RV solar power system equipment developed naturally into a technological RV option with the rapidly growing popularity of solar power. The benefits of having a photovoltaic array installed in the home include utilization of a free and clean energy resource. While traveling unconnected to any city power, these advantages become that much greater.

Those who love recreational vehicles tend to love getting out on the road. Seeing the sights, being at one with the open road and just going wherever the map or intuition directs a person are a few of the highlights. There may be more people who would enjoy doing the same thing except for the fact that they have to leave a lot of the conveniences of residential living at home due to the lack of electricity.

However, thanks to the creation of the RV solar power system, those people who feel they cannot live without their electrical conveniences now have no excuse for not hitting the open road.

Because the use of this technology on RVs is newer than its use on residential units, there are a lot of related misunderstandings that prevail. In order to clear up some of these items, the following questions and their answers are listed below:

• How many panels do I need for my RV solar power system?

There are a lot of formulas that a person can use to figure this out, but these formulas often end up requiring more panels than the RV can spatially house. So instead of using complex theories, an educated guess may be the best choice.

One of the best things to do is simply buy a couple of panels and then test them out. If the owner feels that it provides for all his or her energy needs, then it is done. If not, extra panels are easy to add.

If this does not seem like it will work, the RV owner can also simply plan to make sure that between 75 and 120 watts are provided for every 200 AH of house battery. Following this guideline should give the owner a fairly good estimate of what his or her needs for the particular system might be.

• Are some panels more tolerant of shade?

Yes, some are. The effectiveness of any panel will be reduced in shadier locations, of course. However, some are better designed to get through the shady spots in the day. If, for example, a single panel is completely shaded even though all others are collecting light, this does not necessarily mean there will be trouble.

Photovoltaic panels must work together to move the energy from the array to the rest of the RV solar power system. However, many of these systems are now designed to skip over the shaded panel in order to not hinder the energy being collected by all of the other panels.

• How can having an RV solar power system really help me?

The answer really depends on what a person’s desire is. If an RV owner is the type who loves nothing more than to rough it without the frills and amenities of modern day, then a system like this may have little to offer.

On the other hand, if someone is the type who likes convenience and would prefer to be able to use things like radios, televisions, freezers, hairdryers, cell phones and other modern conveniences, then these can definitely be very advantageous.

It is important to understand the basic aspects of an RV solar power system. An RV owner who does so will better be able to gauge what exactly his or her needs are going to be prior to making the purchase.