How To Install An RV Solar Panel?
There is no longer a reason to run your battery down while trying to operate your RV and nor is there any reason to stress if you are going to a campsite where there will be an outlet for you to run electricity to the appliances inside the RV. Thanks to the creators and manufacturers of solar panels you can now put the panels on your RV and let them do all the work for you. When the panels are properly hooked up they will capture the sunlight and produce power for you throughout the day and night.
These are some of the aspects related to installation of solar panel on an RV -
1. Power needed
2. Disconnect power
3. Placing panels on roof
4. Placing regulator
5. Connecting wires
Gas is expensive and finding a site that offers outlets for electricity can be nerve wrecking experience. If you install a solar panel on the RV it will be cheaper to camp and you will not need to worry about how much gas is left.
Following the below instructions will help you install an RV solar panel appropriately:-
• Calculate how much power is needed to properly run everything on the inside of your RV. Once you know how much power is needed it will be easy to determine how many panels will need purchased. Before you start make sure there is going to be plenty of space on the roof for placing the panels.
• Disconnect all power from your RV like batteries, generators, etc. In order to keep the panels from generating power before you are ready cover each one with some cardboard.
• Placing the panels on the roof is usually done close to a vent so you can easily run the wires to the inside. It is also important to leave about eight inches from the side of the roof to the panels. The panels are held in place by brackets which are held in place by screws. Place the brackets in place and mark where the screw holes are so you can drill your holes. After drilling the holes secure the brackets in place and use sealant to keep the water away. Place the panels in the brackets and secure them properly in place.
• Walk into the RV and look for a place to set the regulator up at. Once you have decided on a spot measure the regulator and cut a hole for the regulator to reside in.
• Connect the wires to your solar panels and run the wires to the regulator on the inside of the RV. Next connect the wires from the regulator to your coach battery. Finally reconnect your battery power and remove the cardboard from the panels.