina power meter and you don't want two "bonds". "Mobile" rated inverters can sense this connection to the shore line and disconnect their internal bond and use the one from shore. When you unplug the inverter re-connects its own bond.
Looking to keep your house batteries topped off? This 100w RV Kit includes a Solarland 100w panel and all the essential solar components to get you up and running with an expandable RV system. The Morningstar PS-15M charge controller includes an LCD display screen for easy setup and monitoring, and can be expanded by adding another 100w solar panel. This 100w kit is ideal for trickle charging house batteries and for smaller power systems such as a van.
Solar is more affordable than ever. $ 1,369.20
SLP010-12 Silver Poly Solar Module. $ 67.12
This 10 Watt 12 Volt DC Solarland polycrystalline solar module is designed for applications like RVing, camping, hunting and fishing. This solar panel has a blocking diode integrated into the junction box of the module.
The 10 Watt 12 Volt module is ideal for trickle-charging batteries. Permanent installations will need to use a charge controller in between the solar panel and battery, to prevent overcharging.
If you’re looking to keep your house batteries trickle charged, start with the Sunrise, our single panel kit featuring a flexible SunPower 100w solar panel. It includes all the necessary solar components such as a Morningstar Prostar PS-15M charge controller and PV wire. This is an ideal solution for keeping your house batteries topped off, and it’s great for smaller power systems such as a van.
This system is also available with a standard aluminum-frame 100w glass panel from Solarland, see related items.