RV SOLAR SYSTEMS
We have been living and working "FULL TIME" In our RV since November of 1985. Our primary business is providing " QUALITY SOLAR PANEL SYSTEMS" for RV owners. We pride ourselves with providing quality products and service to our customers utilizing the experience gained from living the RV live style, and from thousands of solar installations on RV's. This page will outline and describe in detail RV solar charging systems starting with small battery maintenance systems through mid sized weekend solar systems, then larger systems suitable for people who RV for extended periods of time. No matter the system you choose you will benefit from the quiet, dependable, maintenance free, power of these SOLAR SYSTEMS.
RV BATTERY MAINTAINERS
Most RV batteries are Lead Acid batteries designed to deep cycle several times over their lifetime. A characteristic of all lead acid batteries is that they tend to self discharge over time. That is, they will discharge about 10% per month, even if nothing is connected to them. In order to keep your batteries in good shape while your RV is in storage for extended periods, it is important to charge them before they become totally discharged. Often it is difficult to charge RV Batteries by conventional means because they are stored away from electrical outlets. This is where SOLAR MAINTAINERS come in. A small solar panel (1 watt) can be wired directly to your battery, trickle charging your battery each sunny day making up for the inherent self discharging of the battery. If you have two or more storage batteries you can use a larger (5 watt)) maintenance solar panel. Sometimes particularly in motor homes the coach has features like, gas detectors, propane shut off relays, or refrigerator control boards that draws energy from batteries while in storage. In this circumstance you may need a larger (40 watt) battery maintainer. In any event a properly sized maintenance solar system can give you the advantage of longer lasting batteries and also the convenience of fully charged batteries when you pack up your RV and take it out camping.
Maintainer kits include the Solar Panel, wire, mounting hardware, and detailed installation instructions:
SA 1 1 watt maintainer kit. $39.00
SA 5 5 watt maintainer kit. $69.00
KC 40 40 watt maintainer kit. $229.00
WEEKENDER RV SOLAR SYSTEMS:
A lot of demands are place on an RV systems batteries in the last few years with the advent of new types of appliances being built in to the units. Most RV's have televisions, radio's, carbon monoxide detectors. Some come equipped with satellite TV. All these amenities require electrical power and sometimes batteries won't last the weekend. Basically you have four choices use less power, add more batteries, purchase and run a loud expensive generator, or get a clean, quiet, maintenance free Solar System. A WEEKENDER solar system does not have to make up for all of your electrical requirements like a Full Timer Solar System because you are only out for a few days and you are starting out the weekend with full batteries. Most likely you just need to supplement your power enough to get you through the weekend. When you return home you can plug in or in most cases let you Solar System recharge your batteries during the week when you are not using any power. This is an added convenience especially if you storage isn't near power outlets.
All the WEEKEND SOLAR SYSTEMS below include Solar Panels with a twenty year warranty, charge controllers with digital volt and amp meters, mounting hardware that can tilt up to maximize winter solar gain, 35' of sunlight resistant 10/2 wire, fuses and complete "do it yourself" installation instructions:
US42 Unisolar 42 watt solar system. $359.00
US64 Unisolar 64 watt solar system. $469.00
SP75 Shell Solar (Siemens)) 75 watt system. $529.00
KC80 Kyocera 80 watt solar system. $519.00
SM100 Shell Solar (Siemens)) 100 watt system. $649.00
KC120 Kyocera 120 watt solar system. $659.00
"FULL TIMER" RV SYSTEMS:
These systems are for people who spend a lot of time on the road away from amenities. A lot of the best places to camp your RV are not in RV parks. They are quiet places near rivers or lakes. Places where you have lots of room to enjoy the wonders of nature. When you drive to these secluded places you don't want to start up a noisy, stinky generator every time you need 120v electricity. The larger systems in this category will provide you with enough energy to run everything in your RV for extended outings. You can combine these systems with an inverter large enough to run microwaves, toasters, coffee makers, as well as satellite dishes, computers and VCR's. These "Full Timer Solar Systems" combined with one of our inverters from our inverter page can give you ample power for extended periods of time. With these system it is almost like taking the power pole with you. Of course you should always make an effort to conserve the power in your batteries, doing so will greatly reduce the number of panels you need and the total cost of your system.
The following systems are complete systems including solar panels with at least 20 yr. warranty, Trace C60 charge controllers with remote monitor, mounting hardware capable of tilting up in the winter low sun months, 50" of sunlight resistant wire, and complete "do it yourself" instructions. ( Inverters and extra batteries are not included in these prices, for inverter prices check out the inverter section of this web site). Also note that we need to place these panels on top of your RV away from any possible shadows from air conditioners, TV antennas, roof vents or any other shadows. In some circumstances two smaller panels can be located in smaller areas and would not be shaded where a larger panel would be shaded during the peak sunlight hours of 10 AM to 2 PM. Let us know if you have a smaller RV and still want a multi panels system. We sell a wide range of quality panels in different sizes and shapes to custom fit your particular application:
2KC120 2 Kyocera 120 watt panels 240 watt system. $1363.00
3KC120 3 Kyocera 120 watt panels 360 watt system. $2037.00
4KC120 4 Kyocera 120 watt panels 480 watt system. $2601.00
5KC120 5 Kyocera 120 watt panels 600 watt system. $3170.00
6KC120 6 Kyocera 120 watt panels 720 watt system. $3739.00
7KC120 7 Kyocera 120 watt panels 840 watt system. $4308.00
8KC120 8 Kyocera 120 watt panels 960 watt system. $4877.00
Please note the KC120 panels measure approximately 58"X26" ea.
3KC80 2 Kyocera 80 watt panels 240 watt system. $1387.00
4KC80 4 Kyocera 80 watt panels 320 watt system. $1881.00
5KC80 5 Kyocera 80 watt panels 400 watt system. $2270.00
6KC80 6 Kyocera 80 watt panels 480 watt system. $2659.00
Please note the KC 120 panels measures approximately 38.4"X26" ea.
3BP275 3 BP 75 watt panels 225 watt system. $1387.00
4BP275 4 BP 75 watt panels 300 watt system. $1881.00
5BP275 5 BP 75 watt panels 375 watt system. $2270.00
6BP275 6 BP 75 watt panels 450 watt system. $2659.00
Please note the BP275 panel measures approximately 48"X 24" ea.
3SM55 3 Shell (Siemens) 55 watt panels 165 watt system. $1237.00
4SM55 4 Shell (Siemens) 55 watt panels 220 watt system. $1681.00
5SM55 5 Shell (Siemens) 55 watt panels 275 watt system. $2017.00
Please note the SM55 panels measures approximately 48"X13" ea.
In order get cover your RV with the most panels for your money without shading you can mix and match these systems deduct $250.00 from the total because you will not need two Trace C60 controllers with remote meters. Also if you do not think you need the Trace C60 controller with systems under 300 watts you can save $150.00 by substituting a smaller SCI 12/20 20 amp charge controller with digital meters.