RV, Camper, Tiny Home living and travel, are becoming more popular by the day. Boondocking or Dry Camping refers to traveling with the intent of parking anywhere, without or with limited amenities. As Independent Parking (preferred terminology) becomes more prevalent, the need for power on the go increases in demand. The below guide will discuss the solar add-ons and techniques commonly used when adding Solar power to your RV, Camper or Tiny home.
Basic Portable Power:
The most common option for power on the go is currently Portable Solar Generators. These systems are typically light-weight, feature easy plug and play operation, and are not hardwired into your automobile. The most popular unit in this genre is currently the Goal Zero Yeti 3000 Lithium Generator Kit, the largest portable lithium generator on the market. This system includes a foldable solar panel and generator roll cart for easy transport. When you stop to make camp, simply unfold and place your panel in direct sunlight, connect the cable to your generator and you have easy, plug and play, renewable AC, DC and USB power.
For recharging this type of application on the Go, consider installing a separate solar panel to your roof that can recharge your portable power pack while travelling to your next destination.
Direct Battery Recharge Power:
The second option, which is becoming increasingly popular, is the process of mounting solar panels to the top of your application, which runs to the internal battery of the RV, Camper or Tiny Home. This way, your battery is constantly recharged. Be sure to assess the available mounting and storage space before-hand, so you can choose solar panels based on your size restraints. The most popular item for this configuration is the Renogy 200 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar RV Kit.
Hardwire and Back Up Storage:
The last option, and most intricate, is installing solar panels, that run to an external battery bank inverter combo, to store power that can be used or later transferred to your RVs internal battery bank. This process is typically performed with a permanent solar panel install as well, identical to the process found above. We highly recommend consulting an electrician regarding the set-up process, as it varies based on the manufacturer of RV, Camper or Tiny Home. With this type of set up, you can power almost all of the items in your RV without worrying about finding shore-power to recharge while you are out exploring. Certain systems include shore power output ports, such as the Kodiak Lightweight Portable Generator. This unit features a 30 amp RV plug, 110 Volt, Nema TT-30R. Be sure to check your RV for compatibility. Feel free to peruse our detailed Solar Generator Section to find a kit best suited for your power requirements.
The younger generations are starting to find purpose and comfort in their ability to travel the world. Renewable energy sources will continue to grow and become more efficient and easy to use. We foresee massive expansion in the future, as solar and wind power become not only more common, but accessible, affordable and easy to use. As always, we are just a phone call away (877-548-3387) and are happy to offer our expertise.