Save Money and Learn with a DIY Solar Installation
Can I install my own Solar Charging System?
Most RVs do not come equipped with solar charging systems as standard equipment so many RV owners choose to save money on labor and perform the install themselves. Anyone considering this option should know how to safely work on the electrical systems in their RV and feel comfortable doing so. If you do not have those skills, I strongly recommend you hire a professional.
It has been my experience that the research and system design part of the project is the most critical. So take your time and choose the right components for your needs. I also recommend having a professional review your design prior in installing.
If you decide to hire a professional installer to design and install your solar charging system, I highly recommend you take extra steps to do your own research and be very familiar with the components of your system. It pays to be an informed consumer and understand what you are paying for. Solar components can range from affordable to very expensive. So having a little knowledge beforehand may prevent you from being sold something you may not actually need. Having a good working knowledge about your system will also come in handy should something go awry and you have to ask for help.
Review the basics of RV Solar First
Consider Starting With A Kit
Starter Solar Kits
These basic packages are ideal for RVs with a single deep cycle house battery, or as an expandable starter kit that you plan to add more panels to later. You can also use these systems to keep your battery trickle charged while in storage or not connected to shore power.
Mid-Sized Solar Kits
These packages will get you started with multiple solar panels for RVs, boats and long haul trucks with mid-sized battery banks. Just a step above the basic packages, these configurations add additional panels for more solar watts.
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Solar Components on our RV
Here is a list of Solar equipment on our RV that we have featured in our DIY Solar Videos.